Aug 12, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Bachelor of Arts for Liberal and Applied Arts, B.A.

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All students completing a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies, criminal justice, English, geography, history, liberal studies, mass communication, modern languages, philosophy, political science, public administration, psychology, sociology or sustainable community development must complete the following requirements:

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Sciences

Lab hours for life and physical science courses are counted in a student’s electives, not in the student’s 42-hour core component.

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government and Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option


* Only students receiving a grade of A in ENG 133H  get credit for both ENG 131  and ENG 132 ; if they receive a grade of B or C, they must take ENG 132 ; if they receive a grade lower than C, they must take ENG 131  and ENG 132 .

** Only three hours for MTH 233  can be counted in the student’s core. The fourth hour will be counted in the student’s electives.

2. Foundation of Knowledge

A. Foreign Language Proficiency

Foreign language proficiency through the SFA 232 level (SPH 479  for American Sign Language).

B. Additional Language, Philosophy and Culture

Three hours of humanities coursework from:

3. Major

A departmental major of at least 30 semester hours, but not more than 36 hours, with at least 18 hours advanced and at least 12 hours advanced at SFA.

4. Minor

An academic minor of at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 24 semester hours, with at least nine advanced hours and at least six advanced at SFA. This requirement does not apply to the B.A. in mass communication.

5. Advanced, Residence and Grade Requirements

  • Forty-two or more semester hours of advanced (300 and/or 400 level) course work, at least 36 hours at SFA.
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of work in residence at SFA.
  • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course.
  • A C average at SFA; a C average in major courses taken at SFA; and a C average in minor courses taken at SFA. These required averages are based on those courses in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan.

6. Hours to total 120

Enough additional semester hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.  To be discussed with advisor.

7. Writing Requirement

All students completing a degree program in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts  must meet the standards for writing in the discipline set by their major. Students should see their departmental advisor for those standards.

8. Double-dipping Rule

Double-dipping is using the same course to fulfill two different requirements in a degree plan. Normally, students may not double-dip more than six to seven hours across their degree plan. Anything beyond that must be approved by the dean.

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