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Global Studies

A Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies encompasses interdisciplinary study of global, international, and regional politics, economics, culture, and society. The global studies degree will provide students with training and education appropriate to individuals seeking careers in diplomatic service, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and foreign policy. Students will be prepared to undertake graduate studies in a variety of fields with international orientation. Graduates of the program will be able to contribute to Texas Tech’s vision of championing global engagement, educating a diverse and globally competitive work force, and enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world. The global studies major requires students to take 21 hours of required courses, 21 hours of prescribed electives, 6 hours of free electives, and 6 hours of third-year foreign language.

Contact: Dr. John Barkdull, Department of Political Science, 806.742.4043,




Actuarial Science

The interdisciplinary minor in actuarial science builds a foundation for students interested in a profession that provides advice and solutions for business and societal problems involving economic risk. To secure an entry-level position, a prospective actuary is expected to have passed on average two to three society (CAS/SOA) exams, as well as have acquired validation through education experience (VEE) credits in three areas: applied statistical methods, corporate finance, and economics. The varied courses in this interdisciplinary minor prepare students for most of these entry requirements. The suggested courses for the minor are any six of the following (courses with an asterisk are required): MATH 2356,* 4342,* 4343; FIN 3320, 3322, 4329; and ECO 2301 (or AAEC 2305), 2302, and 4305 (or AAEC 4302).

Contact: Dr. Alexandre Trindade, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 806.834.6164,, or Dr. Lih-Ing Roeger, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 806.834.6265,


Asian Studies

The minor in Asian Studies allows students throughout the university to develop a more in-depth understanding of the history, literature, and culture of a vital part of the world. Besides taking core courses and electives drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and theater arts, students may also study Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese and are encouraged to take part in study abroad programs in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central/Inner Asia. The minor in Asian Studies requires 18-22 hours of coursework in addition to the courses taken to fulfill a student’s major. A minimum of 6 hours of junior/senior coursework is required for this minor, of which 3 hours must be completed in residency at Texas Tech. No more than 3 courses from one department can be counted toward the minor. Course offerings: ANTH 3304; ARCH 4311; CHIN 1501, 2301, 2302, 4300; CMLL 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, 4300; ENGL 3387, 3391, 3394; GEOG 2351; HIST 2322, 3330, 3333, 3389, 3394, 3398, 4383, 4384, 4385, 4392, 4393, 4394, 4395, 4396; HONS 3303-H02; JAPN 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, 4300; PHIL 2350, 3302; POLS 3300, 3361, 3364, 3368, 3371, 3376; SOC 4307; VIET 4300.

Contact: Dr. Yuan Shu; Department of English;; 806.834.8810
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Book History and Digital Humanities

The interdisciplinary minor in book history and digital humanities allows students to investigate many disciplines, including but not limited to the history of ideas, the history of religion, literature, technical communication, economics, fine art and art history, the study of cognition and education, communication studies, and anthropology. Courses in the minor include information related to materiality of texts (writ large); technological change; reading, readership, reception; cognition and the brain; historical contexts related to text production; censorship and seditious printing; etc.

The minor consists of 18 hours of coursework, at least 6 hours of which come from ENGL 2312, 3360 (when taught as Technologies of Writing), and HIST 3354. Electives may come from ANTH 3348; ENGL 3382, 4313 (when subtitled History of the Book); GEOL 3323, 4318; HIST 3327, 3328, 3352, 3354, 3350, 3360, 4348, 4373; PHIL 2350, 3340, 3341, 4331; PSY 4343. Courses in bold type must be taught by a specific instructor to fulfill the requirements of the minor. Students may also choose up to six hours from outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, including ARTH 4307, 4334, 4340; and ARCH 4324.

Contact: Dr. Ann Hawkins; Department of English, 806.742.2501;

Community and Urban Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary minor in community and urban studies. This program exposes students to a variety of perspectives on conditions and problems of urban life, including issues of sociology, economics, politics, race and ethnicity, law, poverty, crime, environment, physical and mental health, art and design, planning, and others. The program is highly flexible and adaptable to each student’s needs.

