Oct 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Arts and Sciences


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College of Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 153 ~ 260-481-6160

The College of Arts and Sciences offers courses and programs in the traditional liberal arts disciplines. In addition to providing students with opportunities to develop skills required in the workplace and for advanced study, we seek to foster the development of a well-rounded individual. The College recognizes the role of non-traditional students at PFW and makes special efforts to meet their needs.

Graduates of the College’s baccalaureate programs should have a level of knowledge and awareness that enables them to be effective citizens and lifelong learners. They are expected to have a working understanding of the knowledge and methodology appropriate for their field of study; to be aware of major issues in their discipline; and be able to communicate this content effectively to others.

The research and service components of the College are those appropriate for a comprehensive regional university. The College is responsible for basic-skills courses in mathematics, oral communication, and written communication as well as for the majority of courses that fulfill both College and PFW General Education requirements. Faculty maintain their qualifications as teachers by engaging in research and creative endeavors, and they enhance the reputation of the university through their contributions to the advancement of knowledge within their disciplines. Through research and service, the College seeks to be a vital resource for business, industry, public and private education, the arts, and government in northeast Indiana.

Academic Renewal Option

The College of Arts and Sciences participates in the Academic Renewal Option for eligible students returning to PFW after an absence of five or more years.  See an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center for details.

Advising

Consult with an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences or in your department at least one term prior to your anticipated graduation date.  Transfer students are required to consult with the Lead Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center prior to starting their first semester to ensure transferred courses are properly credited and to avoid enrolling in duplicate or overlapping courses. All degree-seeking students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Department advisor at least once each term.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program

Cooperative education provides an opportunity for students to gain work experience while still enrolled in school. Check with your Department regarding eligibility for this program.

Academic Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad range of majors, minors, and certificate programs.  Each program, with its sponsoring unit in the College, is listed below.  If you are undecided about declaring a major or minor or certificate within the College, contact an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center who can help you choose courses to assure reasonable progress as you narrow your choices, and finally decide on a specific plan of study. If you change your major or your catalog term, your degree requirements may also change.  Information can also be found in the Program Descriptions  section in this catalog.

Current IU Students in Programs Transitioning to Purdue

Students who enrolled in PFW prior to July 1, 2018 and who are currently enrolled in academic programs leading to one or more Indiana University degrees, who are making adequate progress to degree completion, and who complete all degree requirements by the Fall semester 2021 will receive an Indiana University degree.  Students currently enrolled in an Indiana University degree program who do not complete all degree requirements by the Fall semester 2021 will be awarded a Purdue University degree upon completion.

Associate of Science (AS)

Major

Department

Chemical Methods  Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Major

Department

Anthropology Anthropology and Sociology
Communication with Interpersonal and Organizational Concentration Communication
Communication with Journalism Concentration Communication
Communication with Media and Culture Concentration Communication
Communication with Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Concentration Communication
Economics Political Science
English with Digital Literacy Concentration English and Linguistics
English with Language Concentration English and Linguistics
English with Literature Concentration English and Linguistics
English with Writing Concentration English and Linguistics
History History
Political Science Political Science
Psychology Psychology
Sociology Anthropology and Sociology
Spanish International Language and Culture Studies
Women’s Studies Political Science

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach English, History or Spanish in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education   page in this catalog.  NOTE:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Science (BS, and BSC, BSAS, BSDSAS)

Major

Department

Actuarial Science Mathematical Sciences
Biology Biology
Biology with Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Concentration Biology
Biology with Genetics, Cellular & Molecular Biology Concentration Biology
Biology with Microbiology and Immunology Concentration Biology
Biochemistry Chemistry
Chemistry Chemistry
Chemistry, B.S.C. Chemistry
Communication Sciences and Disorders Communication Sciences and Disorders
Data Science and Applied Statistics Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics Mathematical Sciences
Physics Physics
Physics with Biomedical Physics Concentration Physics
Physics with Computational Physics Concentration Physics
Physics with Engineering Concentration Physics 
Physics with Materials Science Concentration Physics
Physics with Optoelectronics and Photonics Concentration Physics
Psychology Psychology

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree    Program and the School of Education  page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor Degrees through General Studies (BAS, BGS)

General Studies offers a variety of personalized degree options.  After students are admitted to the General Studies degree program, an advisor will provide assistance in developing a plan of study to meet the student’s objectives.  Appointments can be made at the office in Kettler Hall - Room 144 or by phone ~ 260-481-6828.  Links to the requirements for the majors can be found in the Program Descriptions section under  General Studies (B.G.S.)    and General Studies Bachelor of Applied Science .

