Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences includes 24 different undergraduate degree programs located in 22 different departments. In some cases, you will end your education with a Bachelor degree. For example, programs in performing and visual arts both offer Bachelors in Music and Bachelors in Arts, as well as the Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA). This is a highly regarded degree and provides very competitive entry into the field. On the other hand, you may have an interest in Marine Biology, which nearly always requires course work on the Masters or Doctoral level. If you plan on graduate study, keep your GPA firmly in focus. Graduate programs in Arts and Sciences have varying levels of competitiveness; however a GPA below 3.0 would likely not be accepted at most institutions.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences choose from many learning communities. All communities include the first year experience course for the college, CAS100. Science and math have communities designed specifically for students whose major requires math or science classes. Other communities consist of general education classes.
If you major in Music, Performing Arts, and Fine Arts, your learning community is assembled by the department chairs with your first semester success in mind. In addition to your first year class, plan on taking Music Theory, or Art History.
Students majoring in the social sciences or humanities may consider communities that focus on critical thinking, language and culture, history, writing, communications – nearly every area of interest is represented among our faculty-driven learning communities. In addition to taking classes that keep you on path to graduate, you have the opportunity to work with faculty teams who are excited to teach first year students.