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 Advising Information for College of Arts and Sciences Students

  1. English: All students must complete two English composition courses (6 credits) with a grade of C or better in both courses.

  1. Mathematics: All students must complete 6 credits of mathematics with a grade of C or better in at least one course.

  1. Computer Competence: All students must complete 3 credit hours in computer science.

  1. Aesthetic Perspective: All students must take a course in the arts (appreciation, history or practice). These courses include ART, FILM, MUS, and THTR.

  1. Global Cultures Perspective: All students must complete one course in CUL before graduation. 

  1. Ethical Perspective: All students are required to complete 3 credit hours in philosophy (PH), excluding PH 110 and PH 204.

  1. Historical Perspective: All students are required to complete 3 credit hours in history.

  1. Social/Behavioral Science Perspective: Under the Behavioral/Social Science area, students are required to complete 3 credit hours of coursework chosen from among CJ, COMM 205, EC, GEOG, INST, LSOC, POSC, PSY, SO, SW.

  1. Natural Science Perspective: All students must take either two science courses with laboratories or a science course with a laboratory followed by a natural science perspective course with no laboratory. 

  1. Writing Intensive Courses: Two courses designated as Writing Intensive must be taken, one at the 200-level or 300 level, and one at the 300-level or 400 level. All Writing Intensive courses are approved by the Department of English.

  1. Closed Class Permits (Permission to Enroll in a Closed Course): See the instructor of the course.

  1. Repeating Courses: Any student who has received a grade of less than C in a course may repeat that course twice. The most recent grade stands.

  1. Independent Study: A student must make arrangements for an independent study prior to registration and complete a form from the Dean's office. The form must be signed by the faculty member who is directing the study, the faculty member’s department chair, the student's advisor, and by the student. The form must be accompanied by a course syllabus to be evaluated. Students with grade point averages of 3.0 or better, overall or in the major, may take up to 6 credits in their junior/senior years.

  1. Internships: A student wanting to take an internship must make arrangements with the Career Center prior to registration. An internship application must be completed and signed by the student, the academic advisor, the department chair, and the internship coordinator. A student may take a total of 6 credits in the junior/senior years and must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 overall and in the major, except where an internship is required in the major or with special permission of the Assistant Dean.

  1. ROTC: Students majoring within the College of Arts & Sciences may receive up to 15 credit hours from Military Leadership coursework, which will count as general elective credits. 

  2. Class Standing Designations: Students are designated as either freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in accordance with the number of credit hours they have completed at the University in a structured degree program.

    Freshman:  29 credit hours or fewer 

    Sophomore: 30-59 credit hours completed 

    Junior: 60-89 credit hours completed 

    Senior: 90 credit hours or more completed 

General University Requirements and A&S Requirements

English (Written Communication) (6 cr.)
ENGL 132-133, HON 133

Mathematical Analysis (6 cr.)

Computer Competence (3 cr.)

Oral Communication/Critical Thinking (2 cr.)
LA 100 – First Year Seminar

Perspectives of Understanding

2 natural science courses must be taken.
At least 4 more courses must be taken from the following 5 perspectives and each perspective must be covered.

Aesthetic Perspective (3 cr.) 

Global Cultures Perspective (3 cr.)

Ethical Perspective (3 cr.)
PH XXX (not PH 110, not PH 204)

Historical Perspective (3 cr.)

Social/Behavioral Science Perspective (3 cr.) 
CJ 101, COMM 205, EC 105, EC 106, EC 111, GEOG 101, GEOG 110, INST 101, LSOC 101,  POSC 101, POSC 102, PSY 101, SO 101, SW 100

Natural Science Perspective (6-8 cr.)
Two science courses with laboratories or a science course with a laboratory followed by a natural science perspective course with no laboratory.

Introductory Lab courses include: 
BIO 101, BIO 103, BIO 107/117,
BIO 108/118,
CHEM 101, CHEM 103, CHEM 105,  CHEM 106 
GEOL 101 
METR 101
PHYS 101, PHYS 103, PHYS 105 (El. Ed.), PHYS 123, PHYS 124, 
PHYS 133, PHYS 134 

Natural Science Perspective courses include:
BIO 15X, CHEM 15X, FS 15X, HS 210, NSCI 224, NSCI 248, PHYS 15X

Additional General University Requirement 

Physical Education
PEHR XXX (not PEHR 151)

Writing Intensive Course Requirement (6 cr.)

Two courses designated as Writing Intensive must be taken, one at the 200-level or 300-level, and one at the 300-level. These are additional courses in written communication.