Major

Department

Applied Science, B.A.S. General Studies
General Studies, B.G.S. General Studies

Minors 

Completion of any minor requires a minimum of 12 credits in courses specified by the sponsoring department, including at least 6 resident credits at the 200 level or above and a grade of C- or better in each course.  Students cannot earn a minor and a major in the same program.

Minor

Department

Actuarial Science Mathematical Sciences
Anthropology Anthropology and Sociology
Astronomy Physics
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Communication Studies Communication
Creative Writing English and Linguistics
Economics Political Science
English English and Linguistics
Ethics, Professional and Applied English and Linguistics
Film and Media Studies Communication
Folklore English and Linguistics
French International Language and Culture Studies
Geology Physics
German International Language and Culture Studies
History History
Journalism Communication
Linguistics English and Linguistics
Materials Science Physics
Mathematics Mathematical Sciences
Media Production Communication
Medieval Studies English and Linguistics
Philosophy English and Linguistics
Physics Physics
Political Science Political Science
Professional and Applied Ethics English and Linguistics
Professional Writing English and Linguistics
Psychology Psychology
Public Relations Communication
Religious Studies History
Sociology Anthropology and Sociology
Spanish International Language and Culture Studies
Women’s Studies Political Science

Certificates

All certificates earned in the College require a minimum GPA of 2.00 for graduation.  Minimum grade and resident credit requirements vary by program. Contact the sponsoring department for specific program information. You can also see Program Descriptions  in this catalog.

Certificate

Department

Behavior Analysis and Techniques Psychology
Civic Education and Public Advocacy Political Science
Gerontology Communication Sciences and Disorders
International Studies English
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Psychology
Medical Ethics English and Linguistics
Medical Ethics Post-Baccalaureate English and Linguistics
Peace and Conflict Studies Political Science
Teaching English as a New Language English and Linguistics
Women’s Studies Political Science

Research Certificates

Pursuing a research certificate provides opportunities to engage in active learning situations integrating original research and the undergraduate curricula.  You will learn research methods and tools appropriate to your discipline, and research interests within the discipline; the foundations of research relating to the history, philosophy, and theory of the discipline; and advanced communications skills.  You will apply knowledge learned by designing and executing a research study or project and communicating the results to others.  

Research Certificate

Department

Anthropology Research Certificate Anthropology and Sociology
Biology Research Certificate Biology
Chemistry Research Certificate Chemistry
Mathematical Sciences Research Certificate Mathematical Sciences
Physics Research Certificate Physics

Degree Requirements and Academic Regulations

The following rules apply for the College of Arts and Sciences.  Where College regulations are stricter than PFW Academic Regulations , the College regulations apply.  

Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree (AS)

  1. The link to program requirements for the Associate of Science in Chemical Methods appear in the Program Descriptions  section of this Catalog.
  2. A grade of C- or better in all courses required for the major, and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required for the major.
  3. Residency requirements for an Associate degree: registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit, including at least 15 resident credits in courses applicable to the major.
  4. Normally, you must complete the entire final year at PFW.  However with the approval of your College and if you have satisfied the resident credit requirement, you may complete the remaining requirements in another approved College or university.
  5. You must register, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the academic session immediately preceding its conferral.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

