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College of Arts & Sciences

Dean: Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez
Associate Dean: Dr. James A. Schmidt
Office: Morgan Hall 114
Telephone: (309) 298-1828;
Fax: (309) 298-2585
E-mail: Arts-Sciences@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cas

The College of Arts and Sciences occupies a central position in the University. This college houses the departments concerned with human cumulative culture and knowledge, usually referred to under the broad categories of the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, and the humanities. Dedicated to the concept of excellent teaching, the College provides General Education Curriculum courses for all students in the University. Dedicated to the concept of disinterested inquiry, the College encourages research that expands the frontiers of knowledge and applies that knowledge to the betterment of humanity.

With some exceptions, the programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are not primarily vocational in their orientation. In addition to making available a liberal education, these programs provide the theoretical basis for specialized work in graduate and professional schools. The College also educates future teachers in the basic secondary school disciplines. There is a continuing and growing demand for broadly educated young men and women who can fit into a variety of attractive occupations.

Departments and Programs

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may pursue studies in the following departments and programs:

Department of African American Studies
  • B.A. in African American Studies
Department of Biological Sciences
  • B.S. in Biology with options in:
    • Botany
    • Microbiology
    • Medical Sciences
    • Science/Biology Teacher Certification
  • B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science
Department of Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with additional options in:
    • Biochemistry
    • Science/Chemistry Teacher Certification
    • B.S. in Forensic Chemistry
Department of Economics
  • B.A. in Economics
Department of English and Journalism
  • B.A. in English with options in:
    • Literature and Language
    • Teacher Certification
  • B.A. in Journalism
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • B.A. in French with an additional option in:
    • Teacher Certification
  • B.A. in Spanish with an additional option in:
    • Teacher Certification
Department of Geography
  • B.S. in Geography
  • B.S. in Meteorology
Department of Geology
  • B.S. in Geology
Department of History
  • B.A. in History with an additional option in:
    • Teacher Certification
Department of Mathematics
  • B.S. in Mathematics with an additional option in:
    • Teacher Certification
School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • B.A. in Philosophy with an additional option in:
    • Pre-Law
  • B.A. in Religious Studies
Department of Physics
  • B.S. in Physics with additional options in:
    • Engineering Physics
    • Science/Physics Teacher Certification
Department of Political Science
  • B.A. in Political Science with additional options in:
    • American Government
    • International Relations/Comparative Politics
    • Public Administration/Public Policy
Department of Psychology
  • B.S. in Psychology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • B.A. in Sociology
  • B.A. in Anthropology
Department of Women’s Studies
  • B.A. in Women’s Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.L.A.S.)

The College of Arts and Sciences offers minor programs in the same fields as the major programs listed above (except in Clinical Laboratory Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Nursing). In addition, the College offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Broadcast and Print Media, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Film, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy, Geographic Information Systems, German, Gerontology, International Studies, Law and Society, Legal History, Modern Global History, Neuroscience, Professional Writing, Statistics, and Survey Research Methods.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides dual programs in Clinical Laboratory Science and Engineering whereby a student can complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences while working toward a professional degree or certificate. In addition, the College provides advising for pre-professional programs in Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Health, Law, and Pharmacy.

College Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting University graduation requirements, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must:

  1. Satisfy the University and other general requirements.
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 s.h. of credit in approved courses, of which at least 40 s.h. are in courses numbered 300 or above.
  3. Achieve and maintain a minimum scholastic average of 2.00 in the major, minor, and total program.
  4. Satisfy the University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements for the degree sought. A minimum of 16 s.h. should be taken to meet these requirements during the freshman year and a minimum of 16 s.h. during the sophomore year.
  5. Complete an approved major of a minimum of 32 s.h. At least 15 s.h. of the 32 s.h. of a major must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  6. Complete a recognized minor with a minimum of 16 s.h. The minor may not be in the same department as the major, unless the minor does not have a corresponding recognized major, except by written permission of the dean.
  7. Complete courses required in related departments as listed with course requirements for the major in the individual departments.

Certification to Teach

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who wish to obtain a teaching certificate must meet all criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, complete the teacher education curriculum, and complete the major or minor requirements for teacher education students as described under the various department offerings in Arts and Sciences. See Teacher Certification (p. 315) for additional information and specific requirements.

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