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The College of Arts and Sciences
105 Foust Building


Walter H. Beale, Professor and Dean of the College
Timothy D. Johnston, Professor and Associate Dean
William A. Link, Professor and Associate Dean
Sheila Schurer, Assistant to the Dean

The College of Arts and Sciences is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Art, Biology, Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, English, Geography, German and Russian, History, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, and Sociology. It also includes the Residential College and the Center for Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, which sponsors such cross-disciplinary programs as Special Programs in Liberal Studies, the Honors Program, Freshman Seminars, and Strong College, a residential community. See Chapter 6 for further information. The basic undergraduate degree of the College is the Bachelor of Arts, traditionally a liberal arts degree. While other degrees offered by the College (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, and Bachelor of Fine Arts) contain professional and technical studies, they are primarily programs in the liberal arts.

Through its faculty, courses, and programs, the College of Arts and Sciences encourages intellectual inquiry and development of the knowledge and skills that enable critical examination of traditions and assumptions. A liberal education prepares students for informed and reflective participation in society, for sustained cultural and aesthetic enjoyment, and for a lifetime of learning.

Freedom and self-motivation in the context of a rational plan of disciplined study are fundamental to a liberal arts education. Students are encouraged to seek relationships among the various subjects studied and to develop a coherent intellectual perspective. To aid in this process, the College requirements build upon the All University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER).

College Requirements
Included in the list below are the College requirements that differ from AULER along with the designated courses that meet those requirements.

Writing-Intensive Courses
  To emphasize the importance of writing both as an essential skill and as a tool for learning, the College requires students to take four Writing-Intensive courses. The Writing-Intensive courses offered each semester are designated by a "W" in the printed semester Schedule of Courses.  
At least one of the four Writing-Intensive courses must be in the lower division (200 and below), at least one in the upper division (300 and above), and at least one in the department or program of the student's primary major.  
Students transferring to UNCG as sophomores are required to take three Writing-Intensive courses, distributed as in 1-a above. Students transferring to UNCG as juniors are required to take two Writing-Inten sive courses.  
Writing-Intensive courses may also meet AULER, College, or major requirements.  
  Students who obtain a score of 5 on the English Advanced Placement Literature and Composition examination are exempted from one of the required lower-division writing-intensive courses. Contact the Department of English for further i nformation.  
College Requirements by Area (CLER)
Semester Hours
Analytic and Evaluative Studies (CAE)
British or American Literature (CBL)
Fine Arts (CFA)
Historical Perspectives on Western Culture
Six hours required, including one course from each category:
Pre-Modern (CPM) (3 hours) CCI 201, 202, 211, 212, 220, 323; FMS 101; HIS 220, 221, 222, 251, 357, 368, 369, 373; PHI 251; RCO 240-249; REL 202, 204, 210; WCV 101
Modern (CMO) (3 hours) AFS 100; CST 205; FMS 102; GEO 102; HIS 211, 212, 223, 252, 301, 302, 327, 335, 336, 374, 397; PHI 252; RCO 240- 249; REL 131, 212; WCV 102
Mathematics (CMT)
Natural Science
Nine to ten hours required including one laboratory course (indicated by an asterisk),
and at least one course from each category:
Physical Science (CPS)
(3-7 hours)
CHE 103, 104, 106, 110*, 111, 112*, 114, 115*, FMS 104, 104L*; CTX 211; GEO 103, 111, 111L*, 311, 311L*, 314, 314L*; HSS 207a1; PHY 203, 205, 205L*, 209, 211*, 212*, 235, 291*, 292*; RCO 110-119
Life Science (CLS) (3-7 hours) ATY 253*, 331; BIO 111*, 112*, 105; FMS 104, 104L*; FNS 213; HSS 207b1; PSY 230; RCO 110-119
FMS 104 may carry either CPS or CLS credit; check with advisor or Registrar
Non-Western Studies (CNW)
Reasoning and Discourse (CRD)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSB)
Nine hours required: three courses from three different departments
World Literature (CWL)
Foreign Language (CFL)
6 or proficiencyAP
Intermediate-level proficiency in one language required. Proficiency may be demonstrated by placement test or by completing coursework (through course number 204**) in: French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish.** In Ge rman, proficiency may also be demonstrated by completing GER 311.Non-native speakers of English are exempted from the College foreign language requirement.

AP Indicates that AP credit is available in these categories; see pp. 20-21 for AP course listings.

