Since its founding in 1945, the College of Arts and Sciences has been the core of the educational environment at Roosevelt University. The College instructs students in the critical, cultural, and technological literacies that enable them to create satisfying lives as professionals, citizens, and private individuals. To prepare students for rewarding work lives, courses are offered in emerging professional and technical fields as well as in the traditional arts and sciences. The College provides opportunities for students to fulfill general education requirements, complete majors leading to bachelor’s degrees, and prepare for admission to professional and graduate schools.
Degree Programs in the Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. The particular degree that a student will earn is largely determined by the student’s major field. Students majoring in actuarial science, allied health programs (medical technology, nuclear medicine technology), biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, network computing, and psychology may earn the BS degree. Actuarial science, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, network computing, and psychology also offer the BA degree. Students should note the difference in degree requirements and discuss with their academic advisor which degree would be most appropriate. All disciplines not listed above grant only the BA degree. Candidates for the BS degree must complete at least 60 semester hours in the natural sciences and/or psychology. A supporting sequence of 15 semester hours in one second science discipline (biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, network computing, , physics, or psychology), exclusive of Math 090, 099, 100, 105, 110, and 115, CST 100,101, and 115 and PHSC 101, 102, is required for the BS degree. The supporting sequence requirement is automatically fulfilled for those special programs listing interdisciplinary requirements.
Requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees
Students should meet regularly with program advisors, particularly during the regular advising periods, to plan a course of study designed to satisfy all requirements. Students who are new to the University or who have not declared an academic major receive advising in the advising centers. Whenever possible, students should bring documents concerning previous college-level work. All new freshmen and undergraduate transfer students will be informed of placement options by letter shortly after admission.
University Writing Requirement
Before graduating, each student at Roosevelt must demonstrate his/her ability to write in a clear, well-organized, and grammatically correct manner. Fulfillment of the UWR varies for each individual student and is dependent upon prior course work and test scores. English 101 and English 102 completed at Roosevelt with a grade of C- or higher will normally satisfy this requirement.
General Education Requirements
This requirement consists of courses designed to support and supplement academic majors. These include courses in basic skills, courses in humanities, social science, and science, and integrative, mission-related courses that explore themes from the perspective of several different disciplines. All students, whether entering as first-year students or as transfers, will be required to fulfill the following general education requirements within the 120 credits counted towards the bachelor’s degree.
Transfer students may find that many of these courses or their equivalents have already been fulfilled through the State of Illinois General Education Core Curriculum as endorsed by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students are obligated to familiarize themselves with both general education and major field requirements for graduation. New courses may be added that may fulfill these requirements. Students should check with an advisor or the assistant or associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences for answers to specific questions.
Academic Communities of Practice (The General Education Core)
The First Year Seminar is a three-credit course required of all new students who enter with fewer than 12 hours of transfer credit (excluding AP credit). Discussions of common readings, informal writing assignments, and information literacy exercises introduce students to academic ways of discovering new knowledge within Roosevelt University's unique social justice-oriented learning environment, and help students build relationships with a Roosevelt faculty member and their First-Year Seminar classmates. A grade of C- or higher is required for successful completion. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Primary Texts is a three-credit course required of all students who enter with fewer than 30 hours of transfer credit. Syllabi are constructed around Western and non-Western cultural documents (or “primary texts”) that address a central theme of the instructor’s choosing (for example: “Concepts of the Person,” “Freedom and Oppression,” “Theories of Justice,” or “Love”). Course activities introduce students to the ethical questions, cultural conversations, and analytical methods characteristic of learning in the liberal arts tradition. Students may be concurrently enrolled in Primary Texts and ENG 101. Separate course sections will be provided for students in the Roosevelt Scholars Program. A grade of C- or higher is required for successful completion.
Grounds for Change is a sophomore-level problem-based learning course offered by departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Business, Performing Arts, and Professional Studies. All students must take this course except those who transfer in 90 semester hours or more. Whatever the discipline, all Grounds for Change courses actively address a question common to most social justice issues: What will it take to transform specific instances of injustice, environmental degradation, or uneven access to resources and socially powerful institutions? Topics vary by semester, and students may enroll in any version of the course, including those offered by their major programs. Students must have completed their University Writing and Math Requirements before enrolling in ACP 250. A grade of C- or higher is required for successful completion.