To complete the minor in community and urban studies, students must complete 18 hours of courses approved by the director. The minor requires a minimum of 6 hours of upper division (3000-level courses or higher) coursework, of which 3 hours must be completed in residency at Texas Tech (as opposed to abroad). No more than 9 hours of coursework from one program can be counted toward the minor. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the minor. A list of approved courses can be found at Other applicable courses may be approved at the director’s discretion.

Contact: Dr. Patricia Maloney, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, 806. 834.8969,
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Comparative Literature

Comparative literature is designed for students who are interested in critical studies of literatures and cultures across national boundaries. The program provides a minor for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The minor consists of 18 hours of courses, 3 hours of which must be at the 4000 level. Students may apply 6 hours of sophomore-level coursework from either the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of English if such coursework is not in the student’s major field. Students not majoring in a foreign language must complete at least 3 hours at the junior or senior level in a foreign language. Comparative literature minors must take at least 6 hours from the following courses: CLAS 3350; CLT 4300, 4305, 4317; ENGL 3337, 3384, 3389; GERM 3312; HUM 2301, 2302; SLAV 3301; and WS 4310.

Individual minor programs are arranged by the student and the director of the comparative literature program. This minor may not include coursework in the student’s major field unless such coursework is over and above the minimum catalog requirements for the major.

Contact: Dr. Kanika Batra, Department of English, 806.742.2501, ext. 239,

Dramatic Writing

The Department of English, Department of Theatre and Dance, and College of Media and Communication offer an interdisciplinary minor in dramatic writing. The program is designed to prepare students to write scripts for cinema, television, and stage productions. The minor consists of 18 hours—12 in writing and 6 in analysis. The 12 hours in writing are to be chosen from the following courses and must include at least one course from each department: ENGL 2351, 3351, 4351; EMC 4370, 4375, 4380; and THA 4303 (may be repeated for credit). The 6 hours in analysis will include THA 4300 and one course from the following: EMC 3345, ENGL 2388, 3388, 4312, 4315. Courses in which the student earns less than a C may not be counted toward the minor. This 18-hour requirement may not include courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student’s major field.

Contact: Dr. Norman Bert, Maedgen Theatre,, 806.834.7590
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Environmental Studies

The college offers an interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. This minor is nontechnical in nature and specifically designed for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree. It focuses on the interaction of humans and the natural environment and the consequences of that interaction.

The minor does not train professional environmentalists but will, in combination with existing major programs, give students a broad foundation as preparation for more advanced environmental studies programs; professional work in law, regional planning, or resource management; and various environmental positions in government, business, or teaching. The minor also will provide students with a better understanding of basic ecology and the nature of environmental problems in order to make more knowledgeable value judgments on environmental issues.

The minor consists of 18 hours of elective courses. No more than two courses from any department or program may count toward the minor. At least 6 hours must be from upper-division courses. Courses that students use to fulfill their major requirements may not be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for an environmental studies minor. A course may count toward a major or minor, but not both. Electives in the program include AAEC 4309; ARCH 1311; ATMO 1300, 2301; BIOL 1305, 1401, 1402, 3303, 3307, 3309; ECO 3336; EVHM 1301, 1302, 2302, 3300, 3305, 3306, 3350; GEOG 1300, 1401, 3301, 3310, 3335, 3353, 3360, 4301, 4321, 4357; GEOL 1303, 3322, 3323, 3328; HLTH 2302; HIST 3327, 4323; LARC 2302, 4302; NRM 1300, 2301, 2302, 2305, 2307, 3302, 3307; PHIL 3325; WE 1300, 2300.

