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Key to Abbreviations

Am Studies – American Studies

Conc – Concentration

Educ – Education

Lit – Literature

MLA – Master of Liberal Arts

Psyc – Psychology

Soc – Sociology

Spch Comm – Speech Communications

Weekend – Weekend College

Programs of Study
MLA

Master of Liberal Arts

Required Core

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
MLA 506U Humanities Seminar
MLA 507U Social Sciences Seminar
MLA 508U Science Seminar
MLA 599U Seminar in Liberal Arts


Required Focus

15 semester hours. All candidates must select 5 additional graduate courses in consultation with the program coordinator. A Concentration in Public History may be selected as the required focus.

MLA Concentration in Public History

PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
PHIS 575U Capstone Course
Weekend

Undergraduate Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College)

The undergraduate major in interdisciplinary studies is available only for the Weekend College Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).

Major in Interdiscplinary Studies

60 semester hours

ADED 300U Knowledge Management - Methods of Learning and Thinking
IDST 306U Understanding Culture and Language
HIST 345U The History of Ideas
HUM 346U The History of Human Expression
PLSC 301U The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
GSCI 301U The Role of Science and Technology in Shaping the Modern Era
MGMT 345U Business Literacy
LDSP 310U Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
IDST 310U The Examined Life
IDST 495U Capstone Course: Senior Seminar
Major

Undergraduate Major in Liberal Arts

The undergraduate major in liberal arts is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).

Required Core

12 semester hours

IDST 301U The Realm of Ideas I: Context and Chronology
IDST 302U The Realm of Ideas II: Self, Society and Science
IDST 303U The Realm of Ideas III: Human Expression
IDST 395U The Realm of Ideas IV: Capstone Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors


Liberal Arts Concentration (or equivalent)

18 semester hours. An optional concentration may be selected from among those listed. 12 semester hours must be taken at or above the 300U level. Otherwise, select 18 hours of coursework from across the humanities and social sciences, 12 hours of which must be at or above the 300U level. 100U- and 200U-level courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with the Knowledge Management (ADED 301U and ADED 302U).

Am Studies Conc

Concentration in American Studies

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

ANTH 301U North American Indians
ART 313U American Art: Colonial to 1890
ART 314U American Art: 1890 to Present
ART 347U The Age of Jefferson
ENGL 331U Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENGL 332U The American Short Story
ENGL 340U Black Women Writers
ENGL 347U Edgar Allan Poe
HIST 300U Women and the American Experience
HIST 305U Richmond Across the Centuries
HIST 308U Social and Cultural History of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Women
HIST 310U An Age of Giants
HIST 312U Great Issues in American History
HIST 315U Great Disasters and Their Impact in the History of the U.S.: 1861 to the Present
HIST 316U The New South
HIST 317U The Old South
HIST 320U Virginia History
HIST 322U Moments in Time II: History of the Americas
HIST 323U Westward Ho!
HIST 327U Belles, Steel Magnolias and Good Ol’ Gals
HIST 329U Americans on the Move
HIST 347U The Age of Jefferson
LA 302U The Judicial System
LAW 303U Constitutional Law
LAW 304U First Amendment Law
PHIL 302U Thinking About the Paranormal
PHIL 303U Beyond Death
PLSC 205U Introduction to American Government
PLSC 207U Virginia Government and Politics
PLSC 302U Modern Conservative Political Theory
SOC 309U Social Problems
SOC 310U Criminology
SOC 316U Race and Ethnicity in America
SOC 320U Alternative Lifestyles and Contemporary Families
Art Conc

Concentration in Art

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

ART 208U Techniques and Aesthetics of Photography
ART 209U Photography as Art
ART 212U Art Appreciation
ART 225U History of French Art and Architecture
ART 300U Color Photography
ART 301U Introduction to Photoshop
ART 302U Advanced Photoshop for Photographers
ART 313U American Art: Colonial to 1890
ART 314U American Art: 1890 to Present
ART 315U Art of the Renaissance
ART 317U Nineteenth-Century Art
ART 324U Impressionism, Post Impressionism
ART 328U Women in the Arts
ART 345U Philanthropy in the Arts
ART 347U The Age of Jefferson
ART 360U Victorian England: Whistler, Ruskin and the Nature of Truth
ART 398U Selected Topics
Educ Conc

Undergraduate Concentration in Education

Undergraduate students may opt for an additional concentration in education toward elementary teacher licensure preparation while working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree.

