Bachelor's Degree Requirements: Liberal Arts and Sciences


Civilizations and Societies

College Requirements

Co-Majors

Combined Degrees and Second Degrees

Concurrent Degrees and Double Majors

Credit, Restrictions on

Credits, Required

Foreign Culture (FC)

Foreign Language

Major Requirements

Minor Fields

Natural Science Third Course (LS, PS)

Residence

Science Requirement for B.S. Degrees

Social Science (SS)

Credits, Required

Candidates for the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or any special degree must complete at least 120 credits. Certain curric­ula may require additional credits above this minimum. At least fif­teen credits must be earned in courses numbered 3000 or above. (Also see Credit, Restrictions on.)

Grade Point Average

All students are required to maintain an over-all grade point average of C (2.0) for all degree work elected. See Grade Point Average.

College Requirements

University-wide General Education Requirements and College-wide Group Requirements are designed to enhance students' basic skills and to promote intellectual breadth. These requirements assure min­imal competence in those skills needed to succeed in college and professional life and provide a selective introduction to the increas­ingly broad range of academic disciplines represented at the Univer­sity. They serve to emphasize the fundamental means and essential knowledge required for continuing self-education and intellectual growth.

All entering undergraduate students must satisfy both University General Education Requirements (see General Education Program) and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements (see below).

Group Requirements for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences overlap considerably with those of the University General Education Program (see General Education Program). However, they are not identical, and students must make sure that their course elections satisfy both sets of requirements. College Group Require­ments supplement and modify the University program by requiring additional course work or restricting the applicability of certain spe­cific courses. Transfer students should be aware that transfer agree­ments that fulfill the University General Education Requirements do not necessarily fulfill College Group Requirements. In general, stu­dents who wish to fulfill General Education and College Group requirements outside the University should consult with an advisor to make sure the outside courses are transferable.

Courses taken in fulfillment of the Group Requirements must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken for the grade of P (Passed)).

The following are important differences between the University Gen­eral Education Program and the College Group Requirements.

1) The College requires three courses in the natural sciences - one more than is required by the University.

2) The College requires two courses in the social sciences - one more than is required by the University.

3) The College requires an additional course in the humanities as may be found under the heading of Civilizations and Societies (see below).

4) The College requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign lan­guage. Foreign language proficiency is not a part of the University General Education Requirements, but it does satisfy the Foreign Cul­ture (FC) requirement.

In each category, the College Group Requirement must be satisfied by election from an approved list of courses. Courses not on the list will not be accepted as fulfilling the requirement. The following list of Group Requirements cites only exceptions to the University lists. Since changes may occur after the publication of this bulletin, please consult with an advisor for the up-to-date list of approved courses.

Foreign Culture (FC)

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may satisfy the University General Education Requirement in Foreign Culture by successfully completing the three-course sequence (through 2010 or 2110) in a single foreign language.

Foreign Language

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except those pursuing a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree) must successfully demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the three-course basic sequence in a single foreign language. Proficiency is demon­strated by completing courses numbered 1010, 1020, and 2010 in one of the following subject area codes: ARB, ARM, CHI, FRE, GER, GKA, GKM, HEB, ITA, JPN, LAT, POL, RUS, SPA, SWA, and UKR. Those continuing the study of a foreign language begun in high school or at another college will be placed at the appropriate level in the sequence as determined by means of qualifying examinations or interviews administered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The College Foreign Lan­guage Group Requirement will be considered satisfied by those stu­dents whose test scores place them beyond the intermediate (third course) level.

Bilingual Students: The College Foreign Language Group Require­ment will be considered satisfied for students who were born in and completed their secondary education in a country whose language is not English. However, no credit (through course work or by examina­tion) will be granted to such students for elementary- or intermediate-level courses in that language. Bilingual students who satisfy the For­eign Language Group Requirement in this manner will simultane­ously fulfill the University General Education Requirement in Foreign Culture (FC).

Natural Science Third Course (LS, PS)

A third course in the Natural Science area is required. All courses on the University list for Life Science or Physical Science are accept­able. Also, students may elect NFS 3230 as the third course in Natu­ral Science (a course which is not on the University General Education list).

Social Science (SS)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires two courses.

