College of Liberal & Fine Arts

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts has two missions. First, to provide courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts that comprise part of the general education requirements required of all University students; and secondly, to provide major fields of study in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and criminal justice.

Degree programs available in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts provide the foundation required for many professional and related fields. Also included are specialized programs that are professionally oriented and lead to careers in such fields as teaching, criminal justice, military science, and the performing arts. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts is organized into five departments and one school:

  1. Department of Communication Studies
  2. Department of English and Languages, including Foreign Languages
  3. Department of Fine Arts, including Art, Digital Media, Fashion Studies, Music, and Theatre
  4. Department of Social Sciences, including History, Political Science, Geography, International Studies, Philosophy, Religion Studies, and Sociology
  5. Department of Criminal Justice
  6. School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies
    1. Department of Military Science
    2. Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies

The Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies

Bachelor of Science in General Studies is a program designed principally for mature students who seek a flexible degree program and who do not desire or may not meet prerequisites of a highly structured traditional degree program, and to permit students to plan, with advisement, an individualized program with access to a wide range of academic disciplines and fields of professional study. This program is not designed to provide students with the depth of content within a concentration to typically prepare the student for advanced studies within an academic discipline related to this concentration.

Option #1 - Dual Concentration
University General Education Requirements42
BCIS 1305Business Computer Applications3
or BCIS 3300 Computer Technology and Impact
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
LBST 4398 [WI] Liberal Studies Capstone Course3
Primary Concentration 118
Secondary Concentration 29
Electives 342
Total Hours120
1
  •  All 18 hours must be from the same academic discipline. 
  • At least 12 advanced (upper level) courses must be completed with Tarleton. 
  • Must be from an academic discipline different than the secondary concentration.
2
  • All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline.
  • At least 6 advanced (upper level) courses must be completed with Tarleton.
  • Must be from an academic discipline different than the primary concentration.
3
  •  At least 21 hours advanced.
Option #2 - Three Concentrations
University General Education Requirements42
BCIS 1305Business Computer Applications3
or BCIS 3300 Computer Technology and Impact
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
LBST 4398 [WI] Liberal Studies Capstone Course3
Concentration #1 19
Concentration #2 29
Concentration #3 39
Electives 442
Total Hours120
1
  • All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline.
  • At least 6 advanced (upper level) courses must be completed with Tarleton.
  • Must be from an academic discipline different than the other concentrations.
2
  • All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline.
  • At least 6 advanced (upper level) courses must be completed with Tarleton.
  • Must be from an academic discipline different than the other concentrations.
3
  • All 9 hours must be from the same academic discipline.
  • At least 6 advanced (upper level) courses must be completed with Tarleton.
  • Must be from an academic discipline different than the other concentrations.
4
  •  At least 21 hours advanced.
Catalog Notes:
  • Prior to submitting a degree plan, the student must have completed 60 semester hours toward the degree not including developmental courses.
  • At least 45 hours of advanced (upper level) credit is required for the degree
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of work must be completed with Tarleton, of which at least 24 hours must be advanced.
  • Not more than 30 semester hours of non-standard credit will be counted toward the degree.
  • A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of Physical Education credits.
  • A student may not declare a minor in this degree program.
  • A student will complete the Writing Intensive Program requirements through successful completion of ENGL 3309 and LBST 4398.

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts also offers discipline specific minors, interdisciplinary minors, and certificates.  A minor consists of 18 hours (six hours must be advanced level 3000 or 4000 courses), and certificate requirements vary (see below for respective requirements).  Below are a list of minors and certificates offered in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts:

Minors:

Digital Media Studies

Required Courses
ARTS 1316Drawing I3
ARTS 2348Digital Art I3
Digital Art Electives in Design or Technology6
Advanced Digital Art Electives in Design or Technology6
Total Hours18
*

Minor in Digital Media Studies advisor: Chris Ireland (ireland@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Ethnic and Cultural Studies

