The College of Arts and Letters is comprised of the departments of Art, Criminal Justice,
History, Language and Literature, Music, Political Science, and Theatre Arts, and
Communication. The deans office is located in 209 Faculty Office building.
Department of Art
The Department of Art provides a broad curriculum of all aspects of
the visual arts including drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics,
photography, art education, art history, art criticism, graphic design and computer
graphics. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art is
designed for students discovering their own creative talents or those desiring continued
study in a graduate school while the Bachelor
of Science in Education (BSEd) in art prepares graduates for graduate school or
for teaching art in the public schools. The graduate programs section of the catalog has
information on the Master of Education in art
BFA graduates will demonstrate competence in:
BSED Art Education
- Historical concerns
- Diverse cultures
- Art theory
BSED graduates will demonstrate competence in:
- Historical concerns
- Diverse cultures
- Art theory
- Art education foundations
- Curriculum development
- Teaching administration
MED Art Education
The Master of Education (MED) in Art Education provides
graduate-level education for students seeking further training in the field of art
education. Students are required to submit undergraduate transcripts and a portfolio for
review and complete an interview with the department chair and program director. Graduate
students wishing to enroll in 6000-level art studio courses must have successfully
completed undergraduate course work in that area.
Graduates will demonstrate competence in:
- Studio concentration
- Art history and analysis
- Technical processes
- Teaching competencies
- Critical analysis
- Aesthetic inquiry
- Research in art
- Art education concepts
- Curriculum development in art
- Education foundations
The Bachelor of Arts
(BA) in communication offers a broad background in theory and skills applicable to
all communication contexts. Based on the premise that communication is a foundational
aspect of society, the communication program is designed for students to acquire knowledge
about effective interaction with others in a variety of environments.
The general communication concentration may be used as a
basis for continued study in graduate school, or for management, sales, the ministry,
marketing and other professional fields relying on strong presentation
skills. The public relations concentration
prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of settings including business,
non-profit agencies, government, military, professional and trade associations, and sports
Communication graduates will have:
- Communication skills (e.g., writing, speaking and listening).
- Production skills (e.g., computer graphics, Internet sites, public
- Research skills (e.g., library, surveys).
- Adaptability in responding to persons (e.g., age, gender, cultural
differences) and situations.
- Knowledge of communication history, theory and career opportunity.
The Department of Criminal Justice offers a one-year professional
certificate, which is tailored to meet the needs of in-service criminal justice
personnel, the Associate of Applied
Science in Criminal Justice (AASCJ) degree, designed for students who are seeking
a degree that will meet the minimum educational requirements of various law enforcement
agencies for entry and/or promotion, and
the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree,
which enables students to demonstrate a general knowledge of law enforcement, legal
research, corrections, and criminology. The graduate program section of this catalog has
information on the Master of Public
Administration degree with the justice administration option.
Graduates of the criminal justice program find secure jobs with
local, state, and federal government agencies such as: city and state police, sheriffs'
departments, probation and parole departments, Georgia and Federal Bureaus of
Investigation, drug enforcement agencies, the Secret Service, correctional institutions,
juvenile justice agencies, and private industrial security.
Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
BS graduates also will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge
about each of their three option groups, chosen from: behavioral, corrections, juvenile,
law (adult), and law enforcement.
- the principles of criminal justice systems
- concepts of punishment and rehabilitation in the context of
- skills of legal research and analysis
- major theories of criminal behavior
Department of History
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in
history is designed for students with a variety of personal, professional, and
career goals. It equips the student for admission to professional and graduate schools
leading to careers in teaching, law, journalism, the religious ministry, and
As a program of study, history provides the student with a way of
thinking about the human experience in time. History helps the student to reason
systematically, to examine critically the relationships among people and events, and to
reach thoughtful judgments about human affairs.
Graduates will demonstrate:
- A general knowledge of American and world history
- An awareness of varied historical interpretations
- The ability to conduct historical research
- The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
The Associate in
Science (AS) in general studies is designed for those students who wish to aspire
to a 2-year general education degree. The Bachelor
of Science (BS) in general studies is a four-year program of broad education in
the arts and sciences.
The degree program is not major--or career--specific. Students should
consult carefully with academic advisors and with career counselors in the Career Center
and the Counseling Center to discover areas of interest, aptitude and possible future
employment. Faculty in the Department of History provide academic advising for this
Graduates will be able to:
Language and Literature
- Communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading and
writing in the diverse situations encountered as educated citizens; and be able to
effectively communicate using appropriate symbolic technological systems.
