College of Arts and Sciences

Interim Dean - José Luis Bermúdez, PhD

Executive Associate Dean - Mark Zoran, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs - Cynthia Werner, PhD  

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion - Omar Rivera, PhD 

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies - Ping Yang, PhD 

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies - Adam Seipp, PhD

Associate Dean for Research Infrastructure - Darren Depoy, PhD 

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education - Christian Brannstrom, AB, PhD

Associate Dean for Student Success - Leroy Dorsey, PhD

Associate Dean for Curriculum, Assessment and Analytics - Lucas Macri, PhD

Assistant Dean for Initiatives in the Life Sciences - Wayne Versaw, PhD

Associate Dean for Facilities and IT - Paul Wellman, PhD

Assistant Dean for Finance - Kristine Brisco 

General Statement

The 19 departments and 130 academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to study an extraordinarily wide range of subjects across the natural sciences, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, languages, and life sciences. The vast majority of the teaching for the Texas A&M Core Curriculum takes place in Arts and Sciences, which is truly the academic heart of the university. 

In the College of Arts and Sciences you will have the opportunity to study with a distinguished faculty, including a Nobel Prize-winner, many recipients of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies as well as multiple members of the National Academy of Science. Our faculty are highly successful in securing external research funding and students will benefit from an extraordinary array of research infrastructure, ranging from the Cyclotron Institute to the Texas Research Data Center, a collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The degrees offered in the College of Arts and Sciences include BA, BS, MA, MS, and PhD, in addition to a wide range of minors and certificates, both graduate and undergraduate. 

General Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for Anthropology, Classics, Communication, Economics, English, History, International Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Telecommunication Media Studies, Women's and Gender Studies majors are organized into:

  1. General Requirements, including University Core Curriculum requirements and college requirements
  2. Requirements of the Major Field of Study
  3. Requirements of the Minor Field of Study (if appropriate)
  4. Electives

A minimum of 120 acceptable hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level coursework must be completed at Texas A&M University.

General Requirements

The areas listed below include University Core Curriculum requirements and college requirements. The completion of requisite hours in these areas will thus satisfy both University Core Curriculum and college requirements.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Communication 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Professional Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature Directed Elective
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
African-American Literature Pre-1930
African-American Literature Post-1930
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Great Books of the Classical Tradition
Great Books of Christian Antiquity and the Latin Middle Ages
Greek and Roman Drama
Greek and Roman Epic
Environmental Literature
Writing about Literature 2
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
Twenty-first Century Literature and Culture
Shakespeare
Literature and the Other Arts
Graphic Novel
World Literature
World Literature
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War
American Literature: Civil War to Present
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Introduction To Literature And Medicine
Texas Literature
Transnational Literature and Culture
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Early British Drama
Utopian Literature in the English Tradition
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)
The American Renaissance
African-American Literature Pre-1930
Arthurian Literature
Fantasy Literature
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures
Science Fiction Present and Past
Life and Literature of the Southwest
Life and Literature of the American South
American Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature Post-1930
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Fairy Tales in the English Tradition
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II
Literature, World War II to Present.
Literature and Film
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures
Literature for Children
Young Adult Literature
Latino/a Literature
The Bible as Literature
American Poetry
American Realism and Naturalism
Women Writers
Nineteenth-Century American Novel
The American Novel Since 1900
The British Novel to 1870.
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in British Literature
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures
Studies in Literature, Religion and Culture
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Studies in Genre
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Milton
Studies in a Major Author
Chaucer
Studies in Women Writers
The Russian Novel I: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
The Russian Novel II: The Twentieth Century
Contemporary Russian Prose
Russian Drama
Literature and Film
Latino/a Literature
Literatures of Italy
World Literature
World Literature
Studies in Literature, Religion and Culture
The Russian Novel I: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
The Russian Novel II: The Twentieth Century
Contemporary Russian Prose
Russian Drama
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures
Women Writers
Studies in Women Writers
Foreign Language 3
Option 114
Select one of the following:
Beginning Arabic I
and Beginning Arabic II
Beginning Chinese I
and Beginning Chinese II
Beginning Classical Greek I
and Beginning Classical Greek II
Beginning Latin I
and Beginning Latin II
Beginning French I
and Beginning French II
Beginning German I
and Beginning German II
Beginning Italian I
and Beginning Italian II
Beginning Japanese I
and Beginning Japanese II
Beginning Russian I
and Beginning Russian II
Beginning Spanish I
and Beginning Spanish II
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Greek
   or Advanced Greek: New Testament 
   or Advanced Classical Greek Poetry 
   or Advanced Classical Greek Prose 
Intermediate Latin I
and Intermediate Latin II
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
   or Field Studies I and Field Studies II 
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
   or Field Studies I and Field Studies II 
Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Russian I
and Intermediate Russian II
   or Field Studies I and Field Studies II 
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
   or Field Studies Abroad I and Field Studies Abroad II 
Option 2
Foreign language placement test results determine foreign language course levels required 3
Option 3
Advanced Placement or Reading Achievement foreign language test results determine foreign language course levels required 3
Mathematics
Mathematics (3 hours must be in MATH)6
Life and Physical Sciences
Life and physical sciences9
Creative Arts and Language, Philosophy and Culture 4
Creative arts 53
Language, philosophy and culture3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 53
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social and behavioral sciences 46
American History
American history 66
Government/Political Science
Government/Political science 66
International Cultures and Diversity
Cultural discourse 73
International and cultural diversity 73
Total Semester Credit Hours74
1

