Majors, Minors, and Certificate Programs

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This section outlines the specific requirements for every program in the College of Arts and Sciences: traditional majors, special curricula, minors, and certificate programs, so that you can investigate the full range of majors and degree options available in the college.

Special curricula are four-year degree programs structured to help you prepare for a specific application of your undergraduate program to a selected educational or career objective. To be recognized as having completed a special curriculum and to meet graduation requirements, you must complete the entire curriculum as listed, plus additional courses as necessary to reach a total of 192 hours and meet both university General Education Requirements and the Arts and Sciences degree requirements. Should you elect not to fulfill the special curriculum, you must complete all requirements for another major to graduate.

Majors are arranged alphabetically by department and are listed by complete name (e.g., Forensic Chemistry).

African American Studies

African American Studies Major (B.A.)
Major code BA4903

Students completing the major program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in African American studies. Courses include communications, education, political science, psychology, social sciences, art, literature, and music as they reflect and provide insight into the African American experience.

The minimum grade-point average for graduation is a 2.0 (C) in all courses attempted. A grade of C also is required in each major course.

Advising is an essential element in the African American Studies Program. Each student works closely with a faculty member whose expertise and interests are related to the student's academic pursuits.

The requirements for a major consist of 56 quarter hours, including:

AAS 101            African American History I    4
or AAS 202         African American History II   4 

AAS 106            Intro to Afr. Amer. Studies   4

One course from:

AAS 110            Intro to African Amer. Lit.   4

AAS 150            Intro to Black Media          5

AAS 180            Intro to Afr. Amer. Educ.     4

Within the 56 hours, at least 28 must be in one of two focal areas -- either social sciences or arts and humanities. The focal area must include at least one course from four of the groups below and at least 16 hours at or above the 300 level.

Social Sciences Groups


AAS 225        Hist. of the Black Worker         4

AAS 235        Comp. Neocolonialism              4

AAS 254        History of Injustice in U.S.      5

AAS 340        The Black Community in  Post-WWII 4                                 

AAS 364        Comp. Study of Injustice          4


AAS 341        African Amer. Personality         4

AAS 345        The Black Woman                   4

AAS 430        Soc. Theories of Underdevelopment 4

AAS 440        The Black Child                   5

AAS 482        The Black Family                  4

Political Science

AAS 360        Black Politics in U.S.            4 

AAS 368        Black Political Thought           4

AAS 370        Urban Violence                    4

AAS 430        Soc. Theories of Underdevelopment 4


AAS 432        Third World Natl. Mvts.           4

AAS 460        Social Processes:                 4
               Third World Urbanization

AAS 380        Seminar in African American Educ  4

Arts and Humanities Groups

Literature (African American)

AAS 210       African Amer. Lit. I               4

AAS 211       African Amer. Lit. II              4

AAS 310       Contemporary African 
              American Literature                4

AAS 311       African American Lit.: 
              Special topics                     4

AAS 411       Literature Seminar                 4

Literature (Intercultural)

AAS 315       Literature of West Africa          4

AAS 316       Literature of South Africa         4

AAS 317       Caribbean Literature               4


AAS 250       Found. of African Amer. 
              Arts and Culture                   4

AAS 350       African American Arts 
              and Artists                        4


AAS 355       History of African Amer. 
              Music I: Slavery to 1926           4

AAS 356       History of African American 
              Music II: 1926 to Present          4

AAS 357       Black Music Seminar I              3


AAS 352       Blacks in Contemporary 
              Cinema                             4

AAS 353       Survey of Black
              Independent Cinema                 4

African American Studies Minor

Minor code OR4903

The minor in African American Studies is available to all undergraduate students regardless of major. The requirements consist of a minimum of 28 hours of coursework in one of two options: the minor concentration or the interdisciplinary minor. The minor concentration in either the social sciences or the arts and humanities consists of a minimum of 28 hours, including at least 20 hours in the chosen area, AAS 101 African American History I or AAS 202 African American History II, and AAS 106 Introduction to African American Studies.

The interdisciplinary concentration requires at least one course from each of the two focal areas, at least two additional courses at the junior or senior level, AAS 101 African American History I or AAS 202 African American History II, and AAS 106 Introduction to African American Studies.

African Studies

See International Studies.


