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COLLEGE OF
Arts and Sciences

KARL A. ROIDER, JR.
Dean

CRAIG M. CORDES
Associate Dean

M. JANE COLLINS
Associate Dean

PATRICIA BESTE
Assistant Dean

ALLISON DAUZAT
Counselor

ASHLEY GRAY
Counselor

ANDREA JONES
Counselor

GUADALUPE LAMADRID
Counselor

KRISTEN THOMAS
Counselor

JENNIFER CORE
Assistant to the Dean

ANN WHITMER
Coordinator of Grants and Contracts

 

260 Allen Hall
PHONE - 225/388-3141
FAX - 225/388-6447
WEBSITE - www.artsci.lsu.edu

The College of Arts and Sciences' primary purpose is to afford the student liberal education, which by its nature is broad rather than narrow, devoted to intellectual development and discipline rather than to the acquisition of technical skills. It should give the student some knowledge of the achievements of the human mind, with special reference to the western civilization of which both the ancient world and contemporary America are parts; the historical and cultural backgrounds essential to a true understanding of our world; and above all, orderly thinking processes and a scale of values by which the distinction can be made between permanent and trivial, substantial and pretentious, good and bad. To that end, some familiarity with historical and political studies, the sciences, and the arts is necessary.

As a human being and as a citizen, the student will find this training of lasting significance. As a member of a profession, each student will find desirable backgrounds for scholarship and teaching in all fields of knowledge and for law and medicine, which stress increasingly the value of broad intellectual training.

The curricula within the College require a number of courses which are deemed essential—individually and as a group—to the intellectual competence at which the liberal education aims; in addition to these, the student has electives which may be used to further general knowledge or to specialize in certain fields.

To accomplish its primary purpose, the College offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students may choose from 22 major areas of study and 18 concentrations. By completing a major in the College, the student will obtain a much broader background than is generally possible under the standard curriculum. The advantages of broad training for everyday life are obvious. Moreover, the added breadth of knowledge will be helpful in case the student continues beyond the bachelor's degree level. The teaching divisions within the College, the various curricula, and the degrees which are offered are shown in the chart on the following page.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

Students in this College bear final responsibility for selection of their academic programs and adherence to all published regulations and requirements of the College and the University. Each student must see a counselor for a final degree checkout during the semester prior to the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

Ignorance of a rule is not grounds for waiving that rule.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students will be admissible to the College of Arts & Sciences if they have earned at least 24 semester hours, have a grade-point average of at least 2.00 ("A" = 4) in all work taken within the LSU System and in all work taken overall; and have credit in or eligibility to enroll in ENGL 1002. Students majoring in Psychology or Communication Sciences and Disorders must have a grade-point average of at least 2.50 in all work taken within the LSU System and in all work taken overall.

Transfer students from other divisions of the University and other accredited colleges and universities must meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Transfer credits acceptable for admission shall be valid for degree credit in the College only to the extent to which they represent courses acceptable in the curricula of the College.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

General education requirements of the University are included in the curricula of the various departments in the College. For specific information concerning these requirements, see the "General Education Requirements" section of this catalog.

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES - UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

Departments/Schools

Curricula

Degrees

Department of Aerospace Studies

 

 

 

 

Bachelor

of

Arts

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Disorders

Department of English

English

Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

German

Latin

Spanish

Department of French & Italian

French

Department of Geography & Anthropology

Anthropology

Geography*

Department of History

History

Department of Military Science

 

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy

Department of Political Science

Political Science

Department of Psychology

Psychology*

Department of Sociology

Sociology

Department of Speech Communication

Speech Communication

Intercollegiate and Interdepartmental Programs

Economics

International Studies

Liberal Arts

Russian Area Studies

Department of Geography & Anthropology

Geography*

Bachelor

of

Science

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics

Department of Psychology

Psychology*

Intercollegiate Program

General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies

* Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science may be earned in geography and psychology.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COLLEGE

General Requirements

In order to qualify for a bachelor's degree in this College, a candidate must satisfy these requirements:

