Dean: Lawrence D. Allen (460-6281)
Associate Deans: Margaret W. Miller, J. Stephen Thomas
Director of Graduate Studies: J. Stephen Thomas
Departments of Instruction
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 students 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 Deans Office or Registrars 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 students advisor, chair, and the dean.
At least 32 hours of course work must be at the upper
division level in order to fulfill the Universitys 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 students major
or concentration area. At least 15 of the 32 upper-division hours must be in the major or
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
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.
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
- Fine and Performing Arts
- History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- 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 students 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.
- 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.
- Oral English Communication
CA 110, Public Speaking
- 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).
- History and Appreciation
One or two of the following:
ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101,
ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, or 242
- 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
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
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
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).
- One of the following Math courses is required:
MA 110, MA 112, or higher
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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.
See College of Education for Teacher Certification
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,
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.
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