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College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1886 under the name St. Ignatius College.  The college is coeducational and initially enrolls all undergraduate degree-seeking students, both full-time and part-time.
In addition to the University Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study in 30 majors leading to degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Arts in Classics (B.A.Cl.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.). 

Applying for Admission
All potential students seeking undergraduate admission to the University apply through the Office of Admission.
Transfer students and part-time students should refer to the pertinent admission procedures described on pages 21-23 of this Bulletin.

Applicants must follow the general University regulations on admission, explained fully in the admission section of this Bulletin, pages 16-26.

Majors and Degrees
The major normally consists of a group of courses in a single department, a number of which must be in the upper division.  The specific courses, the number to be taken for the major, and the order in which they are to be taken are defined in the sections of this Bulletin devoted to departments and course descriptions, beginning on page 127.

Single-Discipline Majors

Majors may be taken in the following fields, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Classics degree:

Art History
Classical Languages
     (Greek, Latin)
Communication
Economics
Education
      Early Childhood
      Middle Childhood
      Multi-Age
      Adolescent/Young Adult
English
History

Mathematics Teaching
Modern Languages
     (French, German, or Spanish)
Philosophy
Physical Education and
     Exercise Science
Physics
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology & Criminology

Majors in the sciences may be taken in the following fields, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:

Biology
     Biology
     Environmental Biology
     Cell and Molecular Biology
Chemistry
     General Chemistry
     Biochemistry
     Comprehensive Chemistry

Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Engineering Physics
Mathematics
Physics
Psychology

Interdisciplinary Majors
Humanities—A self-designed liberal arts major, administered by the Department of Art History and Humanities.  Course work consisting of 33 hours above the B.A. Core divisional requirements is derived from the disciplines of art history, literature, history, religious studies, and philosophy.  For additional information on the major, see pages 241-242.  Coordinator:  Dr. Gerald Guest, Department of Art History and Humanities.

World Literature—An interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of English.  Students should consult the chair of either department.  The program of courses selected for the major must be approved by the dean.

B.S.-M.B.A. 5-Year Program for the Arts and Sciences
The 5-year programs offer John Carroll students from the arts and sciences the opportunity to continue their education and earn an M.B.A. degree with one additional year of study.  All students are eligible for this program.
Students will take courses from the Boler School of Business throughout their undergraduate education.  They should consult with their academic advisor and the associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences to provide support and assistance in course selection.  In addition, students will come together once each semester and hear speakers from the community talk about career opportunities for science M.B.A.s.  For more information go to the website www.jcu.edu/boler/undergrad/5thyear.html.

Optional Minors
In addition to majors, most departments also offer optional minors, which normally consist of 18 to 21 semester hours of work in one department.  Specific courses may be required by various departments.  For more detailed information, consult the departments and course descriptions sections of this Bulletin, beginning on page 127.
Optional minors may be completed in the following fields:

American Politics
Art History
Biology
Business (through Boler School
     of Business)
Chemistry
Classics
Communication
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Economics
Engineering Physics
English
Foreign Affairs
French

German
Greek
History
Humanities
Latin
Mathematics
Philosophy
Physical Education and
     Exercise Science
Physics       
Political Science (General)
Probability and Statistics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology & Criminology
Spanish

Interdisciplinary Minors and Concentrations
        In addition to the majors and optional minors listed above, interdisciplinary minors and concentrations may be completed by students who so elect.  These are listed below and described on pages 84-91 of this Bulletin.

Interdisciplinary Minors

East Asian Studies
Entrepreneurship
Modern European Studies
 

Concentrations

Africana Studies
Aging Studies
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Catholic Studies
Economics/Mathematics
Environmental Studies
International Business
International Economics and Modern Languages

International Studies
Italian Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Neuroscience
Perspectives on Sex and Gender
Political Communication
Public Administration and Policy Studies

General Requirements for Degrees

  1. Candidates must earn not less than 128 credit hours, including all Core and major requirements, with a general average of at least 2.0 (C) for all course work at John Carroll University.
  2. Candidates must spend at least the last 30 hours of instruction in residence.
  3. Candidates must complete all the course and proficiency requirements for the degree sought.
  4. Candidates must complete all the major requirements with an average of at least 2.0.  Similarly, optional minors and concentrations must be completed with at least a 2.0 average.
  5. Students are held to the degree requirements in force at the time of their entrance into the college and program.  If they are formally readmitted to the college, they are held to the requirements in force at the time of their readmission.
  6. All degree requirements normally must be completed within 10 years of the date on which college work was begun.  Exceptions must be approved by the dean, associate dean, or assistant dean.
  7. Candidates must file an application for degree by the date specified in the academic calendar.
  8. Candidates must fulfill all financial obligations to John Carroll University.
  9. Attendance at the commencement exercises, though optional, is expected of all members of the graduating class.

Specific Requirements
Degree candidates must fulfill all Core and major requirements as explained in detail in this Bulletin.  See the earlier chapter on Liberal Education at John Carroll University, pages 60-72, and note requirements for majors as specified in the sections on departments and course descriptions, beginning on page 127.

Honors Program
The University offers an Honors Program to a selected number of outstanding students from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler School of Business.  Membership is open to those students who demonstrate potential for excellence as determined by such data as educational record, test scores, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and an interview with the program director.

Satisfactory completion of the Honors Program will be noted at the time of graduation and will be posted on each student’s permanent record.  The diploma from John Carroll University will note that the recipient is an Honors Scholar.

The program, its requirements, and courses are described on pages 238-240.

Non-Degree Certificate Program
      Certificate programs consist of approximately 60 semester credit hours of organized class work directed to general areas within the University.  Upon completion of a certificate program, students may choose to complete the remaining requirements for a bachelor’s degree.  The courses in the program are regular University courses and carry college credit.  The electives require the approval of an academic adviser.  It should be noted that the “certificate” program described below is not to be confused with programs designed to complete requirements for teacher certification.  Those programs are fully described in the section of this Bulletin on the Department of Education and Allied Studies.  Currently, the following certificate program is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences:
Certificate in Chemistry
CH 141-144, 151H, 153           General Chemistry.................................................................................. 5-10 cr.
CH 221, 222, 223, 224            Organic Chemistry........................................................................................ 8 cr.
CH 261, 263                           Analytical Chemistry.................................................................................... 4 cr.
CH 361 (or 365, 366), 367       Physical Chemistry.................................................................................... 5-8 cr.
CH 441, 443                           Instrumental Analysis................................................................................... 5 cr.
CH xxx                                  Chemistry Elective....................................................................................... 3 cr.
MT 135, 136                           Calculus & Analytic Geometry........................................................................ 8 cr.
PH 125, 125L, 126, 126L          General Physics........................................................................................... 8 cr.
      or 135, 135L, 136, 136L     
EN 111, 112                            English Composition..................................................................................... 6 cr.
CO 100                                  Speech Communication................................................................................ 2 cr.
                                                        2 Electives (with approval of advisor).... 6 cr.

 

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