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University Catalog 2014-2016 
University Catalog 2014-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Colleges of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Administration Building 110 - (504) 520-7652 - http://www.xula.edu/cas/index.php

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) consists of six Academic Divisions comprising of twenty-one Academic Departments who together with the College Deans share responsibility for the quality and integrity of the academic programs of the College and fidelity to Xavier’s mission.

The CAS Dean’s Office provides service to faculty and students on matters pertaining to teaching and learning including curricula, academic progress, and degree requirements. The office staff are accountable for implementation of established policies and procedures found in this University Catalog.

Through the CAS Academic and Planning Councils, the Dean’s Office provides oversight of the college core curriculum as well as departmental/divisional and interdisciplinary curricula. This includes provision for assessment at all levels within the college as well as monitoring all programmatic and attitudinal university-wide assessment procedures.

An academic faculty member in the student’s major is appointed as an advisor to assist each student in registering for appropriate courses and in determining academic progress. Students who are uncertain about a major or who are not making satisfactory academic progress in their chosen major are temporarily assigned as “Deciding Majors.”

CAS Divisions and Departments

Biological and Public Health Sciences 

Public Health Sciences 

Education and Counseling 
Fine Arts and Humanities 



Mathematical and Physical Sciences 

Computer Science 

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Communication Studies 
Mass Communication 
Political Science 
Speech Pathology 


Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with majors in:

Art Education 
Communication Studies 
Elementary Education 
English/English Education 
Foreign Language Education 


Mass Communication
Middle School Education 
Political Science 
Social Studies Education 


Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with majors in:

Music Education 
Music Performance

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with majors in:

Biology Education 
Biology Premed 
Chemistry Education 
Chemistry Prepharmacy 
Chemistry Preprofessional 


Computer Information Systems 
Computer Science 
Mathematics Education 
Psychology Premed 
Public Health Sciences 
Speech Pathology 


Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Arts in teaching (M.A.T.)

Requirements for the Degree

In the College of Arts and Sciences, a candidate for the degree must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of course work with at least a 2.0 cumulative average in an approved program. Each program must include the core curriculum, a major, and a minor. The candidate must also pass a comprehensive/performance/capstone examination in his/her major field usually in the senior year. A student who has not passed the senior comprehensive, or the Praxis II or GRE for the departments/divisions which allow these tests to be used as a substitute for the senior comprehensive, will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony or receive a diploma. Approved substitutions for the senior comprehensive are stated in the departmental sections.


Each candidate for a degree in the college must complete an approved major concentration of at least twenty-four, and no more than seventy-three, semester hours. Eighteen hours of these must be completed at Xavier. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required by the college in the major field but individual departments/divisions may require a higher average. Students are expected to receive a “C” grade or better in each course in their major. The approved programs are listed under the departments/divisions which offer them.

See Second Bachelor’s Degree  for more information about earning a second degree.

Change of Major or Minor

The student who wishes to transfer from one major or minor department/division to another must observe the following procedures:

  1. Report to the Registrar’s Office to obtain a request for change of department/division form;
  2. Consult the head of the prospective department/division to ascertain whether the head is in favor of the change;
  3. Obtain written approval from the current departmental/division head; and
  4. Return to the head of the prospective department/division to obtain written approval.
  5. Return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.

The student must follow the academic program and requirements of the department/division that are in effect at the time of transfer.


Each student’s program of study must include a minor in an academic discipline other than the major discipline. The minor is composed of not less than 18 or more than 21 semester hours. When a curriculum has a “built-in” minor, the student is required to complete that minor. Each student must declare a minor at the beginning of the junior year unless it has already been declared or has been determined by the major. Declaration of the minor is completed when the appropriate form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the student.

Prescribed minors are found in this catalog within the descriptions of the various departments/divisions which offer them. Successful completion of an official minor will be designated on the student’s official record. The official minor designation requires that a minimum of nine (9) of these hours be completed at Xavier.

A student may also satisfy the minor requirement by successfully completing an interdisciplinary minor, which has been approved by the Academic Council of the college or by successfully completing a double concentration. A double concentration consists of at least twelve hours in each of two disciplines. The specific twelve hours must be approved by the head of the student’s major department/division and the head of the other two departments/divisions as well as the Dean of the College.

Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the student’s head and the Dean of the College.

