2022-23 Academic Catalog

College of Arts & Sciences

RICK TRAVIS, Dean
Tommy Anderson,  Associate Dean
Melanie Loehwing and Kathy Sherman Morris, Assistant Deans

Emily Cain and Kasondra Harris, Academic Coordinators
Email: ecain@comm.msstate.edukharris@deanas.msstate.edu
Office: 513 Allen Hall; Telephone: (662) 325-2646
Mailing Address: Box AS, Mississippi State, MS 39762

General Information

The College of Arts & Sciences provides the fundamental training needed by all persons who wish to become college graduates. Students in all undergraduate schools and colleges in the University take more than half their courses during the first two years in the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition, the College provides pre-professional curricula for students who take their professional training elsewhere. Thus, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-law, pre-ministerial, pre-optometry, medical records administration, pre-nursing, and physical therapy training are available within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Majors are offered in the following: anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, communication, criminology, economics, English, foreign languages, general liberal arts, general science, geoscience, history, interdisciplinary studies, international business, mathematics, medical technology, microbiology, music, physics, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and social work.

Students who are undecided about a specific curriculum should select the Undeclared category. Advisors are available to assist these students in developing their educational and career goals. A student is permitted to delay a decision as to a field of concentration for one year.

Minors are available in the following: aerospace studies, African American studies, anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, communication, data analytics and society, English, foreign languages, gender studies, geography, geology, geoscience, history, international studies, leadership, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, social justice studies, sociology, and statistics.

In addition to these majors and minors, courses are offered in Air Force ROTC, archaeology, Army ROTC, corrections, and gerontology. Information concerning these offerings can be found in this section of the catalog.

Mission

The educational mission of the College of Arts & Sciences is two-fold: to provide students with a liberal education that will facilitate intellectual development and stimulate a life-long pursuit of knowledge, and to give students an in-depth education in at least one specialized area necessary to prepare them for a career or for advanced study.

The College offers curricula in the fine arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences. These curricula are designed to introduce students to the basic methods of inquiry in diverse disciplines, to develop their analytical abilities, to improve their skills in writing and speaking, and to broaden their perspectives on humanity and culture in the natural and technological worlds. Additionally, they provide intensive preparation in one or more academic disciplines.

A liberal education attained in this context should ensure that graduates of the College have gained an understanding and appreciation of human culture. They should have examined the social, historical, political, philosophical, and economic dimensions of the human condition and humankind’s perception of the world as it is expressed through the fine arts, language, and literature. They should have learned the use of quantitative and scientific methods and should have participated in the universal quest to comprehend natural phenomena and to utilize this knowledge beneficially and ethically.

Advising

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are assigned an advisor in their home department, and the student's advisor assignment may be updated throughout their time in the major. Students should consult their assigned advisor for course scheduling each semester and for assistance in navigating academic concerns and needs. 

Degrees

The College of Arts & Sciences offers three degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Social Work, and the Bachelor of Science. All B.A., B.S., and B.S.W. students take a common set of requirements consisting of 25-29 semester credit hours in basic skills, 9-10 semester credit hours in natural sciences, 6 semester credit hours each in humanities and social sciences, and 3 semester credit hours in fine arts, computer literacy, and a junior/senior level writing course. The B.A. and B.S.W. curricula require 12 additional semester credit hours each in humanities and social sciences. The requirements for all three degrees as well as the curricula for specific areas of study are described below. Details for B.S.W. degree requirements are listed under Social Work.

In order to qualify for a second bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must satisfy all course requirements for the degree sought; and
  2. The student must satisfy residency requirements at Mississippi State University after the first degree has been conferred (30 hours upper division work).
     

The major department from which the second degree is sought shall determine completion of requirements.