Civilizations and Societies

This College Group Requirement is not part of the University General Education Requirements. Students must complete one course from the following:

AFS 2010 -- African American Culture: Historical and Aesthetic Roots: Cr. 4
ARM 3410 -- (SLA 3410) (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
    (GER 3410) (POL 3410) (RUS 3410) (UKR 3410): Cr. 3
CLA 2000 -- Greek Mythology: Cr. 3-4
FRE 2710 -- (FC) Introduction to French Civilization I: Cr. 3
FRE 2720 -- (FC) Introduction to French Civilization II: Cr. 3
GER 2710 -- (FC) Survey of Germanic Culture I: Cr. 3
GER 2720 -- (FC) Survey of Germanic Culture II: Cr. 3
GER 3410 -- (SLA 3410) (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
    (ARM 3410) (POL 3410) (RUS 3410) (UKR 3410): Cr. 3
GKM 3710 -- (FC) Modern Greek Literature and Culture in English: Cr. 3-4
ITA 2710 -- (FC) Italian Culture and Civilization I: Cr. 3
ITA2720 -- (FC) Italian Culture and Civilization II: Cr. 3
LAS 2100 -- Chicano/a Literature and Culture (SPA 2400): Cr. 3
LAS 2110 -- Puerto Rican Literature and Culture (SPA 2500): Cr. 3
N E 2000 -- (FC) Introduction to Islamic Civilization of the Near East: Cr. 3
N E 2010 -- The Bible and Ancient Mythology: Cr. 3
POL 2710 -- (FC) Survey of Polish Culture: Cr. 3
POL 3410 -- (SLA 3410) (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
    (ARM 3410) (GER 3410) (RUS 3410) (UKR 3410): Cr. 3
RUS 2710 -- (FC) Introduction to Russian Culture: Cr. 3
RUS 3410 -- (SLA 3410) (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
    (ARM 3410) (GER (3410) (POL 3410) (UKR 3410): Cr. 3
SLA 3410 -- (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience (ARM 3410)
    (GER (3410) (POL 3410)(RUS 3410) (UKR 3410): Cr. 3
SLA 3710 -- (VP) Russian and East European Film: Cr. 3
SPA 2400 -- (LAS 2100) Chicano/a Literature and Culture: Cr. 3
SPA 2500 -- (LAS 2110) Puerto Rican Literature and Culture: Cr. 3
UKR 3410 -- (SLA 3410) (FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
    (ARM 3410) (GER 3410) (POL 3410) (RUS 3410): Cr. 3

Note: The Junior Year in Germany experience also meets the Civili­zations and Societies requirement.

Science Requirement for B.S. Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Students who are candidates for Bachelor of Science degrees must successfully complete sixty credits in the natural sciences, computer science, advanced logic, statistics, and mathematics. Credits com­pleted to satisfy the College Group Requirements in Natural Science may be applied to the sixty credits.

Special Degrees

Students who are candidates for the Special Degrees Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or Bachelor of Science in Physics must fulfill the sixty-credit require­ment in the natural sciences, computer science, advanced logic, sta­tistics, and mathematics. Candidates for other Special Bachelor of Science degrees must complete the College Group Requirement in Natural Science and any additional science and mathematics courses required by the curriculum which they are following.

Major Requirements

A major is a program of concentrated study in a department or area within the College from which students graduate with a degree. Spe­cific course requirements for majors are listed in this bulletin under each of the Departments or areas of the College. Students may declare majors at any time but must declare a major after forty-five credits of study, regardless if these credits are completed at Wayne State University or transferred from another institution. Students must complete all courses in their majors with an overall average of 'C' (2.0). Each major program has specific requirements which may be modified from time to time; it is, therefore, each student's responsibil­ity to keep informed of the current requirements in his/her major department.

Declaration of Major

Students can easily declare or change their major through the online systems of Pipeline or Academica. All students are required to declare their major no later than having earned forty-five resident or transferred credit. Failure to do so may result in a registration hold.

Double Major

Students wishing to declare double majors should first consult with the advisors in each department. For students to graduate with dou­ble majors, the major requirements in both areas of concentration must be fulfilled. Students must complete all courses in both majors with an over-all grade point average of 'C' (2.0). Both majors are des­ignated on the diploma.

Students enrolled in Colleges and Schools other than the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and who wish to graduate with a double major, one component of which is in a Liberal Arts and Sciences cur­riculum, must satisfy all College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the major requirements of the Department. (See also Teaching, Secondary, Combined Curriculum for and Con­current Degrees and Double Majors.)

Minor Fields

Adding a minor to a degree program can be an attractive way to per­sonalize a student's studies and add both depth and breadth. In gen­eral, minors require eighteen to twenty-one credits. Courses which bear limitations prohibiting their election for major credit may not be elected for minor credit.

Students enrolled in colleges and schools other than the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and who wish to declare a minor in a Lib­eral Arts and Sciences curriculum, may do so by satisfying the minor requirements of the curriculum involved. They need not satisfy the Group Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Departmental advi­sors for course selections. The notation of the minor will appear on the transcript but not on the diploma. To declare a minor, students should consult a Departmental advisor to obtain an approval signa­ture. Program approval forms are available from the University Advis­ing Center, 1600 Adamany Library.

For an index to all minor programs described in this bulletin see Minor Areas of Study.

