COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Doucet, John P., Ph.D.
Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Director of the University Honors Program
Office: 127 Peltier Hall
Phone: 985-448-4388

Mission

The College of Arts and Sciences provides every student with a core body of knowledge and the skills for lifelong learning fundamental to a university education. The College offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees to majors within its various programs of study. In addition, through research and creative work, service, and teaching, the faculty contributes to the advancement of knowledge.

Values

The College is the academic cornerstone of the university, offering a majority of the General Education Requirement (GER) courses as well as undergraduate degrees in mathematics, sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The college also offers graduate programs in biology and mathematics. In all courses and programs, the College nurtures students in a continuous sequence of advising and instruction. The college maintains an outstanding faculty who shapes its teaching, research and creative work, and service in order to be:

  • caring mentors and positive role models for students;
  • motivated to learn, disseminate research, and implement innovations in the classroom;
  • generous with time, talent, and resources to support the academic and economic development of the region, state and global communities.
Goals

The primary student learning goals of the College are to:

  • provide a challenging and supportive environment that allows for the development of students’ innate talents and creativity;
  • bring students to a comprehensive understanding of their chosen major discipline;
  • help students develop an appreciation and respect for diversity.

ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREES AWARDED AT A GLANCE

BACHELOR OF ARTS

  • English
    • Creative Writing Concentration
    • Film Studies Concentration
    • Literary Studies Concentration
    • Writing and Rhetoric Concentration
  • Government
  • History
  • Mass Communication
    • Broadcast Journalism Concentration
    • Print Journalism Concentration
    • Public Relations Concentration
  • Music
    • Liberal Arts Concentration
    • Instrumental Education Concentration
    • Vocal Education Concentration
  • Sociology
    • Applied Sociology Concentration
    • Social Work Concentration

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

  • Art
    • Art History Concentration
    • Digital Animation and Motion Concentration
    • Digital Art Concentration
    • Print and Web Concentration
    • Studio Art Concentration (drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, or photography)
    • Art Education Concentration (K-12)

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

  • Biology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration
    • Environmental Biology Concentration
    • General Biology Concentration
    • Marine Biology Concentration
    • Microbiology Concentration
    • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Concentration
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration
    • Pre-Pharmacy Concentration
    • Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration
    • Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration
    • Pre-Veterinary Concentration
  • Chemistry
    • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Concentration
    • Professional Chemistry Concentration
    • Pre-Pharmacy Concentration
    • Biochemistry
  • Geomatics
  • Mathematics
    • Advanced Mathematics Concentration
    • Computer Science Concentration
    • Secondary Mathematics Education Concentration
  • Petroleum Services
    • Safety Technology Concentration
    • Exploration and Production Concentration

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE

  • General Studies
  • Petroleum Services
  • Safety Technology

NON-DEGREE PRE-PROFESSIONAL

  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Geography
  • Pre-Optometry

Minimum Requirements

  • Meet the general education requirements of the university.
  • Complete one of the curricula offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Earn a grade of at least C in each required course in the candidate’s major field.
  • Earn a grade of at least C in each required course in the candidate’s minor field.

MINORS

In addition to major fields of study that lead to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, the college offers a diversity of minor fields of study. To earn a minor, a student must complete 18-24 hours in the minor field. Further information, including the exact number of hours required for a particular minor, is provided under the Departments sections.

Art Studio minor – See Department of Art
Art History minor – See Department of Art
Bayou Studies minor – See Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Biology minor – See Department of Biological Sciences
Chemistry minor – See Department of Physical Sciences
Computer Science minor – See Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Creative Writing minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Diaster Management minor – See Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management
English minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Film Studies minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
French minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Geography minor – See Department of History and Geography
Government minor – See Department of Government and Social Sciences
History minor – See Department of History and Geography
Humanities minor – See Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies Minor – See below
Internet Studies & Web Development minor – See Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Literary Studies minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Mass Communication minor – See Department of Mass Communication
Mathematics minor – See Department of Mathematics
Music minor in Piano – See Department of Music
Music minor in Voice Winds, & Percussion – See Department of Music
Petroleum Exploration and Production minor – See Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management
Professional Writing minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Safety Management minor – See Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management
Social Sciences minor – See Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sociology minor – See Department of Government and Social Sciences
Spanish minor – See Department of Languages and Literature
Speech minor – See Department of Mass Communication
Theater minor – See Department of Mass communication

