College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Jane L. Winer, Dean

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad spectrum of programs and courses in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and social, behavioral, and natural sciences. The primary function of the college is to impart to students the knowledge, the skills of thinking and communicating, and the values and attitudes that constitute a liberal education. The faculty of the college seek to instill in their students a humanistic spirit, an appreciation of creativity, a commitment to excellence and truth, an ability to think critically and to communicate effectively, and a desire for lifelong learning.

The courses and programs in Arts and Sciences also provide a base of knowledge and skills from which students may enter such professional fields of study as law and medicine.

The student should note carefully any particular requirements indicated by the department in which he or she plans to major or minor. For some departmental programs, suggested curricula have been designed and are presented in tables under the appropriate departmental heading. General degree requirements are listed on the following pages. There are also several interdepartmental degree programs that are described in a separate section below. Information regarding graduate programs offered by Arts and Sciences departments is available in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses are listed on the following pages by departments. Each course is listed by name and number, and most include brief descriptions. An examination of these course descriptions will reveal that many subjects are covered to meet different interests and purposes. Some courses are open to all students, some courses have prerequisites, others are only for the specialist in that area. Students thus have an opportunity to take courses that broaden their educational experience or that provide concentration in a particular subject. The wise student will include courses of both kinds.

General Education Requirements. The General Education Requirements, established in 1989, ensure breadth in each academic program.

These requirements have been incorporated into the college's various degree programs. Students have no need to refer to the General Education Requirements unless so directed by their specific degree program.

Course Load. A normal full-time course load is 12-18 hours per semester. In calculating the load, the dean will consider all active correspondence courses as a part of the course load. Course loads in excess of 20 semester hours will not be approved except in unusual circumstances for outstanding students. The normal course load for a single summer term is 6-7 hours. To meet graduation requirements, a graduating senior may petition to take 9 hours one term or a total of 15 hours in both terms.

Credit by Examination. A matriculated student may attempt credit by examination (described elsewhere in this catalog) by obtaining written approval from the academic dean's office.

Grades of D. Credits for a course in which a grade of D is earned may not be applied toward fulfillment of the major (sometimes including adjunct requirements), minor, or teaching field requirements for any degree program.

Grading Practices. The College of Arts and Sciences conforms to University grading practices as set forth in the major section entitled "Academic Regulations" in this catalog. In addition, the following regulations apply within the college.

Except for those courses designated "may be repeated for credit" in this catalog, no course may be used more than once on a degree plan unless it has been approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Second Bachelor's Degree. No second bachelor's degree is conferred until the candidate has completed at least 24 semester hours in residence in addition to the courses counted toward the first bachelor's degree. Credit by examination will not satisfy the 24-hour residence requirement.

Freshman Year. Entering freshmen develop their programs in conference with an academic advisor. The students report to their advisors for such individual conferences or group meetings as are needed for the purpose of orienting themselves to academic regulations and procedures, curricula, and degree requirements in their various areas of interest.

Students are urged to take required freshman courses during the freshman year. During the sophomore year the student should complete the second year of English and all other freshman requirements.

Freshmen should not enroll in junior-senior level courses.

Arts and Sciences Undeclared. Freshmen or sophomores may be admitted to a general area known as "Arts and Sciences Undeclared" (ASUD) until they select the major degree program in which they intend to graduate. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad area of education that includes the social sciences, arts, and humanities, as well as the natural sciences and mathematics. Arts and Sciences Undeclared is only a temporary administrative designation where students cannot earn a degree. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are urged to focus on fulfilling general degree requirements during their first two years. This alleviates the pressure to make an immediate decision on a major and career. Students can use their first two years to build a strong academic foundation. At the same time, students can investigate career alternatives and take elective courses in those professional fields or subject areas that are possible majors. Students listed as ASUD are advised by academic counselors in the University Transition Advisement Center in 79 Holden Hall to help with the selection of general degree requirements, electives, and choosing a major. After taking courses that are required for most majors (for example, English, American history, political science, and mathematics), the student has the flexibility to begin working toward any of the major fields offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. ONLY STUDENTS WITH FEWER THAN 60 HOURS MAY BE LISTED AS ARTS AND SCIENCES UNDECLARED. Students who have completed 60 or more hours will have a hold placed on their records until a major is declared.

Degree Plan and Intention to Graduate. Students should file degree plans with the dean's office upon completing 60 semester hours and Intention to Graduate forms as soon as they are within 12 months of graduation.

Teacher Education. The curricula of most of the Bachelor of Arts degree programs and some of the Bachelor of Science programs are sufficiently flexible to permit a student to major in an academic subject, yet meet the requirements for certification by taking the required courses in the College of Education. Prospective teachers should refer to the section of this catalog describing teacher education and consult the College of Education and the chairperson or undergraduate advisor of the department in which they wish to major.


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