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Florida State University
2015-2016 General Bulletin - Undergraduate Edition

College of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Sam Huckaba; Associate Deans: Rob Contreras, Lois Hawkes

The oldest college at the University, the College of Arts and Sciences has provided generations of undergraduate students instruction in the liberal arts disciplines that are essential for intellectual development and personal growth: English; history; humanities; and the physical, biological, mathematical, computational, and behavioral sciences. At the graduate level, too, the contributions of the College of Arts and Sciences have been integral with the growth of the University. The first recorded master’s degree at the Florida State College for Women was awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences in 1908, and the first doctorate at Florida State University was awarded in chemistry in 1952.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty have earned national and international recognition for research, teaching, and distinguished service to the profession. In addition to awarding Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, and heavily supporting the Liberal Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences offers an extensive array of foundation courses for pre-professional and professional programs.


All students must meet the University-wide baccalaureate degree requirements summarized in the “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” chapter of this General Bulletin. In addition, all students receiving a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences must satisfy the requirements listed in the following paragraphs.

In order to enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, an undergraduate must be certified by the Division of Undergraduate Studies or be a transfer student with fifty-two or more semester hours of accepted credit. Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences requires at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and completion of at least half of liberal studies including the required English Composition and Qualitative/Logical Thinking. Since individual departments may stipulate higher admission standards, students should consult the appropriate chapters of this General Bulletin for specific requirements.

Foreign Language. The College of Arts and Sciences requires that Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students be proficient at the intermediate level in one language other than English. Students may satisfy the requirement by completing college coursework through the 2000 level (2200 or equivalent course) of a classical or modern foreign language. Students enrolled in their first term at FSU and students with a 2.5 FSU GPA may take these courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis, as long as they meet the published University deadline for declaring this intention. For information on University deadlines, refer to the “Academic Calendar” located on the Office of the University Registrar Web site at http://registrar.fsu.edu. A student taking coursework to fulfill the College’s foreign language requirement must earn at least a “C–”. Exceptions to this policy are rare.

Hours used to fulfill the foreign language requirement may not be counted toward a major or minor. Native speakers of a language other than English and students who wish to demonstrate proficiency by means other than coursework should consult the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Please note that the College’s foreign language requirement is different than the University’s foreign language admissions requirement. It is important to understand that, although completion of two years of high school foreign language courses or two semesters of postsecondary foreign language will satisfy the University’s admissions requirement, these courses do not satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences’ foreign language graduation requirements for BA and BS students. Please consult the “Admissions” section of this General Bulletin for more information.

All students who intend to continue study of a modern foreign language at Florida State University in which they have previous experience (such as high school study or study abroad) must be placed into the appropriate course by the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Students in French, German, and Spanish who continue with the same language must take the placement test before they enroll in a course in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Students in other languages must consult the department for the appropriate placement procedures before enrolling.

Minor. Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences require the completion of an FSU approved minor. Exceptions include certain programs with collateral minors. Students completing a double major do not have to complete a minor. Students pursuing two degrees (dual degree or a second baccalaureate degree) must have a separate minor for each degree that is awarded by this College. If one of the degrees is to be awarded by another College in the University, that dean’s office will specify any minor requirements. While many minors require only twelve semester hours, others require more. No courses used for satisfying liberal studies requirements, the College foreign language requirement or major requirements may also be counted toward the minor. Normally, the student’s minor will be in a different department than the major. In a few cases it may be possible to take the minor in a different program, but within the same department as the major. Students wanting to pursue that possibility must consult with an advisor in the dean’s office. Students must choose a minor from the list of approved FSU minors. See http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/minors.html for a list of FSU minors. Please note that completion of an FSU certificate program will satisfy the college minor requirement.

Requirements for the Major. See departmental entries for specific requirements. If courses from the major department are used to meet the liberal studies requirements, no more than four semester hours of these liberal studies courses may also be counted toward the major requirements.

Non-Degree Granting Interdisciplinary Program

Program in Interdisciplinary Computing: The College of Arts and Sciences supports the Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC) with representation on the PIC Steering Committee. PIC is a non-degree granting program for non-computing majors, established to develop, support, and promote computing and information technology courses that empower FSU students to innovate and lead in their respective fields. Courses listed with PIC cover a wide range of computer skills with each course focusing on the application of those skills to the student’s discipline. See http://www.pic.fsu.edu for more information about PIC and a list of current PIC courses.

Second Baccalaureate Degree or Dual Degree

A student completing a second bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete at least thirty semester hours and a minor at Florida State University. This is in addition to the required hours that were completed for the first degree. Hours earned by the student during the completion of the first baccalaureate degree, over and above those extra credit hours actually required for the first degree, may not be included in the thirty semester hours. The student must complete a new major and a new minor and demonstrate satisfaction of the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.

Note: To distinguish between second baccalaureate degrees and second majors, see the appropriate paragraph under “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” in this General Bulletin.

Degree Granting Departments

Humanities Area

Science Area




Biological Sciences


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Computer Science


Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science





Scientific Computing


Non-Degree Granting Departments

Aerospace Studies

Military Science