College of Arts & Sciences

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Discipline Descriptions

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Anthropology

The chief concern of Anthropology is to understand culture, a peoples' total way of life. Both anthropology and sociology emphasize the external causes of human behavior.

Art

Studying Art involves both the history and making of visual artworks. Cultural background, design, technique, form and content are investigated as aspects of the creative expression.

Astronomy

Astronomy studies the contents of the universe and those contents' distinguishing features, composition, motion, radiation, past and future.

Biology

Biology studies living things: their origin, evolution, diversity in structure and functions as well as interactions with each other and the environment. 

Chemistry

Chemistry scientifically studies matter--both animate and inanimate, its structure, reactions, and associated energy changes. Synthesis of matter, molecular modeling, and prediction of chemical properties derive from observational based theory. 

Communication

Communication is a vehicle which enables us to recall the past, think in the present, plan for the future, manage our relationships, and interact with our environment.

Computer Information Sciences

Computer studies the interrelationships of procedures, hardware, software, data, and people that allow the computer to be used as a tool. The discipline emphasizes the development of the analytical skills needed to apply technological solutions to complex problems. 

Education

The Department of Education works closely with other disciplines to assure that those preparing to become teachers have expertise in general education, the content areas they will teach, and instructional skills.  The master’s program includes courses in curriculum instruction, education administration, reading education and special education.

Engineering

Engineering is a broad applied field which is concerned with ways to use mathematics and natural science for the benefit of mankind. 

English

Courses in English foster habits of creative and effective self-expression and the analytical skills appropriate to a thoughtful appreciation for the ways others have expressed themselves, creatively and effectively, through poetry, story, essay, and film.

Geography

Geography is the science that describes the interactions between human life, the planet surface, natural features and resources, and non-human living systems.

Geology

The study of rock formation, landform, and mountain-making movements, natural resources, geologic time, and mankind's impact on the environment.

History

History is the interpretation of the record of human experience. It is the discipline for imagining the past.

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of knowledge and skills from diverse disciplines.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.

Mass Media

Mass Media messages for communication between one person or groups of persons and a large audience through a medium (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, on-line) for the purpose of educating, informing, entertaining or persuading. 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics studies numbers, their form, arrangement, and associated relationships using rigorously defined literal, numerical and operational symbols. Statistics deals with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. 

Modern Languages

Languages open the world.  Studying another language provides insight into another culture and other ways of thinking, a perspective on your own culture, and insights into the functions of language.

Music

Music has been both a shaping force and a reflection of culture since the beginning of recorded history. Studies in music include perceptive listening, surveys of major works, aesthetic appreciation, structure and the materials of music, and performance.

Philosophy

Philosophy is the quest for wisdom. It is, simultaneously, the seeking of wisdom, the wisdom sought, and the wisdom so far attained.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology involves the study of human movement as defined through the contributions of sub-disciplinary knowledge such as exercise physiology, Kinesiology, motor learning, human anatomy, sports psychology, sports history and sports pedagogy. 

Physics

Physics treats the principles governing the inanimate world of matter and energy, force and motion, heat, electricity, light, atomic and nuclear structure.

Political Science

Aristotle called Political Science "the queen of the sciences". It describes policies, power and life at all levels of human organization from families to terrorist groups, nations, empires and modern international organizations.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of behavior and the mind using observation and experimentation to understand how we perceive, learn, remember, feel and act.

Public Administration

Public administration is a career field of employment in governments and non-profit agencies.  It involves the statistical and scientific study of management, implementation and evaluation of public programs and policies.

Religious Studies

The academic study of religion seeks to understand religion through multiple academic disciplines and  analytical methods.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life and social change, especially in industrial and postindustrial societies. Both anthropology and sociology emphasize the external causes of human behavior.

Theatre

The study of Theatre Arts involves the analysis of dramatic texts and the understanding of the elements and process necessary to create crafted performances. Theatre informs, entertains, is a forum for ideas and a window through which we recognize comedy and tragedy.