Arts & Sciences
Arts & Sciences
Joseph Francisco, Ph.D., Dean and Cordes Chair of Chemistry
June Griffin, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Diana Pilson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty
Aaron Dominguez, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Global Engagement and Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Alecia Kimbrough, M.B.A., Assistant Dean for Business and Finance and Staff
Christina Fielder, M.A., Director of Advising
For additional information or questions, contact:
Director of Advising
107 Oldfather Hall
PO Box 880330
Lincoln, NE 68588-0330
UNL’s College of Arts and Sciences empowers students with a world-class education befitting the State of Nebraska’s comprehensive, land-grant, research university. Our teaching in the humanities, social sciences and natural and mathematical sciences gives students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse and interconnected world. We are equally committed to increasing knowledge through research endeavors and creative activities at the leading edge of human experience, and our expertise in service and outreach furthers the interests of Nebraska, the nation, and the world. Our guiding principle is that teaching, research, and service are inextricably intertwined, enhancing our ability to provide an outstanding education.
The College’s comprehensive liberal arts education empowers graduates to pursue unlimited career possibilities. Arts and Sciences students develop strengths as communicators, critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners who can apply context to see the big picture. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively compete in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological and interdisciplinary world.
The College encourages students to seek experience to complement their academic preparation, including internships, research, education abroad, service and leadership. Arts and Sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty and advisors dedicated to providing information and support in the career planning process. Students should contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather or their major advisor for more information. In addition, the College works closely with University Career Services, 225 Nebraska Union, to help students identify and successfully apply for jobs and internships.
The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”
In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of languages. Four years of high school language will exempt students from the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level, and give more opportunity to study abroad.
To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the UNL General Admissions Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either the ACT or SAT scores.
Ordinarily, hours earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.
The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.
Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year of readmission and reenrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies
Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences and should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall for questions about admission deficiencies.
Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies
Students must complete the second semester of the first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.
Removing Geometry Deficiencies
A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking two high school geometry courses by Independent Study or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options count for college credit.
Academic and Career Advising
The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional advisors provide integrated academic and career advising on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, they can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.
Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is a first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as progress through the whole degree. The assigned advisor may be a professional advisor within the department of their primary major or a professional advisor in the Advising Center who is partnered with a faculty advisor the department of their primary major. Departmental advisors are experts in the requirements and opportunities within the major/department. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.
For complete and current information on department advisors for majors, minors, or pre-health areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS & POLICIES
Course Exclusions & Restrictions
No credit for graduation is allowed for non-college level courses or for courses that deal primarily with the development of skills including the following:
- Driver training education
- Industrial arts (including courses concerned primarily with manual skills, tools, machines, or industrial processes and design) For example at UNL: ALEC 101, ALEC 103, ALEC 104, ALEC 109, ALEC 122, ALEC 201, ALEC 203, ALEC 204, ALEC 205, ALEC 242, ALEC 253, ALEC 301, ALEC 340.
- Any introduction computer course training in DOS, word processing, spread-sheets, data base management, or other business software packages (CSCE 137 or BSAD 150 or AGRI 271)
- MATH 100A
Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences may use courses in the following areas toward their degree within the following limits:
- Maximum 12 hours of religion courses that advocate the doctrine or belief of a particular faith. This 12-hour limit does not apply to religious studies courses whose method and approach conforms to the standards of critical scholarship in the academic study of the humanities and social sciences.
- Maximum 15 hours of C- and D grades transferred from colleges outside UNL. The C- and D grades cannot apply to majors or minors. All C- and D grades from UNO or UNK may be transferred but they are not applicable to a major or minor.
- Maximum 60 hours accepted from a community college or international institution.
- Maximum 30 hours of clinical courses.
- Maximum 16 hours of applied music lessons and/or music ensemble.
- Maximum 4 hours Activity PE or Athletic Practice with a maximum of 1 credit hour per semester.