College Requirements for All A&S Degrees

The College of Arts & Sciences has identified graduation requirements that must be satisfied by all students pursuing degrees conferred by the College. Furthermore, these requirements (listed immediately below) must be satisfied from a list of courses approved by the College. These approved courses are taken from a longer list of courses satisfying general education requirements, which can be found in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin. However, majors in the College of Arts & Sciences must be aware that there are numerous courses on the General Education list that are not on the College approved list. Copies of the College courses approved list are available both from the Dean’s Office and from advisors.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees and Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in the following areas: anthropology, chemistry, communication, criminology, economics, English, foreign languages, general liberal arts, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, and sociology. A minimum of 120-124 credit hours is required in all B.A. programs, 31 of which must be upper-division (3000-level or higher) courses in residence at Mississippi State University through Arts & Sciences. The Bachelor of Social Work is offered in Social Work and follows the same basic regulations as the B.A. degree except that courses must be taken in proper sequence and a minimum of 124 hours is required.

The liberal arts include certain basic academic disciplines that contribute to the development of intelligent, moral beings. Over the centuries various subjects have at one time or another been spoken of as “liberal arts,” but the objective of liberal-arts training has remained unchanged. Whether students major in liberal arts or whether they merely take a few basic courses in that field, the liberal arts will enable them to develop those fundamental habits of good citizenship and cultural awareness that are expected of all members of our society.

The curriculum in liberal arts at Mississippi State University is intended to provide:

  1. a broad educational experience in the liberal arts, regardless of professional objectives;
  2. adequate preparation for admission to professional schools and graduate schools in the liberal arts disciplines;
  3. specialized training of a professional or pre-professional nature, as offered by the several liberal-arts departments.

Bachelor of Science Degrees and Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the following areas: biological sciences, chemistry, general science, geoscience, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, medical technology, microbiology, physics, and psychology.

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded:

  1. on the completion of not fewer than 124 semester credit hours of study including 31 upper-division Arts & Sciences approved credits and the common curricula for Arts & Sciences approved by the dean and an official advisor.
  2. on the transfer of satisfactory credits from other institutions, provided the candidate, during at least one academic year in actual residence, receives 31 credits in upper-division courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.
     

Graduation Requirements in the College

Arts & Sciences majors are responsible both for knowing the graduation requirements associated with their degree program and for keeping track of their own progress toward graduation. Departmental advisors are available to offer students informed answers to their questions and, during registration, to review and approve their course schedules. In addition to the graduation requirements outlined above, students pursuing majors in the College of Arts & Sciences need to be aware of a number of special requirements having to do with graduation.

  1. 75-hour check sheets: Students who have completed 75 or more semester hours (including ‘S’ hours) must meet with their advisors and complete a 75-hour check sheet or they will be unable to register for courses. A completed 75-hour check sheet allows a student to determine which graduation requirements are not completed at the time the check sheet is filled out; this then allows the student to identify those remaining courses they still need to pass in order to graduate. A 75-hour check sheet cannot be completed until all transfer course work and/or independent study is on record with the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Off-Campus Study: Arts & Sciences majors are expected to take courses on the Mississippi State University campus when possible. If the desired courses are not offered, or if special circumstances exist, students may receive permission from the Dean to take courses off campus.
  3. CLEP Credit: The College does not allow graduation requirements in English Composition, Literature, or Public Speaking to be satisfied by the awarding of CLEP credit.
  4. PE: Only two 1-hour PE courses may be used toward graduation requirements.
     

English and Foreign Language Requirements

The English and foreign language requirements apply to all Arts & Sciences students. Since departments have the authority to require specific foreign languages for their majors, students must become familiar with the language required by their individual major. The foreign language requirement is ordinarily satisfied:

The B.A. degree requires a 3rd-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement through placement tests administered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature or by passing nine hours of a foreign language. One year of a foreign language taken at the high school level allows a student to bypass one semester of foreign language. Students are encouraged to take the foreign language placement test before enrolling in a foreign language course.

The B.S. degree requires a 2nd-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement through placement tests administered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature or by passing six hours of a foreign language.

