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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African-American Studies
Gerontology
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Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science and Criminal Justice
Public Administration
Psychology
Sociology and Anthropology
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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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
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.

  1. Communication
    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 are 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, each of the requirements below (a, b, and c) must be satisfied.
    1. Written English Communication Both of the following are required:
      1. English 101. Students may be exempt with an ACT English score of 27 or higher or SAT verbal score of 465 or higher. Transfer credit for EH 101 must be validated with a proficiency test, the USA 010 exam.
      2. English 102. Students may not enroll in EH 102 until they have fulfilled the EH 101 requirement.
    2. Oral English Communication
      CA 110, Public Speaking

    3. Foreign Language Communication
      A one-year sequence of a foreign language is required.


      Foreign language transfer credit must be validated with a foreign language proficiency test. (See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for details and exemptions.)

  2. Fine and Performing Arts
    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.

    Two courses, totaling at least 8 hours, are required. Both may be from part a or one from part a and one from part b.

    1. History and Appreciation
      One or two of the following:
      1. 1. ARS 101, DRA 110, 350, 351, or 352, MUL 100, 201, or 202, any four-credit 100/200 level ARH course.
    2. Applied
      If only four hours are taken in part a, four hours in the following must be taken:
      1. ARS 121, 123, 124, 241, or 281, DRA 104 or 120; 4 credits from MUA, MUB, MUO, MUE 101, 102, 103, 181, 201, 202, or 203.
  3. The Humanities
    The Humanities component of the general education curriculum focuses on the fundamental ideas and values of civilization by having degree candidates examine aspects of the literary heritage, philosophy, and history of various cultures. The disciplines which constitute the humanities are: English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Philosophy.

    Five courses totaling at least 20 quarter hours are required. Requirements a and b below must be satisfied.

    1. Humanities series: One of the following three-course series is required:
      1. EH 211, 212, and 213.
      2. EH 221, 222, and one of the following: EH 241, 323, 325, 374 or 375.
      3. Two of the following: PHL 110, 121, 131; and a third course 200 or above.
      4. PHL 241, 243, and one of the following: PHL 242 or 244.
      5. HY 101, 102 and one of the following: HY 241, 244, 245, 246, 249, 251, 252, 253, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357 or 358.
      6. HY 235, 236, and one of the following: HY 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 477, or 478.
    2. Humanities electives: Two additional courses are required. These electives are to be chosen from the humanities disciplines listed above, but they may not be from the discipline used to satisfy part a. Both electives do not have to be from the same discipline.

      The following courses may not be used as humanities electives: elementary level foreign languages and English writing courses.

  4. The Social Sciences Series
    The social sciences 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 cultures. The disciplines which constitute the social sciences are: Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

    Five courses totaling at least 20 quarter hours are required. Requirements a and b below must be satisfied.

    1. Social Sciences series: One of the following three-course series is required:
      1. AN 100, 101 and one 300/400 level course.
      2. CA 100 or 101, 210, and any 300/400 level course.
      3. CJ 205, 301, and 315.
      4. GEO 114 and two of the following: GEO 312, 351, or 365.
      5. GEO 114, 270, and 311.
      6. IS 100, PSC 250, and PSC 270.
      7. PSC 130, either 140 or 150, and 334.
      8. PSC 130, PSC 311, and either 312 or 313.
      9. PSY 210, 211, and any 300/400 level course.
      10. SY 109; one of 112, 200, 220, or 241; and any 300/400 level course.
    2. Social Sciences electives: Two additional courses are required. These electives are to be chosen from the social sciences disciplines listed above, but they may not be from the discipline used to satisfy part a. Both do not have to be from the same discipline.

      The following courses may not be used as social science electives: CA 102, 110, 202, 240, 244, 250, 280, 281, 320, 325, 340, 380, 381, 480, 481; GEO 111, 241, 341, 342.

  5. The Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics
    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.


    Six courses, totaling at least 24 quarter hours, are required. Requirements a, b, and c must be satisfied.

    1. Mathematics and Statistics. One course is required from the following: MA 100, 120, 121, 131, 172, or 287; or ST 175 or 315.
    2. Natural Sciences Laboratory series: One of the following two- or three-course laboratory sequences from biology, chemistry, geology, or physics is required.
      1. BLY 101 and 102; or BLY 141 and one or two of the following: BLY 142, 143.
      2. CH 114, 115, 116.
      3. GY 101 and one or two of the following: GY 102 or 103.
      4. GY 101, 231; 232 may be added.
      5. PH 111, 112; 113 may be added; or PH 215, 216; 217 may be added.
    3. Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics electives: If a two-course lab sequence is completed, then three additional courses are required. If a three-course lab sequence is completed, two additional courses are required. In fulfilling this requirement, no more than three courses may come from any one discipline.

      Elective courses are to be selected from the following disciplines: biology; chemistry, except CH 110; geology; physics; mathematics, except MA 171 or 181; and statistics. In addition, physical anthropology, AN 210; and physical geography, GEO 111, 241, 341, and 342, may be used as natural science electives.

  6. Physical Education/ROTC
    Six quarter hours of PE or ROTC are required.

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.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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:

General Requirements

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.

Professional Requirements
The student must complete the professional requirements in the College of Education, as specified under the "Department of Curriculum and Instruction."


Teaching Specialization
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.")

Candidacy Requirements

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.

GRADUATE STUDIES
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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