Contact: Dr. Mark Stoll, Department of History, 806.742.3744,
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Ethnic Studies

The college offers an interdisciplinary minor in ethnic studies. The goal of the program is to increase students’ understanding of the nature and development of race relations in a globalized society. Students may, if they wish, specialize in African-American, Mexican-American, or Native-American studies. All students minoring in ethnic studies must complete at least 18 hours in ethnic content courses. No more than three courses may be taken in one department. Electives in the program include, but are not limited to, the following courses: ANTH 1301, 2301, 2302, 3325, 3331, 3345, 3347, 3371, 4372; ARTH 3333, 4335; COMS 3332; ENGL 3322; HIST 3311, 3312, 3318, 3324, 3325, 3326, 3395, 4326, 4383; MUHL 3304; PSY 3398; SOC 3324, 4362; SPAN 4320, 4360.

Contact: Dr. Julian Perez, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; 806.834.6332;

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European Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in European studies is designed to allow students to pursue interests in European society, culture, history, and politics. It offers them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the European continent from the British Isles to Russia and interactions between Europe and the wider world from ancient times to the postcolonial present. The program builds upon strengths of the Texas Tech faculty, invites students to take advantage of academic activities outside the classroom, and encourages study in Europe. The minor targets students with interests in the humanities and social sciences, fine and performing arts, and law and business. A European studies minor touching on contemporary European affairs, including European integration, would suit students planning graduate study in arts and sciences and anticipating careers in education, law, business, government, and nongovernmental agencies.

The minor consists of 18 hours of coursework divided into two tracks: Historical and Social Sciences (HSS) and Arts and Humanities (AH). Students will take at least 6 hours in each track, but the total hours will number 18. Students will choose from a curriculum that currently includes courses in architecture, art, classical and modern languages and literatures, English, history, music, philosophy, political science and theatre and dance. Students are encouraged to take appropriate courses in a European country. Basic courses and sophomore-level English courses will not count towards the minor.

Contact: Dr. Aliza Wong, Department of History, 806.742.3744,
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Family Life Studies

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Human Sciences jointly offer an interdisciplinary minor in family life studies. The program involves an integrated course of study that provides the student with diverse perspectives on the family. The minor consists of 18 hours chosen from several disciplines. No more than 6 hours may be taken from any one department. Courses counted toward the major will not count toward the minor. At least 6 hours must be at the junior-senior level.

Courses may be selected from the following: COMS 3333, 3334; HLTH 1300, 1305, 3313, 3314, 4312; HDFS 2300, 2303, 2322, 3301, 3320, 3321, 3322, 3324, 3326, 3331, 3332, 3350; HIST 3311, 3322, 3323, 3341, 3394, 4325, 4326, 4375, 4380, PFP 1305, 3301; PSY 2301, 2305, 3341, 4300, 4301; SOC 2331, 3325, 3331, 3335; SW 3311, 3312.

Contact: Dr. Charlotte Dunham, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work,
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Film and Media Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in film and media studies allows students to focus on the history and criticism of film and media while encouraging courses in multiple disciplines.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the minor complements many majors and allows students to learn about the cinema cultures of diverse countries and language groups. It offers students the freedom to explore such questions as the role of media in historical and social change, issues of media preservation, the relationship between technology and artistic expression, the relationship of media to cognition, and the study of film as a means of appreciating cultural diversity.

Although the curriculum focuses on film, courses in other media such as television, radio, photography, sound recording, video games, digital art, or media industries also can apply to the minor. Students who are seeking professional training in media production will be encouraged to pursue those interests through cooperative programs in the College of Media and Communication and/or the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The minor in film and media studies requires 18 credit hours taken from courses in at least three departments. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences must take at least 6 hours from upper-division courses.

Students should consult with the director, Dr. Allison Whitney, concerning course selection and their progress toward the minor. Visit for details on eligible courses.

Contact: Dr. Allison Whitney, Department of English,, 806.742.2501


Forensic Sciences

The goal of the interdisciplinary minor is to offer students the opportunity to take courses pertinent to scientific and methodological issues associated with crime investigation and criminal behavior. All students minoring in forensic sciences must complete at least 18 hours in designated forensic-related courses. No more than 12 hours may be taken in one department or program. At least 12 hours must be taken in upper-division courses. Courses with a grade of D cannot be counted toward fulfillment of the minor. At least 6 hours of upper-division courses must be taken at Texas Tech. All students who are enrolled in the forensic sciences minor are required to enroll in the introductory forensic science course ANTH 2308.

Students must choose one of the following tracks from which 15 credit hours must be chosen:

  • Physical and Biological Sciences: CHEM 3141, 3341, 4010, 4114, 4314; BIOL 3416; MBIO 3401; ZOOL 4321; ENTX 4325, 4326; ANTH 2305, 4343; and AHMT 4305.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: ANTH 2305, 4320; PSY 4000, 4384; SOC 2335, 3326, 3327, 3335, 4325; GIST 3300; and GEOG 3301.

Designated courses may require prerequisites before the student can enroll in them. Consult the catalog or contact the specific instructors for details. Prerequisite courses (except ANTH 2305) do not count toward the minor. Cross-listed courses that are required by the major cannot be counted toward the minor.

Contact: Dr. Robert Paine; Department of Sociology Anthropology, and Social Work;
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Health Professions

An interdisciplinary minor in health professions is for students who are planning to apply to post-graduate health profession programs with very specific prerequisite requirements. The minor will meet the needs of pre-professional health careers students who may require courses outside their major. All students who are enrolled in the health professions minor will be required to complete ZOOL 2403 (Anatomy). The requirements for the minor are as follows:

  • A minimum of 18 hours of approved classes.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA to declare the health professions minor.
  • No more than three classes from any department or program may count toward the minor. Classes with a corresponding lab (e.g., CHEM 1305/1105) will count as one class for this requirement.
  • A minimum of 6 hours at the junior or senior level taken at Texas Tech.
  • Substitutions to the existing course list (see below) may be made with prior approval of the advisor if a course is shown to be a prerequisite for a specific health professions program.
  • Courses used to fulfill requirements for the student’s major may not be applied toward fulfillment of the health professions minor (does not include adjunct requirements).

Approved courses for the minor include the following: BIOL 1402; CHEM 1305/1105, 1307/1107, 1308/1108, 2303/2103, 3305/3105, 3306/3106; ENGL 2311; ESS 3301, 3303, 3305; HDFS 2303, 3321, 3332, 4343; HUSC 3221; MATH 1451, 2300; MBIO 3400 or 3401; NS 1325, 1410, 4220; PHYS 1403, 1404, 1408, 2401; PSY 3400, 4301, 4305; ZOOL 2403, 2404, 3303.

Contact: Pamela Hellman, Department of Biological Sciences, 806.742.2710,


International Studies

An interdisciplinary minor in international studies is offered for students who wish to gain an understanding of how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially, and culturally interdependent. The minor is made up of a 9-hour core of required courses and 9 hours of electives. The core courses are ECO 3333, International Economics; GEOG 2351, Regional Geography of the World; and POLS 3361, International Politics. The advisor may allow substitutions in the core when it can be shown that they fit in with the student’s major program and academic objectives. Elective courses are selected from among courses that deal with international topics in departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Courses from other colleges may be accepted if they have been previously approved by the program advisors.

Contact: Dr. John Barkdull, Department of Political Science, 806.742.4043,
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The Interdepartmental Committee on Linguistics offers a minor in linguistics for the B.A. degree. The minor consists of 18 hours of required and elective courses drawn from the Departments of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; Communication Studies; English; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; and Curriculum and Instruction.

Linguistics is concerned with (1) the scientific description and analysis of languages; (2) the study of language in its social and cultural context; (3) the evolution and historical development of language; (4) the formal study of communication systems involving the acquisition and use of language; (5) the relation of language to literature, philosophy, and other fields in the humanities; and (6) human biology and neurology as they affect the use of language.