- Think with a deliberate awareness of the process of critical
thinking, employ the process, and strive to augment its effectiveness.
- Interpret aesthetic significance in an object, work, performance or
experience through study or participation.
- Apply appropriate knowledge to the interpretation of current problems
and related issues concerning environment, health, society, culture, religion, economics,
politics, science, and technology.
- Develop informed judgments about the past by gathering relevant
information, by placing it in context, by interpreting it and by using it to draw
inferences about contemporary events.
- Use mathematical skills to solve problems and to interpret
- Observe and interpret phenomena in a systematic fashion consistent
with recognized principles of scientific inquiry.
- Investigate ethics and personal values and those of others; be able
to analyze interactions between value systems and cultural systems; and be able to
distinguish prejudices, stereotypes, opinions, facts and cross-cultural contributions.
- Participate in extra-curricular, service, or leadership activity
during the course of completing an undergraduate education.
Students can choose either the traditional
English major or the English major
with an emphasis in professional writing. The English major is a course of study that
cultivates in students an appreciation for literature, while it sharpens their reading,
research, writing, and analytical skills. In all cultures people tell stories. To study
literature is to take up the age-old avocation of learning, interpretingeven
discovering and creatingthe stories that are important to us.
Students who major in English
engage in the study of British and American writers, and may follow their interests into
such areas as literary criticism, linguistics, world literature, African-American
literature, women writers, and film. English majors study one foreign language through the
2000 level and pass an exit exam to complete their degree. Some students choose the option
of obtaining teacher certification while majoring in English. The department also offers
courses to satisfy Georgia requirements for an endorsement to teach English as a second
Writing track prepares students for writing careers in industry. The track offers
courses in technical writing, news writing, desktop publishing, and business writing.
Internships with Columbus-area organizations provide students with valuable hands-on
experience. The program develops strong electronic research, writing, and editing skills.
The English program provides groundwork for students planning to go
on to graduate or professional school in the humanities, education, law, or any other
field that requires the skills and thoughtfulness that the study of literature confers. In
addition, the writing skills that English majors acquire are particularly valuable to any
occupation a college graduate might take up.
Graduates will demonstrate:
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- The ability to express ideas in writing
- The ability to read critically
- An awareness of the interrelations between literature and other
- Knowledge of the principal genres and periods of literature
- The ability to apply research skills
- An understanding of the history and structure of language and its
role in the human experience
The baccalaureate program in music provides students a broad range
of programs in music and music education with experiences that relate to the needs of the
community, state, and region.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in
music is a liberal arts degree program with a broad curriculum that includes the
standard music history and theory courses but encourages diversification through many
electives both within and outside of music. This program provides preparation for further
study toward careers other than professional performance or public school teaching.
The Bachelor of Music (BM) with a concentration
in piano pedagogy or performance in
oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, violin,
viola, cello, string bass, guitar, harp or percussion. The performance program is
designed for the student who plans to teach at the university level or perform
professionally. The performance program with a concentration in piano pedagogy offers a
comprehensive program that includes supervised teaching experience at all levels and the
study of teaching theories.
The Bachelor of Music (BM) in music education with a concentration in
or instrumental music leads to teacher
certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Requirements for Admission to the Major
- Applied music major proficiency, including sight-reading
- Knowledge of literature appropriate to the applied music major
- Rehearsal and conducting skills
- Proficiency in a secondary area, such as keyboard, vocal or
- Understanding of music theory and aural/visual/verbal analysis
- Ability to apply knowledge of form and composition in all areas of
- Knowledge of various styles, cultures, and media, and ability to
place music in historical/cultural/ stylistic contexts
- Ability to compose in original and historical styles
- Ability to improvise
- Knowledge of current technology related to all areas of music study
- Understanding of the interrelatedness of all areas of music study and
the music professions
- Ability to form and defend value judgments about music
- Knowledge of capabilities (range, transposing characteristics, and
normal use) of the voice and the major band and orchestral instruments and their normal
function in homogeneous and heterogeneous ensembles
- Ability to sing at sight tonal and atonal melodies
- Knowledge of the basic principles of singing
- Ability to apply knowledge of pedagogical skills in vocal and/or
- Ability to articulate, in oral and written form, the role and
importance of music in society
- Ability to detect errors in music performance
- Knowledge of school music curricula (music education only)
- Knowledge of instrumental and vocal teaching methods and literature
(music education only)
- Knowledge of curriculum/lesson planning (music education only)
- Knowledge of developmental theory, evaluation of learning, and
program organization and administration
Each prospective music major must demonstrate basic aptitude in a
performance medium through a placement audition and interview with a member of the music
faculty before being classified as a music major. All prospective majors will take
placement examinations in piano and music theory.
