Nov 17, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

College of Liberal Arts


www.usi.edu/libarts

 

Michael K. Aakhus, M.F.A., Dean

Thomas D. Bordelon, Ed. D., Assistant Dean

Michael Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

Joan deJong, M.F.A., Chair, Art Department

J. Wayne Rinks, Ph.D., Chair, Communications Department

Stephen G. Spencer, Ph.D., Chair, English Department

Jason D. Hardgrave, Ph.D., Chair, History Department

Christopher Rivera, Ph.D., Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Emiliga Zlatkovska, Ph.D., Director, Intensive English Program

Silvia A. Rode, Ph.D., Chair, World Languages and Culture Department

Elliot H. Wasserman, M.F.A., Chair, Performing Arts Department

Rocco J. Gennaro, Ph.D., Chair, Philosophy Department

Mary Hallock Morris Ph.D.,Chair,  Political Science and Public Administration Department

Julie A. Evey, Ph.D., Chair, Psychology Department

Iris Phillips, Ph.D., Chair, Social Work Department

Todd J. Schroer, Ph.D., Chair, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies Department

 

The College of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunities, first, to develop the fundamentals of a liberal education upon which to base a lifetime of learning and, second, to concentrate in studies that form the foundation for professional pursuits.

 

The College includes the departments of Art; Communications; English; History; World Languages and Culture; Performing Arts; Philosophy; Political Science and Public Administration; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies; and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Through these departments and this center, the College offers more than 30 majors and emphases and a similar number of minors. Students interested in teaching careers may seek secondary education licensing in Art, Journalism, Theatre, English, French, German, Spanish, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Economics.

 

The Liberal Arts and a Liberal Education

A liberal education, in the words of Martha Nussbaum, is the "cultivation of the whole human being for the functions of citizenry and life." At USI this cultivation is the goal of Core  39, many of the courses for which are offered in Liberal Arts. Complete details of the core are available at www.usi.edu/libarts/uccore. Students should consult with their advisors in developing a specific plan for completing these requirements. Students seeking a major or minor in Liberal Arts must have a 2.0 GPA or better in their major or minor coursework, unless otherwise stated. 

Teacher Licensing Policy

Many students majoring in disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts prepare themselves to teach in secondary schools (high schools, junior high schools, or middle schools). Although these candidates for licensing may take some education courses in their freshman and sophomore years, formal application for admission to the secondary education program (under the direction of the Department of Teacher Education) does not occur until they have completed their 45th credit hour.

A student may apply for admission into the teacher education program and secondary licensure program minor after completion of EDUC 206, 221, and 283.  The successful completion of CASA (which should be taken during the second semester of the student's first year), or a minimum SAT score of 1100, or a minimum ACT score of 24, is required before a student may take EDUC 283.  The student must successfully complete other courses and meet GPA requirements as established for the major.  As part of the application process, the student will be interviewed by both the major and minor departments.  A student should ask his or her advisor for information on arranging the interview.

The structure of the interview may vary according to department, but in general, it will be conducted by a committee consisting of two to three faculty members from the major field(s). This committee will interview the student according to the procedures established in the department, review his or her record, and decide on a recommendation.

The committee may decide as follows: (1) to recommend the student unconditionally for admission to the teacher education program; (2) to recommend with specific conditions; (3) to reject the student. The chair of the committee will record the committee's decision on the student's application form and return the form to the student. One copy of the recommendation will be placed in the student's advising folder. The committee will approve applications to Teacher Education through Tk20.

Among factors the committee will consider in making its decision are the student's academic record, performance in classes, course work completed, ability to organize and present material orally, and general promise. In particular, University regulations require that a student admitted unconditionally to the teacher education program must carry a grade point average of at least 2.75 in his/her major, any supporting area or minor, and overall.  A student may appeal the decision of the interview committee to the Dean of Liberal Arts.

Art

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Communications

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

English

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

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History

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Intensive English Program (IEP)

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Performing Arts

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Philosophy

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Political Science and Public Administration

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Psychology

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Social Work

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Programs

Bachelor of Social Work

Minor

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Minor

Associate of Arts or Associate of Science

World Languages and Cultures

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Minor