Linguistics shares interests with speech and hearing sciences, psychology, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and computer science. It is, therefore, an interesting and useful minor area for students majoring in these fields and one that can help to develop a more focused area of academic or professional specialization. Of the 18 hours of credit required for a linguistics minor, 3 hours (i.e., one course) must be taken from each group listed below. The remaining 6 hours may be taken from courses within Groups B, C and D, but only 3 hours can be taken from Group A. Students should work with a linguistics professor to construct an appropriate individualized program of courses.

Group A — ANTH 3305, ENGL 3371, LING 4335
Group B — ASL 3312; ENGL 3373; FREN 4302; GERM 4301; LAT 4302; SPAN 4303, 4305; LING 4315
Group C — EDBL 3337; ENGL 3372, 4373; LING 4311, 4327, 4332
Group D — ANTH 3351; LING 4383; COMS 3332; EDBL 3334; EDLL 3352; ENGL 2371, 4300, 4371;
                   PHIL  4310, 4331; PSY 4324, 43433

Contact: Dr. Min-Joo Kim, Department of English, 806.742.2500, to Top

Religion Studies

A minor in religion studies is offered to students who wish to enhance their understanding of religion by studying it from a variety of academic perspectives. The program is intended to enable students to place their understanding of religion in the broader frameworks of several academic disciplines.

A minor in religion studies for a baccalaureate degree is composed of courses drawn from several departments in the college. Eighteen hours of coursework are necessary to complete the minor, including courses from at least three disciplines. Four of the courses in the minor must be from the core courses and such courses must be taken from at least two disciplines. Courses taken must reflect the study of at least two religious traditions. The 18 hours may not include courses taken to fulfill requirements in the student’s major.

Students may use one independent topics course for the minor when the topic is religion. Prior to registration, the student should consult the director of the program concerning availability of courses and the student’s progress in the minor.

Core Courses: ANTH 3323; CLAS 3302, 3350; ENGL 3383, 3384; HIST 3328, 3344, 4347, 4349, 4384, 4385; PHIL 2350, 3302, 3324; POLS 3339, PSY 3310; SOC 4331

Other Courses: ANTH 3325, 3346; ARTH 3320, 3345, 4340; HIST 3301, 3302, 3342, 3348, 3394, 3395, 3398; PHIL 2320; POLS 3330, 3332

Contact: Mark Webb, Department of Philosophy; 806.742.0373;
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Comparative Literature

Administered by the Comparative Literature Committee, this interdisciplinary specialization gives students the opportunity to study literature from a global perspective, to study two or more national literatures, and to concentrate attention upon the following special fields: periods, genres, theories, or relationships between literatures and other arts and disciplines.

Students specializing in comparative literature at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels must be admitted to the program in which they plan to major (e.g., English, Spanish). The graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature oversees the preparation of the comparative literature specialization.

Comparative literature candidates who are not international students should have completed sufficient language study to begin or continue graduate work in the literature of at least two languages. Inquiries concerning sound preparation for specializations in comparative literature at the master’s and doctor’s level should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature.

Master’s Degree Program. Majors in classical humanities, English, French, German, and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature are available at the master’s level. Students are required to take at least five courses for the specialization at the master’s level, including at least two graduate literature courses in languages other than their major and at least two graduate comparative literature (CLT) courses. The fifth course may be an interdisciplinary elective approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. Degree plans must be approved by both the student’s major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.

Doctoral Program. At the doctoral level, majors are offered in English and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. Specialization involves a minimum of six courses, including at least two in comparative literature (CLT) and at least three graduate courses taught in one or more foreign languages. The sixth course may be an interdisciplinary elective approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. A student’s program is supervised by a doctoral committee drawn up in consultation with the student’s major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.

