Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
    
    Apr 24, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Programs and Units of Instruction



Prerequisites

Many of the courses described in this catalog list prerequisites. Prerequisites are courses or program requirements which must be completed before an advanced course may be taken.

Degree Programs

The University of West Georgia offers the following degrees and certificate programs. Majors or areas of concentration available under each degree are also shown.

Bachelor of Arts

Art
English**
Foreign Languages and Literatures*
Global Studies
History**
International Economic Affairs
Philosophy
Political Science
Theatre

Bachelor of Business Administration

Accounting
Economics
Finance
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Real Estate

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art*

Bachelor of Music

Composition
Music Teacher Education*
Performance

Performance, Emphasis in Jazz Studies
Performance, Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy

Bachelor of Science

Anthropology
Biology**
Chemistry**
Computer Science
Criminology
Economics
Geology
Mass Communications
Mathematics**
Organizational Leadership
Physics**
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Sport Management

*Certification obtainable in grades P-12
**Certification obtainable in grades 6-12

Bachelor of Science in Education

Early Childhood Education (P-5)
Physical Education (P-12)
Special Education and Teaching - General Curriculum (P-12)
Speech-Language Pathology (P-12)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Arts

Criminology
English
History
Psychology
Sociology

Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Education

Biology
Broad Field Science
Business Education
Chemistry
Economics
English
History
Mathematics
Physics
Political Science

Special Education

Master of Business Administration

Master of Education

Business Education
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Media

Instructional Technology
Media Specialist

Professional Counseling

College Student Affairs
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
School Counseling

Reading Instruction

Secondary Education

Biology
Broad Field Science
Earth Science
English
History
Mathematics

Special Education and Teaching - General Curriculum
Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Music

Music Education
Performance

Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Public Administration

Master of Science

Applied Computer Science
Biology
Mathematics

Master of Science in Nursing

Specialist in Education

Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Media

Instructional Technology
Media Specialist

Professional Counseling
Special Education

Doctor of Education

Professional Counseling and Supervision
School Improvement

Ed.D. in Nursing Education

Ph.D. in Psychology: Consciousness and Society

Post-Master’s Certificate

Nursing Health Systems Leadership
Nursing Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

European Union Studies
Museum Studies
Nonprofit Management and Community Development
Public Management
Data Analysis and Evaluation Methods
Geographic Information Systems
Integrative Health Studies
Public History

Non-Degree Initial Certification Programs in Education

Art (P-12)
Early Childhood Education (P-5)
French (P-12)
Media Specialist (P-12)
Music (P-12)
Spanish (P-12)

Non-Degree Add-On Certification Programs and Endorsements in Education

Educational Leadership

Tier 1
Performance-Based

Instructional Technology
K-5 Mathematics Endorsement
K-5 Science Endorsement
Media Specialist
Reading Endorsement

Minors

Minors are offered in the following fields: Accounting, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Film and Video Production, Finance, French, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, German, History, Latin American Studies, Literature, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mass Communications, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Real Estate, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, and Women’s Studies. See Specific Requirements for a Minor.

Pre-Professional Programs

Although degrees are not conferred in pre-professional areas such as pre-medicine or pre-dentistry, programs of study are available that prepare students to enter other institutions where they can complete their professional training. Some of the programs call for the student to complete a four-year sequence in a major; others call for the student to complete a two- or three-year sequence of study. Since requirements vary according to the student’s needs, it is important that students declare their intentions to pursue specialized study so that they may receive proper advisement. Pre-professional areas and the departments responsible for advising are listed below:

Course of Study Advising Area
Engineering, dual degree program with Georgia Tech, Mercer, or Auburn- a 5-year program Physics, Chemistry, or Geology
  Pre-Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or Geology
  Pre-Forestry Biology
  Pre-Law Philosophy or Political Science
  Pre-Medical Professions including medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, Biology or Chemistry
  Pre-Pharmacy Chemistry

Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree

  1. A minimum of 120 hours of academic college work in an approved program and completion of the physical education requirement of the college from which one takes a degree. The approved program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 or above. Twenty-one of these hours must be in the major field and 12 of these hours must be taken at West Georgia.
  3. Thirty-three semester hours must be completed in residence. Twenty of these hours must be in the senior year.
  4. Attain a minimum institutional grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the courses used to satisfy the major.
  5. Major courses and professional education sequence courses are not to be taken by correspondence or extension. Not more than 30 hours of the program and none of the professional education sequence may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 30 hours be completed at off-campus sites.
  6. If in a program involving teacher certification at the secondary level, the student must meet the requirements outlined under College of Education in the following sections: Admission to Teacher Education, Eligibility, Education Blocks, and Education Program Completion Requirements.
  7. Complete 2002 (or equivalent) in a foreign language. Entering students with previous language experience are encouraged to take a placement test if they plan to continue the study of the same language.
  8. Satisfactorily complete POLS 1101  and HIST 2111  or HIST 2112 . Exemption from history may be earned by passing appropriate tests.

