COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
1997-1998 Bulletin Information
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Dean: Lawrence D. Allen (460-6281)
Associate Deans: Margaret W. Miller / J. Stephen Thomas
Director of Graduate Studies: J. Stephen Thomas
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COLLEGE GOALS AND PURPOSES
The College of Arts and Sciences is, from both historical and functional points of view, the core of the modern university.
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 student's 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.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music. Options exist for students to earn dual degrees, double majors, or complete more than one minor. Students interested in these options should contact the Dean's Office or Registrar's Office for details.
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 with the approval of the student's advisor, chair, and the dean.
At least 48 quarter hours of course work must be at the upper-division level in order to fulfill the University's 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 student's major or concentration area. At least 20 of the 48 hours must be in the major or concentration area.
BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
A minimum of 192 quarter hours in prescribed and elective courses is required for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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 department headings. A student may count no more than 75 quarter hours in a single discipline toward a degree, and no more than twelve quarter hours of directed study toward a degree. The same courses cannot be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
The general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences are designed around the traditional concept of the well-educated individual. The well-educated individual thinks critically and communicates effectively, appreciates science as a rational search for understanding the structure and behavior of the natural world, understands mathematics and statistics as valuable tools of the sciences and as intrinsically important ways of thinking, recognizes the complexities of social life, and values the humanities and the fine arts.
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:
I. communication, II. fine and performing arts, III. humanities, IV. social sciences, V. natural science, mathematics, and statistics, and VI. physical education. The student should work with an academic advisor to plan the courses for study in each of these six areas. The courses should be planned with an emphasis on continuity of information.
All exceptions to the general education requirements must be approved by the student's advisor, chair, and the dean.
MAJORS AND MINORS IN THE COLLEGE OF
ARTS AND SCIENCES
Requirements for a major are determined by the department and are listed under the departmental listing in this Bulletin. At least 20 quarter hours of course work chosen from the major and numbered 300 or above must be satisfactorily completed in residence at the University of South Alabama. Courses are chosen in consultation with departmental advisors. Substitutions for stated requirements must be approved by the Chair of the department and the Dean of the college.
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.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ARTS
The degree requirements and admission requirements to the B.F.A. program in studio art are listed under the Department of Art and Art History.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS
The requirements for the B.F.A. degree in theatre arts are listed under the Department of Dramatic Arts.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC
The requirements for the B.M. degree in performance and music education are listed under the Department of Music.
PROGRAMS IN OTHER COLLEGES AND DIVISIONS
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect to pursue two majors and several minor fields of study in other colleges and divisions of the University. Those programs available to them are a major or minor in economics, a minor in business, a minor in marketing, and a minor in international business through the College of Business and Management Studies; a minor in computer and information sciences through the School of Computer and Information Sciences; a minor in leisure services through the College of Education; and a minor in biomedical sciences through the College of Allied Health Professions. For details of these programs, see the appropriate sections of this Bulletin.
Students seeking dual degrees or second degrees must have a course of study approved in advance.
The College participates in three special programs: the British Studies Program, the USA Summer Session in Paris, and the International University Consortium. The British Studies Program is an overseas program offered each summer in cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of London. Courses in several disciplines are offered. If the courses are offered as off-campus courses, students enroll as transient students.
The USA Summer Session in Paris is a six-and-a-half-week program under the direction of University faculty. Intensive courses in several disciplines are offered. No prior knowledge of French is required.
The International University Consortium (IUC) is a membership organization of colleges, universities, and other educational institutions that collaborate in the development and acquisition of innovative, interdisciplinary instructional materials that integrate print materials, multimedia technology, and faculty participation. The courses are offered through the cooperation of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs at the University of South Alabama.
The format for these multi-media-assisted courses includes tutorial work by a faculty member, reading materials, and televised presentations. The format provides flexibility in pacing for the non-traditional student.
For further information about these programs, contact Dr. E.B. Hannum, School of Continuing Education and Special Programs.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION FOR
ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may participate in the program leading to teacher certification in middle and high school education. This program consists of the following components:
The student must fulfill the General Requirements for the Bachelor's degree, as outlined above and including those for graduation and certification specified by the College of Education in its section of this Bulletin.
The student must complete the professional requirements in the College of Education, as specified under the "Department of Curriculum and Instruction."
The student must complete an approved major in departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and must meet the two 40-hour requirements or the composite option necessary for the appropriate teaching specializations. (See "Department of Curriculum and Instruction.")
The student must be properly admitted to Candidacy in a Teacher Education Program (see below) and to Student Teaching. For details, see the College of Education section.
Requirements for Admission to Candidacy in a Teacher Education Program for Arts and Sciences Students
The student must fulfill the requirements for admission to candidacy as outlined by the College of Education. In addition, the student must have an application approved not only by the advisor and department chair but also by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before submitting it to the Dean of the College of Education. The student is strongly urged to take the necessary tests and submit to the necessary evaluations as early as possible.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may participate in the Cooperative Education Program, which is described in a later section of this Bulletin. For further information, write to the Director, Cooperative Education Office, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Arts in Communication, English, History, and Sociology; to the Master of Public Administration degree; to the Master of Science degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, and Psychology; and to the Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Sciences.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Each applicant to a graduate program must meet the general Graduate School standards stated in the "Graduate School Admission Requirements and Procedures" section of this Bulletin. Individual programs may have additional requirements for admission and may be restricted because of capacity limitations. Consult departmental descriptions for additional information.
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