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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

All courses carrying general education designations are listed in each semester's Schedule of Classes. Please consult the listings for each semester.

1. Freshman composition (FC) 6 hours
 
2. Writing (W) courses 6 hours
Writing-designated (W) courses are 300- and 400-level courses usually completed in the student's junior and senior years in the major or minor. The writing requirement must be satisfied in courses taken on this campus.
 
3. Foreign language (FL) or computer (C) 6 hours
Each student completes one of the following options:
a. Six semester hours in courses that are approved for the computer (C) designation. Such courses assume a working knowledge of the computer.
b. Two semesters in one foreign language (FL). Students must earn grades of "C" or higher in the first course of the two-semester sequence before enrolling in the second course. Each student with two or more high-school units of a foreign language is assigned to foreign language courses on the basis of placement test scores. Students placed into intensive elementary review or intermediate courses satisfy the foreign language (FL) requirement in one semester.
 
The foreign language (FL) or computer (C) requirement is in addition to the requirements in humanities and mathematics.
 
4. Humanities (HU), literature (L), and fine arts (FA) 12 hours
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. Fine arts (FA) 3 hours
b. Literature (L) 3 hours
c. Other fine arts (FA), literature (L), or humanities (HU) courses 6 hours
 
Each student must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence in either literature or history.
 
To satisfy the purposes of general education, each student takes no more than 6 hours of humanities (HU), literature (L), and fine arts (FA) courses in a single department.
 
5. History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB) 12 hours
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. History (HI) 3 hours
b. Other HI and SB 9 hours
 
Each student must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence in either literature or history.
 
To satisfy the purposes of general education, each student takes no more than 6 hours of history (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB) courses in a single department.
 
6. Natural sciences (N) and mathematics (MA) 11 hours
To satisfy this requirement, each student completes the following:
a. Natural sciences (N), including 6 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab 8 hours
b. Mathematics (MA) 3 hours
 
The mathematics (MA) requirement must be satisfied with MATH 110 or higher.
 
All B.S. degrees must include MATH 125 or a higher-level calculus course.
 

II. Major

 
See "Requirements for the Major" (p. 65) and departmental listings (p. 68-113).
 

III. Second Specialization

 
A minor or a second major is required. See "Requirements for the Major" (p. 65), "Requirements for the Minor" (p. 65), and departmental listings (p. 68-113).
 

IV. Electives

 
Additional coursework to achieve 120 hours or more in the degree program. Electives may be grouped to form an additional minor.
 

V. Other Requirements

 
See "General Requirements for All Arts and Sciences Curricula" below.

General Requirements for All Arts and Sciences Curricula

A. Residence

While enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences on this campus, students must earn a minimum of 30 hours, including at least 9 of the last 18 hours required for the degree. A minimum of 12 hours in each major and 6 hours in each minor must be earned at the 300 or 400 level in residence in the College.

B. Hours and Grade Point Average

  1. Each student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework approved by the College of Arts and Sciences.

  2. Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on the total number of hours attempted. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 GPA at The University of Alabama.

  3. Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average in the major and minor fields of study. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 GPA in the major and minor fields at The University of Alabama.

C. Advanced-Level Course Requirement

Each student in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in courses at the 300 or 400 level. The 36-hour total includes a minimum of 12 hours in residence in each major and a minimum of 6 hours in residence in each minor. Junior-college credits are not considered advanced level.

D. Hours within the Disciplines of the College

All degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences require at least 90 hours selected from A&S disciplines (courses with the following alpha symbols: AAST, AMS, ANT, ARB, ARH, ART, AS, AY, BSC, BUI, CH, CHI, CL, CD, CBH, CJ, CROA, CS, CZE, DN, DUT, EC, EN, FIN, FR, GS, GY, GEO, GN, GR, HEB, HIN, HY, HU, IHP, INDO, IT, JA, KOR, LA, MS, MATH, MDGR, MUA, MUS, NEW, NOR, PH, PHL, POL, POR, PSC, PY, REL, RUS, SAN, SOC, SP, SS, ST, SWA, SWED, TH, THAI, TURK, UH, URDU, VIET, WS, WL).

E. Degree Credit for Activity Courses

A student may apply toward graduation a maximum of 4 semester hours in activity courses. Activity courses include orientation courses (AS 101, AS 102, BCE 101, GBA 145, HES 100, NUR 102, NUR 104, UA 101, etc.); study skills courses (GS 111, NEW 111, NEW 222); leadership courses (AHE 450, BCE 210, HES 275); career exploration courses (BCE 280, HES 250); recreation courses (NEW 201, NEW 202); physical education (HPL) courses; coaching (HCA) courses; and 100- and 200-level military science (MIL) and Air Force studies (AFS) courses.

F. Degree Credit for Upper-Division Courses in Military Science and Air Force Studies (MIL and AFS)

A student may apply toward graduation a maximum of 12 semester hours credit in 300- and 400-level courses in military science (MIL) or Air Force studies (AFS).

G. Degree Credit for Courses in the College of Continuing Studies

A student may earn a maximum of 25 percent of the work required for the degree from the College of Continuing Studies in a combination of independent-study, GOALS, off-campus, and other distance education courses offered through the College of Continuing Studies. (Also see the exceptions below and the information under "Graduation" on p. 25.)