- Maximum 12 hours total from any combination of the following areas:
Orientation, Career Planning and Study Skills. For example at UNL: AECN 100, ASCI 107, ASCI 181, BIOC 101, BIOS 150, BIOS 160, BSAD 111, BSAD 222, BSAD 333, BSAD 444, CASC 200, CHEM 101, CYAF 150, EDPS 150, ENGL 143, FDST 107, NRES 101, NUTR 150, PSYC 100, PSYC 150, TEAC 210, TLMT 127, TMFD 101, VBMS 101. (This restriction does not apply to ACE certified courses.)
- Military Science, Naval Science, or Aerospace Studies. (This restriction does not apply to ACE certified courses or courses cross-listed between military science, naval science, or aerospace studies and departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.)
- Maximum 15 hours athletic coaching or sport theory.
- Any restrictions noted specifically by departments. Credit towards the degree may be earned in only one course, including honors sections, from each group of courses listed below:
- For transfer students, course exclusions and restrictions will be determined on the Evaluation of Transfer credits.
Retroactive Credit in Mathematics or Modern Language
Department of Mathematics Requirements and Policy
Students who take their first math class at the 107 level or higher and who earn a grade of C, P or better in their first attempt will be eligible for retroactive credit for one or two prior courses, if the student doesn’t already have an equivalent AP exam score or previous college credit.
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Requirements and Policy
Students who take their first modern language course at the 202 level or higher and who earn a grade of C, P or better in their first attempt will be eligible for retroactive credit for one or two prior courses, if the student doesn’t already have an equivalent AP exam score or previous college credit.
To apply for retroactive credit in math or modern language, students may obtain and submit a request form through the College of Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall. The form can be submitted in advance of earning a qualifying grade in the first course, or after a grade has been earned. Upon completion and grade report from the first math or modern language course, eligibility will be verified. The Advising Center will inform the student of the final decision on the request via e-mail and the retroactive credit will be awarded and recorded as “Other Credit” on the unofficial transcript. There is no cost for the credit hours which are applicable to your UNL degree requirements, but are not graded. If the student transfers to another institution, retroactive credit may or may not be accepted according to the policy of the transfer institution.
Credit by Examination
Through study or experience that parallels a University of Nebraska–Lincoln course, a regularly enrolled University student may feel prepared to pass an examination on the course content of a specific course for credit in that course. To apply for credit, a student should:
1. Consult with the department chair.
2. Obtain a Credit by Examination Form at the Records Office, 107 Canfield Administration Building, 402-472-3649. Current enrollment in the University must also be verified.
3. Secure the approval signature from the department chair, instructor, and the dean of the student’s college. The Dean’s signature can be obtained in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather.
4. Secure the bursar’s receipt for payment of the appropriate fee per course for credit by examination. Currently, the fee is one-half the resident tuition rate.
5. Present the completed form to the instructor designated by the department chair. The instructor will give the examination and report the results on the Credit by Examination Form to the Admissions Office, Alexander Building, 402-472-0130.
Examination for credit through UNL departments may be taken only by currently enrolled students. A student is not permitted to receive credit by examination in a course which is a prerequisite for a course already taken unless the course and its prerequisites cover essentially different subject matter.
The College of Arts and Sciences also gives credit for the subject and general examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. See the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, for current policy regarding CLEP and AP examinations.
Dual Matriculation in Arts and Sciences
A student pursuing the bachelor of arts degree may also earn the bachelor of science degree with a different major by completing an additional 30 credit hours of course work for a minimum of 150 hours including the scientific base. A student pursuing the bachelor of science degree may earn the bachelor of arts degree with a different major by completing an additional 30 credit hours of course work for a minimum of 150 hours. The student must complete all degree requirements for the second degree. Students should plan to graduate with both degrees at the same time unless given permission to split graduation dates.
