College of Arts and Sciences

1999-2000 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

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 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 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 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.

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 science 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:

  1. Communication
  2. Fine and Performing Arts
  3. Humanities
  4. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  5. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  6. Physical Education/ROTC

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 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, each of the requirements below (a, b, and c) must be satisfied.

  1. 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.
  2. Oral English Communication
    CA 110, Public Speaking
  3. Foreign Language Communication
    A one-year sequence of a foreign language is required. For exemptions see Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

II. Fine and Performing Arts 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.

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).

  1. History and Appreciation
    One or two of the following:
    ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101,
    OR
    ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, or 242
  2. Applied Fine Arts Course
    If only one course, 3 hours, is taken in part (a), three 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 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 hours are required, including a minimum of three hours in literature. Courses must be selected from the following:
EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235 or 236
AFR 101
PHL 101, 121, 131, 231 or 240
Intermediate level foreign language courses

Courses selected must include at least two disciplines.

IV. 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.

Twelve hours are required including a minimum of three 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 two disciplines.

Note: Students must complete a six 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 235-236.

V. 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.

At least 14 hours are required. Complete requirement (a) below and either (b) or (c).

  1. One of the following Math courses is required:
    MA 110, MA 112, or higher
  2. 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
  3. Two Natural Science courses with labs from the above list (minimum eight hours), and ST 210 or a Math course above MA 112, except 201 and 202.

VI. Physical Education/ROTC 2 hrs
Two 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 15 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 ART
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 ARTThe 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 minor in business, a minor in marketing, or a minor in international business through the College of Business; a minor in 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.

See College of Education for Teacher Certification Requirements.

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, 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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