Departments of Instruction
GOALS AND PURPOSES
While all colleges in the University of South Alabama base their programs on the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences is especially committed to humane studies. These studies encompass those disciplines involving the nature of man and the universe, the motivations and processes of human relationships, and the creative arts through which people express their thoughts and feelings.
The College - particularly in its core curriculum, which precedes specialized study - introduces the student to a broad spectrum of knowledge: the mysteries of the natural sciences, the complexities of the social sciences, the responses of literature, philosophy, and the fine arts.
The goal of such studies is to develop particular qualities within the student: an awareness of the studentís inherited intellectual tradition, a disposition to inquire into matters and to know how inquiry can be most effectively carried out, the ability to think well and independently, and a sense of responsibility for the well-being of society.
The College of Arts and Sciences is keenly aware that educated individuals are more than trained job-holders. They are men and women who are capable of enlightened evaluation of our complex world. This education enables them to make intelligent efforts at solving human problems.
Degree requirements are to be satisfied with Arts and Sciences courses unless otherwise specified. Courses in other colleges may be taken for elective credit, only after approval of the studentís advisor, chair, and the dean.
At least 32 hours of course work must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the Universityís residency requirement.
An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the studentís major or concentration area. At least 15 of the 32 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area.
OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Candidates for these degrees must meet the general requirements listed below, as well as completing the requirements for a major and minor field. Requirements for a major or minor are listed under the departmental headings. A student may count no more than 50 hours in a single discipline toward a degree, and no more than eight hours of directed study toward a degree. The same course cannot be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements.
Goals of general education are an awareness of our inherited intellectual traditions, the ability to think and communicate clearly, and a sense of responsibility for the well-being of society. General education should establish the foundation for lifelong learning.
The general education curriculum encompasses six major areas:
The student should work with an academic advisor to plan their course of study in each of these six areas. The courses should be planned with an emphasis on continuity of information.
PACE DEGREE PROGRAM
Communication 15 hrs
The communication component of the general education curriculum is based upon the fundamental literacies: written and spoken English, and a foreign language. The basic skills for this component and competence in university-level English composition, which includes writing well-organized, effective essays and research papers; the development of skills in the oral communication of English; and introductory- level proficiency in a foreign language. To satisfy the communication component, complete section 01 and 02.
01 - Written and Oral Communication (9 hrs)
In addition to the communication requirements, all undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses. A minimum of one course must be in major or minor.
02 - Foreign Language (6 hrs)
The Fine and Performing Arts component
of the general education curriculum addresses the creative and aesthetic
needs of individuals, helping them to achieve an appreciation of art,
music, and the dramatic arts.
04 - The Humanities (12 hrs)
The Humanities component of the general education curriculum focuses on the fundamental ideas, philosophy, and values of civilization. Disciplines include English, Foreign Languages and Literatures. Select courses from at least 2 disciplines and a minimum of 3 hrs literature required.
05 - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 hrs)
This component of the general education curriculum focuses upon developing an appreciation of the study of human behavior and its consequences, including the structure and functioning of institutions and the history of cultures. Disciplines include Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Select courses from at least 2 disciplines and a minimum of 3 hours history required.
06 - Sequence Requirement (6 hrs)
Select 6 hours sequence in literature or history from
any one group:
The Natural Sciences and Mathematics 14 hrs
The natural sciences, mathematical, and statistical component of the general education curriculum focuses on the experience of science as a rational search for understanding the natural world, and the appreciation of mathematics and statistics as valuable tools for everyday life and as intrinsically important ways of thinking. To satisfy the natural science and mathematics component, complete section 07 and 08.
07 - Mathematics
Select one course:
08 - Natural Sciences
Complete either option A or option B below:
Option A: Complete 3 courses with labs.
Option B: Complete 2 courses from list above and ST 210 or a math course above MA 112 except MA 201 and MA 202.
09 - PE/ROTC (2 hrs)
Select 2 hours (course level 100) from department of PE or AS or MS.
10 - Lower Division Electives
Select course level 100 or 200 from any department except developmental studies.
11 - Major
See specific department for requirements.
12 - Major Residency/GPA
Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major or concentration area.
13 - Minor
See specific department for requirements.
14 - Upper Division Electives
Select course level 300 or 400 from any department.
15 - University Residency Requirement/GPA
Complete a minimum of 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.
All exceptions to the general education requirements must be approved by the studentís advisor, chair, and the dean.
AND MINORS IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Requirements for a minor are determined by the department. Students may not choose a major and a minor in the same department unless they are clearly separate disciplines that fall administratively under a single department and have been approved as such by the Dean. The same courses cannot be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements.
OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART
OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE ART
BACHELOR OF MUSIC
IN OTHER COLLEGES AND DIVISIONS
Students seeking dual degrees or second degrees must have a course of study approved in advance.
For further information about these programs, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, or the Office of International Programs in the School of Continuing Education.
CERTIFICATION FOR ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS
See College of Education for Teacher Certification Requirements.
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