The School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. K. Paul Jones, Interim Dean

Objectives

Through its varied programs, the School of Arts and Sciences seeks to develop independent and creative thinking which will enrich the lives of its graduates and enable them to become responsible, skilled, and participating members of their communities. Through its courses, the School also provides the background from which to explore areas of knowledge and to enhance lifelong personal satisfaction and enjoyment.

The School of Arts and Sciences has six main objectives in keeping with the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education:

  1. To offer a strong program designed to acquaint individuals with broad and representative knowledge; to develop skill in thought and expression; and to instill the capacity to use that knowledge constructively and responsibly.
  2. To offer high quality academic, professional, and pre-professional programs.
  3. To offer a program to enhance the intellectual and civic competence not only of majors within the School of Arts and Sciences but of individuals from all University divisions.
  4. To foster a climate of intellectual curiosity within which scholarly activities and research can extend the boundaries of knowledge.
  5. To promote interdisciplinary studies through which students gain insights that lead to a synthesis of liberal and professional education.
  6. To provide public services to the communities outside the institution.

Degree Programs

The School of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and Bachelor’s degree programs as indicated in the following table:

SUBJECT AREA

BACHELOR OF ARTS

BACHELOR  OF SCIENCE

MINOR

African-American Studies

 

 

X

Agriculture

 

 

X

Anthropology

 

 

X

Art

 

 

X

Biology

 

X

X

Business Administration

 

 

X

Chemistry

 

X

X

Communications

X

X

X

Computer Science

 

X

X

Criminal Justice

 

 

X

Dance

 

 

X

Economics

X

X

 

Engineering

 

 

X

English

X

 

X

Entrepreneurship    

X

French

X

 

X

Geoscience

 

 

 

  • Geography Concentration

 

X

X

  • Travel and Tourism

 

X

X

  • Geology Concentration

 

X

X

German

 

 

X

Health Science

 

X

 

History

X

X

X

Human Environmental Sciences

 

 

X

International Studies

X

 

X

Mathematics

X

X

X

Military Science

 

 

X

Music

 X

X

Paralegal Studies

 

 

X

Park and Recreation Administration

 

 

X

Philosophy

X

 

X

Physics

 

 

X

Political Science

X

X

X

Psychology

X

X

X

Religious Studies

 

 

X

Secondary Education

 

 

X

Sociology

X

X

X

Spanish

X

 

X

Sports Medicine

 

 

X

Theatre

 

 

X

Women's Studies    

X

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-professional programs are offered in the areas:

Student Advisement

Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The advisor will aid the student in selecting and scheduling appropriate courses and will be available to counsel the student in all matters pertaining to his/her academic program. After the student has selected a major, an advisor from the selected area of study will be assigned to assist the student.

Bachelor of Arts

Graduation Requirements

Credits required for graduation -- 130
Minimum credits in Arts and Sciences subjects -- 100
Minimum credits in upper division courses -- 36
Maximum credits in any one subject counted toward graduation -- 50
Complete requirements for a major (see "Major" section which follows )
Complete requirements for a minor (see "Minor" section which follows )

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science

Graduation Requirements

Credits required for graduation -- 130
Minimum credits in Arts and Sciences subjects -- 100
Minimum credits in upper division courses -- 45
Maximum credits in any one subject counted toward graduation -- 50
Complete requirements for a major (see "Major" section which follows )
Note: Certain majors may require students to complete a minor (see "Minor" section which follows )

General Requirements

Major

Each student in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree program must complete a major program of study consisting of not less than 18 semester hours of upper division courses (up to 6 hours of these courses may be replaced by lower division work in certain departments). A minimum grade of C (2.00) must be made in every course offered for the major, exclusive of lower division prerequisites. Required and elective courses taken for pass/fail (P/F) where a P is recorded will count as satisfying the minimum grade requirement. Transfer students must earn at least 6 hours in the major while in residence at The University of Tennessee. With the exception of the special majors described below, requirements for the major are specified by the individual departments within the School of Arts and Sciences. Certain majors may also require a student to complete a minor program of study. (See individual departmental listings.)

Economics

An Arts and Sciences student may complete a major in economics (see Department of International Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing section) to include at least 18 semester hours of upper division courses in economics, required prerequisites, and the general requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. No minor is required for the B.S. degree.

International Studies Major (B.A. Curriculum)

This is a multidisciplinary major for students interested in acquiring personal enrichment and a broadly based international perspective for eventual careers in government, foreign service, international organizations or foundations, international business, foreign area studies, international law, or journalism. The student must complete the following requirements for the major (core, area concentration, and travel-study) and the required minor.

