Arts & Sciences Ethnic Studies

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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Ethnic Studies

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Jeannette Jones

DESCRIPTION

Director: Amelia Montes (English), 303 Seaton Hall

Associate Director: Joy Castro (English)

Faculty: Awakuni-Swetland, McCollough (anthropology and geography); Castro, Dreher, Gannon, Montes, Rutledge (English); Ari, Curry, Garza, J. Jones, P. Jones, Smith (history); Gonzáles (modern languages and literatures); Kang, Wals (political science); Willis-Esqueda (psychology); Dance (sociology)

Ethnic Studies involves the exploration and examination of factors that bear on the lives and experiences, both past and present, of ethnically diverse peoples. The Institute for Ethnic Studies is interdisciplinary and intercollegiate, and focuses on the experiences of individuals and groups who are of African-American, Latino/a, or Native origin or descent both in the United States and elsewhere.

Within the Institute, a major and a minor can be taken in Ethnic Studies (described below). Program-specific minors are also available in African Studies, African-American Studies (see listing for African-American and African Studies), U.S. Latina/Latino Studies (see Latino and Latin American Studies), and Native American Studies (see separate bulletin listing); both a major and a minor are available in Latin American Studies (see Latino and Latin American Studies).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Specific Major Requirements

All majors must take 33 credit hours, to include 15 credit hours from Groups A, B, and C (as described below) plus one of the following:

  • 6 credit hours from each of Groups D, E, and F (18 hours total)
  • 18 credit hours from one of Groups D, E, or F

Other courses (e.g., special topics, independent readings) may be substituted with the approval of the chief adviser.

No more than one half of the courses may be taken within one particular discipline (e.g., History, English). At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, and at least 6 hours must be taken at the 400 level.

A. Required courses

(6 credit hours required of all majors; cannot be taken Pass/No Pass)

ETHN 100 Freshman Seminar: The Minority Experience (3 cr)

ETHN 400 Senior Seminar (3 cr)

B. Methods

(3 credit hours required of all majors; check departmental listings for prerequisites)

ANTH 290 Fieldwork (1-6 cr)

ANTH 483 Advanced Field Methods (3 cr)

COMM 201 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication Studies (3 cr)

ENGL 200 Introduction to English Studies (3 cr)

ENGL 270 Literary/Critical Theory (3 cr)

ENGL 471 Advanced Theory (3 cr)

SOCI 205 Introduction to Social Research I (3 cr)

SOCI 407 Strategies of Social Research: Qualitative Methods (3 cr)

PSYC 350 Research Methods & Data Analysis (4 cr)

C. Comparative Courses

(6 credit hours, including 3 hours at 300 or 400 levels)

ANTH 130 Anthropology of the Great Plains (3 cr)

ETHN 211 Intercultural Communication (COMM 211) (3 cr)

ETHN 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212) (3 cr)

ETHN 217 Nationality & Race Relations (SOCI 217) (3 cr)

ETHN 310 Psychology of Immigration (PSYC 310) (3 cr)

ETHN 330 Multicultural Education (TEAC 330) (3 cr)

ETHN 344 Ethnicity & Film (ENGL 344) (3 cr)

ETHN 425 Psychology of Racism (PSYC 425) (3 cr)

ETHN 445 Ethnic Literature (ENGL 445/ENGL 845) (3 cr)

ETHN 448 Family Diversity (SOCI 448) (3 cr)

ETHN 481 Minority Groups (SOCI 481) (3 cr)

POLS 260 Problems in International Relations (3 cr)

POLS 474 Comparative Institutions (3 cr)

D. African-American and African Studies

ETHN 150 African Culture & Civilization (HIST 150) (3 cr)

ETHN 200 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 203 Introduction to Africa (3 cr)

ETHN 238 Blacks & the American Political System (POLS 238) (3 cr)

ETHN 244 African-American Literature since 1865 (ENGL 244) (3 cr)

ETHN 244A Introduction to African Literature (ENGL 244A) (3 cr)

ETHN 244E African-American Literature before 1865 (ENGL 244E) (3 cr)

ETHN 246 African-American History: African Origins to 1877 (HIST 246) (3 cr)

ETHN 247 African-American History: After 1877 (HIST 247) (3 cr)

ETHN 285 Africa Since 1800 (HIST 285) (3 cr)

ETHN 344B Black Women Authors (ENGL 344B/WMNS 344B) (3 cr)

