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About the College of Arts and Sciences


The primary mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to produce well-educated, competent, resourceful graduates who are capable of living active, independent, productive lives and who are properly prepared to launch successful careers and earn satisfactory livelihoods. To accomplish this mission, the college provides opportunities for qualified students (1) to acquire the fundamentals of a liberal education, (2) to acquire a mastery of basic competencies and skills, (3) to obtain excellent preparation for professional and graduate study, and (4) to concentrate in several fields offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Organized into fourteen (14) degree-granting departments and the Department of Army ROTC, the college offers twenty-two separate majors leading to the bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, bachelor of criminal justice, and bachelor of social work degrees. It also offers five master-level programs: master of applied social sciences, master of biology, master of chemistry, master and doctorate of physics, and master of school/community psychology.

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences are not limited to the several curricula offered by the college. They may take courses offered in other colleges and schools of the University, which, with the approval of the department chairperson, may be included in the degree program, used as a minor field of concentration, or used as electives. In order to graduate, undergraduate students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a grade of “C” or above in all major and minor courses, and graduate students must have a minimum 3.0. Some programs may require above the  minimum for graduation. All directed individual study (DIS) courses must be approved by the supervising professor, the chairperson and the dean. Prior approval of the dean is required for all transient credit.

Admission Requirements

The attention of prospective applicants for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is directed to the admission requirements of the University as stated elsewhere in this catalog.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree
I.      Completion of minimum of 120 semester hours including the following courses:
A.     ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills (6)
*B.    MAC 1105, MGF 1106; MAC 1105, MGF 1107; MAC 1147, 2311; MAC 3311, 3312 (6)
C.     Any two courses in biology, chemistry, or physics, each with a laboratory chosen from approved natural sciences course list (8)
D.     Humanities-see individual departmental requirements (6)
E.     AMH 2091 Introduction to African American History or AFA 3104 The African American Experience and non-history department approved social science course taken from approved social science list (6)
F.      Foreign Language (12)
G.     Free or Discipline Electives-see departmental requirements (3-4)
*See Mathematics CLASP Requirement

II.    Completion of major and minor (see departmental requirement).

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree

I.    Completion of minimum of 120 semester hours, including the following courses:
A.    ENC 1101, 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills (6)
*B.   MAC 1105, MGF 1106; MAC 1105, MGF 1107; MAC 1147, 2311; MAC 3311, 3312  (6)
C.    Any two courses in biology, chemistry, or physics, each with a laboratory chosen from approved natural sciences course list (8)
D.    Humanities (see individual departmental requirements)  (6)
E.    AFA 3104 African American Experience and non-history department approved social science course taken from approved social science list  (6)
F.    Free or Discipline Electives (3-4)
II.    Completion of major and minor (see departmental requirements).

Requirements for Major
Each candidate for the B.A. or B.S. degree must complete a major of thirty (30) semester hours (except in areas which specify more) in one of the disciplines in the departments listed below:
1.    English
2.    Music
3.    Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre
4.     Foreign Languages
5.    Mathematics
6.    Physics
7.    Chemistry
8.    Biology
9.    History, Political Science and African-American Studies
10.    Psychology
11.    Sociology and Criminal Justice
12.    Computer Information Sciences
13.    Social Work
14.    Economics
Requirements for Minor
In consultation with his or her advisor, each candidate for the B.A. or B.S. degree must complete a minor area of concentration in which a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours are earned.

Requirements for a Second Major
A student seeking a second major should consult with the chairperson of the department in which the second major is offered. To earn a degree in a second discipline, all requirements for the discipline must be met. For example, a mathematics major who selects political science as a second major must complete all of the required political science courses, as well as required cognate courses, such as improving writing, speech, principles of economics and others. A separate application for graduation must be approved and submitted by the appropriate department chair person for each degree sought.


The College Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP)

The College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) is one component of  Florida’s system of educational accountability. The CLAST is a lower-division, college-achievement test measuring the attainment of college-level communication and mathematics skills. CLAST has four subtests: Essay, Reading, English Language Skills, and Mathematics. Meeting CLAST alternatives or presenting passing scores on CLAST is required of all students who are awarded an associate of arts degree or who seek upper division status in a state university in Florida. Education certification majors are unable to use the CLAST alternatives to satisfy the CLAST requirement.

The College-Level Academic Skills Program (CLASP)-administered by the Departments of English and Mathematics with a director coordinating activities from a central office-is designed to offer complete support services to students from all academic areas who must sit for the CLAST. These services-the main focus of which is to prepare students to master the CLAST-include administering simulated CLAST tests, advising, tutoring  and conducting research.

While enrolled in their general education mathematics and communication courses, students must meet a simulated CLAST test requirement. Students meeting the State alternatives for the mathematics section of CLAST may seek to be exempted from the mathematics section of the simulated test provided they meet the posted deadline for exemption consideration. Students not meeting the simulated CLAST test requirement are subject to having to complete additional coursework.

All students, unless excused by the CLASP Director, are required to attend CLAST seminars corresponding to the subtests for which they must sit, during the semester in which they sit for the CLAST. The seminars are conducted from the start of the semester to the week that the CLAST is administered.

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