2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree

Director: Dr. Althea Alton
Office: Tillman Hall 301H
Telephone: (309) 298-3025
E-mail: AK-Alton1@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cas/las

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree emphasizing comparative critical thinking, communication, and a broad range of methodologies and applied skills. As is true of many degree programs in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, students pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences are not specifically trained for a particular vocation or career path. Instead, this degree offers breadth, flexibility, and responsiveness to student needs. Furthermore, the degree program emphasizes the modes of critical thinking and self-directed learning that lie at the heart of liberal studies. Rather than training for a specific career, this degree offers a comprehensive and rigorous intellectual foundation for a lifetime of learning, preparing individuals to adapt to many different academic, personal, and professional paths.

In addition to the introductory and capstone courses, the degree consists of two possible emphases. The first, Multidisciplinary Emphasis, offers students the opportunity to study People in Context or the Environment. Students choose one of these concentrations and take approved courses from departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. The second emphasis requires students to complete two approved minors.

GradTrac is available to Liberal Arts and Sciences majors—People in Context emphasis. See more information about GradTrac.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program—An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All students seeking the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements : 57 s.h.
  2. Core courses: 6 s.h.
    A&S 195 Introduction to the Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 s.h.)
    A&S 495 LAS Senior Capstone (3 s.h.)†
  3. Emphases of Study (select A or B; at least 18 s.h. must be at the 300 or 400 level) at least 30 s.h.
    1. Multidisciplinary Emphasis (select 1 or 2)
      1. People in Context
        (No more than 9 s.h. of courses with the same prefix can count toward the major.)
        1. Social and Natural Sciences: Take a minimum of 12 s.h. from the following:
          AAS 145 Famous People of African Descent (3 s.h.)
          ANTH 110 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3 s.h.)
          ANTH 111 Intro to Physical Anthropology and Archeology (3 s.h.)
          ANTH 249 Native North American Cultures (3 s.h.)
          ANTH 305 Anthropology, Technology and Social Change (3 s.h.)
          ANTH/WS 315 Gender and Anthropology (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 204 Human Biology (4 s.h.)
          BIOL 250 Principles of Ecology (3 s.h.)
          CHEM 150 Contemporary Chemistry (4 s.h.)
          ECON 100 Intro to Economics (3 s.h.)
          ECON 170 The Global Economic Environment (3 s.h.)
          ECON 231 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 s.h.)
          ECON 232 Principles of Microeconomics (3 s.h.)
          ECON 350 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 120 Introduction to Weather and Climate (4 s.h.)
          GEOG 426 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 466 World Regions (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 113 Energy and Earth Resources (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 375 Environmental Geology (3 s.h.)
          GERO 200 Intro to Gerontology (3 s.h.)
          POLS 200 Intro to Political Thought (3 s.h.)
          POLS 228 Fundamentals of International Relations (3 s.h.)
          POLS 267 Intro to Comparative Government and Politics (3 s.h.)
          POLS 382 Modern Political Theory (3 s.h.)
          PSY 100 Intro to Psychology (3 s.h.)
          PSY 221 Psychology of Child Development (3 s.h.)
          PSY 250 Human Social Behavior (3 s.h.)
          PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment (3 s.h.)
          PSY 340 Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior (3 s.h.)
          PSY 343 Physiological Psychology (3 s.h.)
          PSY 422 Adolescent Development (3 s.h.)
          PSY 423 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 s.h.)
          PSY 424 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
          PSY 442 Principles of Behavior Modification (3 s.h.)
          PSY 451 Personality (3 s.h.)
          SOC 100 Intro to Sociology (3 s.h.)
          SOC 200 Contemporary Social Problems (3 s.h.)
          SOC 272 Individual and Society (3 s.h.)
          SOC 300 Minority Peoples (3 s.h.)
          SOC 330 Bureaucracy and Formal Organization (3 s.h.)
          SOC 355 Criminology (3 s.h.)
          SOC/WS 360 Gender Roles (3 s.h.)
          SOC 415 Social Stratification (3 s.h.)
          SOC/WS 430 Sociology of Women’s Health (3 s.h.)
          SOC/WS 435 Women and Crime (3 s.h.)
          SOC 451 Special Topics in Sociology (1–2 s.h.)
          SOC 460 The Family (3 s.h.)
          SOC 462 Political Sociology (3 s.h.)
          SOC 480 Deviance and Disruption in the American Family (3 s.h.)