All group and course requirements as explained under "Curricular Requirements." (Students who break residence, either voluntarily or by compulsion, for at least two consecutive semesters, may not elect a catalog earlier than the one in force at the time of their re-entry.)
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 ("A" = 4) on all work taken in the LSU System and on all work taken.
A minimum grade-point average in the major field of 2.00 ("A" = 4) on all work taken in the LSU System and on all work taken.
A minimum of 128 semester hours of degree credit.
A minimum of 30 semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above. A minimum of 45 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above for the general studies major (15 of which must be at the 4000-level).
Degree credit will not be allowed for more than nine semester hours of 1000-level mathematics courses below 1550.
A minimum of 15 semester hours in residence in the major field, including at least nine semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
A minimum of 30 semester hours in residence in the College. The last year of work (last 30 semester hours) will be taken in residence in this College on the LSU campus.
English Proficiency—a "C" or better in ENGL 1002. Students who enter the College before they take English 1002 must take the course their first semester in the College.
Foreign Language—A level of proficiency in one foreign language as required by the student's major. Students should take a placement test and register at the appropriate level. Credit, up to a maximum of 14 semester hours, may be earned by placement.

Students who have a native fluency in a language other than English may satisfy the foreign language requirement in one of three ways: (a) by completing the prescribed number of hours in the curriculum for the B.A. or B.S. degree in a language other than English or their native language; (b) by taking a minimum of 12 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above in their native language; or (c) by taking nine semester hours of English and/or speech above the minimum requirements, as stated in the curriculum for the B.A. or the B.S. degree. (Only three hours may be earned in English 2001, 2002, or 2010 to meet this requirement. Professional and specialized courses in speech may not be counted toward this requirement.)

Students who have a native fluency in a language other than English should consult credit restrictions in that language under the appropriate foreign language department entry in this section of the catalog.

Curricular Requirements

The College has divided its subjects of study into the following three groups:

Group I—Humanities

Art
Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese)
Classical Languages (Latin, Greek)
Communication Sciences & Disorders (2050 only)
English
German
Music
Philosophy
Romance Languages (French, Italian, Spanish)
Religious Studies
Russian
Speech Communication
Theatre

Group II—Natural Sciences

Biological

Biological Sciences
Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Mathematical

Computer Science
Mathematics

Physical

Astronomy
Chemistry
Geography 2050-2051
Geology
Physical Sciences
Physics

Group III—Social Sciences

African & African American Studies
Anthropology
Communication Disorders (excluding 2050)
Economics
Geography (excluding 2050-2051)
History
International Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE

In addition to satisfying the departmental requirements for the major field, candidates for the B.A. and the B.S. degrees must meet minimum distribution requirements as outlined below:

BACHELOR OF ARTS (HUMANITIES)

Group I (Humanities)

English—Freshman English.
Literature—Six semester hours from the literature courses listed in the general education humanities requirement.
Foreign language—Through course 2154 or 2155 in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; or 2000-level course above 2053 in Greek, Latin, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Swahili languages, excluding courses taught in English.
General education arts elective, plus three additional hours in Group I other than English or foreign languages.

Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)

Biological and physical sciences—A minimum of a year course (six semester hours) with two semester hours of accompanying laboratory in either the biological or physical sciences. Three additional hours must also be completed in the alternate sciences for a total of 11 semester hours. Mathematics and computer science are considered mathematical sciences and cannot be used to fulfill the biological and physical sciences requirement.
Mathematics—1020/1021 or 1023, plus one additional course from the general education analytical reasoning courses. (MATH 1029 may be taken as an alternative to MATH 1020/1021 for certain majors. Please refer to the appropriate curriculum in the following pages.)

Group III (Social Sciences)

History—A minimum of six semester hours offered by the Department of History.
Nine semester hours in at least two additional Group III subjects exclusive of history.
Geography 2050 and 2051 do not fulfill Group III requirements.

BACHELOR OF ARTS (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

Group I (Humanities)

English—Freshman English.
Literature—Six semester hours from the literature courses listed in the general education humanities requirement.
Foreign language—Through course 2053 or 2102—except anthropology, which requires an additional semester in the language.
General education arts elective, and three additional hours in Group I, other than English or foreign languages.

Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)

Biological and physical sciences—A minimum of a year course (six semester hours) with two semester hours of accompanying laboratory in either the biological or physical sciences. Three additional hours must also be completed in the alternate sciences for a total of 11 semester hours. Mathematics and computer science are considered mathematical sciences and cannot be used to fulfill the biological and physical sciences requirement.
Mathematics—1020/1021 or 1023, plus one additional course from the general education analytical reasoning courses. (MATH 1029 may be taken as an alternative to MATH 1020/1021 for certain majors. Please refer to the appropriate curriculum guide in the following pages.)

Group III (Social Sciences)

History—A minimum of six semester hours offered by the Department of History.
Nine semester hours in at least two additional Group III subjects exclusive of history.
Geography 2050 and 2051 do not fulfill Group III requirements.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Group I (Humanities)

English—Freshman English.
Literature—Six semester hours from the literature courses listed in the general education humanities requirement.
Foreign language—Through course 2053 or 2102.
General education arts course, and three additional hours in Group I, other than English or foreign languages.

Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)

Biological and physical sciences—A minimum of a year course (six semester hours) with two semester hours of accompanying laboratory in either the biological or physical sciences. Three additional hours must also be completed in the alternate sciences for a total of 11 semester hours. Some departments may require six additional hours in the alternate science category for a total of 14 hours. Please refer to the appropriate curriculum guide in the following pages.
Mathematics—At least six semester hours in mathematics selected from courses numbered 1020 or above.

Group III (Social Sciences)

History—A minimum of six semester hours offered by the Department of History.
Nine semester hours in at least two additional Group III subjects exclusive of history.
Geography 2050 and 2051 do not fulfill Group III requirements.

MAJOR FIELD REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for a degree in this College will select one subject as their major field. Students may count a maximum of 45 hours in the major department toward the required 128 hours. However, for each hour in excess of 36 hours, one hour of upper level-work (3000- level and above) must be taken outside the major department. Departmental requirements for majors are given later in this section.

ENROLLMENT IN TWO DEGREE PROGRAMS

Double majors—Students may pursue double majors in this College. Both majors must be offered by departments within the College. By completing all residence and academic requirements for the two programs, a student may earn one bachelor’s degree with two majors.

Dual Degrees Within the College of Arts and Sciences—Students may pursue dual degrees in this College. Both majors must be offered by departments within the College. By completing residence and academic requirements, and earning 30 hours over the degree requirements (158 hrs. total), a student may earn two separate bachelor’s degrees.

Dual Enrollment in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Second Academic College—By completing residence and academic requirements for two degree programs and earning 30 hours more than the degree requiring the fewer number of hours, a student can earn two bachelor’s degrees. The student must be accepted for admission to both colleges. In addition, the student must declare a home college where registration will be initiated and permanent files maintained. It is the student’s responsibility, however, to maintain contact with the second college to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward that degree.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A SECOND BACHELOR’S DEGREE

To qualify for a second bachelor’s degree in this College, students must meet the admission requirements of the College and the department. Once admitted, students must complete (with at least a 2.00 grade-point average) a minimum of 30 semester hours, including any degree requirements not previously met. The 30 hours must be completed in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

MINOR FIELD REQUIREMENTS (OPTIONAL)

Although students are not required to pursue a minor field (except in the general studies major), they may choose to do so under the following guidelines:

Earn a minimum of 15-18 semester hours in the minor field, of which at least six semester hours must be in courses taken on this campus at the 3000- and/or 4000-level; see individual departments in the "Departments, Schools, and Curricula" section of this chapter for more specific requirements.
Earn a minimum grade-point average in the minor field of 2.00 on all work taken in the LSU System and on all work taken.
Courses used to satisfy minor requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Minor fields may be selected from any major field currently offered by the College in which appropriate requirements for a minor have been established or any field of an interdisciplinary nature for which a minor has been approved by the Faculty Senate Courses and Curricula Committee and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Minors may also be taken in fields outside the College if:

the total number of semester hours does not exceed 24 (total number of non arts and sciences electives that may be counted toward graduation);
the work conforms to guidelines established by the department, school, and college concerned;
the work meets the general minor field requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, as stated above.

