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John V. Skvoretz, Interim Dean
Gordon C. Baylis, Associate Dean

H. Thorne Compton, Associate Dean
Mary Ann Byrnes, Assistant Dean
Kristia H. Finnigan, Assistant Dean


The College of Liberal Arts consists of the Departments of Anthropology; Art; Criminology and Criminal Justice; English Language and Literature; Geography; History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; and Theatre and Dance. In addition, the college includes interdepartmental programs in comparative literature, film studies, linguistics, public history, and women’s studies; interdisciplinary research opportunities are available through the Institute for Southern Studies and the Richard L. Walker Institute of International Studies. Please refer to the section of this bulletin titled "The University" for further information about these institutes.

The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In the Department of Psychology, the graduate degrees in clinical-community psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association; graduate degrees in school psychology are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists, with the doctoral program also being accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Master of Public Administration degree offered by the Department of Political Science is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University/Resident Theatre Association. Through selected degree programs, the College of Liberal Arts participates in the teacher education programs of the University which are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The College of Liberal Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Media Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, and, in cooperation with the College of Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching for uncertified teachers and, in certain areas, an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree for teachers who have been certified. The Linguistics Program offers a certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management is offered through the Department of History. A Certificate of Graduate Study in Women's Studies is available through the Women's Studies Program. The Department of Anthropology offers a Certificate of Graduate Study in Historical Archeology and Cultural Resource Management. For further information about admission and degree requirements, please consult "The Graduate School" section of this bulletin and the individual departments listed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Admission Requirements and Degree Requirements

Each program and each department sets specific admission requirements and degree requirements that conform to The Graduate School's requirements, and which are detailed within the separate entries for this college. The general requirements may be found earlier in this bulletin (see "The Graduate School").

Criminology and Criminal Justice

English Language and Literature
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Political Science
Religious Studies
Theatre and Dance
Women's Studies

Most admission decisions focus upon the content of undergraduate and prior graduate degree-seeking work, grade point average, scores on standardized predictor tests, letters of recommendation, and evidence of experiences and performance relevant to the degree being sought. The particular degree program can provide information about the details and the relevant weighting of these various criteria. Any questions not resolved by reading the specific program or departmental entry can be addressed to the graduate admissions chair for that specific degree program.

Course Descriptions (COLA)

  • 500 -- Selected Topics in Civilization and Culture. (3)