          WS 190 Intro to Women’s Studies (3 s.h.)
          WS 370 Women in Popular Culture (3 s.h.)
          Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see adviser.
        2. Humanities: Take a minimum of 12 s.h. from the following:
          AAS 100 Intro to African American Studies (3 s.h.)
          AAS 251 Social Problems of Black Americans (3 s.h.)
          AAS 281 Literature of the Black World (3 s.h.)
          AAS 282 Black Theatre (3 s.h.)
          AAS 283 African American Folklore (3 s.h.)
          AAS 290 African Roots in American Soil (3 s.h.)
          AAS 325 The Black Family (3 s.h.)
          AAS 381 Modern African Literature (3 s.h.)
          ENG 195 Intro to Literature (3.s.h.)
          ENG 206 Issues in U.S. Literature (3 s.h.)
          ENG/WS 301 Women and Literature (3 s.h.)
          ENG 340 American Nature Writing (3 s.h.)
          ENG 348 Ethnic Literatures of the United States (3 s.h.)
          ENG 353 Great Books (3 s.h.)
          ENG 355 Myths, Legends and Literature (3 s.h.)
          ENG 358 Studies in Non-Western Literature (3 s.h.)
          HIST 105 American History to 1877 (3 s.h.)
          HIST 106 American History since 1877 (3 s.h.)
          HIST 125 Western Civilization to 1648 (3 s.h.)
          HIST 126 Western Civilization since 1648 (3 s.h.)
          HIST/AAS 314 Black America 1865–Present (3 s.h.)
          HIST/WS 317 Women in American Studies (3 s.h.)
          HIST/WS 318 Women and Gender in European History (3 s.h.)
          HIST 341 Latin America since 1860 (3 s.h.)
          HIST 419 Recent America, 1945 to Present (3 s.h.)
          HIST 429 Europe, 1914–1968 (3 s.h.)
          HIST 445 Modern East Asia (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 105 Philosophical Explorations (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 120 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 205 Philosophy, Law and Society (3 s.h.)
          PHIL/WS 220 Feminism and Ethics (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 330 Moral Philosophy (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 400 Social and Political Philosophy (3 s.h.)
          PHIL 420 Philosophy of Law (3 s.h.)
          REL 101 Exploring Religion (3 s.h.)
          REL 201 World Religions (3 s.h.)
          REL 203 The Christians (3 s.h.)
          REL 301 Religion in America (3 s.h.)
          REL/WS 303 Women in Religion (3 s.h.)
          REL 350 Hinduism (3 s.h.)
          REL 355 Buddhism (3 s.h.)
          REL 365 Islam (3 s.h.)
          REL 370 Judaism (3 s.h.)
          REL 454 Contemporary Spiritual Movements (3 s.h.)
          REL 456 Religion and War (3 s.h.)
          REL/AAS 494 Religion in African American Culture (3 s.h.)
          Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see adviser
        3. Select one of the following methods courses:
          AAS 451 Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 451 Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
          ENG 380 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 s.h.)
          ENG 381 Technical Communication (3 s.h.)
          ENG 383 Public and Persuasive Writing (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 405 Methods of Research (3 s.h.)*
          PSY 223 Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design (3 s.h.)
          SOC 232 Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)
          Other methods courses may be appropriate for this category; see adviser.
        4. Select one additional Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course (esp. ENG 380†, ENG 381†, ENG 383†; other WID courses may be appropriate; see adviser)
      2. The Environment
        (No more than 9 s.h. of courses with the same prefix can count toward the major.)
        1. ENVR 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
          ENVR 401 Colloquium on Environmental Studies ( 3.sh.)
        2. Select three of the following methods courses:
          BIOL 452 Biological Applications of GIS (3 s.h.)
          CHEM 341 Analytical Techniques (3 s.h.)
          ENG 380 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 s.h.)
          or ENG 381 Technical Communication (3 s.h.)
          or ENG 383 Public and Persuasive Writing (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 308 Intro to GIS (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 310 Geologic Field Methods (2 s.h.)
          MATH 123 Modeling with Mathematical Functions (3 s.h.)
          STAT 171 General Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)
        3. Select at least 15 s.h. from at least 3 different departments:
          ANTH/BOT 463 Ethnobotany (4 s.h.)
          BIOL 250 Principles of Ecology (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 350 General Ecology (4 s.h.)
          BIOL 440 Advanced Genetics (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 451 Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 452 Biological Applications of GIS (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 453 Streams Ecology (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 454 Mississippi River Ecology (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 455 Mississippi River Ecology Lab (1 s.h.)
