2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree

Interim Director: Dr. Amy Patrick Mossman
Office: Tillman Hall 301
Telephone: (309) 298-3025
E-mail: AP-Mossman@wiu.edu Website: wiu.edu/las

Academic Advisor, Macomb: Ralph Heissinger, Jr.

Academic Advisor, Quad Cities: Kenneth W. Wheeler II

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 three possible emphases. The first emphasis, Multidisciplinary Studies, offers students the opportunity to study across the arts and sciences. The second emphasis, Environment, allows students to choose from among approved courses with an environmental focus. The third emphasis, Paired Minors, requires students to complete two approved minors.

GradTrac is available to Liberal Arts and Science majors—Multidisciplinary Studies and Paired Minors emphases. 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.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All students seeking the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 s.h.)
    A&S 495—Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone (3 s.h.)†
  3. Emphases of Study: at least 33 s.h.
    (Select A, B, or C; at least 18 s.h. must be at the 300 or 400 level; no more than two courses can count in both the major and General Education; no more than 6 s.h. of independent study, directed readings, or internship can count toward the major without LAS director approval.)
    1. Multidisciplinary Studies Emphasis
      (Select at least 33 s.h. from at least three different prefixes with no more than 12 s.h. from any one prefix.)
      1. Select at least 6 s.h. at the 100 or 200 level from any of the following prefixes: AAS, ANTH, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, CHIN, ENVR, ECON, ENG, F L, FR, GEOG, GEOL, GER, GERO, HIST, JOUR, JPN, MATH, MICR, PHIL, POLS, PHYS, PSY, REL, SOC, SPAN, STAT, WS, ZOOL
      2. Select at least 18 s.h. from a combination of at least two of the following categories:
        1. Humanities
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: ENG, F L, FR, GER, HIST, JOUR, PHIL, REL, SPAN
        2. Natural Sciences/Mathematics
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: BIOL, BOT, CHEM, ENVR, GEOG, MATH, MICR, PHYS, STAT, ZOOL
        3. Social Sciences
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: AAS, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GERO, POLS, PSY, SOC, WS
      3. Select one of the following methods courses:
        • AAS 451—Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 305—Applied Anthropological Methods (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 310—Methods in Physical Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 451—Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 452—Biological Applications of GIS (3 s.h.)
        • BOT 410—Plant Systematics (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 299—Critical Methods of Reading and Writing (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)
        • F L 350—Introduction to Contemporary Critical Theory (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 301—Introduction to Quantitative Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 308—Introduction to GIS (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 310—Geologic Field Methods (2 s.h.)
        • JOUR 415— Mass Communications Research Methods (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 284—Political Research and Analysis (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 306—Politics and Game Theory (3 s.h.)
        • POLS/SOC 432—Survey Research (3 s.h.)
        • PSY 223—Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design (4 s.h.)
        • PSY 323—Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 232—Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 332—Social Research Methods II (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 376—Methods of Statistics (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 476—Surveys and Sampling Methods (3 s.h.)
      4. Select one additional Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course from the following:
        • AAS 451—Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • FR 326—French Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • GER 326—German Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • JOUR 340—Public Relations Writing: Techniques and Style (3 s.h.)†
        • PHIL 312—Philosophical Writing (1 s.h.)**†
        • PSY 323—Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3 s.h.)†
        • REL 312—Writing in Religious Studies (1 s.h.)**†
        • SOC 332—Social Research Methods II (3 s.h.)†
        • SPAN 326—Spanish Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • WS 455—Feminist Theory and Practice (3 s.h.)†
        • Or other appropriate WID course in consultation with advisor
        **Requires corequisite
    2. Environment Emphasis
      (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 s.h.)
      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—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.) or
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.) or
        • ENG 383—Public and Persuasive Writing (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 308—Introduction 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 three different departments:
        • ANTH/BOT 463—Ethnobotany (4 s.h.)
        • BIOL 350—General Ecology (4 s.h.)
        • BIOL/GEOG 426—Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (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 Laboratory (1 s.h.)
        • BIOL 458—Plant-Animal Interactions (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL/GEOG 459—Biogeography (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 479—Tropical Biodiversity (3)
        • 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 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—Advanced Topics in Animal Ecology (3 s.h.)
        • CHEM 342—Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry (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—Introduction to Human Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 110—World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 120—Introduction 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 445—Urban Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 448—Introduction 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—Introduction 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 advisor.
      4. Select one additional Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course from:
        • BOT 451—Plant Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • MICR 451—Microbial Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • ZOOL 451—Advanced Topics in Animal Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see advisor.
    3. 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 Disciplines [WID] course [in addition to A&S 495] must be taken from either of the departments offering the selected minors, or ENG 380† or ENG 381†.)
      Categories:
      1. Humanities: Creative Writing; English; Ethics; French; German; History; Journalism; Legal History; Modern Global History; Philosophy; Professional Writing; Religious Studies; Spanish
      2. Natural Sciences/Mathematics: Botany; Chemistry; Forensic Chemistry; Forensic Science; Geology; Mathematics; Meteorology; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physics; Statistics; Zoology
      3. Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics; Forensic Psychology; Geography; International Relations; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration; Sociology
      4. Interdisciplinary: African American Studies; Communication; Environmental Studies; Film; Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy; Geographic Information Systems; Gerontology; Law and Society; International Studies; Survey Research Methods; Women’s Studies
  4. Minor: 16–24 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 0–8 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 Disciplines (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 Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: A&S 195, ENG 280, senior standing, and permission of the director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.