Dual Matriculation in Arts and Sciences and another UNL College
A student pursuing a bachelors degree from another college at UNL may earn the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences by completing an additional 30 credit hours of course work for a minimum of 150 hours. The student must complete all degree requirements for the arts and sciences degree. Students should plan to graduate with both degrees at the same time unless given permission to split graduation dates.
UNL Graduates Pursuing a Second UNL Degree
A graduate who holds a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences may earn the bachelor of science degree by completing at least an additional 30 credit hours of course work. A graduate who holds a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences may earn the bachelor of arts degree by completing at least an additional 30 credit hours of course work. A graduate who holds a bachelors degree from another UNL college may earn the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences by completing at least an additional 30 credit hours of course work. All degree requirements must be completed for the new arts and sciences degree.
Transfer Students with a Non-UNL Degree
A transfer student who has received a bachelors degree from another institution must complete at least 30 credit hours at UNL in addition to transfer credit. Students must complete at least half of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 at UNL. The student must complete all degree requirements for the arts and sciences degree.
With the College of Fine and Performing Arts: A student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a bachelor of arts degree with a major in arts and sciences may also complete a bachelor of arts major in the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Reciprocally, a student in the College of Fine and Performing Arts pursuing a bachelor of arts degree with a fine and performing arts major may also complete another major in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must complete all degree requirements in the home college and the requirements of the major in the visiting college. Because students using the College of Fine and Performing Arts as their home college will not be earning a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, they may not be eligible for arts and sciences scholarships and aid.
With the College of Journalism and Mass Communications: A student in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications pursuing a bachelor of journalism degree may also complete another major in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must complete all degree requirements in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the requirements of the arts and sciences major. Because students will not be earning a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, they may not be eligible for arts and sciences scholarships and aid.
With the College of Education and Human Sciences: A student in the College of Education and Human Sciences pursuing a bachelor of science in teaching learning and teacher education with a secondary education endorsement may also complete a major in the College of Arts and Sciences by permission of the College of Education and Human Sciences. The additional major in the College of Arts and Sciences should be directly related to their endorsement area. The student must complete all degree requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences and the requirements of the arts and sciences major. Because students will not be earning a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, they may not be eligible for arts and sciences scholarships and aid.
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program. In addition, several departments of the College of Arts and Sciences offer special honors sections of regular freshman courses to meet the needs of students with superior preparation in those subjects. In some departments such students may then progress more rapidly into advanced courses.
The College recognizes students for academic achievement during the fall and spring semesters by placement on the College Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete 12 credit hours of course work (courses must be started and completed in one semester) by the census date of the grade reports and attain a minimum semester grade point average of 3.700. The following do not qualify as part of the 12 credit hours: Pass/No Pass credit, transfer hours, removals of incompletes, and grade changes submitted after the census grade reports.
Degrees with Distinction
In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, the College recommends the bachelors degree With Distinction, With High Distinction, and With Highest Distinction. The recommendations are made by the Committee on Student Academic Distinction, Awards and Appeals. To be recommended for distinction, candidates must fulfill the specific criteria for Highest Distinction, High Distinction, or Distinction, in addition to all of the general criteria and procedures applicable to all distinction classifications.
Information regarding specific criteria and forms are available in 107 and 1223 Oldfather Hall and can also be found on the college website at http://cas.unl.edu/distinction.
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, in conjunction with the College Committee on Academic Distinction and Awards for Students and the program advisor (when appropriate), chooses recipients for College scholarships. This group also recommends students for certain scholarships awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. To be considered for any college scholarships the Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students must be completed. The application is only available on-line in MyRED from November to February 1st each academic year.
Many of the College scholarships require demonstrated financial need. To provide information regarding financial need, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found at www.fafsa.ed.gov, must be completed. A complete list of the scholarships awarded by the College and further information about the college scholarship process can be found on the college website at http://cas.unl.edu/scholarships-information.