Anthropology Major (B.A.)
Major Code BA4252

Anthropology may be defined broadly as the scientific study of humankind. This discipline has two major foci: humans as biological organisms and as cultural beings. Anthropology has three subfields: biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Anthropology is a holistic, comparative, and functional discipline that provides a broad framework through which human activities, adaptations, and changes may be meaningfully interpreted in time and in space. Much of anthropology deals with non-Western cultures.

If you are interested in becoming a professional anthropologist, you can prepare for graduate school in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The anthropology major offers training in the methods and results of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and anthropological archaeology.

Major requirements for the B.A. in anthropology include:

ANTH 101      Intro to Cultural Anth.           5

ANTH 201      Intro to Biological Anth.         5

ANTH 202      Intro to Anthropological 
              Archaeology                       5

4 hours of cultural anthropology selected from

ANTH 345      Gender in Cross-Cultural 
              Perspective                       4

ANTH 348      Education: Cross-Cultural 
              Perspectives                      4

ANTH 350      Economic Anthropology             4

ANTH 351      Political Anthropology            4

ANTH 355      Medical Anthropology              4

ANTH 357      Anthroplogy of Religion           4

ANTH 366      Cultures of the Americas          4

ANTH 371      Ethnology                         4

ANTH 372      Cultures of the World             4

ANTH 373      Perspectives in Anthropology      4

ANTH 375      Culture and Personality           4

ANTH 376      Culture Contact and Change        4

ANTH 377      Peasant Communities               4

ANTH 378      Human Ecology                     4

ANTH 381      Cultures of Sub-Saharan 
              Africa                            4

ANTH 383      Cultures of Latin America         4

ANTH 385      Cultures of Southeast Asia        4

ANTH 386      Problems in Southeast 
              Asian Anthropology                4

ANTH 387      Pacific Island Cultures           4

ANTH 460      Kinship                           4

ANTH 472      History of Anthropological 
              Thought                           4

ANTH 494A     Seminar in Cultural 
              Anthropology                      4

ANTH 494D(*)  Seminar in Human Ecology          4

4 hours of biological anthropology selected from

ANTH 391      Primate Social Org.               4

ANTH 492      Human Evolution                   4

ANTH 494B     Seminar in Biological 
              Anthropology                      4

ANTH 496      Human Diversity                   4

ANTH 373(*)   Perspectives in Anth.             4

ANTH 494D(*)  Seminar in Human Ecology          4

4 hours of archaeological anthropology from

ANTH 361      North American Prehistory         4

ANTH 363      Gender in Prehistory              4

ANTH 364      Near East Prehistory              4

ANTH 367      South American Prehistory         4

ANTH 370      Mexican/Central American 
              Prehistory                        4

ANTH 452      Anthropological Archeology        4

ANTH 494C     Seminar in Archeological 
              Anthropology                      4

ANTH 373(*)   Perspectives in Anth.             4

ANTH 455(*)   Seminar in Methodology
              and Field Research                4

ANTH 465      Field School in Ohio 
              Archeology                        5 - 10

ANTH 494D(*)  Seminar in Human Ecology          4

28 additional hours in anthropology, of which 8 hours must be at the 400 level divided between two of the three main areas above

* when topic is appropriate

You are required to select an advisor from the anthropology faculty; your advisor will help you design an individualized course of study. As your interest shifts, you may change ad- visors. Non-anthropology courses can be declared as anthropology credit toward the major with your advisor's permission; for example, an interest in ethnoenvironmental and plant biology may lead to environmental and plant biology courses counting as part of an anthropology major. At least 43 hours must be in departmental anthropology courses. You are encouraged to take courses in fields related to anthropology. Courses in environmental and plant biology, biological sciences, geology, geography, history, linguistics, international studies, mathematics, psychology, and sociology may be recommended for students interested in particular specialties.

Anthropology Minor
Minor Code OR4252

A minor in anthropology is available if you wish to add a dimension of non-Western cultures to your education. Requirements for a minor in anthropology are

ANTH 101       Intro to Cultural Anth.               5

ANTH 201       Intro to Biological Anth.             5
or ANTH 202    Intro to Anthropological Archaeology  5

(Both ANTH 201 and 202 are recommended.)

16 additional hours in anthropology (including 4 hours at 400 level and 4 additional hours at the 300 or 400 level)


See School of Art in the College of Fine Arts section for information about selective admission requirements. To earn the B.A. degree in art from the College of Arts and Sciences requires special permission. Inquire at the College of Arts and Sciences Student Affairs Office.

Asian Studies

See International Studies.


See Physics and Astronomy.

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