All music majors are required to attend all master classes in their
major instrument and must perform at least once each semester in a recital or master
class. All students enrolled in applied music must be concurrently enrolled in a major
music ensemble activity (orchestral, vocal or wind).
MM Music Education
The Master of Music in
music education is designed to provide teachers of music with in-depth training and
experience in one of two areas of concentration: general music or conducting. The
course of study in each of these areas aims to improve student expertise in handling
instructional challenges and musical demands. Course content includes curriculum planning,
lesson design, student motivation, use of technology and research, application of learning
theory, techniques of recruitment, styles of administration, application of music theory
and history, instructional and conducting techniques appropriate to various educational
levels, score reading and analysis, and music literature. The degree leads to
certification in Georgia and is accredited by both NASM and NCATE.
Regular admission - Students must satisfy the following four
Non-degree admission - Students who undertake graduate work
at the university without meeting all the requirements for regular or provisional
admission are placed in non-degree status. Such students who subsequently satisfy all the
regular admission requirements may apply a maximum of nine semester hours of this course
work toward degree requirements.
- For the one-year program: either (1) hold a bachelor's degree in
music education from an accredited college or university or (2) hold a bachelor's degree
in some other music area from an accredited college or university (such as BM, BA, etc.)
along with a Georgia teaching certificate or its equivalent from another state. For the
two-year program: hold a bachelor's degree in some music area other than music education
without a Georgia teaching certificate or its equivalent from another state.
- Present a minimum score of 800 on the aptitude test of
the Graduate Record Examination or
a minimum score of 44 on the Miller
- Present transcript(s) of all the student's undergraduate work that
reveal at least a 2.75 grade point average on all work attempted for which a letter grade
- Perform, either on videocassette or before an authorized Schwob
Department of Music faculty member, an audition revealing basic skills in the student's
chosen area of concentration: general music or conducting.
Students pursuing the Master
of Music Education degree must satisfy three proficiency requirements, two in music
and one in education. The two music proficiencies must be passed before enrolling for the
final semester of study. The education proficiency must be passed before a teaching
certificate can be issued. Students may receive assistance in preparation for examination
or re-examination or any of these proficiencies by enrolling in appropriate courses at the
undergraduate level without credit toward the master's degree.
Music proficiency requirements - (1) pass a keyboard examination (administered
immediately prior to the beginning of each semester) demonstrating facility at the keyboard,
and (2) pass an aural skills examination (administered immediately prior to the beginning
of each semester) demonstrating proficiency in sight singing and rhythm.
Education proficiency requirement - pass the
PRAXIS II examination.
No more than six semester hours of independent study or special
topics may be applied toward meeting requirements for
the Master of Music in Music Education degree.
Credit by Transfer
A maximum of nine semester hours of applicable graduate work from an
accredited graduate music program may be accepted toward
the Master of Music in Music Education degree,
provided the credit was earned not more than seven years prior to the date of completion
of this degree. Any number of semester hours of applicable undergraduate work transferred
from an accredited undergraduate music program may be accepted toward the first year of
the two-year program for this degree. The Schwob Department of Music will accept or reject
proposed transfer credits based on the applicability of the credit to this degree program.
The maximum course load for a student pursuing
the Master of Music in Music Education degree is
12 semester hours. The maximum for the full summer term is 10 semester hours.