There are numerous awards and scholarships earmarked for specific majors, all of which are administered individually by the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. To find out which scholarships you might be eligible for and the procedures for applying, please contact the appropriate Department for information.
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid administer numerous funds. Consideration for these scholarships is based on submission of the Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students. This is an on-line application that can be found in MyRed from early November until February 1 each year.
Other Scholarships and Fellowships
Edythe Wiebers International Studies Program Scholarship. Application forms can be found on the Education Abroad website at http://educationabroad.unl.edu.
There are many national and international fellowship competitions. Visit the Office of Fellowships website (http://unl.edu/fellowships) for more information.
International Study/Education Abroad
The College supports the following international interdisciplinary programs offering a major or a minor: African-American and African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, and Latino and Latin American Studies. Departments and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are also actively involved as sponsors, teachers and leaders in many of the numerous education abroad programs administered by the Education Abroad Office.
The College encourages students to study overseas as part of their University experience. The University participates in exchange and several formal education abroad programs world-wide and Nebraska Semester Abroad. The Education Abroad Office (127 Love South) can arrange for individuals to earn University credit for study at foreign universities. The Education Abroad Office helps students find opportunities to study, intern, research, and do service learning abroad. Visit http://educationabroad.unl.edu.
Senior Check/Degree Audit
Students are expected to develop a clear understanding of degree requirements and to plan their course of study with a College advisor. Students requiring clarification of outstanding degree requirements should visit with a College advisor promptly in the Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.
Students should access their Degree Audit via MyRed at least once each term to review degree requirements and progress toward graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their Degree Audit accurately reflects their current College and program of study.
Students who believe their Degree Audit has errors or omissions should visit with a College advisor promptly in the Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall. It is important that you resolve these matters as soon as practicable to avoid a delay in graduation.
Each student with MyRED access must submit an online Application for Graduation via MyRED for each degree to be received by:
- The last Friday in January for May graduation
- The last Friday in June for August graduation
- The last Friday in September for December graduation
Students submitting an electronic Application for Graduation via MyRed will be billed a $25.00 per degree fee on their student account. Those students without MyRED access may apply for graduation in person at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building or by mail. Applications for Graduation submitted in person or by mail must be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of $25.00 payable to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Failure to submit a timely Application for Graduation may preclude the awarding of a degree in the intended term.
Your Application for Graduation and required $25.00 fee are good only for the term marked on your application. Neither your application nor your fee, are transferrable to another term. If you submit an Application for Graduation and pay the $25.00 fee for a specified term but do not complete your degree requirements in that term, you will need to reapply to graduate in a future term and incur another $25.00 fee.
Commencement ceremony information will be emailed to all degree applicants approximately one month before graduation. Each student who has applied for graduation must submit an online Commencement Attendance Form via MyRED, which will be available when the informational email is distributed.
Only those students who have applied for graduation, had the application accepted, and fulfilled all degree requirements as of the last day of the academic term may participate in the commencement ceremony for that term. Because the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has a commencement for each term, ceremony participation is allowed only in the term during which the student has properly and timely applied for graduation and fulfilled degree requirements.
Classification of Students
The first-year program is designed to give students a broad basis for future study. It includes English composition, a foreign language, and courses in science, the humanities, social sciences or mathematics for a total of about 12-15 hours per semester. During this year, the student will progress toward meeting University ACE requirements and will have an opportunity to explore various areas of study while starting or deciding upon a major. With the help of New Student Enrollment and their academic advisors, students choose specific courses according to their needs and interests.
Sophomore Standing. For admission to sophomore standing a student must have completed all of the College entrance requirements, earned a minimum of 27 semester hours of credit, and attained a total grade point average of at least 2.0.
Junior Standing. A student has junior standing after meeting the requirements for sophomore standing and completing 53 semester hours of credit.
Senior Standing. A student has senior standing after meeting the requirements for junior standing and completing 89 semester hours of credit.