Required Courses
Select 18 Hours from the following (6 hours must be advanced):18
Anthropology:
Introduction to Archeology
Cultural Anthropology
Art:
Art Appreciation
Communication:
Intercultural Communication
Criminal Justice:
Comparative Criminal Justice
English:
Literature and Film
Cultural Studies
Genre Studies
Fine Arts:
The Art of Film
The Arts in Contemporary Society
Geography:
Introduction to Human Geography
The Geography of Texas
History:
Women and Gender in U.S. History
History of the American Borderlands
Slavery and the American South
Humanities:
Fine Arts Appreciation
Philosophy:
World Religions
Music:
Music Appreciation
Political Science:
Political Economy of Globalization
International Politics
Environmental Politics
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Foreign Policy
Conflict Studies
Peace Studies
Religion:
World Religions
Social Work:
Social Welfare in America
Social Work with Diverse Populations
Women's Issues
Social Science:
Introductory Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Environmental Sociology
Social Stratification and Inequality
Sociological Theory
Sociology of Religion
Social Psychology
Gender in Society
Globalization
Age and Ethnic Stratification
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Minor in Ethnic and Cultural Studies advisors: Dr. Marcy Tanter (tanter@tarleton.edu) and Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason (helviemason@tarleton.edu).

Minor in Fashion Studies

Required Courses
FASH 1301Apparel Development3
FASH 1312Pattern Design3
FASH 2338Fabric Fundamentals3
FASH 2306Fashion Industry3
FASH 3301Fashion History3
FASH 4308 [WI] Fashion Forecasting3
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in Fashion Studies advisor: Karol Blaylock (kblaylock@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Film Production

Required Courses
FINA 1360The Art of Film3
ENGL 2340Literature and Film3
ARTS 2348Digital Art I3
COMM 3308Digital Video Production3
Choose two of the following:6
Documentary Film
Tradigital Animation I
3D Animation I
Tradigital Animation II
3D Animation II
Film Studies
Total Hours18
*

Minor in Film Production advisors: Dr. Robert Anderson (randerson@tarleton.edu) and Mr. Chris Ireland (ireland@tarleton.edu).

Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Field of Study Courses
Choose from the following:15
Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System
Social History of the United States Before 1865
Social HIstory of the United States Since 1865
Women and Gender in U.S. History
Sociology of the Family
Deviant Behavior
Gender in Society
Social Issues
Social Work with Diverse Populations
Human Behavior and Social Environment II
Human Rights
Women's Issues
Other Required Courses
SOCI 1301Introductory Sociology3
Total Hours18
*

Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies advisor: Dr. Jensen Branscombe (branscombe@tarleton.edu). 

Minor in Geography

Required Courses
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG 1451Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography4
GEOG 2312Economic Geography3
GEOG 3300Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 3301 [WI] Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad3
Total Hours19
*

Minor in Geography advisor: Dr. Kelly Lemmons (lemmons@tarleton.edu). 

Minor in Hispanic Studies

Field of Study Courses
Students choose from the list below
HIST 3336History of Mexico 1821-Present3
POLS 4308Politics of Latin America3
HIST 4303History of the American Borderlands3
SOCI 2300Hispanics in the United States3
Other Required Courses
SPAN 3301Oral Proficiency in Spanish3
or SPAN 3302 Spanish for Heritage or Native Speakers
SPAN 3303Spanish Grammar for Composition3
SPAN 4306Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America3
GEOG 3300Geography of Latin America3
Total Hours24
*

Minor in Hispanic Studies advisor: Dr. Cecelia Marrugo Puello (mpuello@tarleton.edu). 

Minor in Interior Design

Required Courses
INDS 1301Intro to Interior Design 3
INDS 2311Interior Design Fundamentals 3
INDS 2314Interior Design I3
INDS 3310History of Interiors3
INDS 3314Interior Design II 3
INDS 4330Architectural Finishes and Systems3
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in Interior Design advisor: Karol Blaylock (kblaylock@tarleton.edu).

Minor in History

Required Courses
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
HIST 3340 [WI] Historical Methods3
One of the following:3
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
Upper Level History Electives6
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in History advisor: Ted Roberts (troberts@tarleton.edu)

Minor in International Studies

Required Courses
6 hours of Major or Minor coursework must be done with study abroad program
GEOG 2312Economic Geography3
POLS 3308 [WI] International Politics3
SOCI 4313Globalization3
HIST 4331 [WI] World Since 19193
Electives from International Studies Major6
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in International Studies: Nathaniel Cogley (cogley@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Public Policy

