Arts and Sciences

Introduction

Winifred E. Brownell, Dean
Robert C. Bullock, Associate Dean
Patricia J. Morokoff, Associate Dean
Earl N. Smith III, Assistant Dean
Jonathan L. Blaney, Business Manager

The College of Arts and Sciences has two main objectives: to enable all students to understand our intellectual heritage, the physical and biological world in which we live, and our social, economic, and political development; and to provide programs of professional education in selected fields as well as a strong foundation for graduate study. The college has programs of study leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music.

For information on prelaw, pre-physical therapy, premedical, predental, preveterinary, and teacher education programs, see Preprofessional Preparation.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to earn a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, the student must meet requirements in three main areas: the major, Basic Liberal Studies, and electives. A description of these areas follows.

1. The Major. Every student is required to specialize in a particular area or discipline called the major. The requirements for each major vary from field to field, and are described in this section. Any student who has met the requirements for two separate majors within the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences has earned a double major and may have both fields listed on the transcript.

In order to meet graduation requirements, a student must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in all courses required for his or her major. This restriction applies in every case, unless a different policy is explicitly stated in the description of the degree program. One-half of the total number of credits needed in a given major must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.

Curricular Modifications. In consultation with the advisor, and with the approval of the department chairperson, a student will be permitted to modify the normal requirements of the major. The decision of the department chair is final. Requirements outside the major may be modified only with approval of the Scholastic Standing and Petitions Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences. Petition forms are available in the Office of the Dean. Minimum grade point average and total credit requirements are not petitionable.

2. Basic Liberal Studies. In the College of Arts and Sciences, general education requirements are called Basic Liberal Studies and are required of all students. This series of courses is intended to ensure that students have educational experiences that will help them to become informed and responsible participants in society and contribute to the full development of their individual capabilities. The Basic Liberal Studies program embodies the philosophy and fundamental knowledge that characterizes an arts and sciences education.

The following courses are approved by the College of Arts and Sciences to fulfill Basic Liberal Studies requirements. For an explanation of course codes, see How to Read This Catalog.

English Communication

Writing (ECw): ELS 112, 122; HPR 112, 326; WRT 104, 106, 201, 227, 235, 302, 303, 304 [D], 305 [D], 333.

General (EC): COM 100 [D], 108, 110 [D]; ECN 108; LIB 120, 220; PHL 101; SUS 108.

Fine Arts and Literature

Fine Arts: ARH 120 [D], 251 [D], 252 [D]; ART 101, 207; FLM 101 [D], 203 [D], 204 [D], 205 [D]; FRN 320; HPR 105, 124, 201A, 202A, 324 (311); LAR 201; MUS 101 [D], 106 [D], 111, 292, 293 [D]; PLS 233; SPA 320; THE 100, 181, 351 [D], 352 [D], 381, 382, 383.

Literature: AAF 247 [D], 248 [D]; CLA 391 [D], 395 [D], 396 [D], 397 [D]; CLS 160 [D]; ENG 110 [D], 160 [D], 241, 242, 243 [D], 245, 247 [D], 248 [D], 251, 252, 260 [D], 262, 263 [D], 264, 265, 280 [D], 317, 355 [D], 357 [D], 358 [D]; FAL 151; FRN 309 [D], 310 [D], 320 [D], 391 [D], 392 [D], 393 [D]; GCH 101H; GWS 317; HPR 125, 201A, 202A, 325 (312); RUS 391 [D], 392 [D]; SPA 305 [D], 306 [D], 307 [D], 308 [D], 320 [D].

Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Competence

See Basic Liberal Studies requirements below:

Letters

AAF 150 [D], 201 [D], 355 [D], 356 [D]; APG 327; BGS 392 [D]; CLS 160 [D], 235; COM 246; EGR 316; ENG 110 [D], 160 [D], 243 [D], 280 [D], 317, 355 [D], 356 [D]; FRN 391 [D], 392 [D], 393 [D]; GCH 102; GWS 220 [D], 315, 317, 320 [D],325; HIS 110 [D], 111 [D], 112, 113 [D], 114 [D], 116, 117, 118 [D], 130 [D], 132 [D], 141 [D], 142 [D], 145 [D], 146 [D], 150 [D], 160 [D], 171 [D], 172 [D], HIS 176 [D], 180 [D], 304, 305, 310 [D], 311 [D], 314, 323 [D], 327 [D], 332 [D], 333 [D], 340 [D], 341 [D], 346 [D], 351 [D], 355 [D], 356 [D], 374 [D], 375 [D]; HPR 105, 107, 201L, 202L, 307; JOR 110 [D]; LAR 202 [D]; LET 151; NUR 360 [D]; PHL 101, 103, 204, 210 [D], 212 [D], 215, 217 [D], 235, 314, 316 [D], 321, 322, 323 [D], 325 [D], 328 [D], 331 [D], 346, 355; PSC 341, 342; PSY 310; RLS 111 [D], 125, 126, 131 [D]; SUS 108; WRT 240.