 In addition to the General Education Requirements  and the requirements for your major found in Program Descriptions , you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1.  Successful completion of Parts A through D listed below.
  2.  At least 30 credits in upper-level courses as defined by the departments offering the courses.
  3. A grade of C- or higher in all department courses required for the major, and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required for the major.
  4. The College requires that students complete one of the following MA courses:  MA 14000, 15300, 15900, 16500, 22700, 22900, STAT 12500, or placement above MA 15300, or the math course required for your major.  Please note that in many degree programs, a specific math course/courses is/are required.  The various courses differ with respect to emphasis on the foundations of mathematical reasoning and their application.  One of these MA courses may also meet your PFW General Education Category A3 (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement; therefore, you are strongly encouraged to consult your academic advisor to determine which course would be most appropriate for you.
  5. The College of Arts and Sciences requires that you complete at least one science course with a scheduled laboratory as part of your PFW General Education requirements. This requirement may be met either by taking a lecture course that includes a scheduled laboratory or a lecture course plus a laboratory course designed to accompany it. This provides the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom and to conduct scientific inquiry.
  6. A sufficient number of elective credits to bring the total number of credits counting toward graduation to 120.
  7. Residency requirements for a Bachelor’s degree: registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit at the 2000+ level or above, including at least 15 resident credits at the 3000+ level or above in courses applicable to the major.
  8. Normally, you must complete the entire final year at PFW.  However with the approval of the College and satisfaction of the resident credit requirement, you may complete the remaining requirements at another approved College or university and have the credits transferred back to PFW.
  9. You must register, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the academic session immediately preceding its conferral.

Part A:  English Writing and Speaking

An education in the liberal arts and sciences emphasizes the value of analyzing and presenting ideas in writing and speaking; thus the College strives to improve its students’ oral and written communication skills.  Consequently, in addition to your General Education writing course (ENGL 13100 or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course approved for this purpose by individual departments and the College.  In general, these second writing courses are developed to introduce students to the types of writing they will do in their respective fields.  Approved equivalents are:  ENGL 20201, HIST 21700, ILCS 30000, or POL 20700.  You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course approved by individual departments and the College.  An approved equivalent course is HIST 12500.  You must complete all courses meeting this requirement with a grade of C- or better.

Part B:  International Language

You must complete two courses at the first-year level and two courses at the second-year level in  a single international language or American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency). You are urged to begin studying a language as soon as possible.  For information on advanced placement, special credit in an international language or American Sign Language, and international language proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English,  see the “Additional Information for Bachelor’s Degrees” section below.

Part C:  Distribution

A significant component of the College of Arts and Sciences education is the breadth of knowledge throughout the three major areas of Science and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities. You will accomplish this by completing at least 3 credits in each of these areas. Credits in your major discipline or in directed study courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.  Distribution courses do not overlap with General Education requirements.

Science and Mathematics

Agriculture (only FNR 10300)
Anthropology (only ANTH 20001)
Astronomy
Biology (excluding BIOL 10500)
Chemistry
Entomology
Geography (only physical geography)
Geology
Mathematics (excluding MA 10100, 10200, 10300, 10900, 11100/11101, 11300, 12401)
Physics
Political Science (only POL 39500)
Psychology (only PSY 20100)
Sociology (only SOC 35100)
Statistics

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology (excluding ANTH 20001)
Communication (excluding COM 11400, 21000, 23800, 31200, 31600, 32700, 35800, 44300, 46300, 47500)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Economics
English (only ENGL 20501, 20600, 30101)
Geography (only human, cultural, or social geography)
Gerontology (only GERN 23100)
International Studies (only INTL 20000)
Journalism (only COM 30001, 30002)
Linguistics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Political Science (excluding POL 39500)
Psychology (excluding PSY 20100)
Sociology (excluding SOC 35100)
Spanish* (only SPAN 42500, 42601, 42800)
Women’s Studies (only WOST 21000, 24000)