Required Courses
POLS 4340US Public Policy3
Elective Options (9 advanced hours required) 115
Criminal Justice
Correctional Systems and Practices
Juvenile Delinquency
Comparative Criminal Justice
Community Corrections
Homeland Security
Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
Social Work
Social Welfare in America
Social Welfare Policy
Social Work with Aging Populations
International Social Work
Child Welfare
Human Rights
Medical and Health Care Policy
Death and Dying
Women's Issues
Political Science
Environmental Politics
Terrorism and Political Violence
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Civil Wars and Military Intervention
Administration of Justice
Economics
Money And Banking
Environmental Economics
Economics of Financial Markets
Political Economy
International Economics
Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Criminology
Rural Sociology
Social Stratification and Inequality
Gender in Society
Medical and Health Care Policy
Age and Ethnic Stratification
Migration and Society
Business
Employee and Labor Relations
Business Law I
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Communications
Communication Law
Agriculture
Public Agricultural Food Programs
International Trade and Agriculture
Commodity Futures Markets
Recreation and Tourism Economics
Formulation of Agriculture & Food Policy
Mexican Agricultural Relations
Biotechnology and Sustainability
Principles of Wildlife Conservation and Management
Sustainability
Population, Pollution, and Resource Depletion
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Water Resources Policy and Management
Energy, Society, and the Environment
Public Health
Introduction to Health Management and Policy
Public Health Law
Nursing
Policy, Politics, and Ethics in Professional Nursing
Engineering
Occupational Safety and Health
Education
Policies and Ethical Standards
Total Hours18
1

 Some courses may require prerequisites or permission of department head/instructor.  Please consult with the Minor advisor in the Department of Social Sciences to review prior to registration.

*

 Minor in Public Policy advisor: Dr. Eric Morrow (morrow@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Leadership Studies

Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Civilian Track
LDRS 1201Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work2
LDRS 1202Leadership and the Humanities2
LDRS 2301Foundations of Leadership3
LDRS 2302Elements of Leading Teams3
LDRS 3301Leadership and Change3
LDRS 3302Leadership and Ethics3
LDRS 4086Independent Study1-6
LDRS 4108Leadership Studies Capstone1
Total Hours18-23
Military Track
MLSC 1201Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking2
MLSC 1202Introduction to the Profession of Arms2
MLSC 2301Leadership and Decision Making3
MLSC 2302Army Doctrine and Team Development3
MLSC 3301Training Management and the Warfighting Functions3
MLSC 3302Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
MLSC 4086Independent Study1-6
MLSC 4301The Army Officer3
MLSC 4302Company Grade Leadership3
Total Hours23-28
Combination Track
Choose 18 hours from the following with no more than 10 hours from MLSC courses.18
Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work
Leadership and the Humanities
Foundations of Leadership
Elements of Leading Teams
Leadership and Change
Leadership and Ethics
Independent Study
Leadership Studies Capstone
Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Profession of Arms
Leadership and Decision Making
Army Doctrine and Team Development
Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Independent Study
The Army Officer
Company Grade Leadership
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in Leadership Studies advisor: Richard Cummins (cummins@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Military Science

Required Courses
Choose from the following: (6 hours must be advanced)18
Army Physical Readiness Training
Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Profession of Arms
Leadership and Decision Making
Army Doctrine and Team Development
Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Independent Study
The Army Officer
Company Grade Leadership
U.S. Military History, 1607-1918
U.S. Military History, 1914-Present
Other courses as advised by the PMS
*

 Minor in Military Science advisor: Richard Cummins (cummins@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Music

Required Courses
MUSI 1311Music Theory I3
MUSI 1116Aural Skills I1
MUSI 1306Music Appreciation3
Music Elective 15
Advanced Music Electives 16
Total Hours18
1

Including applied lessons and ensembles.

*

 Minor in Music advisor: Teresa Davidian (davidian@tarleton.edu)

Philosophy

Required Courses
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
Choose 12 hours from the following (6 hours must be advanced):12
Ethics in the Professions
World Religions
History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation
Political Theory Through 1789
Political Theory Since 1789
Problems in Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy Seminar
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in Philosophy advisor: Matthew Hallgarth (hallgarth@tarleton.edu) 

Minor in Political Science

Required Courses
GOVT 2305Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)3
GOVT 2306Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)3
Advanced Electives in Political Science12
Total Hours18
*

 Minor in Political Science advisor: Eric Morrow (morrow@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Spanish

Required Courses
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
or SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 1412Beginning Spanish II4
SPAN 2311Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 2312Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 3301Oral Proficiency in Spanish3
or SPAN 3302 Spanish for Heritage or Native Speakers
SPAN 3303Spanish Grammar for Composition3
Total Hours19
*

 Minor in Spanish advisor: Ivelisse Urban (urban@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Technical Writing