Students For Whom English is a Second Language. Students for whom English is a second language must fulfill the English and foreign language requirements as stated in this bulletin. Most majors allow these students to use their native languages to fulfill the foreign language requirement, but students planning to use their native language in order to satisfy the foreign language requirement are urged to check with their major department to determine if that language is acceptable to the department. The following conditions must be met for students using a native language:

  1. Complete a Request for Foreign Language Requirement Exception form and obtain approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  2. The native language is a recognized mode of communication in conducting official business in a given country and taught in the primary and secondary schools of the country (regional languages and dialects do not qualify as official languages).
  3. If the student is a native speaker of one of the major languages taught on campus, credit will be satisfied by taking a 4000+ level course in that language.
  4. If the student is a native speaker of any other language, the student may choose an alternate course from a list provided by and approved in writing by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
     

In the Department of English, a maximum of 12 semester hours total of English as a Second Language (ESL) and freshman composition courses including the required EN 1103 and EN 1113 may be counted for graduation. Proper placement of international students from ESL courses into English composition courses is important to students’ academic success.

Pre-Professional Curricula

The College offers appropriate curricula for students who plan to enter schools of dentistry, law, medicine, theology, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and physical therapy. These are described with the departmental entries in the following pages.

Arts & Sciences Core

In order to satisfy College graduation requirements, students seeking B.A., B.S., or B.S.W. degrees must take the number of courses indicated in each of the areas below. By satisfying these College requirements, students will also satisfy all analogous General Education requirements.

B.A. and B.S.W. students must complete 12 hours in A&S Humanities and 12 hours in A&S Social Sciences in addition to the two courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences required of all majors. Hence, a student must complete a total of 18 hours in A&S Humanities AND 18 hours in A&S Social Sciences.

These additional 24 hours are not limited to the specific courses listed below; they may be satisfied by others in the Arts & Sciences Humanities and Social Science disciplines as long as they satisfy the distribution requirements for the major.

While all of the courses below satisfy college-wide requirements, individual departments may require that particular courses in each area be taken to satisfy requirements for their majors.

NOTE: Courses separated by “OR” cannot be taken in combination. Students will not receive credit in Arts & Sciences for two courses which are separated by “OR.”

Also, Honors classes satisfy requirements and students who qualify are encouraged to take the Honors sections.

