College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

General Requirements

Introduction

The faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences awards its degrees to students who meet the following general requirements:

Successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester credit hours, of which 42 semester credit hours must be earned in 300- and/or 400-level courses(Transfer students: See note on Other Requirements below.) Credit toward the degree must be earned in: (1) introductory and advanced college courses in the liberal arts and social sciences, (2) those practical and technical courses taught by the departments of this university, and (3) those practical and technical courses acceptable to the departments and curricula of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Fulfillment of all university GenEd requirements. (See section on University Requirements in the chapter on University Regulations.)

Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 and other specifications as noted in the section on Graduation Requirements in the chapter on University Regulations.

Completion of the requirements, as set forth in this catalog, for a major field in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in a major program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. (Note: A minimum grade-point average higher than 2.00 may be required by a department. Students must meet the requirements as specified by their major department.)

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GenEd Semester Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

See section on University GenEd Requirements at http://www.csuohio.edu/undergradcatalog/geninfo/regs/regs-gened.htm.

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Foreign Language or Foreign Culture Requirement

Students completing three years or more of a single foreign language in high school will have fulfilled this requirement.

The state entrance requirement is two years of a single foreign language in high school or the equivalent (one year of university study). Students who graduated from high school prior to 1987 are exempt from this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts:

All students seeking the B.A. degree must complete two courses in a single foreign language beyond the state entrance requirement. (See above). Students who graduated from high school prior to 1987 without taking a foreign language who are exempt from the state Foreign Language requirement may fulfill the college requirement by completing two foreign culture classes. Students should contact the CLASS Advising Center (Chester Building Room 279; 216-687-5040) for more information.

The two courses may be intermediate-level foreign-language courses in the same language used to meet the state entrance requirement. Or, students may complete two introductory-level foreign language skills courses in a single foreign language which is different from the one used to meet the state entrance requirement. Students should begin their language study at a level that reflects their current level of competency. Placement tests in French and Spanish and advising from Modern Langauges faculty can help determine the appropriate level. Students who repeat language courses taken in high school can count those credits toward graduation, but not toward the CLASS Foreign Language Requirement.

Bachelor of Music:

All students seeking a B. Mus. degree must complete two approved foreign culture courses(see list) or two courses in a foreign language beyond the state entrance requirement.

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Other Requirements

Upper-Division Requirement:

42 semester credit hours.
(The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requires that all students successfully complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours at the 300- and/or 400-level.). For transfer students, no more than 18 semester credit hours may be applied toward this requirement.)

Introduction to University Life:

1 semester credit hour.
(Must be successfully completed by all newly admitted freshmen. Not required for a transfer student.)

Total Minimum Number of Semester Credit Hours Required:

128 Semester Credit Hours.
(All students must successfully complete a minimum of 128 academic semester credit hours. However, please note that some degree programs may require more than the college minimum. Students must consult with their major-field program.)

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