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The College of Arts and Sciences

105 Foust Building

 

Walter H. Beale, Professor and Dean of the College

Robert E. Gatten, Jr., Professor and Associate Dean

Mary K. Sandford, Associate Professor and Associate 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 include the Residential College and Strong College, both of which are residential communities, as well as the Honors Program, Freshman Seminars, and Special Programs in Liberal Studies.

CASA, the College advising center, provides academic assistance for first-year and pre-major undergraduate students.

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, not to include ENG 101 or 102 or their equivalents. The Writing-Intensive courses offered each semester are designated by a "W" in the printed semester Schedule of Courses.

a. 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. A single course may satisfy both the requirement for a course in the major and one of the requirements for a course at a specific level (lower- or upper-division), as long as a total of four Writing Intensives are taken.
b. 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-Intensive courses.

NOTE: 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 information.

 

College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER)
Approved Courses

(1) Indicates an Honors Core course requiring Honors Program permission prior to registration.
AP Indicates that AP credit is available in these categories; see AP courses.

Analytic and Evaluative Studies (CAE)

3 sem hours

British or American Literature (CBL)

3 sem hours AP

Fine Arts (CFA)

6 sem hours AP

 Historical Perspectives on Western Culture

Six hours required, including one course from each category:

6 sem hours AP
 a. Pre-Modern (CPM)

CCI 201,202, 211, 212, 220, 230, 323; FMS 101; GER 215; HIS 220, 221, 222, 251, 357, 368, 369, 373; HSS 201(1); PHI 251; RCO 240-249; REL 202, 204, 210; WCV 101

3 sem hours
 b. Modern (CMO)

AFS 100; CST 205; FMS 102; GEO 102; GER 216; HIS 211, 212, 223, 252, 301, 302, 327, 335, 336, 374, 397; HSS 202(1); PHI 252; RCO 240-249; REL 131, 212, 215;
CV 102

 3 sem hours
 Mathematics (CMT)
3 sem hours AP
 Natural Science

Nine to ten hours required including one laboratory course (indicated by an asterisk), and at least one course from each category:

9-10 sem hours AP
 a. Physical Science (CPS)

CHE 103, 104, 106, 110*, 111, 112*, 114, 115*; FMS 104, 104L*; GEO 103, 111, 111L*, 311, 311L*, 314, 314L*; HSS 203(1);PHY 203, 205, 205L*, 209, 211, 212, 235, 251*, 252*, 291, 292; RCO 110-119; TDM 211

3-7 sem hours
 b. Life Science (CLS)

ATY 253*, 331; BIO 111*, 112*, 105; FMS 104, 104L*; HSS 204(1); NFS 213; PSY 230; RCO 110-119

Note: FMS 104 may carry either CPS or CLS credit; check with advisor or semester Schedule of Courses.

3-7 sem hours
 Non-Western Studies (CNW)
 3 sem hours
 Reasoning and Discourse (CRD)
6 sem hours AP
Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSB)

Nine hours required; three courses from three different departments.

9 sem hours AP
World Literature (CWL)
3 sem hours
 Foreign Language (CFL)

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, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

0-12 sem hours or proficiency AP

**In German, proficiency may also be demonstrated by completing GER 311.
Non-native speakers of English are exempted from the College foreign language requirement.

CLER Credit Through Study Abroad

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. For information about these courses, contact the Office of International Programs, 112 Foust Building, UNCG, 336/334-5404.

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)
Polish Literature in Translation (CWL)

 

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 Student Academic Services so that an advisor can be appointed in each major.

Special Academic Programs
(see alphabetical listings)

  • Freshman Seminars
  • Grogan College
  • Honors Program
  • Medical Technology
  • Plan II
  • Preprofessional Programs
  • Residential College
  • Special Programs in Liberal Studies
  • Strong College
  • Study Abroad
  • Teacher Education
  • Women's Studies Program

 

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 (William A. Link, Room 100, Foust Building).
  2. The student and the advisor devise a Plan of Study for the major. The Plan consists of:
(1) 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;
(2) a list of courses (minimum of 24 credits) that will constitute the major;
(3) 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.

  1. 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 Student Academic Services.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Student Academic Services. Generally, modifications 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.

 

The College of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Areas of Study