Basic Skills
English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1104 Expanded English Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Oral Communication Requirement 1
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
or CO 1013 Introduction to Communication
Foreign Language
3 sem. for B.A.One Foreign Language (1113, 1123, 2133)
2 sem. for B.S.One Foreign Language (1113, 1123)
Fine Arts
Choose one of the following:3
African American Music
Architectural Appreciation
Art History I
Art History II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the Theatre
Honors Seminar in Fine Arts
African American Music
History and Appreciation of Music
History and Appreciation of American Music
The History of Rock and Roll
The History of Jazz
Introduction to Music in Film
Music of the Beatles
Women in Music
Survey of Western Music History I
History and Appreciation of Dance
Humanities
B.S. degreeRequires one literature and one history from core listing6
B.A. and B.S.W.Requires one literature from core listing, one history from core listing, and one philosophy course plus an additional 9 hours of A&S Humanities electives covering two areas18
Humanities - A&S Core
Introduction to African American Literature
Introduction to African American Literature
African American History to 1865
African American History to 1865
African American History since 1865
African American History since 1865
Introduction to Literature
English Literature Before 1800
English Literature After 1800
American Literature Before 1865
American Literature After 1865
World Literature Before 1600
World Literature After 1600
History of Science in Six Ideas
History of Technology in Six Objects
Early U.S. History
Modern U.S. History
World History Before 1500
World History Since 1500
Early Western World
Modern Western World
East Asian Civilizations to 1300
East Asian Civilizations since 1300
The Quest Begins
Humanities - A&S Electives
Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 1000-4999
Any AAS course cross-listed with EN, HI, PHI, or REL
EN 2000-4999
Any EN course above freshman composition courses
FL 2000-4999
Any FL course outside of levels I-V of a foreign language
GS 1000-4999
Any GS course cross-listed with EN, HI, PHI, or REL
HI 1000-4999
Any HI course
Honors Seminar in the Humanities
PHI 1000-4999
Any PHI course
REL 1000-4999
Any REL course
Social and Behavioral Sciences
B.S.Requires 6 hours in different disciplines from core listing6
B.A. and B.S.W.Requires 6 hours from core listing plus an additional 12 hours of A&S Social Science electives; students are allowed a maximum of 6 hours in one discipline and must cover four disciplines within the total 18 hours; only one EC and one CO from the below list allowed; PS 1182 and PS 1192 are not allowed18
Social Science - A&S Core
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to the Study of Language
Introduction to the Study of Language
Introduction to Communication Theory
Introduction to the Mass Media
Economics of Social Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to World Geography
Human Geography
The West and the Wider World
Honors Seminar in Social Science
American Government
Introduction to International Relations
Comparative Government
General Psychology
Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
Introduction to Sociology
Contemporary Social Problems
Sociology of Families
Social Sciences - A&S Electives
AAS 1000-4999
Any AAS course cross-listed with AN, CRM, PS, or SO
AN 1000-4999
Any AN course
CRM 1000-4999
Any CRM course
GS 1000-4999
Any GS course cross-listed with AN, CRM, PS, SO, or SW
GR 1000-4999
Any GR course outside of GR 1114 and GR 1604
PS 1000-4999
Any PS course
PSY 1000-4999
Any PSY course
SO 1000-4999:Any SO course
SW 1000-4999
Any SW course
Computer Literacy
One 2-3 hour course required. Consult advisor.2-3
Mathematics & Statistics 23-6
College Algebra
College Algebra Linked Lab- Corequisite Model
Math in Your World
Trigonometry
Calculus for Business and Life Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus IV
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Inference
Natural Sciences 36-9
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Anatomy and Physiology
Plants and Humans
Animal Biology
Biology I
Biology II
Plant Biology
Genetics I
General Microbiology
Survey of Chemistry I
Chemistry I
Survey of Chemistry II
Chemistry II
Experimental Chemistry
Investigations in Chemistry I
Investigations in Chemistry II
Earth Sciences I Laboratory
Survey of Earth Sciences I
Earth Sciences II Laboratory
Survey of Earth Sciences II
Elements of Physical Geography
Weather and Climate
Honors Seminar in Natural Sciences
Physical Science Laboratory I
Descriptive Astronomy
Physical Science Laboratory 2
Physical Science Survey I
Physical Science Survey 2
General Physics I
Physics I
General Physics II
Physics II
General Physics III
Physics III
Junior/Senior Writing
Consult advisor for selections.3
 
1

Air Force ROTC students may substitute AS 3013 and AS 3023. Some majors satisfy the oral communication requirement within the major. See advisor.

2

Either two courses required or one MA course at the level of MA 1613 or higher (with the exception of MA 2113/ST 2113).

3

B.S. majors must take two lab courses. B.A. and B.S.W. majors must take one lab course in the Life Sciences AN or BIO, one lab course in the Physical Sciences CH, GG, GR, PH, and a third science elective (lab not required).

Minor in Data Analytics and Society

The minor in Data Analytics and Society introduces students to the collection, management, analysis, and visualization of data in a social-science context. Students may select from courses in basic coding, data management, data visualization/communication, mapping/GIS, ethics, and policy implications/applications. The minor will help students understand how data analytics is applicable to their areas of interest in social science and humanities fields. The minor is intentionally oriented to introductory data analytics coursework paired with social and political research applications.

The Data Analytics and Society minor is open to all majors across the university. Students wishing to obtain the minor must complete the requirements below. It is strongly recommended that students take MA/ST 2113 Introduction to Statistics in preparation for the minor. Only nine credits from any one department may count toward the minor. At least 6 hours must be at the upper-division level. Additionally, at least half of the required hours must be taken at MSU and students must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all courses taken as part of the minor. Reasonable course substitutions may be approved; students must consult with the minor advisor prior to course registration. 

The minor will be advised by the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures.