All students must complete at least one mathematics course at the level of Math 110 (Quantitative Reasoning) or above. Students in many fields will need to fulfill this requirement early in their academic careers. Consult an advisor for the appropriate course.
All students must complete at least two courses in the natural sciences, at least one of which is a four or more credit course that includes substantial hands-on laboratory or field experience. One course must be in the biological sciences and one course in the physical sciences. Some courses at Roosevelt University that fulfill this general education requirement include the following:
Biological sciences with lab:
Biological sciences without lab:
Physical sciences with lab:
Physical sciences without lab:
All students will take three social science courses. Disciplines listed in social sciences and humanities may be used for one or the other, but not both. Any African American studies course not listed will be assigned to either social science or humanities at the discretion of the director of the African American studies program or the dean of the College.
All students will take three humanities courses. Disciplines listed in social sciences and humanities may be used for one or the other, but not both. Any African American studies course not listed will be assigned to either social science or humanities at the discretion of the director of the African American studies program or the dean of the College.
World Societies and Cultures
At least one course in either social sciences, humanities, or the student’s major must focus on non-Western societies and cultures. For the purposes of this requirement, “non-Western” includes world cultures that do not reflect the mainstream of Western European and North American thought and practice, Latin American cultures, Native American cultures, and cultures of racial or ethnic minorities in the United States. Courses used in the major may not also be used in partial fulfillment of social science or humanities. Courses are listed on the course finder under the attribute “non-western culture.”
Writing Social Justice
This course is designed to develop advanced college research and writing skills in the context of current social issues. It will also serve as a bridge for writing and research skills within the university, moving students past the introductory level toward the more in-depth writing and critical thinking they will need for courses within their chosen major, with an emphasis on the practice and principles of contemporary academic scholarship. Each course will examine one particular pressing community problem as a thematic and practical way to focus the writing and reading assignments; however, as the culminating project of the course, each student will complete a final essay that investigates a well-researched social justice issue of their own choosing.
(Students must have completed the University Writing Requirement prior to taking this course. Grades below C- are not considered passing.) A grade of C- or higher is required for successful completion.
Roosevelt Writing Center
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to excellence in writing. To this end, the college houses Roosevelt’s Writing Center, which provides support for all students who want to become better writers. At the Writing Center, students work with trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors who can help writers with any writing task. Talking with a peer tutor allows writers to see the possibilities that writing can hold for them. The College of Arts and Science encourages all students to use the services of the Writing Center.
Students are urged to choose a major during their sophomore year. The major sequence must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Thereafter, the student should see the academic advisor regularly. Application for approval of major sequences should be made no later than the semester preceding the one in which the student expects to graduate. All seniors should make a final check of requirements for graduation during the advising period preceding their last semester.
Although a minor is not always required for degree students in the College of Arts and Sciences, many students choose a minor for interest and/or compatibility with their major. Requirements for minors are listed under most subject headings. Students are also allowed to complete a minor outside the College of Arts and Sciences, including a minor in business through the College of Business Administration or a minor in theatre through the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Specific requirements for these minors are listed in the relevant section of this catalog. Students should see their academic advisor for recommendations and approval.
Further requirements for BA and BS degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences
Grade point average
A regular student in good standing may become a candidate for the degree upon completion of 120 semester hours of work with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at Roosevelt University.
Grade point average in the major
At least 24 semester hours of courses in the major sequence must be passed with grades of C or higher. Students must check with the requirements of each discipline listed in this catalog.
Maximum hours in the major
At least 69 semester hours of credit (63 semester hours for BS candidates) must be completed outside the student’s major. This rule does not apply to students with interdisciplinary majors.
The final 30 semester hours toward a student's degree must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students should also check the residency requirements for their majors.
A maximum of 66 semester hours may be transferred from any accredited two-year institution.
Maximum hours in mathematics courses at the 100 level
A student may count no more than 12 semester hours of mathematics courses at the 100 level towards the 120 semester hours needed for graduation.
Developmental course work in English and mathematics
Starting with the Fall 2012 term, courses in English below the level of English 101 and in mathematics below the level of Math 105 will not count toward fulfillment of the 120 hours required for the degree.