Substitutions and Waivers
Special requests concerning degree programs, including inquiries about exceptions to degree requirements, waivers, and substitutions should be made to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.
Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and 10 student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.
Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:
- Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
- ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
- Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
- Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).
ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.
ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.
BULLETIN TO USE
Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
COLLEGE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
College General Education Requirements
The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas. Courses satisfying these requirements may impart specialized knowledge or broadly connect the subject matter to other areas of knowledge.
All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.
Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 credits + Language)
A. Written Communication: 3 hours
To be selected from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
B. Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences: 4 hours
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. Select courses from geography* and anthropology* may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement.
* See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.
C. Humanities: 3 hours
Select from: classics*, English, history, modern languages and literatures*, philosophy, and religious studies*.
*Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.
D. Social Sciences: 3 hours
Select from: anthropology*, communication studies, geography*, political science, psychology*, or sociology.
*See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.
E. Languages Classical and Modern: 0-6 hours
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.
F. Additional Breadth Requirement (may not be used toward the primary major; may apply toward ancillary requirements and second majors): 3 hours
Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D).
The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 150, 160, 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, physics and statistics.
See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.
Foreign Languages/Language Requirement
Languages Exemption Policy
UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:
High School Transcripts
1. For the University entrance requirements, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language in high school.
2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school.
3. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.
Proficiency Examination at UNL
1. For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, UNL will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are:
The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center that the student has passed the proficiency test at the 102 level.
2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.
1. For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at UNL, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the UNL entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.
2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.
Third Language Option
If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirements E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another (3rd language) at UNL.
Minimum Hours Required for Graduation
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.
Restrictions on C- and D Grades
The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.
Pass/No Pass Privilege
University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:
- The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.
For students in Arts and Sciences, the University regulations for Pass/No Pass apply as follows:
- Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
- P is interpreted to mean C or above.
- A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course).
- The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
- Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
- The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.
Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:
- Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
- Many Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses in the major or minor to be taken Pass/No Pass; students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the bulletin for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
- Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
- The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.
Students who wish to apply P/N hours to their major and minor(s) must obtain approval on a form that is available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.
A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:
1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.
Course Level Requirements
Courses Numbered above 299
Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL. NOTE: ALEC 397E and ALEC 397K do not count toward these 30 hours.
Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.
Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.
Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses
Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.
DEGREES & MAJORS
Degree Programs and Areas of Study
The College of Arts and Sciences offers curricula leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.
Cross-listed Course Policy
The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes cross-listed courses as equivalent for the purposes of degree requirements. Therefore, a course taken under one department which is cross-listed can be used in all the majors and minors affected by all the cross-listings of the course.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree
Students who wish to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree must complete the University ACE requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements, the requirements for a major, the requirements for a minor or minors if required by the major, and the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree
In addition to the college and university requirements articulated above that ensure a general liberal education, the bachelor of science degree contains an essential scientific base of at least 60 hours within the natural and mathematical sciences (see scientific base information under College General Education Requirements.) The specific major requirements within a bachelor of science are the same as those for the bachelor of arts, with the following exceptions:
- Chemistry, environmental studies (ancillary requirements), geology, mathematics and physics majors contain alternative requirements depending on whether the student is seeking a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree.
- Biochemistry, meteorology/climatology and microbiology majors are only available within the bachelor of science degree.
Areas of Study for the Major
Students are advised to choose a major before the end of the sophomore year to avoid extending the period of time necessary to complete the degree. By gaining a deeper knowledge of one field, the student will further his or her general liberal education, prepare for a career in his or her specialization, and possibly advance to graduate work or a professional program. It is sometimes possible, through careful planning, for students to complete more than one undergraduate major. Students should consult their advisors about this possibility.
If a student receives a grade lower than C in a course in his or her chosen major, it will not count toward the major.
Students must complete at least 1/2 of the course work in their chosen major field in residence including 6 hours above 299, regardless of the number of hours transferred.
