1998-1999 Bulletin Information


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
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Communication
Dramatic Arts
Economics
English
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Geology, Geography, Meteorology
History
Interdisciplinary Programs
     African-American Studies
     Gerontology
     International Studies
     Personalized Studies Program
Marine Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Military Science
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science, and Criminal Justice
Psychology
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.

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 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 concentration area.

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
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 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 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 information.

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 foreign language.

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:

  1. EH 101. Students may be exempt with an ACT English score of 27 or higher or SAT verbal score of 550 or higher.

  2. 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:

ARS 101
DRA 110
MUL 101
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
AFR 101
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 sem. 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.

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
PSC 130
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 with labs.
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

OR

(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 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.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
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 University Consortium.

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:

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 the Bulletin. For further information, write to the Director, Career Services Center, 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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