ETHN 344D African-Caribbean Literature (ENGL 344D) (3 cr)

ETHN 362 Peoples & Cultures of Africa (ANTH 362) (3 cr)

ETHN 366 African Americans & the Politics of Race: From the New Deal to the New Right (HIST 366) (3 cr)

ETHN 375 Conflict & Development in Africa (POLS 375) (3 cr)

ETHN 385 African Liberation in the African Diaspora (HIST 385) (3 cr)

ETHN 440 The Black Family (3 cr)

ETHN 445B Topics in African American Literature (ENGL 445B) (3 cr)

ETHN 445K Topics in African Literature (ENGL 445K) (3 cr)

ETHN 356 African-American Women’s History (HIST 356/WMNS 356/856) (3 cr)

ETHN 459 Women & Gender in African Societies (HIST 459/859/WMNS 459/859) (3 cr)

ETHN 460 The Civil Rights Movement (HIST 460) (3 cr)

HIST 364 Slavery & Emancipation in U.S. History (3 cr)

MUNM 387 History of American Jazz (3 cr)

E. Latino and Latin American Studies

AHIS 256 Latin American Art (3 cr)

AHIS 457 Colonial Art of Latin America (3 cr)

ECON 323 Economic Development of Latin America (3 cr)

ETHN 171 History of Latin America (HIST 171) (3 cr)

ETHN 202 Introduction to Latina and/or Latino Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 218 Chicanos in American Society (SOCI 218) (3 cr)

ETHN 277 Latin American Politics (LAMS 277/POLS 277) (3 cr)

ETHN 345D Chicana and/or Chicano Literature (ENGL 345D) (3 cr)

ETHN 350 Peoples & Cultures of Native Latin America (ANTH 350) (3 cr)

ETHN 357 Mexican-American History (HIST 357/LAMS 357) (3 cr)

ETHN 370 Colonial Mexico (HIST 370) (3 cr)

ETHN 371 Modern Mexico (HIST 371) (3 cr)

ETHN 373 Latin America & Global Relations (HIST 373/LAMS 373) (3 cr)

ETHN 374 History of Brazil (HIST 374/LAMS 374) (3 cr)

ETHN 463 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (HIST 463/LAMS 463) (3 cr)

ETHN 476A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America (HIST 476A/WMNS 476A) (3 cr)

ETHN 476B Race in Modern Latin America (HIST 476B) (3 cr)

GEOG 378 Geography of Latin America (3 cr)

HIST 372 Revolutions in 20th Century Latin America (3 cr)

LAMS 311 Representative Spanish-American Authors I (SPAN 311) (3 cr)

LAMS 312 Representative Spanish-American Authors II (SPAN 312) (3 cr)

LAMS 331 Latin American Civilization (SPAN 331) (3 cr)

LAMS 459 Spanish-American Poetry (SPAN 459) (3 cr)

LAMS 460 Spanish-American Novel (SPAN 460) (3 cr)

LAMS 462 Spanish-American Short Story (SPAN 462) (3 cr)

LAMS 478 Pro-seminar in Latin American Studies (ANTH 478/GEOG 478/HIST 478/POLS 478/SOCI 478/878) (3 cr)

POLS 365 The United States & Latin America (3 cr)

SPAN 463 20th & 21st Century Spanish & Spanish-American Essay (3 cr)

F. Native American Studies

ANTH 232 Introduction to Prehistory (3 cr)

ANTH 419 Art & Anthropology of Native North Americans (3 cr)

ANTH 433 North American Archaeology (3 cr)

ANTH 434 Introduction to Great Plains Archaeology (3 cr)

ETHN 201 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 204 (ETHN 204A) Native Language III (ANTH 204) (3 cr)

ETHN 205 (ETHN 205A) Native Language IV (ANTH 205) (3 cr)

ETHN 241 Native American History (HIST 241) (3 cr)

ETHN 245N Introduction to Native American Literature (ENGL 245N) (3 cr)

ETHN 345N Native American Women Writers (ENGL 345N/WMNS 345N) (3 cr)

ETHN 350 Peoples & Cultures of Native Latin America (ANTH 350) (3 cr)

ETHN 351 Indigenous Peoples of North America (ANTH 351) (3 cr)

ETHN 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains (ANTH 352) (3 cr)

ETHN 358 Native American Women (HIST 358/WMNS 358) (3 cr)

ETHN 411 Indians in American Popular Culture (HIST 411) (3 cr)