The following are requirements for minor fields which are designed for students in the College of Arts and Sciences:

< African and African-American Studies

To graduate with a minor in African and African-American studies, students must complete at least 18 hours of course work in three categories: AAAS 2000 (three hrs.); nine hours in a specific area; and six hours of electives.

Arts and Humanities Area: AAAS 2001, 2002; ANTH 4050; ENGL 2674, 3674, 4220 (THTR 4220), 4674; MUS 2000, 2751, 2752; HIST 2061, 4067, 4068; FREN 4070.
Social Sciences Area: ANTH 4051, 4053, 4064 (FREN 4064/LING 4064), 4470; ELRC 4003; GEOG 4032; HIST 2061, 4067, 4068, 4089; POLI 4038; SOCL 4511.
Electives: In addition to the three hour core course, and nine hours in one area, students must select six hours of electives from the other area.

Additional requirements are as follows:

No more than nine hours may be taken from one department;
Courses must be selected from at least three departments; and
No more than nine hours may be taken at the 2000 level.

For additional information, contact Dr. Thomas Durant, 126 Stubbs, (225)388-1645 or by visiting their web site at www.artsci.lsu.edu/african.

< Art History

To graduate with a minor in art history, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete ART 1440, 1441, and 12 additional hours in art history at the 4000 level or above.

< Asian Studies

To graduate with a minor in Asian studies, students must complete at least 18 hours of designated Asian studies courses, including at least two courses from any two of the following three groups. Of these courses, at least six hours must be taken at LSU at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Humanities—ART 2411, 4441, 4442, 4443, 4444; REL 2027, 3600, 4800; HIST 4078; HIST/REL 4191.
Social Sciences—GEOG 4035; HIST 2095, 2096, 4091, 4092, 4093, 4094; POLI 4067; SW/GEOG 4000.
Languages—CHIN 1101, 1102, 2001, 2002; JAPN 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002.

Other courses acceptable for general credit in Asian studies, subject to the approval of the Asian studies faculty, include ART 4401; ECON 4520; GEOG 1003; HIST 4195; HNRS 1101, 1103; INTL 2001; REL 2130, 3300.

For additional information, contact Dr. John Henderson, 224 Himes, (225)388-4471.

< Audio-visual Arts

To graduate with a minor in audio-visual arts, students must complete AVA 2001 and an additional 15 hours of electives from the following list. At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above, and no more than nine hours may be taken in any single department.

AVA 3001, 4001; CLST 2070; ENGL 2009, 2231, 4009, 4231; FREN 4031; HIST 4077; MC 2700, 3650; PHIL 3002, 4002; REL 3238; SPCM 2012, 3012, 3107.
In addition, special topics courses relevant to the audio-visual arts may be accepted for the minor with the approval of the director.

For further information, contact Gregory Schufreider, 110 Coates Hall, 225/388-2220.

< Business Administration

To graduate with a minor in business administration, students must complete ACCT 2001, 2101 or 2021; ECON 2010 and 2020 or 2030/2031; FIN 3715; ISDS 1100; MGT 3200; MKT 3401; and one business administration elective.

< International Studies

The minor in international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences is designed to provide students with a perspective on issues of global consequence, and permit them to focus on a region that is of particular significance. All students seeking a minor in international studies must enroll in the sophomore-level introductory course and they must demonstrate competency in a relevant language.

To graduate with a minor in international studies, students must complete 21 hours including INTL 2001 (3 hrs.), six hrs. chosen from ANTH 1003 or 2051; ECON 2030; GEOG 1001 or 1003; HIST 1003 or 1007 or HNRS 1001/1103 (3 hrs.) or HNRS 3003; POLI 2057; REL 2029; SOCL 2001. In addition, students must choose six hrs. from the global studies concentration and six hrs. (above the 3000 level) from one of the five area study concentrations: Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Russia and Central Asia. Finally, students must choose a language appropriate to the area study and demonstrate second-year competency in that language (equivalent of four semesters).