Students seeking the Master
of Music in Music Education degree must satisfactorily complete a prescribed course of
studies of at least 36 semester hours numbered 5000 or above: 20 semester hours of
professional core courses, 14 semester hours of area of concentration courses, and two
semester hours of electives. Students who desire a teaching certificate and who have not
taken SPED 3255 or its equivalent, must take SPED 5205 as their two semester hours of
Students with an undergraduate music major in an area other than
music education must enroll in the two-year program and complete the following 31 semester
hours of course work prior to enrolling in courses at the 5000 level or above:
EDUF 2215 The American Educational Experience
EDUF 2216 Human Development, Motivation and Learning
EDUF 4115 Classroom Management
MUSE 3202 Intermediate Conducting
MUSE 4205 Elementary School Music Methods
MUSE 4485 Student Teaching
MUSE 4795 Seminar in Music Education
SPED 4255 Instructional Strategies for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Gifts, and
Select one of the following courses:
MUSE 4206 Secondary School Choral Methods
MUSE 4207 Secondary School Instrumental Methods
Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers courses in all major
parts of the discipline (American politics, political theory, comparative politics,
international relations, public administration) and offers
the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
and political behavior/policy
and pre-law options in the Bachelor of
Science (BS) degree. The graduate program section of this
catalog has information on the Master of Public Administration degree.
A political science degree is a pathway to law school, graduate
school, or employment with government agencies or private sector organizations
(businesses, interest groups, research organizations). While no specific undergraduate
major is required for law school, the political science program addresses the
communication skills, critical understanding of institutions, behaviors and values, and
analytical thinking recommended for the study of law.
Political Science graduates will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the discipline of political science in terms
of its history, content, purpose and methodologies
- Demonstrate knowledge of the sub-fields of political science
(American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations,
public administration), specific to their selected option (BA; BS political
behavior/policy; BS pre-law)
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze materials (e.g. data, texts), and
to think critically.
- Demonstrate the effective ability to communicate orally
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing
- Be prepared to achieve their personal goals with regard to
intellectual and social skills
- Be prepared to achieve their personal goals with regard to
governmental employment, private employment, graduate and/or professional school
Master of Public Administration Degree
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to
promote achievement of students' professional objectives with regard to government
agencies and health organizations. It is suitable also for non-for-profit organizations.
The program offers curriculum options in:
The program is appropriate for mid-career students with
undergraduate degrees in liberal arts or technical/professional areas. To provide access
to in-service as well as pre-service students, classes are scheduled for evenings and
Saturdays; selected justice administration courses are taught in a week-long format.
- general government,
which is applicable to government agencies of all types and levels.
- health services
administration, designed for students who wish to be better-prepared for
management in complex health organizations and programs; it is especially suited to
students whose health careers move from providing direct services to supervisory and
- justice administration,
which is designed to promote professional achievement in law enforcement, corrections, and
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of core and option subjects on
the comprehensive examination.
- Graduates will express satisfaction with the contribution of the
degree to their professional goals.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required.
Regular admission requires a minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average and either a
minimum score of 800 on the general test of
the Graduate Record Examination
(total of verbal and quantitative scores) or a minimum score of 44 on
the Miller Analogies Test.
Applicants not meeting these criteria may be admitted as provisional students, if the
department offering the option finds other indicators of probable success, such as
professional achievement or upward trend of undergraduate grades.
In addition to the courses listed below, each option is subject to
the following requirements:
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- All students must complete the common core
for the degree.
- A minimum B average in core courses, with no more than two Cs, and a
minimum grade of B in option courses is required for degree completion.
- No more than 17 semester credit hours in Abbott Turner College of
Business courses, including transferred credit, may be credited toward the MPA degree.
- Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Examination (MPAC 7000)
is required for graduation. The examination is based on courses taken and normally is
completed in the last semester of enrollment. It is the responsibility of the student to
register for MPAC 7000 in the appropriate semester. The examination is drawn up and graded
by a committee appointed by the program director, which includes core and option faculty.
The director is eligible to serve on the examination committee. A candidate who fails the
examination will be eligible for re-examination during the next semester. Students in the
general government and justice administration options may substitute MPAC 7999 (Thesis)
for MPAC 7000.
The Department of Theatre offers comprehensive undergraduate
programs, with courses covering the basic areas of the discipline and a variety of program
electives to meet students' curricular needs. The Bachelor
of Fine Arts (BFA) in theatre provides a broad theatrical background for students
planning careers in professional, higher educational or community theatre.
The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in
theatre education provides certification to teach drama from preschool through
BFA graduates may pursue employment in the entertainment and related
fields in a number of areas: arts management, technical theatre, public relations, acting,
directing, play writing and design. Teacher certification qualifies students to teach in
public and private schools in Georgia and other states.
Theatre graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the theatre history and appreciation for dramatic
literature of western civilization
- Knowledge of and proficiency in theatre design and technology
- Knowledge of and proficiency in acting and directing
- BSED graduates also will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and
proficiency in the methods of teaching theatre.