A transfer student from another institution may complete a maximum of 25 percent of the remaining work required for the degree, subject to the following provisions:

  1. There is no conflict with residency requirements.

  2. The total amount of work taken in independent-study, off-campus, Weekend College, and other such distance education programs (at The University of Alabama and elsewhere) is not more than 25 percent of the total number of hours required for the degree.

  3. The student does the remainder of the work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

All regulations of the College of Arts and Sciences governing prerequisites, degree requirements, etc., apply to students taking courses through the College of Continuing Studies. Enrollment in College of Continuing Studies courses requires prior approval of the registrar of the College of Arts and Sciences.

H. Requirements for the Major

1. Major Subjects of Specialization

The following are the major subjects of specialization for the B.A. degree: American studies, anthropology, art (history and studio), classics, communicative disorders, criminal justice, dance, economics, English, French, geography, geology, German, history, interdisciplinary studies (New College and External Degree Program), international studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, Spanish, student-designed programs, and theatre.

The following are the major subjects of specialization for the B.S. degree: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geography, geology, interdisciplinary studies (New College and External Degree Program), marine science, mathematics, physics, psychology, and student-designed programs.

2. Hours in the Major

Students must complete the number of hours required for the major, in accordance with requirements stated in the catalog. A student may choose to take additional hours in the major, but the department cannot require more than the stated number. The maximum number of hours specified for the major exceeds 36 only with the recommendation of the Committee on Undergraduate Learning and the approval of the dean. Students may count no more than 42 hours in a single discipline toward the 120 hours required for the bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.

3. Residency in the Major

All students, including transfer students, must complete in residence in the College a minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

4. Grade Point Average in the Major

Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the major. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the major on this campus.

5. Duplication of Coursework

There is no duplication of coursework used to complete the major and the minor.

6. Double Majors

A student may major in two subjects with the following provisions:

  1. All major requirements are fulfilled in both subjects, including ancillary requirements.

  2. One major may be selected from the majors offered in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, provided the student fulfills all general degree requirements of both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

  3. If the two majors lead to different degrees offered in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., or one of the designated degrees), the student chooses which degree to receive.

  4. A minor is not required, but one minor may be specified. Double minors are not permitted in combination with double majors.

  5. There is no duplication of coursework used to complete the two major programs or the majors and minor.

I. Requirements for the Minor

1. Minor Subjects of Specialization

  1. Departmental minor. Students may minor in most areas in which majors are offered and in the following additional areas in the College of Arts and Sciences: African-American studies, astronomy, Chinese, computer-based honors, creative writing, East and Central European studies, geographic information systems, interdisciplinary environmental studies, Italian, Japanese, Judaic studies, Russian, sociology, women's studies, and world literature.

  2. Minors in other divisions. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may minor in specified areas in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, the College of Engineering, the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, and the School of Social Work, subject to the limitations stated below.

2. Hours in the Minor

The student must complete the number of hours required for the minor in accordance with requirements stated in the catalog. A student may choose to take additional hours in the minor, but the department cannot require more than the stated number. The maximum number of hours specified for the minor exceeds 23 only with the recommendation of the Committee on Undergraduate Learning and the approval of the dean. Students may count no more than 42 hours in a single discipline toward the 120 hours required for the bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.

3. Residency in the Minor

All students, including transfer students, must complete in residence in the College a minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

4. Grade Point Average in the Minor

Each student must earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the minor. A transfer student must also earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in the minor on this campus.

5. Duplication of Coursework

There is no duplication of coursework used to complete the major and minor.

6. Double Minors

Students may minor in two subjects, with the following provisions:

  1. All minor requirements are met in both subjects.

  2. One minor may be selected from approved minors in other divisions. See "Approved Programs of Study in Other Divisions" below.

  3. There is no duplication of coursework used to complete the two minor programs or the major and minors.

  4. Double minors are not permitted in combination with double majors.

Approved Programs of Study in Other Divisions

College of Arts and Sciences students may incorporate within their degree programs specified courses of study in other divisions of the University. Second majors are approved in advertising, telecommunication and film, journalism, public relations, and communication studies. Minors are approved in advertising, apparel and textiles, consumer sciences, engineering, finance, food and nutrition, general business, journalism, human development and family studies, insurance, management, public relations, real estate, social welfare, communication studies, and world business.

The approved programs of study listed above are referenced by division within the A&S program descriptions. See p. 76, 77, 80, 86, and 111.

Second Bachelor's Degree

A student with a bachelor's degree may earn a second degree by completing, in residence and with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, a minimum of 30 semester hours over and above the requirements for the first degree, including a new major. All hours for the second degree must be in Arts and Sciences courses completed while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of Alabama and College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements must be met in full, according to standards in effect on the date of enrollment in the second degree program. A specific course required for both the first degree and the second degree does not have to be repeated; however, a course applied toward the minimum number of hours required for the first degree cannot be applied to the minimum number of additional hours required for the second degree. Students whose first degree was earned at another institution or in another division of The University of Alabama must meet all quantitative and qualitative requirements for the degree in accordance with regulations in effect on the date of enrollment in the Arts and Sciences degree program and may be required to complete more than 30 hours to qualify for the second degree.

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