Areas of Study
The College of Arts and Sciences offers study toward the major and minor in many areas.
A summary of the major areas of study for degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences includes:
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Biochemistry (BS only)
Classics & Religious Studies
Great Plains Studies
Individualized Program of Studies
Latin American Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Meteorology-Climatology (BS only)
Microbiology (BS only)
Women’s and Gender Studies
MINORS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONS OFFERED
The requirement of minors is variable within the College and depends upon the student’s major department. Some departments require either one or two minors, and other departments require none. Two minor plans are available.
Plan A Minor
Plan A minors are most typical in the College and usually consist of at least 18 hours with some portion above the 299 level.
Plan B Minor
Plan B minors consist of either two minors which are completed with fewer hours in each subject than required for a single Plan A minor or two majors and one Plan B minor. Hour requirements for individual Plan B minors are stated in each department’s or program’s listings. Not all minors are available as a Plan B option.
Minors in Other Colleges
A student with a major leading to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences who wants to obtain a minor in another college should use the following procedure in making his/her request:
1. In consultation with a professional advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, prepare the list of courses required for the other college’s minor as indicated in the bulletin.
2. Submit the College-Degree-Major-Advisor Change form to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center prior to the deadline for submitting the application for graduation.
Students who have questions related to the minor after it is declared should consult an advisor in the college through which it is offered. The minor will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Minors Offered by Arts and Sciences
African American Studies
Arabic (See Modern Languages & Literatures)
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Great Plains Studies
Greek (See Classical Languages)
Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
Humanities in Medicine
Individualized Program of Studies
Latin (See Classical Languages)
Latin American Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
National Security Studies
Native American Studies
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (Certificate)
U.S. Latina/Latino Studies (See Latin American Studies)
Women’s and Gender Studies
- Actuarial Science (ASC) Minor Available
- Aerospace Studies Minor Minor Only
- African Studies Minor Minor Only
- African-American Studies Minor Minor Only
- Anthropology Minor Available
- Arabic Minor Minor Only
- Archaeology Minor Minor Only
- Asian Studies Minor Minor Only
- Biochemistry (ASC) Minor Available
- Biological Sciences Minor Available
- Chemistry Minor Available
- Classical Languages Minor Available
- Classics & Religious Studies Minor Available
- Combined Degree Programs
- Communication Studies Minor Available
- Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Minor (ASC) Minor Only
- Computer Science Minor Available
- Conflict & Conflict Resolution Minor Minor Only
- Czech Minor Minor Only
- Digital Humanities Minor Minor Only
- Economics (ASC) Minor Available
- English Minor Available
- Environmental Studies (ASC) Minor Available
- Ethnic Studies Minor Available
- Film Studies Minor Available
- French (ASC) Minor Available
- Geography Minor Available
- Geology Minor Available
- German (ASC) Minor Available
- Global Studies Minor Available
- Great Plains Studies Minor Available
- History Minor Available
- Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs Minor Minor Only
- Humanities in Medicine Minor Minor Only
- Individualized Program of Studies Minor Available
- Informatics Minor Minor Only
- Japanese Minor Minor Only
- Jewish Studies Minor Minor Only
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies Minor Minor Only
- Latin American Studies Minor Available
- Mathematics Minor Available
- Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor Available
- Meteorology-Climatology Minor Available
- Microbiology (ASC)
- Modern Languages & Literatures
- National Security Studies Minor Minor Only
- Native American Studies Minor Minor Only
- Philosophy Minor Available
- Physics Minor Available
- Plant Biology (ASC) Minor Available
- Political Science Minor Available
- Psychology Minor Available
- Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation Certification
- Russian (ASC) Minor Available
- Sociology Minor Available
- Software Development Minor Minor Only
- Spanish (ASC) Minor Available
- Statistics Minor (ASC) Minor Only
- Women's & Gender Studies Minor Available