Course work at the 200 and 300 level
At least 60 semester hours of acceptable work must be completed in courses numbered 200 or higher of which at least 18 semester hours must be in courses numbered 300.
Courses taken on a non-degree-seeking basis
Not more than 15 semester hours earned as a non-degree-seeking student may be counted toward the degree.
Full time freshmen may take no more than 3 hours of online course work per semester.
Professional Studies Courses
No more than 21 hours of professional courses in any combination may be counted toward a degree from the College of Arts & Sciences (with the exception of 24 in Education and 29 in Law School – see below). Below are the specific areas that fall within this field:
Not more than 21 semester hours from an accredited professional school of allied health, art, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, or seminary studies may be counted toward the degree. Additionally, the student must be in good standing in his/her professional school.
Anyone seeking to transfer in more credits than listed above can only do so with the permission of the Arts and Sciences dean’s office.
Application for Graduation
Candidates for graduation are required to file an application for their degrees. See the registrar website for deadlines and details.
A student may simultaneously complete major requirements in two disciplines, thereby attaining a double major within the prescribed 120 semester hours. All specific degree requirements must be met, and only one degree, either the BA or the BS, will be granted. Thus, a student cannot double major across colleges, and cannot double major in A&S for a BA and a BS degree unless they attain 150 hours.
Second bachelor’s degrees
Applicants who have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are eligible for admission as second bachelor's degree candidates. Applicants with international credentials which are the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited U.S. university (as determined by an evaluation agency approved by Roosevelt University) are also eligible for admission as second bachelor's degree candidates. Official transcripts from each college previously attended are required along with the admission application and fee.
The residency requirement for the second bachelor's degree is a minimum of 30 semester hours earned at Roosevelt University that have not been counted for any other degree.
In all colleges, degree requirements in general may be met with transfer credit, Roosevelt University courses, or a combination of both. However, specific degree requirements differ from college to college. In the College of Arts and Sciences, all specific requirements for the major sequence must be fully met. In the College of Business, all degree requirements (including residency, grade requirements, and required courses in general education, liberal studies, junior/senior core, and the major) must be satisfied. In the Chicago College of Performing Arts, all specific requirements for the major must be met; acceptance of professional coursework is subject to validation by audition and/or placement examination.
Students with international credentials must consult with the appropriate college to discuss possible deficiencies in major or general education requirements.
Students with a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited U.S. university have met the University Writing Requirement, and do not need to take the English portion of the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA). However, if the degree being sought is related to areas such as science, math, business, or computer science, the student may be asked to take the mathematics portion of the RUA.
Requirements for students earning a double major are different from those earning a second bachelor's degree. Please refer to the appropriate college section of the catalog for details.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Qualified Roosevelt students may enroll for credit in courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that are not available in the University’s art program. Permission from the coordinator in art in the Department of History and Philosophy is required. Students enrolled in the School of the Art Institute may, in turn, complete general education requirements and elective courses at Roosevelt University.
Preparation for admission to professional schools is provided in the following programs: allied health, pre-dental, pre-legal, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy (freshman and sophomore years), and pre-veterinary. Students wishing to fulfill the requirements for the BA or BS degree in addition to a professional degree should read the following statements carefully.
Some professional schools admit students who have not received an undergraduate degree. In these cases it is sometimes possible to attain a bachelor’s degree upon completion of three years of work at Roosevelt University and one year in a professional school, provided the appropriate courses are chosen. Academic advisors will gladly help students plan their programs to meet requirements for both degrees in the least time possible.
Students who have successfully completed one or more years of course work and are in good standing in accredited professional schools of dentistry, law, or medicine may apply up to 30 semester hours of professional work toward the degree requirements. This does not waive the major sequence requirement for graduation, but professional courses approved by the appropriate advisor may be included in the major sequences. Occasionally similar arrangements are approved by the dean of the college for students who take professional work in other accredited professional schools.
Nonprofessional courses taken in an accredited professional school may be applied under the rules governing admission with advanced standing.
Candidates offering 30 semester hours of professional work toward a degree must spend their junior or senior year enrolled at Roosevelt University.
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