College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The humanities and social sciences departments offer undergraduate programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Liberal Arts.

Language Proficiency Requirement
College Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree provide a broad, comprehensive education with many options for developing major and minor programs. Bachelor of Arts degree programs require completion of a major within the college and (except as specified by policies concerning second majors) a minimum of 75 credits outside the major field. The following is a list of major fields in which the Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts programs in the social sciences and humanities (with the exception of Economics) are required to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language. This requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the options listed at Academic Policies: Language Requirement. Students with documented learning disabilities may be allowed to fulfill the language requirement through an alternate set of courses. Such students should file appropriate documentation with the office of Disability Services, at which time they will receive information on their alternative requirement.

Students who wish to present official evidence of language proficiency for purposes of employment or application to graduate schools should consult policies noted under the heading Academic Policies: Language Requirement for a listing of avenues by which certification of language proficiency may be pursued.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree provides students with specialized training. All Bachelor of Science degree programs require completion of a major within the college and a minimum of 60 credits outside the major field. The only major field in which the BS degree is currently offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences is Criminal Justice. In order to receive a degree in criminal justice the department requires that students have a 2.2 cumulative average overall and a 2.5 average in Criminal Justice courses.

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree take two disciplinary or interdisciplinary concentrations of 8 to 10 courses each. The degree offers students curricular flexibility and a broad background in the humanities and social sciences. Specific degree requirements are:

1. A total of 48 to 60 credit hours in the Humanities and Social Sciences, distributed as follows: two (2) concentrations of 8 to 10 courses (24-30 credit hours) each, with at least four of the courses in each concentration at or above the 300 level.

2. Students also must choose to fulfill one of the following:

a. A foreign language and culture requirement (4 courses)

b. A practical and technical skills requirement (4 courses)

c. An intellectual diversity and cultural experience requirement (4 courses).

3. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5

Minors are not permitted in the BLA program.

The following concentrations have been approved for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree:

  • Art History
  • Comparative Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • English/Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Languages
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy/Communication
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts
  • Writing/Journalism

College Requirements for Humanities and Social Science Students

In order to qualify for a baccalaureate degree offered by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, each undergraduate in the social sciences and humanities must comply with the University's general education requirements, and must conform to the rules of the College that govern degrees and major studies for such degrees.

A student seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must earn a minimum 2.200 average in his or her major(s) area by the end of the senior year.

A student seeking the Bachelor of Science degree must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.200 and a minimum of 2.500 in Criminal Justice.

A student seeking the bachelor of Liberal Arts degree must earn an overall minimum GPA of 2.500.

Students who have failed to achieve a 2.000 average in their major(s) by the end of the junior year (typically 27 hours in the major of 89 hours undertaken by the end of the junior year) have not made satisfactory progress toward their degrees, and upon the recommendation of appropriate departmental committees and the concurrence of the Dean, such students may be placed on probationary status within the college or dismissed from the University for inadequate scholarship.