ETHN 445N Topics in Native American Literature (ENGL 445N/845N) (3 cr)

ETHN 451 Contemporary Issues of Indigenous Peoples in North America (ANTH 451) (3 cr)

ETHN 464 Native American History: Selected Topics (HIST 464) (3 cr)

ETHN 465 History of Plains Indians (HIST 465) (3 cr)

ETHN 468 Cultural History of Native America (HIST 468) (3 cr)

ETHN 477 Indigenous Peoples of the World (HIST 477) (3 cr)

G. Individualized Courses of Instruction

(ETHN 297, ETHN 299, ETHN 399H, ETHN 497, ETHN 499)

A total of 9 hours of individualized course work may count toward the major, but no more than 6 hours of one particular course will count toward the major. Consult with chief adviser regarding substitution of individualized course work toward major requirements (in Group C, D, E, or F).

Program Assessment. To assist in evaluating the program’s effectiveness, each major will be asked to do the following before graduating: (1) submit a copy of a research paper, honors thesis, or other major project completed during the senior year; (2) participate in an exit interview or complete an exit survey.

Results of participation in these assessment activities will not affect a student’s grades or graduation.

Minor Requirements

Students must also complete a Plan A minor from a discipline other than Ethnic Studies or one of its component programs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

  • 18 hours from the following courses (other courses may be used with the approval of the faculty adviser):

ETHN 100 Freshman Seminar: The Minority Experience (3 cr)

ETHN 150 African Culture & Civilization (HIST 150) (3 cr)

ETHN 171 History of Latin America (HIST 171) (3 cr)

ETHN 200 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 201 Introduction to Native American Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 202 Introduction to Latina and/or Latino Studies (3 cr)

ETHN 203 Introduction to Africa (3 cr)

ETHN 211 Intercultural Communication (COMM 211) (3 cr)

ETHN 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 212) (3 cr)

ETHN 217 Nationality & Race Relations (SOCI 217) (3 cr)

ETHN 218 Chicanos in American Society (SOCI 218) (3 cr)

ETHN 238 Blacks & the American Political System (POLS 238) (3 cr)

ETHN 241 Native American History (HIST 241 (3 cr)

ETHN 244 African-American Literature since 1865 (ENGL 244) (3 cr)

ETHN 244A Introduction to African Literature (ENGL 244A) (3 cr)

ETHN 244E African-American Literature before 1865 (ENGL 244E) (3 cr)

ETHN 245A Introduction to Asian American Literature & Culture (ENGL 245A) (3 cr)

ETHN 245N Introduction to Native American Literature (ENGL 245N) (3 cr)

ETHN 246 African-American History: African Origins to 1877 (HIST 246) (3 cr)

ETHN 247 African-American History: After 1877 (HIST 247) (3 cr)

ETHN 271 Colonial Latin America (HIST 271/LAMS 271) (3 cr)

ETHN 272 Modern Latin America (HIST 272/LAMS 272) (3 cr)

ETHN 277 Latin American Politics (LAMS 277/POLS 277) (3 cr)

ETHN 285 Africa Since 1800 (HIST 285) (3 cr)

ETHN 330 Multicultural Education (TEAC 330) (3 cr)

ETHN 344 Ethnicity & Film (ENGL 344) (3 cr)

ETHN 344B Black Women Authors (ENGL 344B/WMNS 344B) (3 cr)

ETHN 344D African-Caribbean Literature (ENGL 344D) (3 cr)

ETHN 345D Chicana and/or Chicano Literature (ENGL 345D) (3 cr)

ETHN 345N Native American Women Writers (ENGL 345N/WMNS 345N) (3 cr)

ETHN 351 Indigenous Peoples of North America (ANTH 351) (3 cr)

ETHN 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains (ANTH 352) (3 cr)

ETHN 356 African-American Women’s History (HIST 356/WMNS 356/856) (3 cr)

ETHN 357 Mexican-American History (HIST 357/LAMS 357) (3 cr)

ETHN 358 Native American Women (HIST 358/WMNS 358) (3 cr)

ETHN 362 Peoples & Cultures of Africa (ANTH 362) (3 cr)

ETHN 366 African Americans & the Politics of Race: From the New Deal to the New Right (HIST 366) (3 cr)

ETHN 370 Colonial Mexico (HIST 370) (3 cr)

ETHN 371 Modern Mexico (HIST 371) (3 cr)

ETHN 373 Latin America & Global Relations (HIST 373/LAMS 373) (3 cr)

