Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

Mission Statement

The Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences is committed to serving all students through academic programs aimed at developing creative thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, and communication skills that are fundamental to intellectual development and professional success. Equally important is the College’s commitment to developing students’ ethical and civic standards. The College strives to integrate teaching and research in the context of interdisciplinary learning through individual attention to students, innovative strategies of teaching, effective use of technology, and the promotion of economic development, partnerships, and cultural pursuits. An innovative and responsive spirit guides the College, balancing access and quality with efficiency, diversity, and a commitment to partnerships with local and global communities.

The College’s departments and programs are aligned with the university’s threefold missions: teaching, research, and service.

Admission to the Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

Admission is based on the University’s general academic requirements. Applicants must also meet specific department requirements for each major. Transfer students must first meet all University admission requirements. Transfer credits toward the major or minor must be approved by the department head and dean of the college in which the program is located.

The student seeking admission to the graduate program(s) is required to:

  1. Submit a formal application for admission to the Graduate School. See Admissions Section for deadline dates and requirements. Formal application for admission to graduate studies is made to the Office of Graduate Programs. Students should also consult specific departments for degree requirements.
  2. Meet all requirements outlined by the graduate school for a degree status.
  3. Applicants admitted to the university Graduate School must also be admitted by the college or department in which the student plans to pursue a degree. Students should consult the catalog section covering the specific discipline for departmental requirements for admission.

Instructional Organization

The Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences offers courses leading to degrees in six departments and one division. The first two years’ work is designed to give students a general educational background and to provide the knowledge and intellectual skills required for more advanced studies. During the last two years of college work, students choose a concentration in a major field. Opportunities are available for cultivating related interests and for pursuing electives that do not fall within the field of the student’s major.

All freshman and sophomore students in the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences, unless specifically authorized by the department head and the dean before registration, are required to follow the prescribed courses as set forth in the catalog. Students should plan their course of study with the department head or advisor and should consult the advisor before each registration period.

The following degrees are offered in the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences:

Program Degree Offered
Biology BS
Chemistry BS & MS
CommunicationsBA
English BA
History BA
MathematicsBS
MusicBA
Political ScienceBA
PhysicsBS
Social Work BASW
SociologyBA & MA
Army ROTC
Naval ROTC

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College Academic Requirements

Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Brailsford College of Arts and Science may satisfy the language requirement through course work or examination. Credit by examination may be by Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Major and Minor Requirements

After completion of the sophomore year, all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences should have selected a major. Some majors do not require a minor and students may graduate without a minor. A minor (if required) must also be chosen from a department or college of the student’s choice. The selections should be made in consultation with the department head or a designated advisor. Students must earn a minimum grade of a “C” in all classes taken in their major disciplines and a minimum grade of a “C” in all classes taken in their minor disciplines (if applicable). A specific grade point average may also be required by the department in which the student is a major or a minor before the student is approved for graduation. Transfer credits toward the major or minor must be approved by the department head and dean of the college in which the program is located.

Minimum Total Credit Hours for Graduation

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours (or as specified by each degree program) with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the major field of study in order to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students must review the requirements for each degree program outlined in the catalog.

Honor Societies

Society Department
Alpha Delta MuSocial Work
Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Languages
Alpha Psi OmegaDrama
Beta Beta BetaBiology
Beta Kappa Chi Sciences and Mathematics
Lambda Pi EtaCommunications
Mu Alpha SigmaMusic
Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics
Pi Sigma AlphaPolitical Science
Sigma Delta PiSpanish
Sigma Pi SigmaPhysics
Sigma Tau DeltaEnglish
Phi Alpha ThetaHistory