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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Liberal Arts

Degree Programs

 School of Arts, Media, and Communication



Teacher Certifications






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.

Students of the College of Liberal Arts learn by:

  • participating in and completing the Core Curriculum Program;
  • pursuing undergraduate study in a major that provides an understanding of the specialized content of the major and its methodology;
  • pursuing graduate study focused on understanding the literature, theory, research methods, and professional skills of a field; and
  • attending lectures, symposia, and visual and performing arts events, which enhance formal instruction.

The College has a well-qualified faculty committed to teaching, learning, scholarly and creative activity, and service. The College emphasizes excellence in teaching and academic counseling of students throughout their academic careers. It seeks to foster scholarly and creative activity among faculty and students. Recognizing the importance of service to the community and the region, the College of Liberal Arts provides South Texas with expertise, consulting services, and cultural events.


The College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate courses in the following areas:

  Anthropology Mexican American Studies
  Art Music
  Chinese Philosophy
  Communication Political Science
  Criminal Justice Psychology
  Dance Religious Studies
  English Social Work
  French Sociology
  Geography Spanish
  German Theatre
  History Women and Gender Studies

Degree Programs

The College of Liberal Arts offers majors and degrees in the following areas:

  Applied Science BAS
  Art BA, BFA
  Art, Studio MA, MFA
  Communication BA, MA
  Criminal Justice BS
  Economics BA
  English BA, MA
  History BA, MA
  Music BM, BA
  Philosophy BA 
  Political Science BA
  Psychology BA, MA
  Public Administration MPA
  Sociology BA
  Spanish BA
  Theatre BA

The College of Liberal Arts offers minors in the following areas:

  Art History Mexican-American Studies Sociology
  Communication Music Spanish
  Creative Writing Music Industry Studio Art
  Criminal Justice Philosophy Technical & Professional Writing
  English (literature) Political Science Theatre
  European Union Studies Psychology Theatre for Youth
  History Public Relations Women & Gender Studies
  Journalism Religious Studies  
  Latin American Studies Social Work  


Pre-law students should consult with a pre-law advisor about the proper selection of a major and of elective courses. Pre-law advisors also have 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 45 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 BFA in Art and the BM in Music, are required to take 6 college-level hours of a second language or the equivalent. 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 demonstrate proficiency 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 be placed in the appropriate language course. Information about the assessment 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 degree plan must be signed by the student, faculty advisor, and the Department Chair. Any amendment to an original degree plan must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the Department Chair, and a revised degree plan filed with the Office of the Dean. All courses and requirements specified in the final plan 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:

  European Union Studies Religious Studies
  Journalism Social Work
  Latin American Studies Technical and Professional Writing
  Mexican American Studies 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 and music 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 8-12
  English English Language Arts/Reading Grades 8-12
    English Language Arts/Reading Grades 4-8
  History History Grades 8-12
    Social Studies Grades 8-12
    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  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 45 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 2.5 in all academic work 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 2.5. 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 .





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