Students must demonstrate the ability to express themselves in acceptable written English. The College requirement is satisfied if a student earns a grade of C or better in ENGL 203.  Students who do not meet this standard must repeat the course prior to completing 60 hours and earn a grade of C or better or must immediately arrange with the director of the writing laboratory to be certified as competent in writing.

2

ENGL 203 will count toward the Communication requirement or the Literature in English requirement, but will not count toward both requirements.

3

Students must take a foreign language placement test if they:

  • intend to enroll for the first time in a college Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Classical Greek, Italian, or Latin course and
  • have knowledge of the language acquired in any way

The placement test serves as a basis for credit by examination. Placement tests are offered throughout the calendar year by the Department of Hispanic Studies for Spanish and by the Department of International Studies for all other languages.

Students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) test or the Reading Achievement test in their foreign language of choice may substitute the test results for the placement exam.

4

No course used to fulfill this requirement may fulfill any other college or University requirement except in the minor field of study.

5

Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 semester credit hours in Creative Arts.

6

Courses in military, air or naval science may not be substituted for required courses.

7

The list of approved courses is available in the degree audit for each major.

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Communication
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Professional Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature Directed Elective
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
African-American Literature Pre-1930
African-American Literature Post-1930
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Great Books of the Classical Tradition
Great Books of Christian Antiquity and the Latin Middle Ages
Greek and Roman Drama
Greek and Roman Epic
Environmental Literature
Writing about Literature 2
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
Twenty-first Century Literature and Culture
Shakespeare
Literature and the Other Arts
Graphic Novel
World Literature
World Literature
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War
American Literature: Civil War to Present
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Introduction To Literature And Medicine
Texas Literature
Transnational Literature and Culture
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Early British Drama
Utopian Literature in the English Tradition
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)
The American Renaissance
African-American Literature Pre-1930
Arthurian Literature
Fantasy Literature
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures
Science Fiction Present and Past
Life and Literature of the Southwest
Life and Literature of the American South
American Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature Post-1930
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Fairy Tales in the English Tradition
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II
Literature, World War II to Present.
Literature and Film
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures
Literature for Children
Young Adult Literature
Latino/a Literature
The Bible as Literature
American Poetry
American Realism and Naturalism
Women Writers
Nineteenth-Century American Novel
The American Novel Since 1900
The British Novel to 1870.
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in British Literature
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures
Studies in Literature, Religion and Culture
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Studies in Genre
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Milton
Studies in a Major Author
Chaucer
Studies in Women Writers
The Russian Novel I: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
The Russian Novel II: The Twentieth Century
Contemporary Russian Prose
Russian Drama
Literature and Film
Latino/a Literature
Literatures of Italy
World Literature
World Literature
Studies in Literature, Religion and Culture
The Russian Novel I: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
The Russian Novel II: The Twentieth Century
Contemporary Russian Prose
Russian Drama
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures
Women Writers
Studies in Women Writers
Foreign Language 3
Select one of the following:8
Beginning Arabic I
and Beginning Arabic II
Beginning Chinese I
and Beginning Chinese II
Beginning Classical Greek I
and Beginning Classical Greek II
Beginning Latin I
and Beginning Latin II
Beginning French I
and Beginning French II
Beginning German I
and Beginning German II
Beginning Italian I
and Beginning Italian II
Beginning Japanese I
and Beginning Japanese II
Beginning Russian I
and Beginning Russian II
Beginning Spanish I
and Beginning Spanish II
Mathematics
Mathematics (3 hours must be in MATH)6
Life and Physical Sciences
Life and physical sciences9
Creative Arts and Language, Philosophy and Culture 4
Creative arts 53
Language, philosophy and culture3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 43
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social and behavioral sciences 46
American History
American history 66
Government/Political Science
Goverment/Political science 66
International and Cultural Diversity and Cultural Discourse
Cultural discourse 73
International and cultural diversity 73
Computing Science, Mathematics, Science, Statistics
Prescribed courses by major department6
Total Semester Credit Hours74
1

Students must demonstrate the ability to express themselves in acceptable written English. The College requirement is satisfied if a student earns a grade of C or better in ENGL 203. Students who do not meet this standard must repeat the course prior to completing 60 hours and earn a grade of C or better or must immediately arrange with the director of the writing laboratory to be certified as competent in writing.