CHEM 314 with CHEM 324,
CJ 210 | SO 210,
ENGL 206, ENGL 214, ENGL 215, ENGL 223-224, ENGL 231-232, ENGL 237,
ENGL 249, ENGL 251-252, ENGL 260, ENGL 270, ENGL 281, ENGL 290, ENGL 302,
ENGL 310, ENGL 312, ENGL 314-316, ENGL 319, ENGL 322, ENGL 324, ENGL 327-329,
ENGL 336, ENGL 338-339, ENGL 341, ENGL 343, ENGL 345, ENGL 351-355, ENGL 357-358,
ENGL 366, ENGL 370, ENGL 371, ENGL 376, ENGL 386, ENGL 390, ENGL 410-411, FS 240, HIST 204,
HIST 208, HIST 302, HIST 312, HIST 372-374, HIST 490, MATH 451-452, NSCI 247,
PH 240, PH 316, POSC 345, PSY 303,
SW 419 (for SW majors only), THTR 230
CJ 210 | SO 210 effective beginning Spring 2014
CHEM 314 with CHEM 324 effective beginning Spring 2015
HIST 373 effective beginning Fall 2016
THTR 230 effective beginning Fall 2017
ENGL 249, FILM 370 (formerly FILM 212), HIST 372 effective beginning Spring 2018
PSY 303 effective beginning Spring 2019
HON 390 – Colombia: History/Culture effective only for Fall 2014
THTR 290 – Sketch Comedy effective only for Fall 2015
THTR 290 – Playwriting effective only for Fall 2016
HIST 390 – Modern Colombia effective only for Spring 2017

Upper Level Requirement (30+ cr.)

30 credit hours or more in 300-400 level courses or satisfy requirements of a minor as well as major course of study.

Additional Perspective Course (3 cr.)

In A&S, we require a minimum of 7 Perspectives of Understanding courses.

Undergraduate Department Chairs & Directors

Dr. Doug Battema
Chair of Communication
(Communications, Journalism)
E101A • ext. 2274

Nicole Chaszar
Coordinator of Physical Education
AHLC 128 • ext. 2206

Dr. Anita Dancs
Chair of Arts & Humanities
(Art/French/Music/Philosophy/Religion, Sign Language/Spanish/Theater)
Director of Cultures Program
H206B • ext. 1602

Dr. Marc Dawson
Chair of History & Political Science
(History, Political Science, Geography)
28 Valley Road • ext. 1703

Dr. Nathan Dean
Director of Law and Society
28 Valley Road • ext. 1262

Dr. Herbert Eskot
Chair of Economics
E106 • ext. 1314

Dr. Stoney Herman Lee Jackson II
Chair of Computer Science & Information Technology
H207B • ext. 1314

Dr. David Mazur
Chair of Mathematics
H309F • ext. 1696

Dr. Lisa Muftic
Chair of Criminal Justice & Sociology
H200F • ext. 1555

Dr. Denine Northrup
Chair of Psychology
CSP 160 • ext. 1392

Dr. Deborah Patterson
Chair of Education
EG103 • ext. 1357

Dr. Jeffrey Schrenzel
Chair of Social Work
EG00A • ext. 1757

Dr. Sheralee Tershner
Chair of Neuroscience
CSP 155 • ext. 2193

Dr. Edward Wesp
Chair of English
(English, Film)
H100K • ext. 2356

Dr. Alex Wurm
Chair of Physical & Biological Sciences
(Biology/Chemistry/Forensic Science/Geology/Meteorology/Physics)
CSP 260 • ext. 2357

Dr. John Baick
Director of Honors Program
44 Valley Road • ext. 1571

Dr. Laura Janik
Director of International Studies
20 Valley Road • ext. 1619

Dr. Amelia Nagoski
Music Coordinator
R141 • ext. 2270

Graduate Department Chairs & Directors

Dr. Karl Martini
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Part Time Study
H205F • ext. 1265

(Graduate, Non-Traditional)
Arts & Sciences Office, Herman 205
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Master of Arts in English for Teachers
Dr. Edward Wesp
Chair of English
H100K • ext. 2356

Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers
Dr. David Mazur
Chair of Mathematics
H309F • ext. 1696

Ph.D. Program in Psychology
Dr. Gregory Hanley
Director of Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis
CSP 164 • ext. 2367

Master’s Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Rachel H. Thompson
Director of Master’s Program in Behavior Analysis
CSP 159 • ext. 1485

Master of Arts in Communication
Dr. Doug Battema
Director of M.A. in Communication
E101A • ext. 2274

Masters in Instruction and Curriculum
Dr. Deborah Patterson
Chair of Education
EG103 • ext. 1357