The University Curriculum
curriculum is composed of a diverse set of academic
offerings and requirements, each designed to build high-quality
learning environments both in and outside of the classroom.
Curricular development and improvement, a continuous responsibility
of the universitys faculty, is the primary function
of the Academic Affairs sector administered by the Office
of the Provost.
A baccalaureate education exposes students to a diverse array
of academic areas. Our undergraduate program includes requirements
and electives to enhance intellectual capabilities and stimulate
In addition to completing course work for a specific major,
students must complete an extensive general education program
to sharpen writing, speaking, computation, and critical thinking
skills needed to ensure knowledge of the sciences, humanities,
fine arts, and social sciences the basic subject areas
upon which all academic endeavors are based. Improved understanding
of ethnic minorities, broader knowledge of non-western cultures,
and an understanding of United States history, constitution,
and American ideals are further goals of the undergraduate
education program. This diverse curriculum is designed to
stimulate a lifelong interest in learning.
Built on the foundation of the baccalaureate, graduate education
offers the masters degree to students who successfully
complete a program of advanced study, scholarly investigation,
and research in a specific academic field. While the acquisition
of knowledge is a major task of undergraduate education, the
utilization, synthesis, and advancement of knowledge are the
major goals of graduate study.
Through a coherent pattern of courses, graduate students develop
research methods appropriate to their discipline and culminate
their studies with a thesis, project, or comprehensive examination.
Students who have earned the masters degree have acquired
sufficient mastery of a discipline for further study in a
doctoral program and/or for significant professional careers
in industry, education, research, government, or private organizations.
The Colleges, Schools, and Departments
Within Academic Affairs, subject disciplines are grouped into
various administrative units based on commonality of the curriculum.
There are seven colleges, each representing a major segment
of the academic community and administered by a dean; and
two interdisciplinary units: Undergraduate Education and the
School of Graduate, International, and Sponsored Programs.
Within the colleges are individual departments that define
the specific disciplines and several schools that either link
together departments (Schools of the Arts, Communication,
Education, and Engineering) or operate in lieu of a department (Schools of Nursing and
The colleges of the university are organized into two broad
categories: liberal arts and sciences, and professional studies.
In the following information, these two categories are used
to define the colleges, schools, and departments that comprise
the administrative structure of Academic Affairs.
The Colleges of Liberal Arts and
Liberal arts courses constitute the very heart
of a university education. Historically, universities have
grown up around the liberal artsthe arts and humanities,
the natural sciences, and the social sciences. These disciplines
provide a foundation learning experience for all college students,
whatever their interests or career aspirations.
The General Education program draws nearly its entire curriculum
from the liberal arts, and many professional programs depend
heavily on liberal arts prerequisites for their own majors.
Liberal arts majors offer a solid education for responsible
contributions to a complex, modern world; equip students to
reason, write, and communicate well; immerse them in moral
and humane sensibilities; and bring them into intelligent
and thoughtful contact with their physical and social worlds
and with themselves. While many liberal arts majors lead to
specific careers, all provide an education which promises
value throughout life.
The College of Behavioral and Social
Departments and programs in Anthropology,
Child Development, Economics, Geography and Planning, Health
and Community Services, International Relations, Political
Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Social Science,
Sociology, and Social Work.
The College of Humanities and Fine
The School of the Arts with departments
in Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre Arts. Additional
programs and departments in American Studies, English, English
as a Foreign Language, History, Humanities, Foreign Languages
and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
College of Natural Sciences
The School of Nursing. Additional departments
and programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences,
Mathematics and Statistics, Microbiology, Nutrition and Food
Science, and Physics.
The Colleges of Professional Studies
The professional colleges within the university provide a
career emphasis built upon a strong liberal arts background.
The courses of study include Agriculture, Business, Communication,
Education, Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.
Students may select career options from a variety of specialties.
The professional programs emphasize concepts fundamental to
both current and future practice in the selected field. Global
acculturation taking place in all fields and rapid development
of economic, managerial, and technological processes require
professional studies to provide a lifelong learning approach.
The programs stress development of communication and analytical
skills in preparation for careers in corporations, government
agencies, or private practice. Education in the professional
fields beyond graduation continues to be a hallmark of our
modern society; our professional studies curriculum provides
a broadly based program of study that places a premium upon
the ability for future growth of the individual
and an understanding of the place of the professional in a
civilized and complex world.
The College of Agriculture
Programs in Agriscience and Education,
Animal Science, Plant Science, Land Stewardship, and Agricultural
Departments and programs in Accounting,
Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Management
Information Systems, Marketing, and Production and Operations
College of Communication and Education
The School of Communication includes
Departments of Communication Arts and Sciences, Communication
Design, and Journalism, and programs in Information Systems,
Instructional Technology, Media Arts, Speech Pathology and
Audiology, News-Editorial, Public Relations, Organizational,
Visual, and Speech Communications.
The School of Education, includes Teacher
Education, Bilingual Education, Mini-Corps, Upward Bound,
the Teacher Diversity Program and the Departments of Education
and Professional Studies in Education. The College also includes
the Departments of Physical Education and Exercise Science,
and Recreation and Parks Management.
The College of Engineering, Computer
Science, and Technology
Departments and programs in Computer
Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronic
Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing
Management, and Construction Management.
Interdisciplinary programs use curriculum and faculty from
numerous colleges and disciplines and do not logically fit
within any single academic area. These include:
Liberal, Interdisciplinary, and Special Undergraduate Programs
Under the auspices of the Dean of Undergraduate Education,
the following programs can be found: General Education, General
Education Courselink, General Studies Thematic, Leadership
Studies, Liberal Studies, Multicultural and Gender Studies,
Special Majors, and University Honors.
The School of Graduate, International, and Sponsored Programs
The Schools Office of Graduate Programs administers
post-baccalaureate programs, including masters degrees
and options in thirty-six disciplinary programs and the Master
of Arts or Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The school
also administers international academic programs and international
student services, through its Office of International Programs,
and its numerous grants, contracts, and projects through the
Office of Sponsored Programs.
In conjunction with the colleges, schools, and departments,
the Graduate School encourages all forms of postbaccalaureate
education and the production, dissemination, and application
of new knowledge. Further, the Graduate School facilitates
faculty development and student and faculty research, scholarship,
and creative activity. Programs in African Studies, Asian
Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle
Eastern Studies, and Self-Instruction Languages, as well as
administration of exchange programs.