College of Arts, Sciences, and Education

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  —W.B. Yeats

Since ancient times, a liberal education has been a proven way for people to better their lives.  The idea would not have lasted if it hadn’t worked.  Study of the liberal arts and sciences will provide you with a mastery of letter and number that will make you smarter and prepare you to lead others and to prosper in a constantly changing environment.  In other words, a degree in the liberal arts and sciences won’t just help you to land a job—it will empower you to discover a calling in life, to develop a greater capacity to think from various perspectives, to make connections, to articulate your point-of-view, to better appreciate the natural world, and to cultivate a sense of ethical responsibility.  In what world are those not valuable qualities?

Mission Statement

We are a community of scholars who challenge each other to lives of inquiry. 


A minor requires a minimum of 18 SCH in a discipline, with the exception of the interdisciplinary-studies minor that requires hours from more than one discipline.


BIOL 1306Biology for Science Majors I3
BIOL 1106Biology for Science Majors I Lab1
BIOL 1307Biology for Science Majors II3
BIOL 466Evolutionary Biology3
9 SCH UD Biology Electives9
Total Hours19


BTEC 1340Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Biotechnology3
BTEC 2431Cell Culture Techniques4
or BTEC 2441 Basic Molecular Biology Techniques
BTEC 310Biotechnology Research Methods and Applications4
BTEC 490Advanced Biotechnology4
Select 1 of the following:4
Protein Purification and Analysis
Advanced Bioinformatics
Fundamentals of DNA Forensics
Total Hours19


CHEM 1311General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (Lab)1
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II (Lab)1
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 410Biochemistry I4
Total Hours20


COMM 1311Introduction to Communication Studies3
COMM 1318Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 2335Argumentation and Advocacy3
or ENGL 2335
COMM 320Communication in Organizations3
COMM 325Persuasive Communication3
or ENG 325
MCOM 350Mass Communication Research Methods3
or COMM 350
Total Hours18

Criminal Justice

Select at least three sch from each of the following Areas:9
Area I
Deviance and Deviant Behavior
Crime and Delinquency
Criminological Theories
Area II
Law and Society
Criminal Law and Procedure
Constitutional Issues: Rights of Accused and Convicted Offenders
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Area III
The Juvenile Justice System
Institutional Corrections, Theory, and Practice
Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America
3 courses in upper division Criminal Justice9
Total Hours18


DRAM 1310Introduction to Theatre3
DRAM 1351Acting I3
DRAM 310Myths, Mysteries, and Murders3
DRAM 311Manners, Modernity, and Masochism3
DRAM 335Playwriting I3
DRAM 450Studies in Genre (Drama)3
Total Hours18


ENGL 1301Composition I 13
ENGL 1302Composition II 13
ENG 450Studies in Genre3
Select one of the following:3
American Literature
British Literature
World Literature
Select two of the following:6
Advanced American Literature
Advanced British Literature
Advanced World Literature
Total Hours18

Environmental Science

BIOL 2406Environmental Biology3
BIOL 307General Ecology3
BIOL 450Limnology4
BIOL 420Global Change (EL) 13
CHEM 405Environmental Chemistry3
Select one of the following:3
Endangered Ecosystems
Atmosphere and Biosphere
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Total Hours19

Gender Studies

18sch from the following:18
Types of Crime
Studies in Women's Literature
Sex, Swords, & Sorcery: The Medieval World in Anglo-American Film
American Social and Intellectual History
Advanced Academic Argument Seminar/Continental Philosophy
Introduction to Political Ideologies
American Political Theory
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Politics and Gender
Psychology of Interpersonal Interaction
Human Sexual Behavior
Marriage and Family
Total Hours18


HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Upper-division History Electives12
Total Hours18

Interdisciplinary Studies

Lower-division courses outside major9
Upper-division courses outside major9
Total Hours18

International Studies

College-level Foreign Language6
Select twelve sch from the following:12
Studies in Genre
Advanced British Literature
Modern Latin America
The Culture and History of Mexico
Europe, 1920 to the Present
Twentieth Century Asia
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
Disputes in International Relations
Globalization and Social Change
Religion and Society
Total Hours18

 Any foreign-language of 3 SCH with an international travel component, in addition to the 6 SCH foreign-language requirement.


BIOL 2401Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2402Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Choose 4 courses from the list below:12
Motor Development
Test and Measurement in Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Concepts of Physical Activity
Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Motor Skills for Special Populations
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Total Hours20


LEAD 305Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices3
LEAD 310Leadership Theory and Practice3
LEAD 400Leadership and Gender Issues3
LEAD 415Organization Development and Change3
LEAD 420Community Leadership3
Leadership Elective3
Total Hours18

Mass Communication

MCOM 1307Introduction to Mass Communication3
Sophomore Level Mass-Communication course (2000 course number)3
Select one of the following:3
Media Law and Ethics
Mass Communication Theory
Mass Communication Research Methods
Upper Division Mass-Communication elective courses6
Mass Communication Elective (upper division or lower division)3
Total Hours18

Political Science

GOVT 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions3
GOVT 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior3
Upper-division Political Science Electives12
Total Hours18

Pre-Health (available for Biology Majors only)

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2402Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 311General Microbiology4
Select 1 of the following courses:3-4
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
Medical Terminology
BIOL 446
Biochemistry I
Total Hours18-19


PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Lifespan Growth and Development3
PSY 316Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 317Psychology of Personality3
or PSY 350 Learning and Behavior
PSY 426Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology3
Psychology Elective3
Total Hours18

Social Studies

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 413Cultural Geography3
GOVT 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions3
PSCI 340Introduction to Comparative Politics3
or PSCI 350 Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 427Public Law (EL)3
or PSCI 428 Intergovernmental Politics
Total Hours18

Social Work 

SOCI 2350Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 360Working with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 365Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families3
SOCW 370Social Welfare Policy3
SOC 495Sociology Internship3
3sch Upper Division Elective3
Total Hours18


SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 320Deviance and Deviant Behavior3
SOC 323Social Stratification3
SOC 380Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
SOC 485Religion and Society3
Upper-division approved Sociology elective3
Total Hours18


Required Lower Division Language Courses
SPAN 1311Beginning Spanish I3
SPAN 1312Beginning Spanish II3
SPAN 2311Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 2312Intermediate Spanish II3
Required Upper Division Language Courses
SPAN 303Spanish Composition and Conversation 13
or SPAN 497 Special Topics
Interdisciplinary Course Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Latin America-The Colonial Era
Modern Latin America
The Culture and History of Mexico
The minor advisor may approve the substitution of other courses, which have Latin America as their primary focus.
Total Hours18

Writing Studies

ENGL 2340Writing Across the Curriculum3
ENGL 2351Introduction to Creative Writing3
MCOM 2310Media Writing3
Select 3 of the following courses:9
Advanced Expository Writing (EL)
Advanced Composition for Educators
Technical Writing (EL)
History and Grammar of the English Language
Special Topics
Feature Writing
News Analysis and Opinion Writing
Total Hours18

Doctoral Degrees