College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the principle that an enlightened understanding of the world is fostered by study of the physical environment, cultural values and processes, creative expressions, and systems of thought and discovery. In fulfillment of this educational commitment, the fields of study offered by the college serve two ends: they are intellectually valuable in themselves and they are an essential complement to other fields of knowledge.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, ranging from the associate of arts to baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Students seeking associate or baccalaureate degrees must complete General University Requirements, General Education Requirements, and major program requirements. Students should examine program descriptions and consult an adviser before making final course selections. Some courses may be applied to satisfy more than one requirement; for example at the baccalaureate level a course may fulfill both a general education requirement and a major program requirement.

High School Preparation

The following high school courses are recommended but not necessarily required in preparation for admission to the various programs within the College of Arts and Sciences:

Arts1-2 years
Emphasis upon fundamental courses in the arts.
Computer Science1-2 years
Basic knowledge of computer science recommended for all college-bound students.
English4 years
Emphasis on spelling, writing, grammar, and research skills, such as preparation of bibliographies.
Language1-2 years
Suggested languages: German, Russian, Latin, Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese or Native languages.
Mathematics3-4 years
BA candidates: 3 years with emphasis on algebra I and II, trigonometry, geometry, analysis.
BS candidates: 4 years with emphasis on algebra I and II, trigonometry, geometry, analysis.
Science2-4 years
BA candidates: 2-3 years with emphasis in biology, chemistry, physics, geology and/or earth science.
BS candidates: 3-4 years with emphasis in biology, chemistry, physics, geology and/or earth science.
Social Sciences2 years
Emphasis in world history, U.S. history, political theory, current events, geography, anthropology or archaeology.

Student Learning Outcomes: Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to discipline-specific knowledge and methodologies, students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences will demonstrate:

• An ability to formulate and evaluate arguments based upon evidence;

• An ability to analyze the context and significance of events, concepts, texts, and actions;

• An understanding of cultural differences and similarities and the complexities of intercultural relations;

• A knowledge of scientific approaches to the study of individuals, groups, and systems;

• An application of the creative processes through direct participation in or study of the arts.

Bachelor of Science

In addition to discipline-specific quantitative and scientific methods, students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and sciences will demonstrate:

• An ability to engage in, analyze, and communicate results of scientific inquiry;

• An ability to critically reflect on the nature and process of science;

• An understanding of the ethical standards of science, consistent with one's academic discipline and professional, social, and cultural contexts;

• An application of scientific skills and knowledge to address problem-oriented questions through authentic research experience or through a community-engaged internship or practicum.

Electives

No more than 6 credits in lower-division Physical Education Professional (PEP) and/or Physical Education and Recreation (PER) courses may be applied toward a BA or BS degree offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program is a selective process requiring acceptance by both the University and the Department of Art BFA Committee.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Admissions to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have been suspended

Minors

A minor from the College of Arts and Sciences consists of a minimum of 18 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level. Refer to each discipline for specific courses required. Also see university policy governing Minors.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; or Bachelor of Music, Performance, students must complete the CAS requirements shown below, in addition to the General Education Requirements, the General University Requirements, and major program requirements. Students completing an interdisciplinary studies degree in which all academic disciplines represented in their major concentration are within the College of Arts and Sciences must also meet the CAS BA or BS requirements. Students should examine the program descriptions for the major program and consult with an advisor before making final course selections. Some courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement in a degree program.

Electives

No more than 6 credits in lower division Physical Education Professional (PEP), and/or Physical Education and Recreation (PER) courses may be applied toward a BA or BS degree program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree demonstrate the ability to engage in independent, critical thinking, to communicate effectively, and to articulate how the liberal arts shape knowledge and action.