CSE 1284Introduction to Computer Programming4
Applied Data Analytics 6-8
Choose at least 6 hours from the following:
Data Analytics for Anthropology
Ethnographic Methods
Applied Communication & Media Studies
Communication & Media Research Methods
Communication & Media Studies Capstone
Research in Public Relations and Advertising
Critical Writing and Research in Literary Studies
Maps and Remote Sensing
Survey of Geospatial Technologies
Principles of GIS
Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
Political Analysis
Introductory Psychological Statistics
Experimental Psychology
Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science
Memory
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Introduction to Social Research
Poverty, Analysis: People, Organization and Program
Population Problems and Processes
Social Research Practice
PHI 4163Research Ethics3
Electives6-7
Choose at least 6 hours from the following:
North American Archaeology
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology of International Development
Human Variation and Origins
Human Osteology
Public Archaeology
Business Statistical Methods II
Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
Business Decision Analysis
Digital Communication
Intermediate Computer Programming
Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms
Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
Studies in Second Language Acquisition
Community Engagement in Environmental Geosciences
Urban Geography
History of Technology in Six Objects
Medical Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Psychology of Learning
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Language and Thought
Social Work with At-Risk Populations
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Human Behavior and the social Environment II
Substance Abuse and Addictions in Social Work Services
Gender and Food
Child Welfare Services
Social Work in Health Care
Social Work Services in Schools
Total Hours19-22

Minor in International Studies

The Minor in International Studies is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the global environment in which they are living. Students completing this program will develop some proficiency in a foreign language, have experience living in another country, and have some general background of different cultures and societies. The Introduction to International Relations course serves as a broad introduction to the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction of state and on-state actors at the global level. The Principles of Macroeconomics course provides students with the background needed to build a deeper understanding of common issues of trade and development encountered in International Studies. The two upper division courses serve as capstones to bring the ideas of students in the program together from the perspective of their selected approaches -- formalized as Tracks -- to the minor. A total of 21 approved hours must be completed in this minor. 

Course Options:

Required Minor Courses
PS 1313Introduction to International Relations3
EC 2113Principles of Macroeconomics3
Approved Study Abroad3
Elective Course with International focus6
Choose a Track:
Diplomacy and Governance (DG) Track6
International Conflict and Security
Foreign Languages Upper Level Course
Cultures and Traditions (CT) Track6
Politics of the Third World
Foreign Languages Upper Level Course
National Security (NS) Track6
International Conflict and Security
Introduction to Statistical Inference
Total Hours21

For additional information, contact the Office of Study Abroad or visit the web site at international.msstate.edu/current/minor/index.php.

Minor in Organizational Leader Development

Organizational Leader Development is an academic discipline with applicability to all Mississippi State University students. The Organizational Leader Development minor can be applied in military, government, and business. The program provides a curriculum that develops students into agile leaders who can think creatively and critically, enabling them to lead and solve complex organizational matters. Students will also be able to develop others in their organization, producing a more effective environment. This is achieved through classroom training, leadership labs, and comprehensive summer training*.

*Summer training is only for contracted cadets and will not prevent general students from obtaining the organizational skills minor. 

Course Options:

MS 2113Leadership and Ethics3
MS 2123Army Doctrine and Decision Making3
MS 3114Training Management and Warfighting Functions4
MS 3124Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations4
MS 4114The Army Officer4
MS 4124Company Grade Leadership4
Total Hours Required20
MS 3376Advanced Leadership Course (summer training)6

Minor in Social Justice Studies

Social justice studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes and consequences of social inequities; types and forms of social change; and applied approaches to advancing social justice and equity. Social justice studies examines both the historical roots and contemporary forms of injustice and emphasizes applied and community-engaged learning as well as more traditional academic study. Only 9 hours from a single department may be counted toward the minor, and at least 12 hours must be 3000-4000 level. 