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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies is offered as an interdisciplinary minor for students who may find a greater knowledge of ethnic groups and majority–minority relations a useful complement to their major area of study. With the continued prominence of public issues related to race and ethnicity, students from diverse fields may benefit from either a broader or a more specialized knowledge of ethnicity. Students may focus on African-American, Mexican-American, or Native-American studies. The Ethnic Studies Committee, which is comprised of faculty from the departments offering courses acceptable as part of the minor, supervises the minor degree plans.

A doctoral minor consists of at least 15 hours of ethnic studies courses to be taken in at least two departments outside the student’s major field. A minor at the master’s level consists of 6 hours of ethnic studies courses in two departments outside the major. General rules of the Graduate School governing minors at both degree levels apply.

Courses in the ethnic studies program include but are not limited to the following:

Program Courses

  • ANTH 5322 Social Anthropology (3:3:0)
  • ANTH 5323* Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3:3:0)
  • ANTH 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • ARTH 5335 Arts of the Pre-Columbian and Native  Americas (3:3:0)
  • COMS 5302 Intercultural Communication (3:3:0)
  • ECO 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • EDBL 5332* Foundations of Bilingual Education (3:3:0)
  • EDBL 5333* Teaching the Multicultural-Multilingual Student (3:3:0)
  • EDCI 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • EDEL 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • HIST 5319 Studies in Native-American History (3:3:0)
  • HIST 5333 Studies in African-American History (3:3:0)
  • HIST 6304* Seminar in American History (3:3:0)
  • HIST 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • POLS 5327* Selected Topics in American Government and Politics (3:3:0)
  • POLS 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • SOC 5312 Seminar in Urban Problems (3:3:0)
  • SOC 5313 Seminar in Minority Relations (3:3:0)
  • SOC 7000* Research (V1-12)
  • SPAN 5381 Hispanic Literature of the Southwest (3:3:0)
  • SPAN 7000* Research (V1-12)

* Courses marked with an asterisk will be considered acceptable as part of the minor when the topic studied deals with ethnic groups.

Contact: Dr. Julian Perez, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures; 806.834.6332;


Forensic Science

The Master of Science in Forensic Science degree program emphasizes extensive learning in the scientific and laboratory skills necessary for application in a modern forensic laboratory. The program offers concentration focuses in areas of forensic investigation and includes exposure to the breadth of forensic disciplines, including the principles, practices, and contexts of science as they relate to specialized forensic topics.

Students from various undergraduate backgrounds may pursue either of two tracks within the program: the forensic Scientist track or the forensic Examiner track. The program offers both theoretical and practical coursework and is designed to allow students to emphasize areas of special interest such as toxicology, DNA, crime scene investigation, computer forensics, and trace evidence.

Students in the Scientist track must take at least 21 hours from the core curriculum, including a statistics, research methods, and law course of their choice. Students in the Examiner track must take at least 15 hours from the core curriculum, including a statistics, research methods, and law course of their choice. The remaining coursework requirements for each track are satisfied by selections from a broad list of approved electives. Students are required to complete a comprehensive component made up of one of the following: thesis, report, internship, portfolio, or a comprehensive exam that is either written or oral or combination of the two.

The non-thesis option is a total of 39 credit hours of graduate-level work while the thesis option is a minimum of 24 hours of graduate coursework plus 6 hours of thesis (6000).

Following the first 9 credit hours of graduate study, each student’s curriculum will be formalized through consultation with a graduate faculty member and will reflect the student’s area of emphasis. This degree plan will be approved by the program coordinator and the Senior Director of the Institute for Forensic Science before being submitted to the Graduate School. When approved, it will serve as a tool for advising and reviewing to assure completion of degree requirements.

Applicants will be considered for admission to the forensic science program after the following materials are received: three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of the student’s professional abilities and career aspirations, a letter of intent, and resume. The program accepts students in the fall and spring semesters. Summer applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Prior to admission consideration, students must complete the appropriate application forms and satisfy all the requirements of the university. Once that process is completed, program admission and competitive scholarship awards are based on the following three general categories of criteria:

  1. Academic Record. All academic records may be considered—60 hours, total, major, post-baccalaureate, etc.
  2. Test Scores. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) should be no more than five years old. Each score is considered separately, with percentile scores viewed by broad major. No test score will be considered the sole criterion.
  3. Individual Profile. Profiles may include recommendations, research background, motivation, undergraduate institution, presentation, and interviews. Other information that admission committees may consider is work commitment, demonstrated commitment to a particular field of work or study, and community involvement.