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours of academic college work in an approved program and the physical education requirement of the college from which one graduates. The approved program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 or above. Twenty-one of these hours must be in the major field, and 20 of these hours in the major must be taken at West Georgia.
  3. Thirty-three semester hours must be completed in residence. Eighteen of these hours must be in the senior year.
  4. Attain a minimum institutional grade point average of 2.0, and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the courses used for the major.
  5. Complete other requirements for the major listed by individual departments.
  6. Complete the science major option of Core Areas A & D, if required.
  7. Satisfactorily complete POLS 1101  and HIST 2111  or HIST 2112 . Exemption from history may be earned by passing appropriate tests.
  8. Not more than 30 hours of the program and none of the professional education sequence may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 30 hours be completed at off-campus sites.

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours of academic college work including 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 or above. Twenty-one to 33 hours must be in the major field and at least 18 hours must be taken at West Georgia.
  3. Thirty-three semester hours must be completed in residence. Eighteen of these hours must be in the senior year.
  4. Attain a grade point average of 3.0 in all supporting courses and attain a grade of C or higher in all nursing courses.
  5. Complete other requirements for the major as listed by the Tanner Health System School of Nursing.
  6. Satisfactorily complete POLS 1101  and HIST 2111  or HIST 2112 . Exemption from history may be earned by passing appropriate tests.
  7. Not more than 27 semester hours of the entire program may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 27 hours be completed at off-campus sites.

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours of academic work in an approved program and three (3) semester hours of physical education are required, to include PWLA 1600 . The approved program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum, plus completion of the College of Education physical education requirement.
  2. A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 and above. Twenty-one of these hours must be in the major field, and 15 of these hours must be completed at West Georgia.
  3. Thirty hours must be completed in residence. Eighteen of these hours must be in the senior year.
  4. Satisfactorily complete POLS 1101  and HIST 2111  or HIST 2112 . Exemption from these courses may be earned by passing appropriate tests.
  5. No more than 30 hours of the entire program may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 30 hours be completed at off-campus sites.
  6. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 to enter professional courses.
  7. Must complete all professional content courses with a grade of C or better.
  8. Attain a grade of at least ‘C’ in the internship experience. The minimum overall cumulative grade point average required for internship is 2.5.
  9. Complete other requirements for the major as determined by the Department of Leadership and Instruction.

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

A student may receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree which, with the recommendation of the College of Education, qualifies the graduate for an early childhood (grades P-5), a special education (grades P-12), or a physical education (grades P-12) teaching certificate by meeting the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 120-129 semester hours (dependent upon program) of academic college work in an approved program and three (3) semester hours of physical education are required, including PWLA 1600 . The approved program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 or above. Twenty-one to 33 of these hours must be in the major field and 18 of these hours in the major must be taken at West Georgia.
  3. Complete POLS 1101  and HIST 2111  or HIST 2112 . Exemption from these courses may be earned by passing appropriate tests.
  4. Thirty semester hours must be completed in residence.
  5. Attain the admission requirements for the major (see Admission to Teacher Education Requirements ).
  6. Complete other requirements for the major as listed by individual departments.
  7. Make application for admission to the teacher education program.
  8. Make application for all practicum, internship, and block courses with the Office of Field Based Preparation prior to enrollment in the courses. Applications are available through Tk20. Deadlines for both Fall and Spring Semesters are available online at http://www.westga.edu/ofe/.
  9. Satisfactorily complete a course of 3 or more semester hours in the identification and education of children who have special needs as required by Georgia House Bill 671 for teachers, principals, and counselors.
  10. Not more than 30 hours of the entire program and none of the professional education sequence may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 30 hours be completed at an off-campus site with the exception of external degree programs.
  11. The appropriate assessments for certification required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must be completed and passed before a candidate is eligible for certification.

Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours of academic college work in an approved program. The program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 48 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 and above.