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Student Information

 Advising Information for College of Arts and Sciences Students Fall 2022

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

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

  3. Computer Competence: All students must complete 3 credit hours in a computer competence course.

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

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 or 400 level.

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

  12. Repeating Courses: Any student who has received a grade of less than C in a course may repeat that course.

  13. 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.

  14. Internships: A student wanting to take an internship must make arrangements with the CareerCenter 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.

  15. 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.

General University Requirements and A&S Requirements

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

Mathematical Analysis (6 cr.)

Computer Competence (3 cr.)
CS/IT 102, CS 131, CS 170, CS171, EC 386, PHYS 123, POSC 212,  PSY 207 

Critical Thinking (2 cr.)
LA 100 / LA 110

Oral Communication                                                                                                                                         LA 100 / LA 110

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.)
CUL XXX, PH 120/ REL 120

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, METR 151, NSCI 224, NSCI 248, PHYS 15X


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.

Department Chairs

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

Dr. Donald Williams
Chair of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics
(History, Political Science, Philosophy, Economics)
ext. 1649

Dr. Ann Kizanis
Chair of Mathematical Sciences
H309F • ext. 1784

Dr. Lisa Muftic
Chair of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work
H200F • ext. 1555

Dr. Sandra Navarro
Chair of English and Cultural Studies
(Art/French/Music/Philosophy/Religion, Sign Language/Spanish/Theater)
H202C • ext. 1755

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

Dr. Brian O’Neill
Chair of Computer Science and Information Technology
H207D • ext. 1353 

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

Dr. Emily Ford
Chair of Physical and Biological Sciences
CSP 353 • ext. 1378

Department Directors

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

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

Dr. Anita Dancs
Director of Global Cultures
H206B • ext. 1602

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

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. Rachel H. Thompson
Director of Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis
CSP 159 • ext. 1485

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

Masters of Fine Arts
Ms. Stephanie Wardrop
H1001 • ext. 1606