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, 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 Government, Legal Studies and Philosophy
  5. Department of History, Sociology, and Geography
  6. School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration
    1. Department of Public Administration
    2. Department of Criminal Justice

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 is a list of minors and certificates offered in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts:

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts offers the following minors:

Minor in Criminal Justice

Required Courses
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 3305Criminology3
CRIJ 4301Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System3
or CRIJ 4303 Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
CRIJ Electives9
Total Hours18

Minor in Criminal Law

Required Courses
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 1306Court Systems and Practices3
CRIJ 1310Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 3315Rules of Criminal Evidence3
CRIJ 4326Criminal Procedure3
CRIJ 4383Seminar: Special Topics in Criminal Law3
Total Hours18

Minor in Digital Media Studies

Required Courses
ARTS 1316Drawing I3
ARTS 2348Digital Art I3
or ARTS 2356 Photography I
Digital Art Electives in Design or Technology6
Advanced Digital Art Electives in Design or Technology6
Total Hours18
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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 Policy
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Foreign Policy
Religion:
World Religions
Social Work:
Social Welfare in America
Social Work with Diverse Populations
Women's Issues
Sociology:
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 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
Film Studies
Narrative Film Arts I
Narrative Film Arts II
Photography II
Photography III
3D Rendering and Lighting
Total Hours18
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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
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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 3300Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 3301 [WI] Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad3
Total Hours16
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Minor in Geography advisor: Dr. Kelly Lemmons (lemmons@tarleton.edu). 

Minor in Hispanic Studies

Field of Study Courses
Students choose from the list below
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 Hours21
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Minor in Hispanic Studies advisor: Dr. Cecelia Marrugo Puello (mpuello@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
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Minor in History advisor: Ted Roberts (troberts@tarleton.edu)

Minor in International Studies

Required Courses
Select four:12
GEOG 3312 [WI] Economic Geography3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
World Since 1919
International Studies Capstone
World Religions
Political Economy of Globalization
International Politics
Comparative Politics
Political Science Research Methods
International Environmental Issues
Social Stratification and Inequality
Methods of Social Research
Globalization
Migration and Society
Select two:6
International Trade and Agriculture
Mexican Agricultural Relations
International Business Law
Introduction to International Business
Homeland Security
International Economics
Cultural Studies
Geography of Latin America
Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad
British History from 1603 to Modern Times
Latin America After Independence
History of Mexico
United States and the World
National Histories
European Intellectual and Cultural History
International Management
Global Management Practices
International Marketing
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
East and South Asian Politics
African Politics
Foreign Policy
Political Science Seminar
Social Science Statistics
Sociology of Contemporary Japan
Sociology of Foreign Culture
International Social Work
Human Rights
Survey of Spanish-America Literature
The Caribbean Experience
Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America
Southern African Ecology and Culture
Study Abroad
Any courses offered via study abroad
Total Hours21
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 Minor in International Studies: Nathaniel Cogley (cogley@tarleton.edu)

Minor in Legal Studies

Required Courses
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
LEGL 2330Introduction to Legal Studies3
LEGL 3332Legal Ethics3
LEGL 3340 [WI] Legal Research & Writing3
LEGL 3388Civil Procedure3
Select one:3
Rules of Criminal Evidence
Criminal Procedure
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Legislation
The Judiciary
Constitutional Law II
Environmental Law
Total Hours18
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Minor in Legal Studies advisor: Dr. Benjamin Newton (bnewton@tarleton.edu)

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 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
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Including applied lessons and ensembles.

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

Minor in Music Business

Required Courses
MUSI 1330Introduction to Music Business3
MUSI 3202Artist and Self Management2
MUSI 3300Music Publishing3
MUSI 1320Introduction to Audio Technology3
MKTG 3312Marketing3
Electives - Select 5 credit hours from the following:5
Digital Music and Beat Production
Pro Tools
Digital Art I
Digital Video Production
Media Management
Photography I
Graphic Design I
Entrepreneurship
Web Development
Services Marketing
Advertising
Total Hours19
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Minor in Music Business advisor: Dr. Doug Tejada (tejada@tarleton.edu)

Minor in 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 Philosophy I
Political Philosophy II
Problems in Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy Seminar
Total Hours18
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 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
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 Minor in Political Science advisor: Eric Morrow (morrow@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
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
Death and Dying
Women's Issues
Political Science
Environmental Policy
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
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
Principles of Wildlife Conservation and Management
Sustainability
Population, Pollution, and Resource Depletion
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Water Resources Policy and Management
Public Health
Introduction to Health Management and Policy
Public Health Policy
Nursing
Policy, Politics, and Ethics
Engineering
Occupational Safety and Health
Education
Policies and Ethical Standards
Total Hours18
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 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.

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

Minor in Sociology

Required Courses
SOCI Courses12
Advanced SOCI Courses6
Total Hours18
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Minor in Sociology: Dr. Jason LaTouche (latouche@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
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 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
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 Minor is Technical Writing advisor: Cynthia McPherson (mcpherson@tarleton.edu)

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts offers the following certificates:

Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Certificate in Crime Analysis

Required Courses
CRIJ 3370Introduction to Crime Analysis3
CRIJ 3371/GEOG 3352Introduction to Crime Mapping 3
CRIJ 4316 [WI] Methods of Criminal Justice Research3
CRIJ 4318Criminal Justice Statistics3
CRIJ 4332Field Experience in Crime Analysis3
or CRIJ 3305 Criminology
or CRIJ 3306 Crime Prevention
Total Hours15

Certificate in Cybercrime Field Response

Required Courses
CRIJ 5353Global Cyber-Security3
CRIJ 5354Introduction to Digital Forensics3
CRIJ 5355Cellular Forensics3
CRIJ 5356Digital Forensics Analysis3
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 Cyber Field Response Certificate advisor: Dr. Rhonda Dobbs (dobbs@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Environmental Policy

Required Courses
ECON 3304Environmental Economics3
POLS 3310 [WI] Environmental Policy3
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Choose one of the following electives:3
Environmental Communication
Environmental Ethics
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Environmental Sociology
Water Policy
Total Hours13
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 Environmental Policy Certificate advisor: Dr. Anne Egelston (egelston@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses
GEOG 2451Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 3450Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOG 4450Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
Choose two of the following6-8
Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography
Remote Sensing
Applied Remote Sensing
Introduction to Crime Mapping
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists
Soils, Land Use, and The Environment
Land Surveying and Soil/Water Conservation Practices
Java Programming
Advanced Java Programming
C# Programming
Advanced C# Programming
Total Hours18
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 GIS Certificate advisor: Dr. Opeyemi Zubair (zubair@tarleton.edu)

Certificate in Jazz Studies

Required Courses
MUSI 2360Jazz Harmony3
MUSI 3360Jazz Improvisation I3
MUSI 3361Jazz Improvisation II3
MUSI 4245Jazz Arranging2
Total Hours11
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Jazz Studies certificate advisor: Dr. Andrew Stonerock (stonerock@tarleton.edu)

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

Certificate in Homeland Security

Required Courses
Required Courses6
Terrorism
Homeland Security
Electives - Choose 26
Global Cyber-Security
Special Topics in Homeland Security
Intersection of Domestic and Military Policing
Transnational Trafficking
Total Hours12

Dr. Eric Morrow, Dean
College of Liberal & Fine Arts
O. A. Grant, Suite 241
Box T-0190
Stephenville, , Texas USA 76402
254-968-9141
morrow@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/colfa

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