Note: Bachelor of Arts degrees require 120 hours. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees require additional hours; see Program of Study for major requirements.
Note: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees follow General Education Requirements for the BA except where specified in Programs of Study for major requirements.
Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.
Major prerequisites (3 hours)
Required Courses (24 hours)
Majors may take up to 9 hours of GEOG courses at the 200-level to fulfill major requirements; 6 hours must be at the 500-level. GEOG 595 can be used to fulfill up to 3 hours of geography elective credit, but not the 500-level requirement.
BA with Distinction in Geography (36 Hours)
Available to students majoring in Geography who wish to participate in significant research activities in their major field under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification on inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.
The cognate is intended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major. The cognate may be taken in one or more departments or programs, depending on the interests of the student and the judgment of the advisor.
Courses offered by departments and programs that are acceptable for cognate credit are outlined in the section titled Courses Acceptable for Cognate Credit in Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
For cognate course offerings in other colleges, consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin. Some major programs have specific cognate requirements.
It should be emphasized that the cognate is not a second set of elective courses to be chosen at random by the student. The cognate must be approved by the major advisor as being related to the major field of study. Students are urged to consult their major advisors for specific requirements in their major.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the cognate.
For Bachelor of Arts degrees, all cognate courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. (Some minors in the sciences require a minimum of 16 hours.) The subject area of the minor may be related to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minors who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions for permission to do so.
The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch as the courses must be concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors can be designed with the approval of the assistant dean for academic affairs and advising.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University.
A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z.
There are several reasons to overhaul the Geography undergraduate curriculum at this time. First, and foremost, degree programs listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin do not align exactly with those recognized by the SC Committee on Higher Education. This discrepancy was identified by the Provost’s and Dean’s Offices during the 2015-16 academic year. The revisions in these documents reflect guidance from these offices for compliance with the CHE. Second, major requirements in Geography have not been altered in over a decade. Our discipline, the workplace for our graduates, and the faculty within our department have changed since our last revision. The proposed changes address this evolution and take advantage of new opportunities for our majors. Third, requirements within our existing tracks have some overlap, include courses that are not taught regularly enough, and are unnecessarily complicated. Our revision simplifies, clarifies, and streamlines distinct tracks that meet our expectations of graduates as well as those of prospective employers. Fourth, since our last revision, the university has added new BS or BA degree programs in related fields such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Global Studies. Because, Geography teaches a large number of the courses required for those majors, and because students express increasing interest in a double major, we have reduced overlap with these programs, and provided options that are complementary rather than competing. Finally, we have added an option for BA/BS degrees with distinction, commensurate with many other departments in the College.
please address revisions as discussed
Separate proposals are needed for each degree: one for BA, another for BS.
I've separated the revised BS requirements into a separate proposal, which you should be able to see. Please check my work and make necessary edits. Note that the number of hours is the number of hours for the major, not the degree. Enter the minimum number of hours required for that degree.
When both proposals are ready to move forward, please resubmit and I'll process as quickly as possible.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Administratively inserting the missing FS Offc approval that happened prior to Faculty Senate meeting 12/7/2016.
Administratively inserting full Faculty Senate approval that took place 12/7/2016
Current tracks do not exist. No action for BOT. Leadership distinction not reported to CHE as a "track" and no notification to SACS.
Administratively correcting error in approval flow after Faculty Senate approval 12/7/2016