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School of Liberal Arts - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in the following areas:

Criminal Justice

English

Gerontology

History

International Studies / International Affairs

Mass Communications

Music

Music Recording Technology

Political Science

Religion and Philosophy

Sociology

Speech Communication


Looking for minor information, click here for School of Liberal Arts program minors

Note: Students majoring in Mass Communications may concentrate on courses in Journalism, Broadcast Production/Technology, or News Editorial and Public Relations/Advertising. Students majoring in Music may concentrate on courses in Performance or Music Technology. Students majoring in Speech Communication may concentrate on courses in General Speech Communication, Speech Communication Interdisciplinary Studies, or Theatre Arts/Performance.

ENGLISH
The Bachelor of Arts in English prepares students for graduate and professional studies in any field and for unlimited career opportunities in which a strong foundation in English is essential. Students graduating from this program apply their skills and abilities in professions such as public relations staff, editor, writer, desktop publisher, reporter, legal assistant, and research assistant.
Note: Students desiring a Bachelor of Arts in English Education must contact the School of Education.


MASS COMMUNICATIONS
The study of Mass Communications is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in television, radio, print (newspapers, magazines, etc.), corporate communications, public relations and advertising. Mass Communications majors are expected to be actively involved in one or more of the following activities: Vision Student Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, National Association of Black Journalists, and Voice of the Wildcats, WBCC Radio, WRWS-LPFM, or WM&G TV. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on pages 117 and 118 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Broadcast Journalism Emphasis
    The Bachelor of Arts in mass communications (broadcast journalism) is designed for students who are interested in careers in the radio and television industry as writers, reporters or producers. The program provides a well rounded, hands-on curriculum. This emphasis will expose student to news writing techniques, editorial judgment and the principles and practices of radio and television news production.
  • Broadcast Production Technology Emphasis
    The Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a broadcast production technology emphasis provides hands on, real-world experience for students interested in television and radio.  Bethune-Cookman operates both WBCC-AM and WRWS-FM radio, where students perfect their craft before launching a career in radio. B-CU Campus TV is a fully functional television studio programmed by students. Students shoot, write, voice track and edit their own stories and television programs at B-CU Campus TV, including a weekly 30 minute live television newscast. Students use television production techniques such as virtual set construction and design, chroma key and advanced video editing with Final Cut Pro.  Students are active in producing, directing and orchestrating a number of original television programs airing on B-CU Campus TV and online. Students who are active in radio and television are developing the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment in the industry.
  • Journalism Emphasis (News Editorial)
    The Bachelor of Arts in mass communications (news editorial) is designed for students who are interested in editing and writing careers in the print media. The program provides students with a well rounded curriculum in areas such as fact gathering, news and feature writing, editorial judgment, editing and publication design.
  • Journalism Emphasis (Public Relations/Advertising)
    The Bachelor of Arts in mass communications (public relations/advertising) is designed to prepare students who are interested in public relations career in the creation, sales, management and production of advertising in all aspects of communications (written and spoken) with important concepts in the social science

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY Students may choose an area of emphasis for the degree, either Christian studies or philosophy. 120 credit hours are required for the completion of the program. Eighteen hours are available for electives and students are encouraged to choose a minor in ethics for leadership or in another discipline. Religion and philosophy can be combined with courses in business, music, education, journalism, the social sciences, or any other discipline depending on a student's interests and career goals. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 143 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

SPEECH COMMUNICATION The Bachelor of Arts in General Speech is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in sales, marketing, motivational speaking, employee training and development, lobbying, and communication-related careers within business and industry. Also, students are expected to be actively involved in the activities of the Thurgood Marshall Speech and Debate Society. The Society is open to all interested students.  The Vertical Curriculum can be found on pages 154 and 155 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies Emphasis
    The Interdisciplinary Studies Emphasis is perfect for the student able to identify a specific cognate area of study in such fields as Business, Education, Marketing, Advertising, Music Performance or Theatre and students who are interested in going to graduate and professional schools. Many students within this emphasis enter law and divinity schools. Other majors pursue masters and doctorate degrees in order to become professional educators at the college or university level. Students in this emphasis must identify an official cognate area and will take a minimum of 18 hours in this cognate area. The cognate area will be selected according to the student’s specific career and/or graduate or professional school objectives (e.g. pre-law minor, marketing minor, criminal justice minor, psychology minor, etc.). Also, students are expected to participate in the Thurgood Marshall Speech and Debate Society or the Speakers’ Bureau as well as student organizations specific to their graduate and/or professional school goals. (Pre-law Club, Future Educators of America, BEEP, Psychology Club, etc.). The Thurgood Marshall Society and Speakers’ Bureau are open to any interested student.
  • Performance (Acting and Directing) Emphasis
    The Performance Emphasis is designed to train students who are interested in such fields of work as acting, directing, producing, and voice talent for radio, film, television, sales, marketing, news reporting, and theatre arts education. To facilitate students’ goals, Performance students study theatre history, dramatic literature, dance, actor movement, and design and technical theatre. Performance study also places importance on the development of critical thinking, creativity, and interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Enrollment in Performance Repertory is required for the emphasis. Students whose emphasis is Performance must also be actively involved with the Mary McLeod Bethune Players. Orchesis Dance Ensemble within this emphasis. Students outside of the major are also invited to participate in these organizations.

