College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Martin Slann, Dean

Because learning is a lifelong endeavor, liberal arts and sciences programs are designed to assist in developing the knowledge, skills and perspectives of an educated person. To that end the College:

  • Advances the university’s purpose by providing a setting for free inquiry; excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity and research; and public service by faculty, staff and students.
  • Encourages honesty, integrity, responsibility, service to others, and sensitivity to the concerns of all people and cultures.
  • Provides programs that explore the natural and physical world and the human condition and the opportunities that our differences create, for the mutual advancement of all people.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers fourteen baccalaureate majors:

Art (B.A., B.F.A.)

Biology (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Economics (B.A., B.S.)

English (B.A.)

History (B.A., B.S.)

Mass Communication (B.A., B.S.)

Mathematics (B.S.)

Music (B.M., B.A.)

Political Science (B.A., B.S.)

Social Sciences (B.A., B.S.)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech Communication (B.A., B.S.)

The college also offers courses to be used in satisfying teacher certification requirements for teaching fields in art, chemistry, English language arts, history, life science (biology), mass communication, mathematics, music, physical science, social studies, Spanish, and speech communication. Graduate programs are described in the graduate section of this catalog.

Core Curriculum

All students in the College of Arts and Sciences who do not come "core complete" from another Texas public college or university are required to complete a 42-hour University Core Curriculum as outlined in the Undergraduate Academic Policies section of this catalog. Students should consult their advisor before enrolling in Core Curriculum courses as many majors require specific courses to be taken.

To meet the three-semester-hour mathematics component and the three-semester hour STEM component of the University Core Curriculum:

  • Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Mathematics should consult the appropriate section of the catalog for the required mathematics courses.
  • Students majoring in communication (mass communication and speech), fine arts, humanities (English, history and Spanish), political science, criminal justice and social sciences are strongly encouraged to take one of the following sets of Mathematics courses:

    MATH 1332: Contemporary Mathematics I and MATH 1333: Contemporary Mathematics II


    MATH 1342: Statistics I and MATH 1343: Statistics II

Students should consult their advisor for the required mathematics sequence.

Undergraduate Advising Information

The Arts and Sciences Advising Center, located in HPR 129, is open Monday through Friday. Students who are undecided about their major or who have specific questions about the Core Curriculum or graduation requirements are welcome to visit the Advising Center. Students contemplating a specific major in Arts and Sciences or who have questions about degree requirements or career opportunities in a specific major, should visit an advisor in that department.