KARL A. ROIDER, JR.
CRAIG M. CORDES
M. JANE COLLINS
260 Allen Hall
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.
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.
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.
* Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science may be earned in geography and psychology.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COLLEGE
In order to qualify for a bachelor's degree in this College, a candidate must satisfy these requirements:
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.
The College has divided its subjects of study into the following three groups:
Group II—Natural Sciences
Group III—Social Sciences
African & African American Studies
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)
Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)
Group III (Social Sciences)
BACHELOR OF ARTS (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Group I (Humanities)
Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)
Group III (Social Sciences)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Group I (Humanities)
Group II (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)
Group III (Social Sciences)
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:
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 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.
Additional requirements are as follows:
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.
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.
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:
< 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:
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.
< 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:
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/.
A student in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect for degree credit any course offered by the following departments or schools:
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.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may register for courses on a pass-fail basis under the following conditions:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
Besides courses offered through the Honors College, other honors courses are offered through various departments, including: