2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides students at the University the opportunity for a sound liberal education. A core value of Arts and Sciences is that learning is an end in itself, and that the principal utility of knowledge is in the pursuit of happiness. As teachers and scholars, Arts and Sciences faculty are concerned with the discovery of new knowledge as well as with the preservation and communication of the wisdom of the past. They seek to instill in all students the spirit of reasoned inquiry and habits of intellectual curiosity and discipline. In its curricula, the College seeks to enrich students with an appreciation of their intellectual, cultural, and aesthetic heritage; to provide them with the skills necessary to understand the complex human, societal, and technological issues of the present; to prepare them for direct entry into careers and advanced study in a variety of fields; and to foster in them a commitment to human growth and the continuing examination of life.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a comprehensive, holistic, and interdisciplinary education at Minot State University. College faculty integrate excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, thereby preparing undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed in our diverse world.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges among mid-sized, comprehensive state universities in and beyond the USA.

Organization

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of the Dean and the faculty of the following units (Found in the Faculty Tabs under "Chairs")

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law

Advisor: Daniel Ringrose

Adequate preparation for entrance into an accredited law school requires a bachelor’s degree. No specific college major is required for admission to an American school of law. The Association of American Law School’s ‘’Statement of Association Policy on Pre-Legal Education’’ states that an appropriate pre-law education develops: (l) comprehension and expression in words; (2) critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals; and (3) creative power in thinking. Therefore, the pre law program takes the form of recommended course in various disciplines and an advising service to help the student shape his/her program to meet specific interests. Advising is also available to aid in preparation for the LSAT and in the selection of a law school. The prelaw student should select a major field of study to demonstrate a mastery of a specific area. Traditionally, pre-law students have majored in the social science fields of economics, history, political science, or sociology. Non-social science disciplines such as criminal justice may also be selected as the major field of study. Selection of a major should be determined by the student’s interests and career plans.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Law

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 110 (GE1)3COMM 110 (GE1)3
History (GE2)3Humanities (GE3)3
Lab Science (GE6)4Social Science (GE7)3
Electives6Electives6
 16 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1203Math (GE5)4
Humanities (GE3)3Wellness (GE4)2
Lab Science (GE6)4Social Science (GE7)3
Electives6Electives9
 16 18
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Electives116Electives116
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Electives116Electives116
 16 16
Total Hours: 129

1

For the first two years, the pre-law student is advised to take as many General Education credits as possible. In addition to fulfilling General Education requirements, this broad exposure will allow the student to discover what he or she finds interesting and does well in. Then the student should choose a major, minor and an area of concentration which can be completed in the junior and senior years. The major, minor and concentration courses should hone the intellectual skills that will be required for success in law school. In short, any major, minor and concentration that enables the student to develop communication and critical thinking skills will constitute an acceptable minor for a future law school candidate.

These four-year matrices are possible with commitment, focus and optimal conditions.

Pre-Seminary

Advisor: Stewart Kelly

The suggested curricula for pre seminary students follows closely the curricula prepared by the American Association of Theological Schools. Such preparation should include an adequate back ground in English language and literature, history, philosophy, and at least one of the natural sciences. There should be proficiency in at least one foreign language. Additional courses are recommended in the areas of humanities and social sciences. A broad background in history, literature, and culture is recommended before theology and religion courses are attempted.

The student interested in more specialized areas may contact the chairperson of the Division of Social Science for a more detailed program.

Non-degree Advising: Pre-Seminary

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 110 (GE1)3ENGL 1203
History (GE2)3PHIL 1013
Math (GE5)4Social Sciences (GE7)3
Lab Science (GE6)4History Elective3
 Social Sciences (GE7)3
 14 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 110 (GE1)3ENGL 2313
Humanities (GE3)3Lab Science (GE6)4
SPAN 101, GERM 101, or FREN 1014PHIL 2013
PHIL 102 (GE3)3SPAN 102, GERM 102, or FREN 1024
Wellness (GE4)1-2ENGL 2203
 14-15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
HIST 2413HIST 4013
PHIL 2103SPAN 202, GERM 202, or FREN 2024
SPAN 201, GERM 201, or FREN 2014PSY 4113
HIST 2483Electives 3
Electives3Electives3
 Electives 2
 16 18
Senior
FallHours 
Elective34 
 34
Total Hours: 128-129

These four-year matrices are possible with commitment, focus and optimal conditions.

Faculty

Dean

Dr. Conrad Davidson

Chairs

Heidi Super
Department of Biology

Richard Seklecki
Department of Criminal Justice

Linda Olson
Division of Humanities

Cheryl Nilsen
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Kenneth Bowles
Division of Music

Robert Crackel
Division of Science

Daniel Ringrose
Division of Social Science