          BIOL 458 Plant-Animal Interactions (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 459 Biogeography (3 s.h.)
          BIOL 479 Tropical Ecology (3 s.h.)
          BOT 210 Local Flora (3 s.h.)
          BOT 451 Plant Ecology (3 s.h.)
          BOT/MICR 423 Phycology (3 s.h.)
          BOT/ZOOL 452 Freshwater Biology (3 s.h.)
          MICR 402 Field Mycology (3 s.h.)
          MICR 451 Microbial Ecology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 408 Field Ornithology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 410 Ornithology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 411 Entomology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 412 Mammalogy (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 413 Herpetology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 414 Ichthyology (3 s.h.)
          ZOOL 451 Animal Ecology (3 s.h.)
          CHEM 342 Fundamentals of Environmental Ecology (4 s.h.)
          ECON/AGEC 430 Environmental Economics (3 s.h.)
          ECON 432 Public Finance (3 s.h.)
          ENG 340 American Nature Writing (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 100 Intro to Human Geography (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 120 Intro to Weather and Climate (4 s.h.)
          GEOG 121 Planet Earth: Surface Processes and Interactions (4 s.h.)
          GEOG 327 Environmental Climatology (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 426 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 445 Urban Geography (3 s.h.)
          GEOG 448 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 112 History of the Earth (4 s.h.)
          GEOL 113 Energy and Earth Resources (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 115 Oceanography (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 375 Environmental Geology (3 s.h.)
          GEOL 380 Hydrogeology (4 s.h.)
          PHIL 333 Environmental Ethics (3 s.h.)
          PHYS 114 Applied Physics I (4 s.h.)
          PHYS 115 Applied Physics II (4 s.h.)
          PHYS 124 General Physics I (5 s.h.)
          PHYS 125 General Physics II (5 s.h.)
          POLS 302 Intro to Public Policy (3 s.h.)
          POLS 393 Environmental Politics (3 s.h.)
          SOC 471 Urban Sociology (3 s.h.)
          Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see adviser.
        4. Select one additional Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course from:
          BOT 451 Plant Ecology (3 s.h.)†
          ENG 380 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 s.h.)†
          ENG 381 Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
          ENG 383 Public and Persuasive Writing (3 s.h.)†
          MICR 451 Microbial Ecology (3 s.h.)†
          ZOOL 451 Animal Ecology (3 s.h.)†
          Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see adviser.
    2. Paired Minors Emphasis
      Choose two minors from different categories. No more than two courses or 6 s.h. may be shared across selected minors. One Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course (in addition to A&S495) must be taken from either of the departments offering the selected minors, or ENG 380†, or ENG 381† or ENG 383†.
      Categories:
      1. Creative Writing; English; Ethics, History; Journalism; Philosophy; Religious Studies
      2. Botany; Chemistry; Forensic Chemistry; Forensic Science; Geology, Meteorology; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physics; Zoology
      3. Anthropology; Economics; Forensic Psychology; International Relations; Sociology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration
      4. French; Geographic Information Systems; Geography; German; Mathematics; Professional Writing; Spanish; Statistics
      5. African American Studies; Communication, Environmental Studies; Gerontology; Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy, Law and Society; International Studies; Women’s Studies
  4. Minor: minimum of 16 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 11 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

†A&S 495 and one other approved Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course will fulfill the WID graduation requirement.

Course Descriptions

ARTS & SCIENCES (A&S)

195 Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences. (3) A comparative introduction to the major areas of the liberal arts and sciences. Students will learn how each area evolved and how each approaches problems and controversies. The course may take its particular focus each year from the university theme.

495 Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone. (3) Capstone course for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. Students will study examples of scholarship from a multidisciplinary perspective, research and present an interdisciplinary solution to a significant problem, and prepare a self-reflective academic personal narrative. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: A&S 195, ENG 280, senior standing, and permission of Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.