Co-Majors

The following subjects may be taken in conjunction with another major leading to a Bachelor's Degree: Latino/a and Latin American Studies, International Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Combined Degrees and Second Degrees

A Combined Degree (B.A. or B.S.) is granted by the College of Lib­eral Arts and Sciences in cooperation with approved schools of Den­tistry, Medicine, and Law, which do not require a bachelor's degree for admission. Candidates for Combined Degrees must complete ninety credits in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, all Univer­sity requirements, all College requirements, make reasonable prog­ress (as determined by the major Department) toward completing a major, and complete satisfactorily the first year's work in an approved professional school. Courses taken in the first year of professional school may be applied toward the required fifteen credits in advanced courses. Students who fail to pass any course ordinarily required during the first year of professional work forfeit the right to a Combined Degree. Such cases may be reopened only after the stu­dent completes the second year of professional work.

Students who have received a degree from Wayne State University or any other accredited institution may obtain a second bachelor's degree in another academic area by registering in the appropriate undergraduate College. Graduates of Wayne State University who have earned degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may be ranked as undergraduates by declaring new majors and indi­cating a desire to earn a second undergraduate degree. Graduates of other Wayne State University Schools or Colleges must transfer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In order to be granted second degrees, students must complete a minimum of thirty credits beyond the first degree in the College and satisfy all University, College and major requirements. This includes all College Group Requirements not overlapping with University Gen­eral Education Requirements. Generally no second degree will be granted in the academic area in which the first degree was earned.

Concurrent Degrees and Double Majors

Students who have satisfied all requirements for two different major programs leading to degrees offered by the College and who have accumulated 150 or more degree credits may apply for both degrees simultaneously. However, students intending to earn concurrent degrees are required to obtain permission from the Office of the Dean prior to the accumulation of 120 degree credits. A more usual procedure for students satisfying the requirements of two different major programs is to declare a double major and graduate with one degree, in which case as few as 120 degree credits may be required. (See also ‘Major Requirement' and ‘Combined Degrees', above.)

Credit, Restrictions on

Repeated Subject

If courses are repeated, the last grade on file will count towards the overall g.p.a. of the course, but the course credit will only be counted once towards graduation. Students who wish to repeat a course in which they did not receive credit originally must file a repeat form at the time of registration. Since similar courses may have different names dependent upon the college and the semester in which a course is offered, students are advised to make certain that they do not offer repeated course work as credit toward a degree.

Over-Age Credits

Students attempting to complete majors after a protracted interrup­tion in their education, or those attending the University on a part-time basis over an extended period of time may find that some early course work is outdated. In such cases, a department may require refresher work or a demonstration that the student is prepared for advanced courses in the department.

Restrictions on Transfer Credit

No more than sixty-four semester credits may be applied toward graduation from two-year colleges.

Restricted Courses

Degree credit for restricted courses is given only within the approved limits specified below.

Professional Courses

Students may elect a maximum of sixteen credits as cognate work from elected courses offered for degree credit by the several profes­sional schools and colleges within the University. Eight of these cred­its may be elected with the approval of an academic advisor prior to the declaration of a major, and eight additional credits may be cho­sen with the approval of the major department. Where academic advisors have approved fewer than eight credits, the major depart­ment may approve degree credit up to the sixteen maximum credits allowed. In curricula which specifically require professional courses in excess of the maximum, additional credits may be elected.

Specialized Courses

Unless a curriculum specifies otherwise, the maximum amount of degree credit which may be earned in certain specialized areas is limited as follows:

Dance (approved courses) — 16 credits maximum
Health — 8 credits maximum
Applied Music (including the limitation as stated
   in the paragraph below) — 16 credits maximum
Physical Education (activity) — 4 credits maximum

A total of not more than four credits from the following list of courses may be counted toward a degree unless a curriculum specif­ically requires more extensive elections:

COM 2240 -- Forensics Practicum: Cr. 1-2
MUA 2800 -- University Bands: Cr. 1
MUA 2810 -- University Symphony Orchestra: Cr. 1
MUA 2820 -- Jazz Big Band: Cr. 1
MUA 2830 -- Men's Chorus: Cr. 1
MUA 2840 -- Choral Union: Cr. 1
MUA 2850 -- Concert Chorale: Cr. 1
MUA 2870 -- Women's Chorale: Cr. 1
MUA 2880 -- Chamber Music and Special Ensembles: Cr. 1

Residence

To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a minimum of thirty credits must be earned in the Col­lege. The last thirty credits applicable to the degree, not including credit by special examination, must be completed in an undergradu­ate college or school of Wayne State University. Credit by special examination may not be counted as residence credit, but such credit, if earned during a semester in which the student is registered, will not be considered an interruption of residence.

In special circumstances, senior residence may be interrupted with approval.

For the Combined Degree, the residence requirement must be com­pleted in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University prior to admission to the professional school.