Interested persons should contact Dr. Robert Paine for information about the program, 806.834.8375,robert.

NOTE: Certain criminal, traffic, and civil convictions can disqualify a graduate from obtaining some positions in the law enforcement or criminal justice professions.

Core Courses*

Scientist Track
FSCI 5350, Crime Scene Investigation (3:3:0)
FSCI 5351, Serial Crimes (3:3:1)
ENTX 6351 Analytical Toxicology (3:3:0)
BTEC 5338 Techniques in Biotechnology (3:1:6)
Statistics Course
Research Methods Course
Law Course

Examiner Track
FSCI 5350, Crime Scene Investigation (3:3:0)
FSCI 5351 Serial Crimes (3:3:1)
Statistics Course
Research Methods Course
Law Course

* Minimum grade of 3.0 required for core courses unless otherwise approved by the senior director.

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Graduate study in linguistics may be pursued through either the Department of English or the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or students may pursue an interdisciplinary program combining courses not only from these departments but also others.

A Master of Arts degree is offered through the Department of English. Students may select a 36-hour nonthesis or a 30-hour plus thesis option with a concentration in linguistics. The department also offers a doctorate with a concentration in linguistics requiring students to take 18 hours of linguistics and write a dissertation on linguistics under the guidance of English faculty. English also offers a Certificate in Linguistics that can be earned by completing a minimum of 12 hours of linguistics courses in the Department of English. Students may earn a certificate without being admitted to a graduate degree program in the Department of English.

The Department of English offers graduate study focusing on the core areas of linguistics (e.g., syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics) as well as the structure of English, including its historical development and contemporary American dialects. The department includes specialists in East Asian languages and in Old, Middle,and Modern English. Limited support is available for teaching assistantships in composition and lower-level courses.

A Master of Arts degree in applied linguistics is offered through the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Students may select a 36-hour nonthesis or a 30-hour plus thesis option in either general applied linguistics or in teaching English as a second or foreign language.

The option in general applied linguistics prepares students who plan to design programs for and/or teach second or foreign languages; it also provides a foundation in applied linguistics for students who plan doctoral studies in first and second language acquisition, second and foreign language teaching and learning, language testing and assessment, studies in second language composition, translation, language planning, or corpus linguistics. Both options include work using CMLL’s digital language laboratory and SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning) facilities for teaching and research. Faculty from several areas (anthropology, bilingual education, English, language literacy education, mass communications, psychology, and Spanish) offer supporting courses that may count toward the degree.

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of a language other than English prior to entering the program. There is no foreign language requirement as part of the program. Oral and comprehensive examinations are required. Limited support is available for teaching assistantships in TESOL and may be available for teaching assistantships in Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, and Japanese.

Linguistics Courses


Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The 18-hour Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies enables students whose study and research relate to Medieval and Renaissance materials to obtain an interdisciplinary certificate that will give them an advantage for positions in the field. The certificate will be of particular interest to students working toward a master’s or doctoral degree in art history, classics, English, romance languages, German, history, music or architecture.

MRST 5301 is the only required course. Students may choose the remaining 15 hours from CLAS 5311, 5350; FREN 5312; GERM 5314; ITAL 5301; SPAN 5345, 5361, 5362; ENGL 5301, 5303, 5304, 5305, 5334, 5364; HIST 5341, 5342, 5351, 5366; ARTH 5305, 5320, 5340; MUHL 5320, 5322, 5331; and THA 5325, 5333.

Contact: Dr. John Howe, 806.742.3744,; or Dr. Connie Scarborough, 806.742.3145,,

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