Area Study Concentrations:

Global Studies–Six hrs. (3000-level or above from two different departments) chosen from ECON 4030, 4040, 4520, 4550, ENVS 4010, FIN 3718, MGT 4020, MKT 4443, MC 4103, POLI 4041, 4042, 4046, 4064, REL 3300, 3101, 4111, 4311, 4341, 4421, 4482, 4631, 4701.
Africa and Middle East–SWAH 2004 or FREN 2102 or equivalent; six hrs. (3000- level or above from two different departments) chosen from ANTH 4051, 4470, 4998, FREN 4070, HIST/REL 4095, 4096, POLI 4077, SOCL 4551, THTR/ENGL 4220.
Asia–JAPN 2102 or CHIN 2102 or equivalent; six hrs. (3000-level or above from two different departments) chosen from ART 4401, GEOG/SW 4000, GEOG 4035, HIST 4091, 4092, 4094, HIST/REL 4191, POLI 4067, REL 3600, 4800.
Europe–FREN 2102 or GERM 2102 or ITAL 2102 or SPAN 2102 or equivalent; six hrs. (3000-level or above from two different departments) chosen from ART 4450, 4451, FREN 3071, 3072, 3080, 4040, 4050, 4051, GEOG 4055, 4072, GERM 3061, 3062, 3084, 4044, 4068, HIST 4016, 4022, 4023, 4026, 4030, 4032, 4047, 4113, 4130, ITAL 3001, 3058, 3072, 4053, MUS 4752, PHIL 3001, POLI 4068, 4069, 4072, 4074, SPAN 3073, 4064, 4081, THTR 3121, 3122.
Latin America–SPAN 2102 or equivalent, six hrs. (3000-level or above from two different departments) chosen from ANTH 4023, 4053, GEOG 4031, 4032, HIST 4083, 4089, POLI 4065, SPAN 3044, 3074, 4082, 4146, 4147, THTR 4220.
Russia and Central Asia–RUSS 2055 or equivalent; six hrs. (3000-level or above from two different departments) chosen from ECON 4025/HIST 4126, HIST 4033, 4034, 4120, POLI 4070, RUSS 3071, 3072, 4081, 4082.

< Jewish Studies

To graduate with a minor in Jewish studies, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 15 hours of electives, including a minimum of six hours at the 3000-level or above. Electives must be chosen from at least two of the following areas:

Religious studies—REL 1004, 2001 2029, 2101, 3004, 3101, 3104, 4002, 4004, 4125, 4944.
Literature—ENGL 2673, 3124, 3236, and depending on the topic, 2231, 3220, 4055.
History—HIST 2001, 4025, 4026, 4125.
Sociology—SOCL 4511, and depending on the topic, 2501, 3101.

In addition, special topics courses and courses with sections advertised as Jewish studies may be accepted for the minor upon approval of the director.

For additional information, contact Rodger Kamenetz, 212-L Allen Hall, 225/388-2984.

< Political Discourse Studies

To graduate with a minor in political discourse studies, students must complete six hours from three of the following four fields for a total of 18 hours. In addition, at least 12 hours must be at the 3000-level or above.

Mass Communication—two chosen from MC 3500, 4510, 4515.
Political Science—POLI 2051 and one chosen from POLI 4030, 4034, 4039.
Speech Communication—two chosen from SPCM 3107, 4100, 4160.
Sociology and Philosophy—two chosen from SOCL 2501, 4421; PHIL 2000, 2020, 4945.

< Women's and Gender Studies

To graduate with a minor in women's and gender studies, students must complete WGS 2500, 4500, and 12 hours of electives, at least nine of which must be in courses at the 3000- level or above. Electives must be chosen from at least two of the following areas:

Literature—ENGL 2593, 3593, 4593 (depending upon topic), FREN 4090, 4095, SPAN 4100.
Culture and Society—ENGL 4493, CLST 2080, HIST 4079, REL 3300, SOCL 4413, 4521, SPCM 3115.
Theory—ENGL 4593 (depending upon topic), PHIL 4015, WGS 3150.

