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Logic Minor

Faculty: Dr. Steven J. Todd, Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy, Director

Whereas logical thought is a cornerstone of the liberal arts education, students may minor in Logic by completing any 15 hours from the following interdisciplinary list of courses.  No more than one sophomore or junior level statistics course (PSY 2143, MTH 2323, SOC 3103) may count toward this minor.  To encourage students to explore a greater variety of ways of thinking, no more than 6 hours may come from a specific area (such as COM, PSY, or MTH). At least 3 hours must be classes at the 3000 level or higher. Through these varied classes, students learn about argumentation; rhetoric; inference; inductive, deductive, or transductive reasoning; logical fallacies; symbolic logic; scientific reasoning; analytical reasoning; critical thinking; and other forms of using logic and recognizing the illogical.

Fifteen hours from the following:

COM      2153        Argumentation and Debate

COM      4093        Persuasion

COM      4133        Rhetorical Theory

CSC       1104        Foundation of Computer Science I

CSC       1114        Foundations of Computer Science II

ENG       2133        Rhetoric and Argument

ENG       4643        Rhetoric and Composition

MTH       2283        Discrete Mathematics I

MTH       2323        Statistical Methods

MTH       3573        Transition to Advanced Mathematics 

PHI         2133        Logic I

PHI         4143        Logic II

PHI         4043        Ancient Philosophy

PHI         4053        Modern Philosophy

PHI         4073        20th Century Philosophy

PSY        2143        Research Statistics

PSY        3153        Cognitive Psychology

PSY        3233        Critical and Analytical Thinking

PSY        4323        Advanced Statistics

SOC       3103         Statistics

Museum Studies

Faculty: Mr. David Sesser, Huie Library, Director 

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to introduce students to a broad understanding of museums, their place in society, and to prepare students for careers in museums and related cultural institutions. Through courses designed to expand students’ knowledge of best professional practices and through hands-on training in museum settings, this minor will allow graduates to pursue employment in a variety of museums.

Museum Studies Certificate

Students may earn a certificate in Museum Studies by completing GEN 2013 Introduction to Museum Studies, GEN 4013 Museum Exhibit Production and at least six hours from the list below with no more than three hours from a single discipline. 

Museum Studies Minor

Required Courses (6 hours):

GEN      2013          Introduction to Museum Studies

GEN      4013          Museum Exhibit Production

Elective Courses (12 hours from list below, no more than 6 hours from a single discipline):

ART      3143          (WI) History of Art to the Renaissance

ART      4253          (WI) History of Art

ART      4703          (WI) History of Western Art - Renaissance to Present

ART      1793          Digital Skills for Artists

ART      3613          The Digital Image

ART      4343          Art Apprenticeship

ART      4783         (WI) History of Photography

ANT      2013          Introduction of Cultural Anthropology

ANT      2023          Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archeology

ANT      3043          North American Indians

ANT      3096          Archeological Field School

HIS      3033           (WI) Colonial America

HIS      3073           Early National United States

HIS      3083          (WI) Civil War and Reconstruction

HIS      3113           Introduction to Public History

HIS      3133           Emergence of Modern America

HIS      3153          (WI) The Rise of American Diversity

HIS      3163          (WI) The Age of Social Movements

HIS      3503           History Internship

HIS      4213          (WI) The American West

HIS      4263           Arkansas and the Southwest

HIS      4293           The Old South

HIS      4333           American Women's History

HIS      4363           Special Topics in American History

Other Courses:

FCS     3353          (WI) Historic Costume through the 19th Century

FCS     3483           History of Costume: 19th Century to Present

LIB       3003           Library Research Methods

MMC    3263           Video Art

MMC    4113           Advertising Principles and Practices

MMC    4193           Public Relations Techniques

PHS     1053           Earth Systems and the Environment

PHS     1073           Meteorology

PHS     1133           Introduction to Physical Geology

REC     3143          Travel and Tourism

THA     2273           Costuming for Stage, TV, and Film.

THA     2273L         Costuming for Stage, TV, and Film Lab

THA     2573           Principles of Stagecraft. 

Women's & Gender Studies

Faculty: Dr. Stephanie Barron, Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy, and Dr. Shannon Clardy, Department of Physics, Co-Directors.  Steering Committee Members: Dr. Gerhold, Dr. Hickerson, Ms. Valentine.

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program with course offerings from several different departments throughout the university.  Students who complete this minor will examine historical and cultural conditions crucial to understanding the construction of gender and the experiences of women in the U.S. and across cultures. The program features an interdisciplinary core course and cross-listed courses that challenge students to think critically about sexuality, gender, race, class, and nation. 

Minor Requirements for Women’s and Gender Studies

HUM     2153            Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3 hours)

                                 Directed electives (with no more than 9 hours from any one discipline; 12 hours)

Total (15 hours) 

Courses Women's & Gender Studies

HUM 2153.  Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies.  This course is designed to introduce students to the rich body of knowledge developed by women and about women and gender. The structure of gender and its consequences for women both in our own culture and throughout selected regions of the world will be studied from interdisciplinary perspectives.  In addition, we will examine feminist theories, women's movements, and forms of feminist pedagogy.  Prerequisite: ENG1463 and ENG1473 or ENG1803.