Professional Studies

12 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

EDUC 317U Foundations of Education
EDUC 318U Diverse Learners
EDUC 338U Instructional Technology Applications for the Classroom
EDUC 358U Classroom and Behavior Management

Professional Studies

12 semester hours.

EDUC 306U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
EDUC 324U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
EDUC 326U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
EDUC 327U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics

Field Experience

14 semester hours (includes EDUC 485U Teaching Seminar)

EDUC 475U Student Teaching, Elementary (PreK-6)
EDUC 485U Student Teaching Seminar
History Conc

Concentration in History

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

HIST 300U Women and the American Experience
HIST 301U Women in European Civilization
HIST 305U Richmond Across the Centuries
HIST 308U Social and Cultural History of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Women
HIST 310U An Age of Giants
HIST 312U Great Issues in American History
HIST 315U Great Disasters and Their Impact in the History of the U.S.: 1861 to the Present
HIST 316U The New South
HIST 317U The Old South
HIST 320U Virginia History
HIST 321U Moments in Time I: World History
HIST 322U Moments in Time II: History of the Americas
HIST 323U Westward Ho!
HIST 324U Women and the American West
HIST 327U Belles, Steel Magnolias and Good Ol’ Gals
HIST 328U Southern Women's Civil War
HIST 329U Americans on the Move
HIST 337U Tudor England
HIST 338U Stuart England
HIST 347U The Age of Jefferson
HIST 360U Victorian England: Whistler, Ruskin and the Nature of Truth
HIST 398U Selected Topics
Lit Conc

Concentration in Literature

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

ENGL 222U Short Fiction
ENGL 229U The Modern Novel
ENGL 325U All the World’s A Stage
ENGL 326U Shakespeare and Film I
ENGL 327U Shakespeare and Film II
ENGL 331U Twentieth-Century American Literature
ENGL 332U The American Short Story
ENGL 336U Selected Works of Tennessee Williams
ENGL 337U Southern Drama
ENGL 338U Biblical Themes in Literature
ENGL 340U Black Women Writers
ENGL 342U The Family in Fiction
ENGL 344U Major Themes in Literature
ENGL 345U Gothic Literature
ENGL 347U Edgar Allan Poe
ENGL 348U The Legend of King Arthur
ENGL 349U Tracking Contemporary Trickster
ENGL 354U The Global Short Story
ENGL 360U Women of the Bible
ENGL 368U Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 369U Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 398U Selected Topics
Psyc Conc

Concentration in Psychology

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

PSYC 101U Introductory Psychology
PSYC 190U Child Psychology
PSYC 222U Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 230U Psychology of Women
PSYC 302U Psychology of Terrorism
PSYC 303U Psychology of Gender
PSYC 304U Psychology of Relationships
PSYC 305U Stress and Its Management
PSYC 313U Social Psychology
PSYC 327U Organizational Psychology
PSYC 337U Psychological Development Across the Life Cycle
PSYC 338U Forensic Psychology
PSYC 339U Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 398U Selected Topics
SOC 305U Deviance
SOC 309U Social Problems
HUM 301U Intimate Relationships
Soc Conc

Concentration in Sociology

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

SOC 101U Introduction to Sociology
SOC 305U Deviance
SOC 309U Social Problems
SOC 310U Criminology
SOC 316U Race and Ethnicity in America
SOC 320U Alternative Lifestyles and Contemporary Families
SOC 324U Sociology of Law
SOC 328U Social Gerontology
SOC 342U Dying, Death and Grief
SOC 398U Selected Topics
Spch Comm Conc

Concentration in Speech Communications

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

SPCH 101U Principles of Speech Communication
SPCH 105U Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 206U Group Communication
SPCH 222U Business and Professional Speech
SPCH 328U Gendered Relationships - An Overview
SPCH 340U Cross-Cultural Communications
SPCH 398U Selected Topics
SPCH 399U Independent Study
Women's Studies Conc

Concentration in Women's Studies

18 semester hours. To be earned with the BALA major in Liberal Arts. At least 12 semester hours must be at the 300U level.

ART 328U Women in the Arts
ENGL 340U Black Women Writers
ENGL 360U Women of the Bible
HIST 300U Women and the American Experience
HIST 301U Women in European Civilization
HIST 308U Social and Cultural History of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Women
HIST 324U Women and the American West
HIST 327U Belles, Steel Magnolias and Good Ol’ Gals
HIST 328U Southern Women’s Civil War
HUM 398U Selected Topics
PSYC 230U Psychology of Women
PSYC 304U Psychology of Relationships

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