In addition, WGS 4900, special topics courses, and courses with sections advertised as women's and gender studies may be accepted for the minor with the approval of the director. For additional information, contact the director, Women's and Gender Studies, 238 Himes, 225/388-4807 or by visiting their web site at www.artsci.lsu.edu/wgs/.

ELECTIVES

A student in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect for degree credit any course offered by the following departments or schools:

Aerospace Studies
African & African American Studies
Art
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Science
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Curriculum & Instruction
Economics
Educational Leadership, Research, & Counseling
English
Entomology
Environmental Studies
Experimental Statistics
Foreign Languages & Literatures
French & Italian
Geography & Anthropology
Geology & Geophysics
History
Honors
International Studies
Mathematics
Military Science
Music
Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Philosophy
Physics & Astronomy
Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Speech Communication
Theatre
Women’s & Gender Studies

Students may select elective courses in departments not listed above. (Students must meet all prerequisites for these courses.) Twenty four semester hours of elective credit in such courses may be counted toward graduation from this College. A student may receive a maximum of 12 semester hours of degree credit in ROTC. No more than eight hours of kinesiology activity courses may count toward graduation from this College.

CORRESPONDENCE, EXTENSION, & MILITARY SERVICE CREDIT

A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit in the above categories is acceptable toward meeting degree requirements. Students who wish to have correspondence credits accepted by this College must make their registration in correspondence courses a matter of record in the office of the dean of the College at the time of such registration.

Students registered in the College may enroll in a maximum of 19 semester hours of combined resident and correspondence course work during a regular semester. They may enroll in a maximum of 12 semester hours of combined resident and correspondence course work during a summer term. Students may not be enrolled in correspondence course work within their last 30 hours. Depending on the correspondence course, a special time limit may be imposed by the dean's office.

PASS-FAIL OPTION

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may register for courses on a pass-fail basis under the following conditions:

Only free elective courses may be taken on a pass-fail basis. Required courses and restricted electives may not be taken on a pass-fail basis. A student may not take courses offered by the Honors College on a pass-fail basis.
A student must have permission (by signature on a petition form) from the dean of this College, the instructor of the course, and the dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Pass-fail registration must be completed before the final day for adding courses.
Eligible students may take one course per semester on a pass-fail basis.

Courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences that are required in a student’s curriculum will not be approved on a pass-fail basis.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The College of Education offers three distinct ways to become certified as a teacher. Students choose from a bachelor's program, a master's program, or an alternative certification program. The bachelor's program combines general education, an area of focus, and professional training in 128 credit hours. The master's program combines a bachelor's degree in elementary education or in secondary education with 37-43 graduate credit hours of professional preparation designed to develop students' capacity for educational leadership. The alternative certification program is individually tailored for students who already hold a bachelor's degree and want to become certified teachers. In every case, early advising by the Office of Student Services is essential. The office is located at 236 Peabody Hall. Request information and make appointments by calling 225/388-2267, or send an e-mail to edinfo@asterix.ednet.lsu.edu.

PLACEMENT SERVICES

Students in this College may use the services of the University's Career Services Center. These services include counseling, job-seeking skills workshops, job search handbooks, résumé service, career days, and on-campus recruiting and interviews.

STUDY ABROAD

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to participate in the study abroad programs administered by the Office of Academic Programs Abroad and the International Student Exchange Program. Students who participate in these programs must receive departmental evaluation of the courses to be taken. In addition, students must make an appointment with a counselor to ensure that degree credit will be granted upon return to LSU.

National Student Exchange

LSU cooperates with a number of other universities throughout the United States in an exchange program. Students may spend one year (usually the junior year) at another university at little or no more cost than they pay at LSU. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of Academic Programs Abroad.

PREPARATION FOR THE STUDY OF LAW

Because of the rich complexity of this discipline, students with very different academic backgrounds can undertake and excel in the study of law. There is no single curriculum or course of study which is prerequisite to or guarantees success in law school. Curricula in the College of Arts and Sciences provide excellent preparation for students who intend to study law.

The degree requirements of the College ensure the development of the following skills, which are essential components of pre-law training: (1) the ability to express oneself competently in writing; (2) the ability to understand the human institutions and values with which the law deals; and (3) the ability to think creatively. Students who intend to pursue a legal career are, therefore, encouraged to choose a curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Interested students should contact the pre-law adviser in the Department of Political Science for additional information.

