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College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Micheal Tarver, Dean
Witherspoon Hall, Room 240
(479) 968-0274
mtarver@atu.edu
Fax: (479) 964-0812

The College of Arts and Humanities comprises seven departments which offer programs of study leading to baccalaureate and associate degrees as listed below:

Bachelor of Arts
Art
Art Education
English
English Education
Foreign Language
Foreign Language Education
History
International Studies
Journalism
Music
Political Science
Psychology
Rehabilitation Science
Social Studies Education
Sociology
Speech
Speech Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Creative Writing
Creative Writing Education
Bachelor of Music Education
Associate of Arts
Criminal Justice
General Studies

In addition to the degree programs offered, the College of Arts and Humanities also offers minors in anthropology, art, creative writing, criminal justice, English, French, geography, German, history, Italian/Latin, Japanese, journalism, Latin American studies, military science, philosophy, political science, psychology, rehabilitation science, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, speech communication, strategic studies, teaching English as a second language, and theatre. The college also supervises pre-professional curriculum in law and is extensively involved in the general education program.

Through these degree and pre-professional curricula, the departments in the College of Arts and Humanities prepare graduates for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers, either directly or via continued graduate or professional studies. These curricula are designed not only to develop theoretical and technical expertise in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences, but also to nurture the ability to think clearly and express ideas persuasively. Through its general education commitment and elective offerings, the college’s faculty contributes to the broadening of the knowledge and experience of all graduates of Arkansas Tech University by promoting basic competence in communication skills, by fostering an appreciation and understanding of our cultural heritage and current world affairs, and by developing problem-solving techniques.

Transfer Students

Applicability of transfer credit to meet specific degree requirements depends on the major selected by the transfer student. The transfer student should review the Transfer Credit policy in the Admission section of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor to determine final transfer credit eligibility for the selected program of study.

Associate of Arts
General Studies

The associate of arts degree program in general studies is designed primarily for continuing education students who enroll on a part-time basis in the University’s evening school. This degree offers students the background, knowledge, and academic preparation necessary to pursue career opportunities not requiring the traditional four-year degree while at the same time providing the foundation for continued study toward a bachelor’s degree. To qualify for the associate of arts in general studies, the student must satisfy the associate degree requirements, see “Associate Degrees” and complete the following curriculum:

Curriculum Hours
General Education courses1 37
Electives 25
Total 62
1See "General Education Requirements".  

International Studies

The International Studies program is interdisciplinary. The Degree Program in International Studies requires 37 hours of General Education coursework, 30 hours of courses selected from an International Studies Core, 9 hours in a foreign language at the 3000 or 4000 level, 27 hours in an area of concentration, and sufficient electives to complete 124 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of upper division courses. Students may select areas of concentration from the available programs outlined below. Students must follow the established course sequence and prerequisite requirements already defined in the catalog.

International Studies majors are advised by the College Dean (479-968-0274, Witherspoon 240).

International Studies majors who choose a foreign language as an area of concentration must complete the foreign language requirement of 9 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in a second foreign language. International studies majors who elect a foreign language as their area of concentration, and whose native language is not English, may elect 9 hours of English to fulfill their foreign language requirement. English courses must be at the 3000-4000 level. Students with previous foreign language experience may petition the Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies for advanced placement and credit. Petitioners will be given written and/or oral examinations by a foreign language faculty member who will then recommend an appropriate foreign language placement level. This placement level will not exceed FR 3013, GER 3013, JPN 2024, LAT 2013, or SPAN 3013, and will be approved by the department head. Students who have omitted one or more courses in the basic language sequence will receive credit for omitted courses when they have validated their advanced placement by passing the course into which they are placed with a grade of “C” or better.

International Studies Degree Requirements
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,5,T 3 ENGL 10231,5,T 3 FR, GER, or SPAN 20142,3,T 4 FR, GER or SPAN 20242,3,T 4
MATH 11135,T 3 ENGL 2003 or 2013T 3 AMST 2003T 3 POLS 2003T 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 PHSC 1013 & 10211,T 4 PHIL 3023T 3 SPH 2003 or 2173T 3
ART 21231,T 3 COMS 1003T 3 ANTH 2003T 3 ECON 2003, PSY 2003 or SOC 1003T 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 POLS 3403 or 3413T 3 POLS 3403 or 3413T 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
FR, GER or SPAN 30033 3 FR, GER or SPAN 3013 3 FR, GER 3113 or SPAN 3123 or 3133 3 HIST 3533, 3603, 3703 or 3803 3
Area of Concentration 6 Area of Concentration 9 Area of Concentration 6 Area of Concentration 6
GEOG 2013, 3303 or 3703 3 PHIL 2013, 3013 or 3113 3 Elective4 4 Elective4 3
HIST 3313 3 HIST 3323 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.
3Lab attendance is required for the beginning and intermediate foreign language courses.
4At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level.
5Students must complete course with a grade of C or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.
 