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning

BUS 111; CSC 101, 201; HPR 108, 201M, 202M, 308; MTH 105, 106, 107, 108, 111, 131, 141, 142, 208; MTH/PSC 109; STA 220.

Natural Sciences

AFS 190, 210, 211; APG 201 [D]; AST 108, 118; AVS 101 [D]; BCH 190; BIO 101, 102, 105, 106, 286 [D]; BPS 201, 203; CHM 100, 101, 103, 112; EGR 133; GCH 103; GEO 100, 102, 103, 110, 113, 120; HPR 109, 201N, 202N, 309; MIC 190; NFS 207, 210; NRS 100, 190; OCG 110, 123, 131, 200; PHY 109, 111, 112, 185, 186, 203, 204, 205, 273, 274, 275; PLS 150, 190; TMD 113.

Social Sciences

AFS 132; APG 200 [D], 202, 203 [D], 301 [D]; AVS 132; COM 108; CPL 202; ECN 100 [D], 108, 201, 202, 306, 381 [D]; EDC 102 [D]; EEC (REN) 105, 310, 356; GCH 104; GEG 101 [D], 104 [D], 202; GWS 150, 320; HDF 225; HPR 110 [D], 201 [D], 202S, 310; HSS 130 [D]; JOR 110 [D]; KIN 123 [D]; LIN 200 [D]; MAF 100, 220; NUR 150 [D], 160; PHP 114, 143; PSC 113 [D], 116 [D], 201, 274 [D]; PSY 103 [D], 113 [D], 232 [D], 235 [D], 254 [D], 255 [D]; SOC 100 [D], 212 [D], 230 [D], 240 [D], 242 [D], 274 [D]; SUS 108; TMD 224.

3. Electives. Electives are courses that are not included in the Basic Liberal Studies or major requirements, and that students may freely select to earn the total number of credits required for graduation. Many students use their elective credits to develop a second major or a minor field of study (see Minor Fields of Study).

Course Load. No student may take more than 19 credits per semester without permission from the dean. Students on academic probation are limited to 15 credits.

Repeating Courses for Credit. Unless otherwise stated in the course description, a course may not be repeated for credit. Credit can be counted only once toward the total credits required for graduation.

Study Abroad. Students eligible for the Study Abroad option to fulfill the Basic Liberal Studies Foreign Language and Culture requirement must enroll for full-time study in an approved academic program for one semester. Summer programs are not approved for this option. Students must successfully complete a minimum of six credits to have their requirement satisfied.

Graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with University and College requirements and to file for graduation with the Office of the Dean. Deadlines for filing are as follows:

May Graduation—October 1
August Graduation—March 1
December Graduation—May 1

Seniors completing their final course work off-campus must file a Senior Off-Campus Study Form with the Office of the Dean and should file for graduation before leaving campus.

Basic Liberal Studies Requirements

Courses used to fulfill these requirements must be selected from the list approved by the College of Arts and Sciences (see previous page). Basic Liberal Studies requirements are designed only for students in the College of Arts and Sciences, but they also fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. Courses in a student’s major may not be used to fulfill requirements in Fine Arts and Literature, Letters, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. Students completing a double major, however, may use courses from one major of their choice to fulfill these requirements.*

BACHELOR OF ARTS

English Communication: 6 credits
(3 must be in a writing course; the other 3 may be in another writing course at the 200 level or higher or may be selected from the general communication courses)

Fine Arts and Literature: 6 credits
(3 in Fine Arts; 3 in Literature)

Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence: 6 credits
Choose one of the following options:
• Two-course sequence in a language studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a modern language or 301 in a classical language
• Demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by examination or by successful completion of 104 (or higher) in a modern language or 302 in a classical language
• Two-course sequence in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level (101, 102)
• Study abroad in an approved academic program for at least one semester. Summer programs, including the URI in England program, will not satisfy this requirement.

