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Bachelor of Arts in the following areas:

Criminal Justice | English | History | International Studies / International Affairs | Mass Communications | Music | Music Recording Technology | Political Science | Religion and Philosophy | Sociology | Speech Communication |


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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.

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

 

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

 

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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