Cultural Heritages
Comparative Cultures
Select one of the following:3
Tribes, Nations and Peoples
The Rise of Civilization
Western Culture
HIST A101Western Civilization I3
HIST A102Western Civilization II3
American Culture
Select one of the following:3
History of United States I
History of United States II
Introduction to American Government
Arts and Letters
Introduction to Literature
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Literature of Britain I
Literature of Britain II
Literature of the United States I
Literature of the United States II
Language/Humanities
Any two-semester sequence in one of the following humanities sequences or in a language other than English:6-8
Elementary Alaska Native Language I
and Elementary Alaska Native Language II (or any 2-semester sequence of an Alaska Native language)
History of Western Art I
and History of Western Art II
Masterpieces of World Literature I
and Masterpieces of World Literature II
History of Western Art Music I
and History of Western Art Music II *
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
and Early Modern Philosophy
Eastern Philosophy and Religion
and Western Religions
History of Political Philosophy I: Classical
and History of Political Philosophy II: Modern
Historical Drama
and Contemporary Drama
Theatre History and Theory I
and Theatre History and Theory II
Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3
Alaska Native Perspectives
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Philosophy of the Sciences
Social Behavior
Choose one of the following not in the major:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Human Communication
Principles of Macroeconomics
Media Literacy
Introduction to Political Science
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Welfare
Total Credits27-29
*

BA Music majors must select courses outside their major.

Bachelor of Science

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and an ability to apply it and to think critically about the practice of science.

Mathematics and Statistics
MATH A221Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH A251 Calculus I
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
or STAT A307 Probability and Statistics
Writing
Select one of the following:3
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Advanced Technical Writing
Public Science Writing
Natural Sciences **
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Biological Anthropology
Solar System Astronomy
and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
and Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology Laboratory
Principles and Methods in Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Fundamentals of Oceanography
Fundamentals of Oceanography Laboratory
Survey of Chemistry
Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Laboratory
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Laboratory
Environmental Geology
Environmental Geology Laboratory
Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors
Historical Geology
Basic Physics I
Basic Physics I Laboratory
Basic Physics II
Basic Physics II Laboratory
General Physics I
General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
General Physics II Laboratory
Social Sciences ***
Select one of the following courses outside the major3-4
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Applied Anthropology
Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) ****
Social Science Research Methods
Introduction to Behavior Analysis
Statistics for Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Social Science Statistics
Conducting Research in Psychology
Psychological Testing
Forensic Psychology
Demography
Total Credits22-24
**

The total natural science requirement of each student includes 16 credits (7 credits from the natural science GER and 9 credits from the CAS Bachelor of Science requirement). These two requirements may be met by any combination of applicable courses that combine to 16 credits. The total must include two laboratory courses and at least 6 credits in each of two disciplines.

***

The total social science requirement of each student includes 9 credits (6 credits for the social science GER and 3 credits from the CAS Bachelor of Science requirement). These two requirements may be met by any combination of applicable courses that combines to 9 credits.

****

Environment and Society majors may not use GEOG A375 to fulfill the CAS Bachelor of Science requirement.

Bachelor of Music, Performance

Language Proficiency8
Two semesters of oral language study

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for careers in art. No additional college requirements.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Admissions to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have been suspended.

Minor

A minor from the College of Arts and Sciences will consist of a minimum of 18 credits, at least 6 of which will be upper division. Refer to each discipline for specific courses required. Also see Minors policy.

BA/BS Student Learning Outcomes

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that a college education is a multi-faceted and dynamic series of interactions which provides tools for a wide range of uses, from professional degrees to the joys of life-long learning.  At UAA’s College of Arts and Sciences, we value the importance of a heightened awareness of the human and natural world, the advancement of cultural and scientific literacy, the need for creative problem-solving and critical reflection, and the ethical engagement in one’s academic discipline and the community. 

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to discipline-specific knowledge and methodologies, students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences will demonstrate:

  • An ability to formulate and evaluate arguments based on evidence;
  • An ability to analyze the context and significance of events, concepts, texts, and actions;
  • An understanding of cultural differences and similarities and the complexities of intercultural relations;
  • A knowledge of scientific approaches to the study of individuals, groups, and systems;
  • An application of the creative processes through direct participation in or study of the arts.

Bachelor of Science

In addition to discipline-specific quantitative and scientific methods, students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences will demonstrate:

  • An ability to engage in, analyze, and communicate results of scientific inquiry;
  • An ability to critically reflect on the nature and process of science;
  • An understanding of the ethical standards of science, consistent with one’s academic discipline and in professional, social, and cultural contexts;
  • An application of scientific skills and knowledge to address problem-oriented questions through authentic research experience or through a community-engaged internship or practicum.