Minors
Africana Social Sciences
Gerontology
Criminal Justice
History
International Affairs
International Studies
Political Science
Pre-Law
Psychology
Public Administration
Social Work
Sociology
Women and Gender Studies


Note: The School of Education offers a degree leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education 6-12.  The major is offered in cooperation with the School of Social Sciences.

History
The Bachelor of Arts in History program focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the process of gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing evidence and theories about the history of humankind in particular civilizations, cultures and societies. Students with a background in history may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers in education, government, foreign service, law, research, communications, editing, archival or library sciences. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 318 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.
Note: The School of Education offers a degree program in Social Science Education K-12, which certifies graduates to teach history and other social sciences at the secondary school level.

International Studies/International Affairs
The Bachelor of Arts in international studies is designed to prepare students for graduate study in international affairs and diplomacy, public service and employment in international business, government and international agencies. Although we encourage students to major or minor in the field, the courses are designed to complement any major offered in the University. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page323 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

Political Science
The Bachelor of Arts in political science is designed for students who plan to enter graduate or law school, or who choose to pursue careers in government services at the federal, state and local levels, international affairs and teaching. The department focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and processes. Courses include an overview of political science as a discipline. The field includes instructions in comparative government and politics, American government, state and local government, political parties and interests groups, political science research, transnational concerns and politics, politics of third world countries and political theory.

In addition to the Major Requirements, the political science program offers its majors an opportunity to engage in meaningful field experience in Washington, D.C.; Tallahassee, Florida; and other cities. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 327 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

Sociology
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in sociology focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. It includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization, social stratification, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

With a bachelor's degree in sociology, students are prepared for employment in a wide range of entry-level positions in social services, community work, corrections, business, college settings, health services, public relations, government services, and teaching (in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification). For students who plan to further their education, a major in sociology prepares them for graduate studies in a wide array of programs, including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, business, counseling, criminology, education, law, public health, rehabilitation, social research, and social work. In addition to promoting the development of critical thinking skills, practical knowledge and competency, and an appreciation of human differences and commonalities, the sociology curriculum is designed to develop in students an integrated sense of identity and civic responsibility.  The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 337of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

Criminal Justice
The primary objective of the criminal justice program is to provide students with a curriculum that would qualify them to assume administrative, research and other professional positions in the criminal justice system. Courses offered in the program are designed to teach students how to develop and apply knowledge and critical thinking to current situations in our pluralistic society.  The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 309 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

Gerontology
The Bachelor of Science degree program in gerontology focuses on the human aging process and aged human populations, using the knowledge and methodologies of the social sciences, psychology and the biological and health sciences. It includes instruction through a multidisciplinary approach to develop, transmit, and apply gerontology knowledge to current and future issues of our aging society. With a bachelor's degree in gerontology, students are prepared for graduate study, whereby they may assume administrative and research positions. Also, a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for employment in community and government agencies, retirement communities, and the aging network of agencies. The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 314 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.

Psychology
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology focuses on the scientific study of behavior as it is influenced by physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors, and includes the analysis of behavior problems and disorders. This comprehensive program of study emphasizes instruction in the principles of the subfields of psychology which include developmental, abnormal, counseling, personality, measurement, and research methodology in  psychology. Students complete a senior empirical research thesis which prepares them for success in graduate programs of their choice. Programs often include social work, public health, business, sports, law, human services, mental health counseling and psychiatric services. A required Field Experience in which they volunteer at local mental health agencies often gives students an advantage in obtaining entry-level employment with the agencies.  The Vertical Curriculum can be found on page 332 of the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog.