 Humanities

Afro-American studies
Arabic*
Architectural Engineering Technology (only ARET 21000, 31000)
Chinese*
Classical studies*
Communication (only COM 21000, 21600, 23800, 31200, 31600, 35800, 46300, 47500)
Comparative literature
English (excluding ENGL 20501, 20600, 30101, 12900, 13100, 14000, 23202, 23301, 23401, 33101, 36402, 39700, 39800, 42101, 42202, 46001)
Film studies
Fine arts (excluding studio courses)
Folklore
French*
German*
History
International Language and Culture Studies (excluding ILCS 30000)
International Studies (excluding INTL 20000)
Japanese*
Journalism (excluding COM 30001, 30002)
Latin American Studies
Medieval Studies
Music (excluding performance/skills courses)
Near Eastern Language and Culture*
Peace and Conflict Studies (only PACS 20000)
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Russian*
Spanish* (excluding SPAN 42500, 42601, 42800)
Theatre (excluding performance/production courses)
Women’s Studies (excluding WOST 21000, 24000)
*excluding courses used to satisfy the Part B requirement

Part D:  Cultural Studies

An important element of the College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements is for students to acquire skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens and community leaders. To do this, you must have a commitment to free and open inquiry and show mutual respect across multiple cultures and perspectives. Students will accomplish this by taking at least 6 credit hours in cultural studies, including one 3 credit course in Western Culture and one 3 credit course in Non-Western Culture.  The Western Culture courses deal broadly with the Western tradition.  The Non-Western Culture courses deal exclusively or primarily with a non-Western culture or cultures. Contact your advisor or the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center to discuss the possibility of courses double counting to satisfy the Western and Non-Western Culture Studies requirements.

Western Culture

CLCS 20500, 40500
COM 31200
ENGL 10101, 10201
AD 11100, 11201
HIST 11300, 11400, 22500 (only when offered as Intro To Political Theory), HIST 38601, HIST 38801
PHIL 11000, 24000, 30100
POL 10500, 38100, 38200
REL 11200, 23100, 30000

Non-Western Culture

ANTH 31001, 33000, 37500, 39800, 40200, 44500, 45500, 45700, 47000, 37001
EALC 23100, 27100
ENGL 10700, 36401
FOLK 30500, 35200
HIST 10001, 20101, 20200, 23200, 31001, 31002, 31101, 33101, 33201,  33503, 34201, 34601, 39301, 40201, 43200,
NELC 2040
POL 33900, 34000
REL 23000, 30100, 30600, 30700, 31100
SOC 21100 (only when offered as Contemporary Japanese Culture), SOC 41000  (only when offered as Culture of China, or Modern Japanese Society)
SPAN 41200, 47101, 47200, 47900, 48001
WOST 30100

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree (BS, and BSC, BSAS, BSDSAS)

  In addition to the General Education Requirements  and the requirements for your major found in Program Descriptions , you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of Parts A and B listed below.
  2. At least 30 credits in upper-level courses as defined by the departments offering the courses.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required for the major.
  4. The College requires that students complete one of the following MA courses:  MA 14000, 15300, 15900, 16500, 22700, 22900, STAT 12500, or placement above MA 15300, or the math course required for your major.  Please note that in many degree programs, a specific math course/courses is/are required.  The various courses differ with respect to emphasis on the foundations of mathematical reasoning and their application.  One of these MA courses may also meet your PFW General Education Category A3 (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement; therefore, you are strongly encouraged to consult your academic advisor to determine which course would be most appropriate for you.
  5. A sufficient number of elective credits to bring the total number of credits counting toward graduation to 120.
  6. Residency requirements for a Bachelor’s degree: registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit at the 2000+ level or above, including at least 15 resident credits at the 3000+ level or above in courses applicable to the major.
  7. Normally, you must complete the entire final year at PFW.  However with the approval of the College and satisfaction of the resident credit requirement, you may complete the remaining requirements at another approved College or university and have the credits transferred back to PFW.
  8. You must register, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the academic session immediately preceding its conferral.

Part A:  English Writing and Speaking

An education in the liberal arts and sciences emphasizes the value of analyzing and presenting ideas in writing and speaking; thus the College strives to improve its students’ oral and written communication skills.  Consequently, in addition to your General Education writing course (ENGL 13100 or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course approved for this purpose by individual departments and the College.  In general, these second writing courses are developed to introduce students to the types of writing they will do in their respective fields.  Approved equivalents are:  ENGL 20201, HIST 21700, ILCS 30000, or POL 20700.  You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course approved by individual departments and the College.  An approved equivalent course is HIST 12500.  You must complete all courses meeting this requirement with a grade of C- or better.

