COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES - UNDERGRADUATE
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INTRODUCTION

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami is a community of scholars and students that encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of the human experience and fosters a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts.
The College is dedicated to helping students develop analytical and communication skills, creative abilities, and a sense of civic responsibility needed in an increasingly complex society. It strives to provide them with a rigorous grounding in their chosen field, an awareness of the interconnectedness of disciplines, and an exposure to the discovery of new knowledge.
The College seeks to create an intellectual environment that enhances individual growth and supports scholarly activities and creative endeavors that augment human knowledge and understanding.


The College of Arts and Sciences offers courses leading to the degrees of:

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Graduates with one of these degrees will have had a sound liberal arts introduction to the major fields of human knowledge. In addition to this background, each bachelor’s candidate has the opportunity to select an area of academic or of occupational interest. Within the degree may be built certain professional or pre-professional curricula leading to certification in teaching, or to dentistry, medicine, law, etc.

 

ACADEMIC POLICIES

The College of Arts and Sciences follows the general university academic policies outlined in the General Academic Information section of this Bulletin.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES 
Candidates for B.A. and B.S. degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the credit hours of work and achieve the quality point average specified for students in the University at large. These requirements are indicated in the Academic Procedures and Information section of this Bulletin. Candidates must also complete the General Education requirements of the University, i.e., the Proficiencies: English Composition, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Mathematics; and the Areas of Knowledge requirement: completion of a cognate in each of the three areas: Arts & Humanities, People & Society, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. The university offers a large number and range of cognates. Additionally, each major and minor fulfills the cognate requirement in one Area of Knowledge.

I. Additional Proficiencies and Areas of Knowledge Requirements

In addition to the university’s general education requirements, the college has the following requirements and provisos:


II. Major and Minor Fields (B.A. and B.S. degrees)

B.A. and B.S. degree candidates must choose a major offered in the college by one of the disciplines with an undergraduate academic program in the college, and at least one other minor or major from any of the disciplines in the university. B.S. degree candidates must choose a major from one the STEM fields: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecosystem Science and Policy, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology. B.A. degree candidates must choose at least one major or minor from a field other than the STEM fields: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Physics, and Engineering. To find the requirements for majors and minors, consult this bulletin under the discipline concerned, and confer with the designated departmental representatives. Any student who does not make satisfactory progress towards a major may be required to change or relinquish candidacy for the degree.


III. Additional Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

B.F.A. degree candidates must satisfy the requirements of a major as determined by the Department of Art and Art History or the Department of Theatre Arts. B.F.A. studio majors must minor in Art History. Students must maintain at least a GPA of 3.0 in their major, and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above as specified in departmental and program sections of this bulletin.

IV. Additional Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

B.L.A. degree candidates must complete 120 credits with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above. At least 60 of the 120 credits must be in 300, 400, or 500-level courses. Of these 60 credits, 30 credits must be completed in the College of Arts and Sciences. No more than 40 credits in 300-level or higher courses may be earned in any one department, and no more than 52 total credits may be earned in any one department. Up to 30 of the 120 credits may be courses from other schools and colleges of the university except for those courses expressly excluded from recognition by the college. Students may, but are not required to, elect a major in a department. If a student fulfills the departmental requirements for the major, it will be recorded on the official transcript. No minor may be elected. 

V. Other Requirements.

General Electives.  Beyond the general education and major/minor courses, all students must complete Ssufficient general electives to reach for a total of 120 credits. General Eelectives may be chosen from any courses offered by the University. The student should consult an advisor before selecting elective courses.
Credit Only.  Only freegeneral electives may be taken under this option. Courses that are used towhich satisfy the major, the minor, the distribution requirements of the College and the general education requirements of the University may not be taken for credit only.
Exemption.  Exemption from a course or courses refers specifically to the following: a) credit by examination through the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs; b) advanced placement by proficiency examinations or test scores, with no credit earned; c) advanced standing and/or placement, with credit earnedgranted.
Transfer Credits.  Credits transferred from other institutions may not count towards the completion of a major or minor without the written approval of the department or program.


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DEGREE PROGRAMS

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE

I. The candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts must complete 120 credit hours with an overall quality point average of 2.0 or above as specified in departmental and program sections of this Bulletin.

II. The student must satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts by satisfactory completion of the General Education Requirements from the areas of study listed below:

  • Six credits of English Composition (English 105 and 106 or their equivalent).
  • MTH 101 and a course in math numbered 108 or above.
  • 5 writing oriented courses above ENG 105 and 106.
  • 6 credits in Humanities (from Literature, Philosophy, or Religious Studies)
  • 6 credits in Natural Sciences
  • 6 credits in Social Sciences


III. Students must satisfy the requirements of a major as determined by the Department of Art and Art History or the Department of Theatre Arts. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 average in their major. 

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BACHELOR OF LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE

I. The candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Liberal Arts must complete 120 hours with an overall quality point average of 2.0 or above.

II. He/she must satisfy the General Education Requirements of the University as set forth elsewhere in this Bulletin. 

III. At least 60 of the 120 credit hours required must be in 300, 400, or 500-level courses. Of these, 30 credits must be completed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

IV. No more than 40 hours in 300-level or higher courses may be taken in any one department. No more than 52 hours (in total credits) may be earned in any one department. 

V. Up to 30 of the 120 hours may be courses from other schools and colleges of the University of Miami except for those courses expressly excluded from recognition by the College. These credits include both lower and upper division courses. Students who exceed this maximum will have the number of credits required to graduate increased by the number earned over 30 credits.

VI. The student may, but is not required to, elect a major in a department. If a student fulfills the departmental requirements for the major, it will be recorded on the official transcript. No minor may be elected. 

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PRELAW PREPARATION

Although no specific curriculum is required in preparation for Law School, the Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association strongly recommends that students considering a career in Law should have a well-balanced education. This education should include courses requiring intensive writing, logical reasoning and critical thinking and reading skills.

The Office of Prelaw Advising, located in Ashe 112, provides a variety of services to all students interested in attending Law School. These services include:

  • Pre-Law Advising: confidential advising in preparation for law school (i.e. application process, general information, discussion of your concerns).
  • The Pre-Law Manual: information about requirements, preparation etc., for law school.
  • Pre-Law Newsletter: information about programs and events.
  • LSAT and LSDAS registration booklets (for juniors and seniors).
  • Campus-wide programs for pre-law students such as Law Day.
  • Programs and seminars in coordination with other University of Miami departments such as: School of Law Career Planning Center, School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service, Toppel Career Planning and Placement, the Counseling Center, and the Reading and Study Skills Center.


In order to take advantage of the services listed above a student should complete a Pre-Law registration card at the beginning of the academic year.

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OTHER

The Max and Peggy Kriloff Fund is a fund that provides travel support for students earning degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences. The fund provides support for students to present papers, or posters at professional conferences worldwide. Students will need to fill out an application form available in Ungar 333 and submit it, along with the necessary supporting documentation to the Office of Graduate and Administrative Services in the Ungar Building.

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