2

ENGL 203 will count toward the Communication requirement or the Literature in English requirement, but will not count toward both requirements.

3

Two years of high school foreign language may be used to satisfy this requirement unless specified by major.

4

No course used to fulfill this requirement may fulfill any other college or university requirement except in the minor field of study.

5

Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 semester credit hours in Creative Arts.

6

Courses in military, air or naval science may not be substituted for required courses.

7

The list of approved courses is available in the degree audit for each major.

Major Field of Study

Each department sets its own requirements for the major, including no fewer than 27 hours of coursework and no more than 33 hours. At least 12 semester hours in the major must be completed in advanced courses (300- and 400-level), and at least 12 semester hours in the major field must be completed in residence at Texas A&M. A grade of C or higher is required in a course to be counted toward the major.

Minor Field of Study

Completion of a minor is not a requirement of the college; however, individual departments may require their majors to have a minor. Students should consult with an advisor in their major department to determine if a minor is required. The minor program comprises 15–18 hours with a minimum of 6 hours in residence at the 300- to 400-level. Minor programs are recognized on the official transcript after graduation, but not on the diploma. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted toward the minor field. Each student who is required to complete a minor, or who chooses to do so, should contact the department that offers the minor to determine which specific courses are mandated. No student may have more than two minors. The student's home department is responsible for advising after the student receives signed approval from the department, program, or college granting the minor program.

Electives

To enhance the traditionally broad background of the liberal arts graduate, undergraduate students are allowed to include in their degree program a minimum of 9 semester hours of free elective courses. These courses may be chosen from any field within the University. (See section on “Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree” in this catalog.) All other elective hours must be selected with the approval of the student’s advisor and dean.

General Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for Applied Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics, Statistics, Zoology majors are organized into:

  1. general requirements, including University Core Curriculum requirements and college requirements;
  2. requirements of the major field of study;
  3. requirements of the minor field of study for those students completing a BA degree; and
  4. electives.

With the exception of physical activity and general elective requirements, courses taken to satisfy degree requirements must be taken for letter grades.

Students are responsible for selecting the courses in their degree plan and assuring they abide by Texas A&M University Student Rules in meeting all degree requirements. Each department has advisors who should be consulted in developing degree programs.

General Requirements

General requirements include those which are required in every degree program at the University. Please refer to these requirements defined in the University Core Curriculum and graduation requirements in foreign language sections of this catalog. Special guidelines should be noted in the following categories:

American History

U.S. history course 13
U.S. history course 13
Total Semester Credit Hours6
1

 Students seeking teacher certification must complete HIST 105 and HIST 106.

Three hours in history may be substituted by successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC curriculum.

Government/Political Science

POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Three hours in political science may be substituted by successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC curriculum.

Cultural Discourse and International and Cultural Diversity Requirements

The Cultural Discourse portion of the Graduation requirement may be fulfilled by 3 hours from the approved list of courses (see the Cultural Discourse page). The International and Cultural Diversity portion of the Graduation requirements may be fulfilled by 3 hours from the approved list of courses (see the International and Cultural Diversity requirements page).

These courses may be in addition to University Core Curriculum requirements, or if a course in this category satisfies an area of the Core, it can be used to meet both requirements.

Major Field of Study

Each department sets its own requirements for the major. At least 12 semester hours in the major must be completed in advanced courses (300- or 400-level) in residence at Texas A&M.

Minor Field of Study

The BA degree requires a minor field of study or an area of emphasis for students pursuing teacher certification. A minor requires 15–18 semester hours in one discipline. Six of these hours must be advanced (300- or 400-level) courses. Students must contact the department offering the minor to determine course requirements. Students pursuing a BS degree may select an optional minor. Contact the department offering the minor to determine course requirements.  Students must declare a minor no later than the date on which they apply for graduation.

Electives

Electives should be chosen to enhance the student’s degree program and/or complete professional school prerequisites if not contained in required courses in the degree plan. Elective courses must be above the minimum level required in other areas of the degree program. For example, MATH 102 is not acceptable because it is below the minimum requirement of calculus. Also, introductory courses to another field of study such as BIMS 101 and AGLS 101 will not count toward degree requirements. Lower-level ROTC courses are not acceptable as electives. Please consult an advisor when selecting electives.