GS 1303Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
or SO 1303 Introduction to Social Justice Studies
or SJ 1303 Introduction to Social Justice Studies
SJ 4993Social Justice Studies Capstone 13
Causes and Consequences of Social Injustice6
Choose from the following:
African American Music
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Introduction to African American Literature
Introduction to African American Literature
African American History to 1865
African American History to 1865
African American History since 1865
African American History since 1865
Race, Crime and Justice
Race, Crime, & Justice
Race, Crime and Justice
History of African American Women
History of African American Women
History of African American Women
Studies in African American Literature
Studies in African American Literature
African-American History and Culture
African American History and Culture
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Race and the Media
Environment and Society
Environment and Society
Plagues and People
Anthropology of Violence
Mass Media and Society
Crime, Justice, and Inequality
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Globalization and Crime
Violence in the United States
Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquency
Drugs, Crime and Control
Drugs, Crime and Control
White Collar Crime and Elite Deviance
Victimology
Victimology
Media, Crime and Justice
Media, Crime and Justice
Law and Society
Law and Society
Southern Literature
Human Geography
Urban Geography
Geography of the South
Introduction to Gender Studies
Introduction to Gender Studies
Introduction to Gender Studies
GS 3033
Gender and Media
Gender and Media
Gender Communication
Gender Communication
Women and Literature: Selected Topics
Women and Literature: Selected Topics
Feminist Theories
Feminist Theories
Feminist Theories
Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Work
Gender and Work
Gender and Food 1
Gender and Food
Gender and Food
Mississippi History
Women in American History
History of Southern Women
History of Gender and Science
Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States
Rural America
Social and Political Philosophy
African American Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Democracy and Inequality
Ethnic Conflict
Nationalism
Psychology of Gender Differences
Drug Use and Abuse
Religion & U.S. Culture
Religions and Environment
African American Religious Experience
Contemporary Social Problems
Social Inequality
Violence in the United States
Sociology of Education
Health and Society
Population Problems and Processes
Social Welfare Policy I
Social Welfare Policy II
Social Work with At-Risk Populations 1
Applied Learning and Social Change6
Choose from the following:
Modern Civil Rights Law
Modern Civil Rights Law
African American Politics
African American Politics
History of Modern Civil Rights Movement
History of Modern Civil Rights Movement
African American Leadership in the Twentieth Century
African Americans and the Law
African Americans and the Law
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Communication and Leadership 1
Political Communication 1
Elements of Persuasion 1
Intercultural Communication 1
Health Communication 1
Mass Media Law
Research in Public Relations and Advertising 1
Public Relations in Organizations 1
Mentoring for At-Risk Youths 1
Community Engagement in Environmental Geosciences 1
Gender, Race, and Social Movements
Gender, Race, and Social Movements
Gender, Race, and Social Movements
Delta History Service and Experiential Spring Break 1
Political Leadership
Constitutional Powers
Civil Liberties
Law and Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
State Government
The Chief Executive
Legislative Process
Judicial Process
Mississippi Judicial System
Political Parties and Electoral Problems
Campaign Politics
The Dynamics of American Democracy
Interest Groups
State Election Policy and Politics
Mississippi Government and Politics
Political Behavior
The Global Context
Political Analysis 1
Democracy and Democratization
Environmental Policy
PSY 2123
PSY 3123
PSY 4133
Introduction to Social Work/Social Welfare
Total Hours18
1

Indicates applied or community-engaged learning course. Students must take at least one community-engaged learning course in addition to the Capstone to fulfill minor requirements. Students may petition the minor advisor to count courses not on this list as appropriate. 

Medical Humanities Certificate

The Medical Humanities Certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective on biomedicine, health, and the health professions. The program requires 15 credit hours (5 courses) spanning the Arts & Sciences curriculum, which will introduce students to critical humanities and social science perspectives on medicine and healthcare. Students who earn the Medical Humanities Certificate will have acquired a proficiency in critical, interdisciplinary studies of health and medicine. 

The Medical Humanities Certificate is open to undergraduate students in good standing who are currently enrolled at the university in any major. The certificate program requires a minimum of 15 semester hours with a grade of C or above in each course. 

Required Courses
HI 4883U.S. History of Medicine3
PHI 3323Medical Ethics3
Electives9
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Nutritional Anthropology
Special Topics in Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Human Osteology
Plagues and People
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Human Variation and Origins
Special Topics in Anthropology
Health Communication
History of Science in Six Ideas
History of Gender and Science
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Behavioral Modification
Health Psychology
PSY 3723
History of Psychology
Biological Psychology
Judeo-Christian Ethics
Health and Society
Sociology of Death and Dying
Social Work with At-Risk Populations
Social Work with the Aged
Social Work in Health Care
*Other courses, including special topics courses (2990 and 4990) and graduate courses, will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis.
Total Hours15