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2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog
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    Facilities and Services
    Performing Music Groups
    Performing Theatre and Dance Groups
    Support Groups
    Awards and Scholarships
    Special Services and Programs
    Degrees and Programs Offered
    Degree Requirements
    General Requirements for All Arts and Sciences Curricula
    Academic Policies and Procedures
    Recognition of Academic Achievement
    Department and Program Requirements
        African-American Studies Minor (AAST)
        Department of American Studies (AMS)
        Department of Anthropology (ANT)
        Department of Art (ART) (Arh)
        Arts Administration
        Asian Studies Program (ASST)
        Department of Biological Sciences (BSC)
        Department of Chemistry (CH)
        Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration Minors
        College of Communication and Information Sciences Minors
        Department of Communicative Disorders (CD)
        Computer-Based Honors Program (CBH)
        Department of Computer Science (CS)
        Department of Criminal Justice (CJ)
        East and Central European Studies Minor (ECE)
        Department of Economics (EC)
        College of Engineering Minors
        Department of English (EN)
        Environmental Science Program (ES)
        Department of Geography (GY)
        Department of Geological Sciences (GEO)
        Department of History (HY)
        College of Human Environmental Sciences Minors
        International Studies (INST)
        Latin American Studies Program (LAS)
        Marine Science Program (MS)
        Department of Mathematics (MATH)
        Department of Modern Languages and Classics (CL, FR, GN, GR, IT, LA, RUS, and SP)
        School of Music (MUA) (Mue) (Mus)
        New College
        Department of Philosophy (PHL)
        Department of Physics and Astronomy (PH) (AY)
        Department of Political Science (PSC)
        Predental Program
        Prelaw Studies Program
        Premajor Studies Program
        Premedical Program
        Pre-Occupational Therapy Program
        Preoptometry Program
        Prepharmacy Program
        Pre-Physical Therapy Program
        Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program
        Department of Psychology (PY)
        Department of Religious Studies (REL)
        School of Social Work Minor
        Sociology Minor (SOC)
        Student-Designed Programs
        Teacher Education Program
        Department of Theatre and Dance (TH) (DN)
        Department of Women'S Studies (WS)
        World Literature Program (WL)
    Administrative Officers and Faculty


What is now the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) was originally the entire University. Until the late 1800s, a university education consisted of studies in the liberal arts: the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and mathematics. The gradual addition of professional education to the curriculum brought about the creation in 1873 of the separate Department of Academic Instruction and Department of Professional Education. To relieve the president of increasingly heavy duties, a dean was appointed in 1906 for the Department of Academic Instruction, which in 1910 became known as the College of Arts and Sciences. From 1910 to 1928, the dean of the College was also the dean of the University. While the expanding functions of the University clearly have been reflected in the growth of professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences also has expanded the scope and depth of its offerings. It now provides about half of the class hours of instruction on campus.

The particular objective of liberal education, as distinguished from professional education, is to help each student prepare for life in the cultural setting in which he or she will practice a vocation or profession. To do this, a liberal education must provide opportunities for students to acquire as much factual knowledge as possible about the realities and potentialities of this broader world, to learn to think about these facts and to evaluate them, and to learn to direct their own private and public lives in accordance with the knowledge and the discrimination they have developed. To provide this kind of education is the special responsibility of the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Alabama, as it is of liberal arts colleges everywhere. The College offers opportunities for this kind of education to its own students and to the students of other divisions of the University.

Another phase of instruction provided by the College comprises those courses that prepare the student for professional courses in other divisions of the University. Specific preprofessional programs are offered to prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, and law. College of Arts and Sciences students who plan to become high-school teachers choose courses in the College of Education to obtain Class B Secondary Professional Certificates.

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