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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Liberal Arts


Degree Programs

School of Arts, Media & Communication

Minors

School of Arts, Media & Communication

Teacher Certifications

School of Arts, Media & Communication

 Certificates

School of Arts, Media & Communication

 

 

 

 

The College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate and graduate study in the humanities, the social sciences, and the visual and performing arts. The College strives to prepare students for productive lives in a diverse multicultural world by developing intellectual and creative, communication, and critical thinking skills. It provides majors and minors in specialized subjects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Teaching provides advanced knowledge and skills in a setting that emphasizes interaction among students and faculty. The College seeks to develop habits of learning and a commitment to lifelong inquiry and intellectual growth.

College of Liberal Arts:

  • Our college values learning that results from purposeful relationships within vibrant and dynamic communities.
  • Our college values learning that affects the whole individual through all aspects of our humanity (from the emotive to the rational).
  • Our college values learning that produces responsible citizens who engage in the communities around them.
  • Our college values learning that engages in research and produces scholarship which extends knowledge and, through this, our regional, national, and global reputations.

School of Arts, Media, and Communication (SAMC):
 

The mission of the School of Arts, Media & Communication is to develop and promote collaboration, innovation, and creation among students and faculty in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, media, and communication.  SAMC students engage in experiential learning, develop leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills, and apply 21st century technology in service of expressing and understanding human experience.  SAMC offers cultural enrichment and collaborative opportunities to all university students and members of the South Texas community.  To support this mission, the School of Arts, Media & Communication subscribes to the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards.

Pre-Law

Pre-law students should consult with a pre-law advisor about the proper selection of a major and of elective courses. Students may choose to minor in pre-law, but it is not a requirement to obtain pre-law advising.  Advising includes providing information about law schools, admission requirements, and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Specialized Accreditation and Approval

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi music program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Total Hours

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for the baccalaureate degree. Some curricula or combinations of fields require more. No remedial coursework may apply toward the degree.

Upper-Division Hours

A minimum of 45 semester hours of upper-division credit (junior- and senior-level course hours) is required for the baccalaureate degree.

Major-Study Requirements

A student must attain a minimum of 30 semester hours in the major field of study, not including any coursework taken as part of the Core Curriculum Program. At least 18 of these 30 hours must be upper-division (numbered 3000 or above) courses. Some curricula or combinations of fields require more. Specific course and major-study hour requirements for each discipline are given in the discipline course listing section of this catalog. Please consult that section for specific requirements that must be met for each disciplinary major.

Minor-Study Requirements

To attain a minor in the College of Liberal Arts, a student must complete the program designed for that minor. Each minor consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours, at least 12 semester hours of which must be at the upper-division level. Some specific fields may require more. Only 6 semester hours that count towards a major may be applied to a minor. At least 9 semester hours in the minor must be taken in residence at A&M-Corpus Christi. The student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor field. Specific course and major-study hour requirements for each discipline are given in the discipline course listing section of this catalog. Please consult that section for specific requirements that must be met for each disciplinary minor. Requirements for interdisciplinary minors are listed in this section of the catalog.

Course Requirements

Students are expected to meet all course requirements indicated in the course syllabus.

Residence Requirement

The term “residence” is here defined as “coursework completed at the degree granting institution.” To be granted a baccalaureate degree from A&M-Corpus Christi, a student must successfully complete at least 36 semester hours of upper-division coursework from this university. A minimum of 12 hours of these 36 must be in the major. Hours earned by credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the residence requirement. Hours earned through credit by examination at another institution will likewise not affect the residence requirement calculation.

Grade-Point Average

A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4-point scale in all work taken at this University is required for graduation. Additionally, a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (“C”) is required in all courses taken in the student’s declared major field of study, and in all courses taken in any declared minor field of study for conferral of degree. Individual disciplinary fields, however, may set higher standards than the College minimum for their majors and minors.

Activity Courses

A maximum of 4 semester hours of Kinesiology activity coursework may be included as elective credit in the BA, BM, BFA and BS degree programs.

General Education Requirement

Students must meet the University’s General Education requirements, which include the 42 hour core curriculum (see sections entitled “Undergraduate Programs ” and “University Core Curriculum Programs ”) and First-Year Seminars.

College Language Requirement

All students majoring in degree programs offered by this college, other than the BAS, the BFA in Art, and the BM in Music, are required to take 6 college-level hours of a second language at their proficiency level determined by an assessment test, if available at the College of Liberal Arts, or obtain credit by any of the alternative means described below. Language means a language in the traditional sense; i.e., a language with a culture, such as Spanish or French. American Sign Language is accepted. Language does not include artificial or computer languages.

One may satisfy this requirement in one of two ways:

  1. earning a CLEP, AP, or ACTFL test score equivalent to one year of language study at A&M-Corpus Christi;
  2. successfully completing two semesters of a single foreign language at the University.

If students decide to meet this requirement by taking two semesters at this university, an assessment test must be taken prior to registering in order to enroll in the appropriate language course. Information about the placement test can be obtained from the College of Liberal Arts or by visiting its web site. Any two of the following courses will meet this requirement:

 ,  , FREN 1311 , FREN 1312 , FREN 2311 , FREN 2312 , GERM 1311 , GERM 1312 , GERM 2311 , GERM 2312 , SPAN 1311 , SPAN 1312 , SPAN 2311 , SPAN 2312 , SPAN 2313 , SPAN 3302 , SPAN 3303 , SPAN 3311 , SPAN 3312 , SPAN 4303 , SPAN 4320 .

Foreign students who have successfully taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may elect to choose English as their second language. English is considered to be the first language for all other students.

