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College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. H. 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:

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

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, public history, 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, 34 hours of courses that comprise the Common Core, 33 hours in the area of concentration, and sufficient electives to complete 124 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of upper division courses. Students will select either Political Affairs or Cultural Affairs as the area of concentration. 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 must select a foreign language as part of the Common Core and complete 16 hours in the language. Students with previous foreign language experience may petition the Department of English and World Languages 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 based on university policy. The department head and dean must approve the determined placement level. 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 ā€œCā€ or better.

International Studies (Cultural Affairs Concentration)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
FR, GER, or SPAN 10142,3,T 4 FR, GER, or SPAN 10242,3,T 4 FR, GER, or SPAN 20142,3,T 4 FR, GER or SPAN 20242,3,T 4
ENGL 10131,5,T 3 ENGL 10231,5,T 3 PHIL 2013T 3 POLS 2003T 3
MATH 11135,T 3 PHSC 1013 & 10211,T 4 HIST 1903 3 GEOG 2013 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 HIST 1513T 3 POLS 2403 or 2413T 3 POLS 2403 or 2413T 3
ART 21231,T 3 ENGL 2003T 3 Electives4 3 Electives4 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 3603 or 3323 3
POLS 3433 3 HIST 4503 3 PHIL 3063 or POLS 3063 3 ANTH 2003T 3
HIST 3703 or 3803 3 GEOG 3303 or 3413 or 3703 3 SOC 4073 3 MUS 4853 or ENGL 4283 3
PHIL 2003T 3 ECON 2003T or PSY 2003T or SOC 1003T 3 Electives4 6 Physical Activity1,T 2
Electives4 3 Electives4 3     Electives4 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
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.
International Studies (Political Affairs Concentration)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
FR, GER, JPN or SPAN 10142,3,T 4 FR, GER, JPN or SPAN 10242,3,T 4 FR, GER, JPN or SPAN 20142,3,T 4 FR, GER ,JPN or SPAN 20242,3,T 4
ENGL 10131,5,T 3 ENGL 10231,5,T 3 GEOG 2013T 3 POLS 2003T 3
MATH 11135,T 3 PHSC 1013 & 10211,T 4 EAM 1013 3 ECON 2003 or PSY 2003 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 HIST 1513T 3 POLS 2403 or 2413T 3 POLS 2403 or 2413T 3
ART 21231,T 3 EAM 1003 3 Electives4 3 Electives4 3
       
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
HIST 3083 3 EAM 3243 3 HIST 1903 3 HIST 3603 3
POLS 3433 3 POLS 3013 or 3473 3 PHIL 3063 or POLS 3063 3 ANTH 2003T 3
HIST 3703 or 3803 3 HIST 4483 3 HIST 4083 3 HIST 3323 3
PHIL 2003T 3 HIST 3513 3 Electives4 5 Physical Activity1,T 1
Electives4 3 Electives4 3 Physical Activity1,T 1 Electives4 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
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.