Dept

Degrees

Majors/
Minors

Hours
Required

Areas of Study & AOS Codes

Licensure

Anthropology
BA
Anthropology
122
Anthropology U101
x
x x x x
 Anthropology U102
Social Studies
Art
BA
Art
122
Art History U103
x
x x x x
 Studio Art U105
x
x x x x
 Museum Studies U106
x
 x
 BFA
Art
128
Design U111
x
x x x x
 Painting U113
x
x x x x
 Sculpture U115
x
x
 BFA
Art
128
Art Education I (gen) U107
Spec Subj Area
x  x x x
Art Education II (std) U109
Spec Subj Area
Biology
BA
Biology
122
Biology U117
 x
x x x x
Biology U119
Secondary
x x x x
Biotechnology U120
x
x x x  x
 Environmental Biology U122
 x
x
 BS
Biology
122
Biology U116
x
x  x x  x
 Biotechnology U214
 x
x x x  x
 Environmental Biology U118
x
 Broadcasting/
Cinema & Theatre
 BA
Drama
122
Drama U147
x
x  x x x
 Drama (minor)
x
x x x x
 Technical Theatre (minor only) U150
 x
x
 BFA
Drama
124
Acting U149
x
 x x x
 124
 Design & Technical Theatre U153
x
x  x x
 128
Theatre Education U152
Spec Subj Area
x
 BA
Media Studies
122
Media Processes & Aesthetics U840
x
x x x x
 Moving Image & Sound U841
x
x x x x
 Electronic Media News/Documentary U842
x
x x x x
 Media Writing U843
x
x x x x
 Radio (minor only) U132
x
 Chemistry
BA
Chemistry
122
Chemistry U121
x
x x x x
 Chemistry U125
Secondary
x
 BS
Chemistry
122
Biochemistry U124
x
x x x x
 Chemistry U123
x
x x x  x
 Chemistry U126
Secondary
x
BS
Biochemistry
122
Biochemistry U860
x
 Classical Studies
BA
Classical Studies
122
Latin U129
Secondary
x x x x
 Latin Language & Literature U 358
x
x x x x
 Greek Language & Literature U356
x
x x x x
 Classical Civilization U354
x
x x x x
 Classical Archaeology U352
x
x x x x
 Classical Studies (minor only) U350
x
 Communication
BA
Communication Studies
122
Communication Studies U137
x
 English
BA
English
122
English U155
x
x x x x
English U157
Secondary 
 Geography
BA
Geography
122
Geography U163
x
x x x x
 Geography U169
Social Studies
x x x x
 Earth Science/Environmental Studies U167
x
x x x x
 Urban Planning U165
x
 German & Russian
BA
German
122
German U171
x
x x x x
 German U173
 Spec Subj Area
x
 -
 -
 Russian (minor only) U160
x
 History
BA
 History
122
History U175
x
x x x x
 History U177
 Social Studies
x x  x  x  Public History U176  x
 Mathematical Sciences
BS
Computer Science
122
Computer Science U180
x
x
 BA
Mathematics
122
Mathematics U179
x
x x x x
 Mathematics U183
Secondary
x
 BS
x
 122
Applied Mathematics U852
x
x x x x
 Applied Mathematics U850
Secondary
x x x x
 Pure Mathematics U853
x
x x x x
 Pure Mathematics U851
Secondary
x x x x
 Computer Science U182
x
x x x x
 Computer Science U854
Secondary
x x x x
 Statistics U184
x
x x x x
 Statistics U855
Secondary
 Philosophy
BA
Philosophy
122
Philosophy U189
x
x x x x
 Philosophy/Pre-law U190
x
 Physics & Astronomy
BA
Physics
122
Physics U191
x
x x x x
 Physics U195
Secondary
x
 BS
Physics
122
Physics U193
x
x x x x
 Physics U196
Secondary
 Political Science
BA
Political Science
122
Political Science U197
x
x x x x
 Political Science U199
Social Studies
Psychology
BA
Psychology
122
Psychology U215
x
x x x x
Psychology U217
 Social Studies
  Religious Studies
 BA
 Religious Studies
 122
 Religious Studies U219
x
 Romance Languages
BA
French
122
French U159
x
x x x x
French U161
Spec Subj Area
x
 BA
 Spanish
122
Spanish U227
 x
x x x x
 Spanish U229
Spec Subj Area
 Sociology
 BA
 Sociology
 122
 Sociology U221
x
x x x x
 Sociology U223
 Social Studies
x x x x
 Criminology U222
x

 

Special Degree Programs
(sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences)

 Dept

Degrees

Majors/
Minors

Hours Required

Areas of Study & AOS Codes

Licensure

 Interdepartmental
BSMT
Medical Technology
124
Medical Technology U187
x
 Biology
BS
Bio/4+1 Med Tech
124
Biology/Medical Tech U186
x
 Chemistry
BS
Chem/4+1 Med Tech
124
Chemistry/Medical Tech U188
x
Enterdepartmental
BA
Women's Studies
122
Women's Studies U870
 x

 

Special Programs in Liberal Studies

 Dept

Degrees

Majors/
Minors

Hours Required

Areas of Study & AOS Codes

Licensure

Interdepartmental
-
Special Programs
18
African American Studies U815
x
Interdepartmental
BA
Special Programs
122
Archaeology U808
x
Interdepartmental
BA
Special Programs
122
International Studies, with the following options:
x
x x x x  Global Affairs & International Development U809 x
x x x x
 Inter-Cultural Studies U810
x
x x x x  Regional Studies with emphasis in:
-Russian Stds U802
-European Stds (second maj/min) U812
-Asian Stds (minor only) U819
-African Stds (minor only) U818
 x
 Interdepartmental
BA
Special Programs
122
Linguistics U806
 x

 
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