A. Core Courses (18 hours from selected courses) *denotes required courses

Agricultural Econ 335

International Agricultural Trade

Economics 321

International Economics

Geography 461

Economic Geography

Geography 462

Political Geography

History 200*

Introduction to International Studies

History 485*

The Changing World Order (capstone course)

Political Science 321 or 322

International Relations

Religious Studies 301

Major Religions of the World

Sociology 433

Population Processes and Problems

B. Area Concentration (18-21 hours)

Students will select a concentration with a distinguishable business, cultural, geographical, historical or global interest. Students must consult with their advisor to plan their program of study.

Anthropology 201, 306, or 434
Economics 322 or 333
Geography 381, or 461 or 462
History 322, 343, 415, 447, 448, or 482
Philosophy 430 or 440
Political Science 341 or 401
Religious Studies 201, 306, or 313
Sociology 304 or 495

C. Travel-Study (6 hours minimum-12 hours maximum)

Majors must participate in a travel-study program in a foreign country so that the student may draw upon unique cultural and intellectual resources in the host country(ies) which will extend subject matter competence and develop language proficiency. A sensitivity to other cultures, together with a new perspective on the American culture, will contribute to the development of particular career interests.

Although students may participate in any approved study abroad program, we strongly recommend that students take advantage of the many foreign study opportunities available at UT Martin which involve a summer, one semester, or a year. There are travel-study programs developed each year by the departments of Geography (Geog 441 and 442), Modern Foreign Language (French/German/Spanish 360 and 370), and History and Political Science (History 468 and Political Science 467). The Office of International Programs coordinates student exchanges with Hirosaki University. Also, the Division of Continuing Education is involved in the Cooperative Center for Study in Britain.

D. Foreign Language Minor (12 upper division hours)

Students must minor in French, German or Spanish. International students and resident aliens for whom it is determined that English is a second language may minor in English. A minor consists of at least 12 hours numbered 300 or above, plus any prerequisite courses. Students may wish to receive a certificate of proficiency which requires 15 hours. It is highly recommended that students take an additional year of a second foreign language.

Minor

A minor consists of not less than 12 hours of upper division courses in a subject outside the major. Up to 6 hours of these courses may be replaced by lower division work in certain departments. For requirements for minors other than those listed below, see the individual departmental listings.

A second major, as prescribed by any of the individual departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, can be completed in lieu of a minor.

The African-American Studies Minor consists of the following courses: Phil 130, Phil 440 and 12 hours selected from Soc 304, Pol Sci 479, Soc Wrk 220, Eng 345, Hist 434, and Hist 435.

The International Studies Minor consists of 18 hours of upper division courses. Students are required to take Hist 485 plus one course from five of the following: Agric 295; Econ 321, 322, 333; Geog 381; French 311, 321, 381, 382; German 321, 381, 382; Hist 343, 432, 448, 482; Pol Sci 321, 322, 341; Rel St 301; Spanish 321, 322, 381, 382, 385, 386.

Minors are also available through other schools. Approved minors include:

The Women’s Studies Minor consists of Interdisciplinary Studies 201 plus 15 hours selected from the following courses (excluding any courses used to satisfy general education or major field requirements): Anth/Soc 341, Anth/Soc 495, CFS 100, CFS 303, Comm 231, Eng 350, Eng 495 (when topic offered is on women’s literature and issues), Hist 303, Hist 480 (when topic offered is on gender issues in history), Psych 370, Soc 208, Soc Wrk 220, TCFM 300. No more than six hours may be taken in a particular discipline, and a student must complete at least twelve hours of upper division credits from these courses.

Individualized Degree Option

(Area of Concentration)

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with an Individualized Area of Concentration (AOC) is a flexible degree option available for students with significant educational objectives unmet by the traditional B.A. and B.S. degree programs.

The student prepares an individualized degree program (AOC) in consultation with a faculty advisor whose educational and professional background is related to the student's programmatic goal. In addition, the entire program must be approved in writing by the Dean of the School; copies are filed with the Registrar, the Dean, the faculty advisor, and the student prior to the completion of the last 45 hours for the degree. It then becomes the student's official Program of Study. Any subsequent modifications require written approval by the school degrees committee.

Graduation Requirements

Credits required for graduation -- 130
Minimum credits in Arts and Science Subjects -- 100
Minimum credits in upper division courses -- 36

Specific Curricular Requirements

  1. Communication (9)
  2. Mathematics
  3. Distribution requirements:
  4. Individual Area of Concentration
  5. Electives:

Bachelor of Science Degree With a Major in Health Science

A student accepted into an accredited doctoral program in the health sciences (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Optometry), prior to completing requirements for a B.S. degree at UT Martin, may receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health Science from UT Martin if the following requirements are met:

No minor is required for the B.S. degree.