In addition to the above listed courses, students may receive CLER credit for courses taken in three overseas programs offered by the University's Office of International Programs:

Fall Semester in Britain

Language and Literature of Twentieth Century Criticism (CFA)
European Nations and States (CHP-CMO)
Sociology: European Social Structures (CSB-SOC)
Political Science: British Institutions and Politics (CSB-PSC)
Human Geography: The Making of Europe (CHP-CPM)
Environmental Principles (CPS)

Fall Semester in Finland

Cultures and Societies of Scandinavia (CSB)
Indigenous Cultures of the Polar Region (CNW)
Arts of Scandinavia (CFA)
Finnish and Scandinavian Literature in Translation (CWL)
Nordic Nature and Environment (CLS)

Spring Semester in Poland

Arts in Contemporary Poland (CFA)
Culture and Society in Contemporary Poland (CSB-SOC)
Evolution of Political Systems in Eastern Europe (CSB-PSC)
History of Poland (CHP-CMO)
Transition of Central European Countries to Market Economies (CSB-ECO)
For information about these courses contact the Office of International Programs, 112 Foust Building, UNCG, 910/334-5404.

All students in the College must fulfill the foregoing College Requirements. A course in the major may be used to satisfy College liberal education requirements.

Requirements for each of the degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are included in the descriptions of majors, concentrations, and minors under the respective departments.

Major Requirements

Major requirements are described for each program listed. A course cross-listed in the major department must be taken within the major and counts toward the total hours in the major.

Minor Requirements

Most departments and interdepartmental programs of the College offer a minor program which may be taken in conjunction with a major. In general, a minor requires 15 to 21 hours in a department or area with no more than 8 hours at the 100 level and no fewer than 9 hours taken at UNCG.

Second Majors

A student may take a second major in conjunction with the first major. This program requires a minimum of 24 semester hours in each of two approved majors. All requirements of each major must be met; hours from the second major can be applied toward the University-wide distribution requirements (AULER). A student with a first major outside the College who chooses a second major in one of the College departments is required to complete all of the departmental requirements for the second major but need not satisfy the College liberal education requirements. In the case of transfer students, at least 12 hours in each major must be taken at UNCG. Students wishing to complete a second major should contact the Office of the Director of Academic Advising and Support Services so that an advisor can be appointed in each major.

Special Academic Programs
(see Chapters 6 and 7)

Freshman Seminars
Honors Program
Medical Technology
Plan II
Preprofessional Programs
Residential College
Special Programs in Liberal Studies
Study Abroad
Teacher Education

Student-Designed Interdisciplinary
Major (SDIM)

The Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Major (SDIM) is an option available to students whose academic goals are not adequately served by any major, or combination of majors, second majors, and minors, available in the College of Arts and Sciences or in one of the professional schools.

Students selecting the SDIM option must satisfy all College Liberal Education Requirements and meet all University academic regulations. The option may not be used as a way of circumventing the requirements of an established major and SDIM Plans (see below) that constitute only minor changes to an existing major will not be approved. An SDIM Plan must represent a coherent academic program of study, not simply a collection of courses assembled to enable a student to obtain a degree.

The procedure for requesting approval of an SDIM is as follows:

1. A faculty member in the College must agree to serve as the student's advisor and to take responsibility for helping the student design a plan of study and for monitoring the student's progress. A student who wishes to pursue a SDIM, but is unsure which faculty to ask to serve as his or her advisor, should consult initially with the Associate Dean of the College (Timothy D. Johnston, Room 100, Foust Building).

  1. The student and the advisor devise a Plan of Study for the major. The Plan consists of:

a brief paragraph describing the aims and intentions of the proposed major, and explaining why no existing major or combination of majors, second majors, or minors can be used to pursue those aims;
a list of courses (minimum of 24 credits) that will constitute the major;
either a list of courses or a narrative paragraph explaining how the student will satisfy (or has satisfied) the College's Liberal Education, foreign language, and writing-intensive requirements.
The student's advisor should ensure that courses included in the Plan are in fact offered with reasonable frequency; not all courses listed in the bulletin will be available with sufficient frequency to ensure timely graduation.
The Plan is initially submitted to the Associate Dean of the College for review. The Associate Dean will ensure that the Plan meets all the requirements noted above and will send copies of the approved Plan to the student, the major advisor, and the Office of Academic Advising and Support Services.
A student planning to graduate with a SDIM should submit the Plan of Study for review as soon as possible, but in any case prior to registering for the last 45 credit hours needed for graduation.
Any changes to the Plan after it has been submitted must be approved by the Associate Dean, who will forward the modified Plan to the Office of Academic Advising and Support Services. Generally, modification s will only be approved because some of the approved courses have become unavailable or because a new course appears to be better suited to the Plan than one that was originally included.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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