Required Courses
ENGL 1301 [WI] Composition I3
ENGL 1302 [WI] Composition II3
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
Sophomore Literature3
Select two of the following:6
Technical Writing and Editing
Graphics and Technical Writing
Technical Writing and Computer Applications
Writing for Electronic Mediums
Total Hours18
*

 Minor is Technical Writing advisor: Cynthia McPherson (mcpherson@tarleton.edu)

Certificates:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Required Courses
Required Courses9
Mediation-Methods of Dispute Resolution
Advanced Mediation Strategies
Effective Communication Skills for ADR Specialists
Electives - Choose 13
Arbitration-Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Advanced Arbitration Theory and Methods
Negotiations and Collective Bargaining
Mediation Practicum/Internship
Total Hours12
*

 Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate advisor: Dr. Rhonda Dobbs (dobbs@tarleton.edu)

Cybercrime Field Response Certificate

Required Courses
CRIJ 5353Global Cyber-Security3
CRIJ 5354Introduction to Digital Forensics3
CRIJ 5355Cellular Forensics3
CRIJ 5356Digital Forensics Analysis3
*

 Cyber Field Response Certificate advisor: Dr. Rhonda Dobbs (dobbs@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Environmental Policy

Required Courses
ECON 3304Environmental Economics3
POLS 4310 [WI] International Environmental Issues3
Choose one of the following (Science Option):4
Introduction to Environmental Science
Organic Chemistry I
Choose one of the following electives:3
Environmental Politics
Environmental Communication
Texas Water Resource Management
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Law
Environmental Sociology
Water Policy
Total Hours13
*

 Environmental Policy Certificate advisor: Dr. Anne Egelston (egelston@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses
GEOG 2451Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 3451Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
Choose three of the following9-12
Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography
Remote Sensing
Advanced Remote Sensing
GIS Spatial Analysis and Modeling
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists
Advanced GIS Applications
C# Programming
Land Surveying and Soil/Water Conservation Practices
Total Hours17-20
*

 GIS Certificate advisor: Dr. Opeyemi Zubair (zubair@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Leadership Studies

Required Courses
Choose 9 hours from the following Leadership Courses and 3 hours from the student's major field of study.9
Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work
Leadership and the Humanities
Foundations of Leadership
Elements of Leading Teams
Leadership and Change
Leadership and Ethics
Total Hours9
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Accounting
ACCT 4323Ethics for Accountants3
Communication Studies
COMM 4339Group Processes and Decision Making3
Construction
CNST 3321Construction Management3
CNST 3385 [WI] Project Management3
CNST 4313Construction Law and Ethics3
CNST 4323Construction Estimating3
Criminal Justice
CRIJ 3310Criminal Justice Supervision and Management3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Justice Ethics3
Engineering Technology
ENGT 2303Engineering Economy3
ENGT 3375Continuous Improvement 3
ENGT 3395 [WI] Fundamentals of Industrial Project Management3
ENGT 4395Engineering Technology Projects3
History
HIST 4300World War II and the Holocaust3
Management
MGMT 3325Leadership3
MGMT 3350Organization Behavior3
MGMT 4307 [WI] Business Ethics3
Military Science
MLSC 3301Training Management and the Warfighting Functions3
MLSC 3302Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
MLSC 4302Company Grade Leadership3
Philosophy
PHIL 3301Ethics in the Professions3
Political Science
POLS 3304The Executive3
Public Health
PBHL 2320Medical Ethics3
Psychology
PSYC 3360Sport Psychology3
PSYC 4310Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
Veterinary Technology
VETE 3112Strengths Based Leadership1
VETE 4355Veterinary Practice: Supervision and Leadership3
Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences
WSES 3323Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources3
WSES 4119Natural Resource Competition IV1
Animal Science
ANSC 3323Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources3
*

 Leadership Studies Certificate advisor: Dr. Richard Cummins (cummins@tarleton.edu)

Strategic Studies Certificate

Required Courses
Required Courses6
Terrorism
Homeland Security
Electives - Choose 26
Global Cyber-Security
Intersection of Domestic and Military Policing
Transnational Trafficking
Executive Leadership
Total Hours12
*

 Strategic Studies Certificate advisor: Dr. Richard Cummins (cummins@tarleton.edu)

Kelli C. Styron, Dean
College of Liberal & Fine Arts
O.A. Grant, Suite 241
Box T-0190
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9141
styron@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/colfa/

Dr. Kelly Kristopher Lemmons, Assistant Dean
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
O.A. Grant, Suite 241
Box T-0190
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9141
lemmons@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/colfa/