Minors


AFRICANA SOCIAL SCIENCES
Course Requirements 18 hours
HI 234 - African-American History Since 1865
HI 250 - Survey of African History
HI337 - Topics in Africana History
HI 420 - Contemporary African Studies

Electives 6 hours
Choose any two of the following:

EN 320 - Black American Literature
HI 233 - African-American History to 1865
HI 325 - History of Women in Contemporary Africa
HI 335 - History of West Africa
HI 336 - History of East Africa
HU 345 - Classical African Civilizations
POL 331 - Politics of Black Americans
PS 337 - African/Black Psychology
RP 435 - Black Church/Black Theology
TA 402 - Black American Drama

GERONTOLOGY
The minor consists of 18 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.
Course Requirements

Gerontology 9 hours
GR 310 - Cellular and Physiologic Aspects of Aging
GR 335 - Minority Aging
GR 390 - Psychology of Aging
Gerontology Practicum 6 hours

GR 490 - Gerontology Practicum

Sociology 3 hours
SOG 337 - Death and Dying

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The minor consists of 15 semester hours of criminal justice courses plus three semester hours of open electives, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.
Course Requirements 18 hours

CJ 131 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 205 - Criminal Law
CJ 216 - Criminal Procedure
CJ 389 - Criminology
CJ 461 - Juvenile Justice
plus ONE elective

HISTORY
Course Requirements: 18 hours

Required Courses (12 hours)
HI 131 - Survey of World History
HI 231 - United States History to 1865
HI 232 - United States History Since 1865
HI 333 - Survey of European History
History Electives (6 hours)
Students may take any two additional history courses listed in the catalog, with the exception of HI 130.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Course Requirements : 18 hours
POL 330 - International Politics
POL 336 - Comparative Politics
POL 340 - Third World Politics
POL 350 - Transnational Concerns
POL 351 - American Foreign Policy and
POL 420 - Contemporary African Studies

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Course Requirements: 24 hours

ML 231 – Modern Languages (French, German, or Spanish)
ML 232 – Modern Languages (French, German, or Spanish)
BA 231 - Micro Economics
BA 232 - Macro Economics
INT 131 - Introduction to International Studies
MG 470 - International Management
POL 440 - International Political Economy
SS 210 - Human Geography

POLITICAL SCIENCE
Requirements : 18 hours

Political Science
Nine (9) semester hours of political science electives and
POL 130 - Introduction to Political Science
POL 230 - American Government
POL 236 - State and Local Government

PRE-LAW
Elective*
Course Requirements for Pre-Law Minor 18 credit hours
EN240 Advanced Composition
EN 250 Technical Report Writing
CJ216 Criminal Procedure
RP 239 Logic
SS300 Pre-Law Orientation
Open Elective (200 level or above)
Notes: *Choose one of the following for the above open elective requirement.
SS337 Topics in Legal Studies
BA231 Micro Economics
BA232 Macro Economics
CJ 206 Ethics Crime and Justice
HI 333 Survey of European History
POL230 American Government
POL236 State and Local Government
POL335 American Constitutional Law
PS 325 Abnormal Psychology
SO344 Sociology of Deviant Behavior

PSYCHOLOGY
Requirements : 18 hours

Select any 2 three-hundred level psychology courses offered at Bethune-Cookman University and
PS 230 - Introduction to Psychology
PS 236 - Developmental Psychology
PS 322 - Adolescent Psychology
PS 330 – Social Psychology

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Requirements 18 hours

Public Administration
Nine (9) semester hours in political science electives and
POL 237 Introduction to Public Administration
POL 334 Public Personnel Administration
POL 337 Public Policy Analysis

SOCIAL WORK
The minor consists of 21 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.

Course Requirements: 21 hours
Sociology 15 hours
SO 231 - Introduction to Social Welfare
SO 235 - Marriage and Family
SO 332 - Social Casework Processes
SO 432 - Community Organization
SO 435 - Groups and Group Behavior
Political Science 3 hours
POL 338 - Administration of Social Services
Criminal Justice 3 hours
CJ 461 - Juvenile Justice

SOCIOLOGY
The minor consists of 18 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.
Course Requirements 18 hours

Sociology 18 hours
Six (6) semester hours from the Major Sociology Electives and

SO 131 - Introduction to Sociology
SO 235 - Marriage and Family
SO 234 - Sociology of World Societies
SO 436 - Sociological Theory

WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES
The minor consists of 18 hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University.
Course Requirements: 18 hours

Social Sciences 3 hours
SS 250 - Introduction to Gender Studies

Psychology 3 hours
PS 444 - Human SexualityAny four (4) of the following for a total of 12 hours
CJ 320 - Women and the Criminal Justice System
EN 335- Women in Literature
HI 320 - History of Women in the United States
HI 325 - History of Women in Contemporary Africa
PS 442 - Psychology of Women
POL 353 - Women in Politics

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