Electives (12 hours, no more than 9 hours from any one discipline):

COM 3413.  Female/Male Communication.  A study of the variable of gender as it influences verbal and nonverbal interaction between men and women.  Why the verbal and nonverbal codes are different and how they may be modified to produce good communication.

ENG 4403.  Topics in Women’s Literature.  This course will focus on poetry, prose, and/or drama by women.  Topics will vary.  For example, the course may be a survey of literature written by women of a particular period, movement, or culture, an examination of the works of an individual woman writer, or a cross-cultural exploration of a particular theme within women’s literature. As course content varies, students may take this course twice.

FCS 3153.  Family Relations.  The dynamics of interpersonal relationships among family members at each stage of the life cycle.

HIS 4003. Women in Europe from the Fall of Rome to the French Revolution. This course examines women’s social and cultural position in medieval and early modern Europe, a period of remarkable cultural continuity punctuate with period of dramatic political and intellectual change. It addresses issues such as women’s participation in political life, the ideas, social norms and laws governing marriage and sexuality, scientific ideas about women and their difference from men, women’s economic roles, their education, and there relationship with the Christian Church. Prerequisite: HIS 1013.  

HIS 4333.  American Women’s History.  Examines the history of American women from the colonial era to the present, focusing on women’s political organizations and social activism, economic importance, daily lives, and the ideological construction of gender roles.

PSY 4693.  Love and Sexual Behavior.  Intimate relationships including friendship, romance, sex, and marriage. The material looks at relational behavior that is normal or abnormal, mature or immature, healthy or unhealthy. Discussions will examine factors that may play roles in determining whether relationships succeed or fail, such as communication, negotiation, gender differences, cultural differences, and predictors of divorce. Topics include attraction, courtship, dating, mating, marriage, parenting, divorce, jealousy, fidelity, sexual response cycle, dysfunctions, paraphilias, obsession, impulsivity, sex crimes, and Internet relationships.

SOC 4293.  Sociology of Gender Roles.  A study of the changing roles of women and men in American society.  Comparisons are made with other societies.  Prerequisite: SOC 1013.  

SOC 3033.  Marriage and Family.  A functional course which will acquaint the student with research findings of sociology, psychology, and home economics, and which relate to the institution of the family and practice of courtship and marriage.  Behaviors and values will be explored using the technique of cross-cultural comparisons.

SOC 4503. Domestic Violence. This course will treat theories of physical and psychological violence and aggression as they apply to the interpersonal relationships within the home. Rape, child abuse, spouse battering, sibling abuse, and elder abuse are focal topics.

THA 3473. (WI) Women, Gender and Race in American Theatre. A course designed to heighten the student’s awareness of the role that women, gender, and race have played historically and play currently in the theatre arts of the United States. This course is designed to explore the wide range of theatre that is usually referred to as theatre of diversity, “theatre of the people,” “fringe theatre,” or even “theatre of difference.”

*Special Topics courses offered on women’s and gender issues may also be designated as minor electives by the Women’s and Gender Studies Director.  

*One seminar may be counted toward the elective requirements for the women’s and gender studies minor if the topic of research is germane and approved by the director of the minor, even if the seminar is not specifically a women’s and gender studies course.

General Courses

GEN 0053.  Conversational English/International Students.

GEN 1023.  Dynamics of Leadership.

GEN 1031.  Henderson Seminar.  A mandatory course designed for first-time entering freshmen, Henderson Seminar facilitates the transition of first-time freshmen to the university by introducing them to academic expectations and support services and by fostering engagement in university life beyond the classroom.

GEN 1041.  American Culture for International Students.  A mandatory course designed for all international students new to the United States.  This course is intended to help international students to understand American values, laws, customs, family and social issues, and help them to cope with cultural differences.  The course is required for all international students in their first semester at the university.  (Exception are students transferring from United States universities above the rank of freshman.)  All designated students must pass the course with a grade "C" or above.  

GEN 1112. University College (Fall 2017 Pilot Course). Only available to freshman needing remediation in three areas. GEN 1112 will guide students through the process of thinking critically about the challenges to their academic success and identifying strategies to overcome them. Various skills critical for college success will also be introduced. Assignments will help students improve reading and writing skills developed during remedial courses. 

GEN  2013.  Introduction to Museum Studies.  This course serves as a survey of the history of museums as well s the philosophical nature of museums.  Different types of museums are discussed including art, natural history, historical, science and others. The course will introduce students to occupations within the museum field.

GEN  4013.  Museum Exhibit Production.  A capstone course, students will work individually with a faculty member or an approved off-campus museum professional to design, create, install, and curate an exhibit.  Students should select a project which supports their previous museum studies coursework. Prerequisites: GEN 2013 and 6-hours of Museum Studies electives.  

GEN 3073, 5073.  Travel and Study.

GEN 4083, 5083.  Study Abroad: Non-Western.

Library Science Courses

LIB 3003. Library Research Methods. The course provides an introduction to library and research skills. Students will lean how information is organized by libraries and indexing system, how to create strategies for finding information, how to use print and electronic sources to locate information, and how to evaluate and cite information found. Students will use these skills to produce a short research paper or an annotated bibliography.