The Core Curriculum

Xavier’s core curriculum is the basis of the University’s liberal arts education and supports Xavier’s Mission. To fulfill the core curriculum, students select from a variety of courses in order to develop an intellectual curiosity that broadens their mind and spirit in an effort to instill a desire for life-long learning. The core curriculum consists of sixty hours of required courses from Fundamental, Essential, and Expansive core areas. Every graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency in all three core areas either by taking courses, transferring courses or AP credits, or by successful completion of examinations.

The three core areas are as follows:

  1. The Fundamental Core (18 semester hours) consists of the introductory college areas in English composition, mathematics, natural science, and a world language other than English. Students who demonstrate competency in any of these areas prior to their first year of enrollment will be given Xavier by-pass credit. Students who do not demonstrate competency in any of these areas must enroll in these courses during their first year.

Courses and/or sequences that fulfill the Fundamental Core are:

  • ENGL 1000  or ENGL 1010 , then ENGL 1020  (or ENGL 1023H ) (6)
  • Any 1000-level MATH offering (3)
  • Any BIOL, CHEM, IPSC, or PHYS offering that includes a laboratory component (3)
  • Foreign Language (6 semester hours of the same language)

Students may demonstrate competency and earn by-pass credit in a Fundamental Core area by meeting at least the minimum score determined by Xavier for credit on the Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate Program (IB) tests. See “Credit by Examination” on the university web site for details. Students are strongly urged to consult their major departments/divisions regarding such credit because not all major programs accept credit by examination for courses required by a major or minor.

  1. The Essential Core (36 semester hours) is aligned with Xavier’s Mission. Xavier requires students and graduates to demonstrate academic excellence, continually develop leadership skills, and show a dedication to service and commitment to furthering a more just and humane society. The Essential Core courses consist of the Freshman Seminar, African American and Diaspora Studies, communication studies, fine arts, history, philosophy, physical education, natural science, social science, theology, and world literature. These courses are essential to holistic self-reflection and the development of values, ethical behavior, celebration of diversity, and an understanding of Xavier’s history and mission within a global context.

Courses and/or sequences that fulfill the Essential Core are:

Students who successfully complete two semesters of ROTC are exempt from the core requirement of a one-hour physical education activity course.

  1. The Expansive Core (6 semester hours) permits students to broaden their knowledge and learning beyond their major and minor. The Expansive Core has broad categories of Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Students are required to select courses designated in the catalog as Expansive Core from at least two of these categories from courses that are outside their major and minor prefixes.

The current list of Expansive Core Curriculum courses are listed on Xavier’s website at http://www.xula.edu/cas. At printing of this catalog, the Expansive Core courses are:


Social Sciences

The outcomes and learning objectives of the core curriculum are fourfold:

Outcome 1: Communication
Students must demonstrate effectiveness in oral, written, and technological forms of communication, using different mediums and information sources for a variety of audiences. Students must learn to:

  1. communicate ideas clearly, coherently, and rationally in both writing and speaking;
  2. apply technology in the processes of communication; and
  3. apply resources of libraries and databases in speaking and writing.

Outcome 2: Reasoning Strategies
Students must be able to use a variety of reasoning strategies effectively to draw conclusions and solve problems. They must learn to:

  1. solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning strategies;
  2. approach arguments critically and rationally evaluate their conclusions;
  3. think rationally by discerning, synthesizing, and applying information; and
  4. solve problems using quantitative reasoning skills.

Outcome 3: Range of Human Experience
Students are required to gain a breadth and depth of learning represented by Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences. Graduates must be able to:

  1. demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities;
  2. have a working knowledge of scientific principles and processes;
  3. use literary and historical perspectives to demonstrate a knowledge of the world’s diverse cultures;
  4. develop a global understanding of the economic, social, and political world in which we live by analyzing the characteristics of individuals, families, groups, and institutions;
  5. demonstrate an awareness of a language other than English and a culture other than American; and
  6. demonstrate an evolving perspective of African American culture and heritage.

Outcome 4: Faith, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Students will enrich their understanding of the deep value of religious faith and moral choice for the creation of a more just and humane society. They will be expected to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of theological and philosophical principles and its application to questions of religious faith and social justice;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of moral principles and its application to issues of individual and social responsibility; and
  3. construct a coherent system of personal values that contributes to the creation of a more just and humane society.