PREMEDICAL AND PREDENTAL COUNSELING

Counselors are available to help students with applications to medical and dental schools. This application process requires about one and one-half years to complete. Students are strongly advised to attend one of the premedical/predental information meetings concerning the professional school application process in the spring of the junior year.

A&S STUDENT COUNCIL/CLUBS

The college's Student Council is composed of student representatives from each of the college's departments, as well as members at large. The purpose of the council is to enhance the academic environment in the College. In addition, many departments sponsor clubs with programs of interest to majors.

PHI BETA KAPPA

Seniors and juniors with grade-point averages of at least 3.50 and 3.90, respectively, are considered for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest scholastic honor society in the United States. Excellence in a variety of intellectual disciplines, rather than proficiency in a single field of study, is the major criterion for election.

The academic record should include satisfactory completion of the general education requirement, including two courses in English or American literature (preferably two of the following: ENGL 2021, 2023, 3020, 3022, 3070 or 3072), or literature in a foreign language (if not the major field); six-hour sequences in both a life science and a physical science, with an additional two hours of related laboratory work in one of these fields; upper division courses (3000-level or above) in at least two different humanities or social sciences outside the major; and electives that show a commitment to a liberal education.

Sophomores and juniors should consult with Phi Beta Kappa officers for more specific information.

PHI KAPPA PHI

Phi Kappa Phi, a national scholastic honor society founded in 1897, now contains 282 chapters nationwide. It is one of the most prestigious scholastic honor societies in the United States. The LSU chapter was founded in 1930 as the 43rd chapter in the nation. At the present time, the national office is located on this campus in the French House.

The primary objectives of Phi Kappa Phi are to promote the pursuit of excellence in higher education and to recognize outstanding achievement by students and faculty through election to membership and through various awards and fellowships. Phi Kappa Phi is unique because it recognizes superior scholarship in all academic fields, rather than restricting membership to a limited field. Juniors in the top five percent and seniors and graduate students in the top ten percent of their classes may be invited to become members of Phi Kappa Phi. New LSU Phi Kappa Phi members are initiated and honored in the spring semester each year and wear identifying ribbons on their academic gowns at commencement exercises.

GRADUATION WITH COLLEGE HONORS

To graduate "with College Honors" in the College of Arts and Sciences, a student must meet the following requirements:

achieve "Sophomore Honors Distinction;"
take at least 12 semester hours of honors seminars or departmental honors courses
beyond the minimum required for "Sophomore Honors Distinction;"
register in a curriculum offered in the College of Arts and Sciences;
complete a curriculum of courses totaling at least 128 hours approved by the department concerned and by the dean and the faculty of the Honors College. This curriculum should be developed using the general curricular principles of the College, the purposes of which are to afford students a liberal education and to include (besides the major field) historical and political studies, the biological and physical sciences, the humanities, and the arts;
demonstrate competence in a major field by doing independent research, writing a senior thesis, and taking an oral examination. The thesis counselor and one additional member of the student's committee must be from the student's major department;
after the freshman year, maintain at least a 3.33 gpa ("A" = 4.00).

HONORS COURSES

Besides courses offered through the Honors College, other honors courses are offered through various departments, including:

Anthropology 4999
Biological Sciences 1503, 3950, 3951
Chemistry 1421, 1422, 1431, 1432, 2463
English 1003, 2021, 2023, 2026, 2028, 2925, 2927, 2929, 3000, 3820, 3821, 3822, 3823, 3824, 3825
French 2103, 2104
Geography 4999
Geology 1002, 1004
History 1002, 1004, 2056, 2058, 3100, 3109, 3110
Mathematics 1101, 1551, 1553, 2058, 2086
Philosophy 2034, 2036, 2953, 2963, 2964, 2965, 3901, 3902
Political Science 2052, 3000, 3809, 3896, 3897
Physics 1201, 1202, 1208, 1209
Psychology 2001
Religious Studies 1006
Sociology 3905
Speech Communication 1062, 2862

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