Dean: Lawrence D. Allen (460-6281)
Associate Deans: Margaret W. Miller, J. Stephen Thomas
Director of Graduate Studies: J. Stephen Thomas
Departments of Instruction
Air Force Studies
Art and Art History
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Geology, Geography, Meteorology
Personalized Studies Program
Mathematics and Statistics
Political Science, and Criminal Justice
Sociology and Anthropology
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
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 student's advisor, chair, and the dean.
At least 32 semester 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 15 of the 32 upper-division hours must be in the major or
BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR
A minimum of 128 semester hours in prescribed and elective courses is
required for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Arts
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 semester hours in a single discipline toward a degree,
and no more than eight semester 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. history,
social and behavioral sciences, V. natural sciences and mathematics, and VI. physical
education. 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
All exceptions to the general education requirements must
be approved by the student's advisor, chair, and the dean.
I. Communication - 15 sem. 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 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
To satisfy the communication component, each of the
requirements below (a, b, and c) must be satisfied.
(a) Written English Communication
Both of the following are required:
EH 101. Students may be exempt with an ACT English score
of 27 or higher or SAT verbal score of 550 or higher.
EH 102. Students may not enroll in EH 102 until they have
fulfilled the EH 101 requirement.
(b) Oral English Communication
CA 110, Public Speaking
(c) Foreign Language Communication
A one-year sequence of a foreign language is required. For
exemptions see Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.
II. Fine and Performing Arts - 6 sem. 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.
Two courses, selected from art, music, and drama are
required. Both may be from part (a) or one from part (a) and one from part (b).
(a) History and Appreciation
One or two of the following:
ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, or 242
(b) Applied Fine Arts Course
If only one course, 3 semester hours, is taken in part (a), 3 semester hours selected from
the following courses must be taken in part (b):
ARS 121, 123, 124, 241 or 281
DRA 100, 101, 102, 120, 121, 130, 131, 132, 210, 220, 221, 240 or 250
MUA, MUB, MUO or MUE 102, 103, 202 or 203
III. The Humanities - 12 sem. hrs.
The Humanities component of the general education curriculum focuses on the fundamental
ideas, philosophy, and values of civilization. Disciplines include English, Philosophy,
and Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Twelve semester hours are required, including a minimum of
3 semester hours in literature. Courses must be selected from the following:EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235 or 236
PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, or 240
Intermediate level foreign language courses
Courses selected must include at least 2 disciplines.
IV. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - 12
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.
Twelve semester hours are required including a minimum of 3
semester hours in History. Courses must be selected from the following:
AN 100, 101
GEO 114, 115
HY 101, 102, 235, or 236
PSY 120, 250
SY 109, 112
Courses selected must include at least 2 disciplines.
NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence in either
literature or history. Acceptable sequences in Literature are: EH 215-216, 225-226, or
235-236. Acceptable sequences in HY are: HY 101-102 or HY 235-236.
V. The Natural Sciences and
Mathematics - 14 sem. 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.
At least 14 semester hours are required. Complete
requirement (a) below and either (b) or (c).
(a) One of the following Math courses is required:MA 110, Finite Mathematics
MA 112, Precalculus Algebra, or a higher level MA course.
(b) Three Natural Science courses
Courses must be selected from the following:
BLY 101 or 121, 102 or 122
CH 101, 103, 131, 132, 141
GEO 101, 102
GY 111, 112
PH 101, 104, 114 or 201, 115 or 202
(c) Two Natural Science courses with labs from the above list (minimum 8 semester hours),
and ST 210 or a Math course above MA 112.
VI. Physical Education/ROTC 2 sem. hrs.
Two semester 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 the Bulletin. At least 15 semester 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 depart-mental 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
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
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.
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 a major way in a number of international
programs: summer sessions in England, France, Greece, and Mexico; student exchange
programs and seminars in France, Germany and Russia; as well as the International
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.
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
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 the Bulletin. For
further information, write to the Director, Career Services Center, 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.