Nov 29, 2023
University Core Curriculum Requirements
C. Life and Physical Sciences
D. Language, Philosophy and Culture
G. Government/Political Science
H. Social and Behavioral Science
Six to eight hours from one of the following groupings:
Communication Studies Major
Communication Studies Core
Nine hours from:
Nine hours with six hours at the advanced (3000 or 4000) level.
*if not taken in University Core Curriculum
**if not taken in Survey category
Three hours from:
An academic minor of at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 24 semester hours, with at least six advanced hours at SFA.
The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree. University Core Curriculum co-requisite lab hours will be applied to this area of the degree.
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.
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.
College Advanced Hours
A minimum of 33 hours of advanced coursework (courses numbered 3000-4999) is required.
- A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
- A C average in work completed in the major field
- A C average in work completed in the minor field
The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.
Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.
Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.
View HOP policy 02-214.
Texas Success Initiative Program
All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information bulletin page.
The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.
D. Language, Philosophy and Culture Credit(s): 3
H. Social and Behavioral Science Credit(s): 3
- GOVT 2305 - Federal Government Credit(s): 3
Additional Sciences Credit(s): 3
- Any Course Credit(s): 3