Degree Plan

The degree plan is the formal statement of requirements that must be completed before a degree will be granted. When the student is prepared to declare a major program of study within a particular discipline, he or she should prepare a formal degree plan. It is recommended that the student have decided on a major program of study and prepare a degree plan no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. If the student is transferring into the University at a point after the second semester of the sophomore year, it is recommended that a degree plan be prepared during the student’s first semester of residence.

Degree plans are prepared in the CLA Academic Advising Center. The University uses an online Degree Audit system.  Any amendment must be approved by the Department Chair and the Office of the Dean. All courses and requirements specified in the final degree plan audit must be completed before a degree will be granted.

Interdisciplinary Minors

In order to fulfill the general objectives of Liberal Arts, the College offers a number of interdisciplinary minors. Minors require a minimum of 18 semester hours beyond the Core, a minimum of 12 semester hours at the upper-division level, and a minimum of 9 semester hours in residence. See alphabetized program listing for descriptions of the following interdisciplinary minors:

  Digital Journalism Religious Studies
  Latin American Studies Social Work
  Mexican American Studies Technical and Professional Writing
  Pre-Law Women and Gender Studies
  Public Relations  


For a description of the Minor in Geography, please see the College of Science and Engineering  section of this catalog.

Teacher Certification Programs

Students seeking certification in secondary fields or in all levels in art, music, Spanish or theatre must major in an approved teaching field and complete all major study and related requirements for a baccalaureate degree in that field. Students must also meet teacher certification requirements as stipulated by the College of Education. Students are urged to consult the Certification Office of the College of Education for complete and current information about teacher certification requirements.

Major study programs in the College of Liberal Arts offering teacher certification are:

  Art Art Grades EC-12
  Communication Speech Grades 7-12
  English English Language Arts/Reading Grades 7-12
    English Language Arts/Reading Grades 4-8
  History History Grades 7-12
    Social Studies Grades 7-12
    Social Studies Grades 4-8
  Music Music Grades EC-12
  Spanish Spanish Grades EC-12
  Theatre Theatre Arts Grades EC-12


Major study and course requirements for teacher certification are detailed in the discipline course listing sections of this catalog. For more information regarding teacher certification, please consult the College of Education and Human Development  section of this catalog.

In addition to the academic specializations discussed above, teacher certification programs require the following in general education and professional development:

  Core Curriculum Program 42 hrs.
  First-Year Seminar (if required) 2 hrs.
  Professional Development Courses 27-30 hrs.


Please see the Certification Office in the College of Education for Professional Development courses needed for certifications.

Grade Point Average

A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all academic work or last 60 hours of 2.75 attempted and no grade below “C” in education courses within the professional education block of courses is required. (See College of Education, “Admission to Teacher Education ” and “Admission to Student Teaching ” for other requirements.) Specific disciplines may require a higher GPA in the field of study than a 2.75. Please refer to the specific certification discipline for GPA requirement in the subject of field.

Certification Examination

Upon satisfactory completion of all subject field and professional development courses, a student may register for the subject field certification examination, called TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards). A student wishing to take the TExES prior to program completion must satisfy the following:

  1. Make pre-specified acceptable scores on TExES practice tests, or departmental equivalent, and participate in practice test review and analysis session.
  2. Provide official permit with signature of Program Coordinator or designated person for each teaching field on the student’s certification plan.

Alteration of a Certification Plan

Any amendment to a degree plan originally filed must be approved by the student’s academic advisor, the Department Chair, and the Certification Officer of the College of Education for the degree to be granted.

Special Courses

Cross-Listed Courses

Some courses may be cross-listed by two or more disciplines. Such courses may be counted as part of the required hours for a particular major by registration for the appropriate course prefix. Cross-listed courses may not be repeated under another prefix for additional credit.

Topics Courses (1-3 sem. hrs.)

Undergraduate topics courses are offered in most areas of study in the College under the 4390 number. The subject of study varies and is announced in the Semester Schedule. These courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Individual Study Courses

DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDY (DIS)   4396           1-3 sem. hrs.

Directed Individual Study is a carefully planned special study on an academic topic not offered as part of the regular undergraduate curriculum. DIS is carried out as a tutorial under the direction of, and evaluated by, a regular member of the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts. Enrollment is restricted to advanced students who have demonstrated both academic ability and the capacity for independent work. Enrollment is by application only, and must be approved by the instructor and Department Chair in advance of registration. Completed applications must be received in the Dean’s Office by the last class day of the semester preceding intended enrollment. Prerequisites: 1) At least 6 semester hours of classroom coursework in the field at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 2) A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work in the field at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 3) At least one previous classroom course with the supervising instructor. A maximum of 6 semester hours of 4396 credit may be counted towards the baccalaureate degree.

APPLIED EXPERIENCE                4398.               3 sem. hrs.

 

Applied Experience is a practical work experience related to the student’s major area of study and career goals. It is intended to provide an opportunity for a student to gain first-hand experience in an unfamiliar field. Consequently, Applied Experience credit may not be granted for a student’s regular work assignment or for previous work experience. Registration is by application. The application must include a clearly written description of the duties and responsibilities involved in the Applied Experience project, and be signed by the student, the on-site supervisor, and the faculty supervisor. Completed applications must be received in the Dean’s Office by the last class day of the semester preceding intended registration. This course is graded “credit” or “no credit.” No more than three semester hours of Applied Experience credit may be counted toward the baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate Applied Experience course will include no less than one hundred hours and no more than 150 hours of work experience per semester.

WORKSHOP COURSES      (1-6 sem. hrs.)

Undergraduate workshop courses are offered in many areas of study in the College ending in a 0099 series number. The subjects vary and are announced in the semester schedule. These courses may be repeated when topics vary.

Undergraduate Courses

All course descriptions are located in course descriptions .