Pre-Professional Curricula in the Health Sciences

Pre-Theological Program

The Pre-Theological Program is a recommended cluster of disciplines which provides an arts and sciences foundation for future theological studies and professions. The program does not represent theological studies, but it does serve as a foundation for such studies. The Association of Theological Schools (the accrediting agency for Schools of Theology) recommends that a pre-theology student develop some in-depth understanding of human selfhood and existence, modern social institutions and problems, culture and religion, science and technology, the processes of understanding, the content and interpretation of Scripture, the history of the religious tradition, constructive theological methodology and interpretation, and language. The Pre-Theological Program develops such understanding by coordinating four Areas of Studies: 1) Value Studies - Philosophy, Religious Studies, English, and Art; 2) Contemporary Life Studies -Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Geography, and Political Science; 3) Historical Studies - History; and 4) Language and Communication Studies - Speech, English, Journalism, Broadcasting, Theatre, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Pre-Theology Program has four requirements: 1) the fulfillment of the basic requirements in Arts and Sciences, B.A. or B.S., 2) the fulfillment of the requirements for a major which is to be selected from the disciplines listed in the four Areas of Study, 3) the fulfillment of the requirements for a minor which is to be selected from the four Areas of Study, and 4) the completion of a minimum of 18 hours of approved electives of which 12 must be upper division. All four Areas of Study must be represented in the selection of a major, a minor, and electives. A minimum of six elective hours is required in each Area of Study not covered by the major and the minor. A list of approved electives is available from the advisor. The major, the minor, and the electives will be specified on the basis of the recommendations by the Association of Theological Schools and the academic and professional needs of the student as determined by consultation with an advisor in the Department of Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

Preparation for Legal Study

The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, 1999 Edition, published by the Law School Admission Council, lists 179 American Bar Association-approved law schools in this country. Three of these are in Tennessee: the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

All law schools require an undergraduate degree and place major emphasis on two factors for admission: undergraduate grade point average and the score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Each law school will vary on the specific grade average and the test score. Generally, it is assumed that a 3.00 (B) average is the minimum. The LSAT scores range from 120-180 with 163 about the 90th percentile in recent administrations. The LSAT is a standard three-hour examination with focus on reading comprehension, reasoning, and analytic skills. There is also a writing sample. The test is given four times a year; seniors are advised to take the examination in June, October or December. The undergraduate grade point average and the LSAT score remain the most important determinants for law school admission. Many schools will also consider significant experiences, including overseas study and internships. Admission to law school continues to be very competitive. Most law schools admit students only at the beginning of the fall semester. Prospective law school students need to start the process early in their senior year to meet the admission deadlines.

Some schools require letters of recommendation. Select endorsers who have had you in class and can specifically comment on skills such as writing and analytic ability which will be beneficial in law. Be sure to give references adequate lead time to meet deadlines.

There is no specified pre-law program according to law schools. Generally pre-law students major in arts and sciences or in business. Law students come from a variety of backgrounds. Law schools do recommend all students have well-developed communicative skills, analytical ability and background on human institutions and values. Students should keep this in mind when deciding on majors and also in selecting electives.

Preparation for Teaching

Due to the necessity for change to meet accreditation, licensure, and certification standards, there will be changes in these requirements. Check with the advising office in the School of Education for changes.

Students in Arts and Sciences who wish to teach in high school should make application for admission to the teacher education program through the School of Education. For listing of requirements, see Admission to Teacher Education.

Description of Interdisciplinary Courses

Interdisciplinary Studies

(INT ST)

110-120 Introduction to Leadership (2, 2) Academic and experiential knowledge of leadership theory and practice to guide the student in developing his or her leadership skills, understanding and analyzing leadership issues, and appreciating the responsibilities for serving as a leader of a group or organization. Requirements include oral and written work as well as demonstration of skill development. Graded on pass/fail basis.

201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3) Surveys the study of women in society. The primary goal is to explore how gender shapes our views and understandings. A further goal is to explain how class, race, ethnicity and age shape the female experience historically and across cultures. The relationship between cultural definitions of feminine behavior and the reality of women’s lives, roles in work, the family, the arts, politics and the sciences is examined.

450 (650) Energy Studies (3) A multidisciplinary course presenting the realities of diminishing fossil fuels, environmental consideration associated with energy resources, and emerging sources of energy. Lectures and field excursions. For additional information about these courses and the frequency with which they are offered, contact Department of Geology, Geography and Physics.

711-712 Environmental Studies (2, 2) An interdisciplinary study of a natural ecosystem involving biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. The course, a combination of lectures, laboratory and field work, is taught during the summer only. Prerequisites: Pre-college sciences and/or mathematics faculty members and consent of staff. For additional information about these courses and the frequency with which they are offered, contact Dr. Wilburn A. Sliger, Chair of Department of Biological Sciences.



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