Part B:  International Language

You must complete two courses at the first-year level in a single international language or American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency). You are urged to begin studying a language as soon as possible.  For information on advanced placement, special credit in an international language or American Sign Language, and international language proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English,  see the “Additional Information for Bachelor’s Degrees” section below.

Additional Degree Information:

Along with the PFW Academic Regulations , the following information also applies to the College of Arts and Sciences degrees:

1. Special Credit for International Language:

When you begin your international language or American Sign Language studies at PFW at the second-semester level or higher, you are eligible to apply for special credit after successfully completing the course into which you placed. You may receive up to 14 credits of special credit.  This credit is not automatically granted and must be applied for through either the Department of International Language & Culture Studies or the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. To demonstrate language proficiency, non-native speakers of English, may submit an application to the Director of Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center.  The application may be found online through the College of Arts and Sciences webpage under Advising Resources or by visiting the College’s Student Success Center.

2. Undistributed Transfer Credit:

Undistributed transfer credit (for courses not equivalent to PFW courses) may be used to satisfy general education requirements and distribution requirements, and may be counted in the degree program where appropriate. Contact the Lead Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Success Center as soon as possible to confirm the application of any undistributed transfer credit you are awarded.  Properly distributing transfer credit will help students avoid enrolling in duplicate or overlapping courses.

3. Credit Restrictions:

a.  You may count no more than 4 credits in:

  • HPER activity courses (i.e., HPER 11100, 11700, 11900, 12100, 13300, 13501, 15000, 15900, 16500, 18100, 18500, 19000, 21100, 21701, 25001, 29000)

b.  You may count no more than 3 credits toward a major in:

  • IDIS courses, MA 14900

c.  You may count no credit toward a major in:

  • Developmental courses (i.e., ENGL 11500, 11600, 15000, MA 11300)
  • Courses that provide only surveys of career opportunities (i.e., AGR 10100, BUS 10000, EDU 30000 (except when offered as Invitation to Teaching), 21000, HSRV 10000, VM 10200)
  • Courses designed to provide a skill not required to complete the major

4. Credit for Military Service:

Up to 9 credits for military service in the armed forces of the United States may be counted toward graduation. 

5. General Education Requirements:

Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

6. Upper-Level Courses:

All courses numbered 3000+ are considered upper-level courses.  In addition, the following 2000+ numbered courses are defined as upper-level by the College of Arts and Sciences Departments offering them and may be included in the 30 credits in upper-level courses required for graduation.

Courses which may count toward 3000+ level requirement:
BIOL 21500
CHM 21800, 22400, 24100, 25400, 25500, 25600, 25800, 26100, 26200, 26500, 26600, 27500, 29000
ENTM 20600, 20700
EAPS 22101, 22201
MA 26100, 26300, 27500
PHYS 27000
PSY 20100, 20300, 20500, 23500, 24000, 27200
REL 23000, 23100

 7. Graduation With Distinction:

To be a candidate for the baccalaureate degree with distinction, the student must have a minimum of 65 resident credits included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. To be a candidate for an associate degree with distinction, the student must have a minimum of 35 resident credits included in the computation of your cumulative GPA. The required GPA, calculated each spring as outlined below, also applies to degrees for the following summer sessions and fall semester. In each college/school, the minimum cumulative GPA for graduation with highest distinction from an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program shall be at least 3.95 (A = 4.00).  In each college/school, the minimum cumulative GPA for graduation with distinction from an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program shall be at least 3.80 (A = 4.00).

 8. Excess Undergraduate Credit:

A senior with a GPA of 3.00 or better may, with written permission from both an authorized graduate advisor and the instructor(s) involved, enroll in up to 9 credits in excess of the requirements for graduation, in courses intended for use in a graduate program. Permission, if given, will be noted on forms supplied by the registrar, who shall make a transcript notation of the special status of these credits. Instructors will impose graduate-level standards in these courses.

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