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School of Humanities and Fine Arts
Completing a liberal arts major at Saint Vincent College will enable students to:
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsLiberal Arts Major Requirements (61 credits):Physics* - 4 creditsFine Arts * - 3 creditsUpper-Level Writing Course** - 3 creditsAN 101 Introduction to Anthropology*or AN 222 Cultural Anthropology* - 3 creditsPY 100 Introduction to Psychological Science** - 3 creditsLA 200 Methods and Techniques of Research - 3 creditsLA 250 Seminar: Readings for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 creditsLA 325 Senior Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 creditsConcentration*** - 18 creditsMinor*** - 18 creditsTotal - 61 credits
*These are specific requirements for the major and do not satisfy the core.**A major requirement which will satisfy the core.***A maximum of six credits from the concentration and/or minor may be used to fulfill core curriculum requirements.
The ConcentrationIn consultation with the faculty advisor, the Liberal Arts major will design a concentration. The 18-credit concentration may be achieved in one or two ways: vertical or horizontal. The vertical concentration is defined by an existing traditional academic discipline such as history, modern language, sociology or biology. In selecting a vertical concentration, the student may include only one introductory or survey level course, i.e., SO 101 Introduction to Sociology. A horizontal concentration is interdisciplinary. As with the vertical concentration, the student may only include one introductory or survey level course in the horizontal concentration.
The student, with the guidance of the faculty advisor, identifies the form of the concentration and the courses which will comprise it. The theme and form of the concentration is determined in the fall semester of the junior year.
In addition to the self-designed option, the student may choose to fulfill the requirement by completing one of the following suggested concentrations: Quantitative Studies, Media Studies, Business Studies, Cultural Studies and American Studies.
Cultural StudiesModern Language 300 level courses - 6 creditsHistory (200 level that corresponds to the language) - 3 creditsAN 328 Linguistic Anthropology - 3 creditsEL 138 Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States - 3 creditsTH 380 World Religions - 3 creditsTotal - 18 creditsAmerican StudiesHI 106 Topics in U.S. History to 1865orHI 107 Topics in U.S. History since 1865 - 3 creditsEL 131 American Literature: Exploration to Civil WarorEL 132 American Literature: Civil War to Present - 3 creditsTH 362 Religion in America - 3 creditsSO 200 Race and Ethnicity - 3 creditsPS 290 Institutions - 3 creditsPL 216 Ethical Problems - 3 creditsTotal - 18 credits
Quantitative StudiesMA 109 Calculus I - 4 creditsMA 110 Calculus II - 4 creditsPY 203 Statistics I - 3 creditsPY 204 Statistics II - 3 credits
Select one of the following:PH 112 and PH 114 General Physics II and Lab - 4 creditsBL 152 and BL 153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 creditsCH 102 and CH 104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 creditsTotal - 18 credits
Media StudiesCA 100 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 creditsCA 130 Introduction to Digital Media - 3 creditsCA 235 Introduction to Web Design - 3 creditsCA285 Electronic Media - 3 creditsCA 230 Writing for Media - 3 creditsEL 108 Technical Writing - 3 credits Total - 18 credits
Business StudiesBA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 creditsBA 101 Financial Accounting II - 3 creditsBA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 creditsEC 101 Principles of MicroeconomicsorEC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 creditsBA 305 Business Ethics - 3 creditsBA 320 Corporation Finance I - 3 creditsTotal - 18 credits
Pre-Health StudiesCH 101-104 General Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 creditsMA 109 Calculus I - 4 creditsCH 221-224 Organic Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 creditsPH111-114 General Physics I and II & lab - 8 creditsTotal - 28 credits
Students who select this concentration must fulfill the requirements for a biology minor.