International Studies Minor

The university awards a minor in International Studies which requires the successful completion of 18 semester hours to include Geography 104 and 15 semester hours to be chosen from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Open Areas listed below. The fifteen (15) hours require successful completion of 6 semester hours from two of the three areas listed below and 3 semester hours from the remaining area, a minimum of 9 semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above, and no more than 6 semester hours from study abroad courses (including all related lectures and labs). Study abroad courses are indicated by the pound key symbol (#).

  • Required Course
    • Geography 104 World Regional Geography (3)
  • Humanities Area
    • ART 281 Art History: Non-western Art (3)
    • ART 383 Art History: Modern Art (3)
    • ENGL 215 Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature: Fictional Representations of World War II (3)
    • ENGL 215 Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature: Seeing Combat: Narratives of War, Peace, and PTSD (3)
    • ENGL 215 Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature: War Stories: The Literature of World War II (3)
    • ENGL 216 Appreciation of Literary Genres: Caribbean Literature (3)
    • ENGL 216 Appreciation of Literary Genres: Irish Literature (3)
    • ENGL 216 Appreciation of Literary Genres: Japanese Literature (3)
    • ENGL 217 Survey Literature & Media: World Literature of War (3)
    • ENGL 217 Survey Literature & Media: Japanese Literature & Film (3)
    • ENGL 217 Survey Literature & Media: The War on Terror Narratives (3)
    • ENGL 217 Survey Literature & Media: World Cinema (3)
    • ENGL 313 World Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 314 World Literature II (3)
    • FREN 101 Elementary French I (3)
    • FREN 102 Elementary French II (3)
    • HIST 151 World History: 1500-Present (3)
    • HIST 307 Modern East Asia (3)
    • HIST 309 Modern Middle East and South Asia (3)
    • HIST 335 Europe 1914-1954 (3)
    • HIST 336 Europe Since 1945 (3)
    • HIST 382 English History (3)
    • HIST 393 French History (3)
    • +HIST 400 Russian History (3)
    • HIST 416 American Since 1917 (3)
    • HIST 430 World War II (3)
    • HUMA 450 Religion and Culture (3)
    • MUS 240 Survey of Music Literature (3)
    • MUS 340 Music History: C. 400 (3)
    • MUS 341 Music History: 1750-Present (3)
    • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I (3)
    • SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II (3)
  • Social Sciences Concentration
    • GOVT 331 Topics and Dynamics of Third World Politics (3)
    • GOVT 391 International Relations and Politics (3)
    • GOVT 416 Comparative Government (3)
    • GOVT 421 American Foreign Policy (3)
    • GOVT 423 International Terrorism (3)
    • SOCI 303 Religion: A Social Force (3)
    • SOCI 360 Population Demographics and Dynamics (3)
    • SOCI 405 Globalization (3)
    • SPCH 391 Special Topics in Communication: Intercultural Communication (3)
  • Open Area
    • #ART 385 Directed Study in Art (3)
    • ECON 211 Principals of Microeconomics (3)
    • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 255 Survey of Economic Principles (3)
    • +*ECON 435 Principles of International Trade (3)
    • +*FINC 450 International Finance (3)
    • #HONR 402 Honors Thesis (3)
    • #HUMA 204 International Humanities (3)
    • #HUMA 260 European Humanities (3)
    • #HUMA 381 Honors Humanities Abroad-Europe (6)
    • #HUMA 405 Topics in International Humanities (3)
    • #HUMA 481 Honors Humanities Abroad II-Latin America (6)
    • #MNGT 420 Multinational Management (3)
    • +*MKTG 475 Global Marketing (3)
    • PSET 302 Intercultural Communication (3)

+ Requires prerequisite(s)
# Must have an international scope and meet the International Studies Minor Committee’s approval.

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