Letters: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Natural Sciences: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

Social Sciences: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, AND BACHELOR OF MUSIC

English Communication: 6 credits
(3 must be in a writing course; the other 3 may be in another writing course at the 200 level or higher or may be selected from the general communication courses)

Fine Arts and Literature: 6 credits
(3 in Fine Arts; 3 in Literature)

Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence: 6 credits
Choose one of the following options:
• Two-course sequence in a language studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a modern language or 301 in a classical language
• Demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by examination or by successful completion of 104 (or higher) in a modern language or 302 in a classical language
• Two-course sequence in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level (101, 102)
• Study abroad in an approved academic program for at least one semester. Summer programs will not satisfy this requirement.
• Two courses in cross-cultural competence selected from the following list: CCC 151;CPL 300 [D]; FRN 309 [D], 310[D], 320 [D],391, 392; HIS 132 [D], 171 [D], 172 [D], 180 [D], 311[D], 327 [D], 374 [D], 375 [D]; HPR 201/202F; NRS 300; NUR 160; PHL 331 [D]; RLS 131[D]; SPA 320 [D]; TMD 224 [D]. Six credits of a full-semester approved Intercultural Internship in a foreign country through the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement may be substituted for cross-cultural competence courses.

Letters: 6 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Natural Sciences: 6 credits

Social Sciences: 6 credits


* Students may use only one course per discipline (as identified by the course code) to fulfill requirements in Letters, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, except that students earning both a B.A. and another degree are exempt from this rule. For an explanation of course codes, see How to Read This Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts curriculums provide a general cultural background and an opportunity to major in any one of 36 fields of study.

Each candidate for a B.A. degree must meet certain minimum curricular requirements in quantity and quality. These requirements include at least 120 passed credits, with at least 42 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, and an overall grade point average of at least 2.00. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program, each candidate must complete a major and a number of elective courses. The major totals 27-36 credits.

The B.A. major is the discipline or subject area in which the degree is granted. It may include not only required courses within the major department but also courses in related subjects. Students should declare this major before the end of their fourth semester.

The major comprises no fewer than 27 nor more than 36 credits. These, however, are exclusive of any credits that are outside the major department but may be required by that department as prerequisites. Including such prerequisites, the major may not exceed 39 credits.

Students may earn up to 15 credits in their major department in addition to those required for the major as identified by course code, counting as electives those credits earned in excess of the major requirements. Any credits in excess of this number in the major will not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits in the major must be earned at URI.

Majors include: Africana studies, anthropology, art (history and studio), chemistry, Chinese, classical studies, communication studies, comparative literature studies, computer science, economics, English, film media, French, gender and women’s studies, German, history, Italian, journalism, Latin American studies, mathematics, music (music, jazz studies, and music history and literature), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public relations, sociology, Spanish, and writing and rhetoric.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science curriculums are professionally oriented and, in general, meet the accreditation standards of national professional associations.

All candidates for the B.S. degree must fulfill the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program and complete a major of 30-55 credits within a department or program. In addition, a department may require for its major certain courses in other departments, with the stipulation that these courses may still be applied to the Basic Liberal Studies program requirements. Students must earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00. No more than 130 credits can be required in a program. At least half the credits in the major must be earned at URI. Each major within the B.S. curriculum has certain more specific requirements, as listed in the following sections.

Majors include: chemistry, chemistry and chemical oceanography, chemistry and forensic chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, physics and physical oceanography, and sociology.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

URI’s Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculums provide the opportunity to discover and develop creative capacities in the fine arts. The emphasis is on richness of program and quality of experience rather than the development of isolated skills. All candidates for the B.F.A. degree are required to meet the requirements of the Basic Liberal Studies program and to earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00. At least half the credits in the major must be earned at URI.

Majors include: art and theatre.

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music curriculum is designed to prepare qualified students for careers in the field of music. Students may select one of three majors depending on their aims and abilities. Admission requirements for the music education program are described in “Teacher Education Programs” in Preprofessional Preparation and in “Education” (Admission Requirements).

All candidates for the B.M. degree are required to meet the Basic Liberal Studies requirements and to earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00. At least half the credits in the major must be earned at URI. Students are expected to attend department-sponsored events each semester.

Majors include: music composition, music education, and music performance (see “Music” in the alphabetical descriptions of majors later in this section).

All areas provide for a good background in academic subjects, and each curriculum contains courses for the development of sound musicianship and excellence in performance. An audition conducted by members of the Music Department is required for permission to register for work toward the B.M. degree. The music education curriculum includes courses in educational psychology, conducting, methods, and a teaching internship that leads to state certification for teachers.

The total number of credits required for graduation is 124 for music composition, 128 for music education, and 124 for music performance.

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