ETHN 374 History of Brazil (HIST 374/LAMS 374) (3 cr)

ETHN 375 Conflict & Development in Africa (POLS 375) (3 cr)

ETHN 385 African Liberation in the African Diaspora (HIST 385) (3 cr)

ETHN 400 Senior Seminar (3 cr)

ETHN 411 Indians in American Popular Culture (HIST 411) (3 cr)

ETHN 440 The Black Family (3 cr)

ETHN 445 Ethnic Literature (ENGL 445/845) (3 cr)

ETHN 445B Topics in African American Literature (ENGL 445B) (3 cr)

ETHN 445K Topics in African Literature (ENGL 445K) (3 cr)

ETHN 445N Topics in Native American Literature (ENGL 445N) (3 cr)

ETHN 451 Contemporary Issues of Indigenous People in North America (ANTH 451) (3 cr)

ETHN 459 Women/Gender in African Societies (HIST 459/859/WMNS 459/859) (3 cr)

ETHN 460 The Civil Rights Movement (HIST 460) (3 cr)

ETHN 463 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (HIST 463/LAMS 463) (3 cr)

ETHN 464 Native American History: Select Topics (HIST 464) (3 cr)

ETHN 465 History of Plains Indians (HIST 465) (3 cr)

ETHN 468 Cultural History of Native America (HIST 468) (3 cr)

ETHN 476A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America (HIST 476A/WMNS 476A) (3 cr)

ETHN 476B Race in Modern Latin America (HIST 476B) (3 cr)

ETHN 477 Indigenous Peoples of the World (HIST 477) (3 cr)

ETHN 481 Minority Groups (SOCI 481) (3 cr)

ETHN 486 History of South Africa (HIST 486) (3 cr)

HIST 364 Slavery & Emancipation in U.S. History (3 cr)

HIST 372 Revolutions in 20th Century Latin America (3 cr)

MUNM 387 History of American Jazz (3 cr)

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

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.

Transfer Students

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. Transfer credit in the major must be approved by the major adviser on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. 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.

Readmitted Students

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 advisers, 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.

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.

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

Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, physics and astronomy, geography*, and anthropology*. All other courses select from: biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science and engineering, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and astronomy, and statistics.

* See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences adviser for approved geography and anthropology lab courses, approved non-lab psychology courses, or courses cross-listed with an Arts and Sciences department.

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 adviser for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social sciences.

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).

Scientific Base

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematics and natural sciences, including:

1. At least one of the following quantitative courses: CSCE 235, MATH 104, PHIL 211, or any mathematics or statistics course numbered 106 or above, except MATH 200 and MATH 201.

2. At least one natural or physical science course and at least 1 credit of laboratory work, taken as part of a course or separately, from the following departments: biochemistry (BIOC), biological sciences (BIOS), chemistry (CHEM), earth and atmospheric sciences (GEOL, METR), or physics and astronomy (PHYS, ASTR), ANTH 242/ANTH 242L, ENVR 201, GEOG 155, and the following geography techniques courses also apply: GEOG 317, GEOG 412, GEOG 414, GEOG 415, GEOG 417, GEOG 418, GEOG 419, GEOG 420, GEOG 422, GEOG 425, and GEOG 432. Other courses that may be applied toward the 60 hour total include courses in actuarial science for which calculus or above is a prerequisite and up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges with approval of the academic adviser.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Languages Exemption Policy

UNL and 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 Requirements Area 5 languages requirement, 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 Requirements Area 5 languages requirement, 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 Area I 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:

Arabic

French

German

Spanish

Russian

Czech

Japanese

Chinese

The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Admissions Office that the student has passed the proficiency test at the 102 level.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirements Area E requirement, 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.

Distance Education

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 the modern languages department. 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 Requirements Area E languages, 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 the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of Advising. 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 Area 5 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.

Grade Rules

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:

1. Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.

2. P is interpreted to mean C or above.

3. A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course).

4. The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.

5. 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 is not available to students on academic probation unless the course is offered only on a Pass/No Pass basis.

6. 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:

1. Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.

2. 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.

3. Freshmen and sophomores may enroll for no more than 6 hours of P/N work per semester.

4. Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.

5. 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.

Grading Appeals

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.

Graduate Courses

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

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.

ACE Requirements

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 advisers. 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 adviser).

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 the equivalent 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 Rule

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 advisers, 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.

Quick points
Attribute Value
College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Jeannette Jones