Concentration Areas:

Art Education: 27 hours
ART 1303; ART 1403; ART 2103 or ART 2113; ART 2403; ART 2413; ART 3003; ART 3013; 3 hours from ART 3113, ART 3123, ART 4103, ART 4823; 3 hours from ART 2503, ART 2703, ART 3533, ART 3603, ART 3803.

Journalism: 27 Hours
JOUR 2133; JOUR 2143; JOUR 3114; JOUR 3143; JOUR 3183 or JOUR 3273;JOUR 4883; 2 hours from JOUR practicum (Broadcast, Print, or Multimedia); 6 hours from 1000/2000/3000/4000-level JOUR classes.

Biology: 28 Hours
8 hours from BIOL 1114, BIOL 2124, BIOL 2134; 4 hours from BIOL 3114, BIOL 3034, BIOL 3074, BIOL 3124; 4 hours from any 1000/2000/3000/4000-level BIOL classes; 4 hours from any 3000/4000-level BIOL classes; 8 hours from any 2000/3000/4000-level CHEM classes.

Philosophy: 27 Hours
PHIL 2003; PHIL 3013; PHIL 2013 or PHIL 3053; 3 hours from PHIL 3253, POLS 3253, PHIL 3063, POLS 3063; 6 hours from PHIL 3003, PHIL 3013, PHIL 3113, PHIL 3203; 3 hours from PHIL 3033, PHIL 4093, PHIL 4103; 6 hours from 3000/4000-level Philosophy classes.

Fine Arts: 18 hours: ART 1303, 1403, ART 2103 or ART 2113;ART 2403; ART 2413; 3 hours from ART 3113, ART 3123, ART 4103, ART 4823; 9 hours from ART 2503, ART 2703, ART 3533, ART 3603, ART 3803.

Political Science: 27 Hours
POLS 2013; POLS 2253; POLS 4963; 3 hours from PHIL 3253, POLS 3253, PHIL 3063, POLS 3063; 6 hours from POLS 3013,POLS 3473, POLS 3433, POLS 4103; 9 hours from 3000/4000-level POLS classes.

English: 27 Hours
Any 27 hours of ENGL classes beyond ENGL 1023/1053.

Religious Studies: 27 Hours
HIST 3803; HIST 4503; PHIL 2003; PHIL 2013; PHIL 3053;PHIL 3023; SOC 4073; ANTH 3233 or ENGL 2263; 3 hours from 1000/4000-level PSY classes.

German: 27 Hours
Any 27 hours of GER classes. Reminder: Student must complete the foreign language requirement of 9 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in a second foreign language.
Social Sciences: 27 Hours
HIST 4963 or POLS 4963; 3 hours from HIST 3313, HIST 3323, HIST 4133; 3 hours from PHIL 3253, POLS 3253, PHIL 3063, POLS 3063; 3 hours from POLS 3013, POLS 3473, POLS 3433; 6 hours from HIST 3603, HIST 3703, HIST 3803; 9 hours from GEOG 3303, GEOG 3413, GEOG 3703, GEOG 4023,GEOG 4803.

History: 27 Hours
HIST 2013; HIST 2513 or POLS 2513; HIST 4963; 3 hours from HIST 3313, HIST 3323, HIST 4133; 3 hours from HIST 4083, HIST 4483,HIST 4513; 3 hours from any 3000/4000-level History class; 3 hours from HIST 3493, HIST 3513, HIST 3533; 6 hours from HIST 3603, HIST 3703.

Spanish: 27 Hours
Any 27 hours of SPAN classes. Reminder: Student must complete the foreign language requirement of 9 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in a second foreign language.

Hospitality: 27 Hours
HA 1013; HA 1043; HA 2063; HA 3043; HA 4003; HA 4093; 9 hours from any 1000/2000/3000/4000-level HA class (excluding HA 4116).

Strategic Studies: 27 Hours
EAM 1003; EAM 1013; POLS 2153; POLS 3013; POLS 3473; 6 hours from HIST 4013, HIST 4023,HIST 4083, HIST 4813; 6 hours from ECON 4093, GEOG 4803, HIST 4013, HIST 4023, HIST 4083,HIST 4813, 3000/4000-level EAM classes.

Japanese: 27 Hours
Any 27 hours of JPN classes. Reminder: Student must complete the foreign language requirement of 9 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in a second foreign language.

Theatre: 27 Hours
TH 2203; TH 2513; TH 2703; TH 3513; 3 hours from TH 4263, TH 4273, TH 4313, TH 4323; 12 hours from 3000/4000-level TH classes.