Sep 25, 2023  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Rhonda Mandel, Interim Dean
601 Culkin Hall


Undergraduate courses of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. To meet the requirements for graduation, a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete 122 credit hours including general education, a major in a subject area in a discipline or a planned interdisciplinary program, and cognates required by the major department or program. Of the total number of credit hours required for graduation, 90 must be in the liberal arts and 42 credit hours must be at the upper division level (courses numbered 300 to 499). Additionally, graduation requirements stipulate a 2.0 grade point average both in the major program and the cumulative quality point index.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programs provide a broad basis for a liberal education, regardless of the student’s field of specialization.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers graduate programs in the areas of chemistry, English, history, and human computer interaction, and also supports MAT programs in chemistry and mathematics.

Academic Advisement

Declared Majors

Students who have declared a major are assigned an advisor in their department. Contact the appropriate departmental advisement coordinator for additional information.

Undeclared Students

Students who have not indicated a major are advised by selected members of the faculty or professional staff through COMPASS, a comprehensive advisement and career planning center. These students should contact COMPASS to arrange for the assignment of an advisor.

Pre-medical and Pre-dental

Students interested in preparing for application to medical or dental schools are required to choose a major in an academic department within the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or natural, mathematical and computer science areas. While there is no specific major for pre-medical or pre-dental students, typical pre-med course requirements minimally include: one year of each of the following with labs—biology and physics; two years of chemistry with labs (through organic chemistry); one year of English. Individuals interested in investigating the possibilities of a career in medicine or in dentistry should contact Dr. Mary Francis Stuck, Pre-med Advisor, in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans’ Office.


There is no prescribed Pre-law major at SUNY Oswego; students are advised on the basis of their individual interests. Students who want to investigate the possibilities of a career in law should contact Professor Steven Abraham, Marketing and Management Department, during their freshman year or as soon as possible in their degree program.


Students interested in eventually transferring to an Engineering College may take advantage of the 3+2 program leading to a Science degree from SUNY Oswego (mathematics, physics, or chemistry) and an Engineering degree from another college. For an explanation of the available options contact Dr. Dale Zych, Department of Physics, for the Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering options, or contact Dr. Jeffery Schneider, Chair of the Chemistry Department, for the Chemical, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering options.

Part-time and Non-degree

These students should contact COMPASS or the Dean’s Office for advisement.

Majors and Minors

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 32 Bachelor of Arts degree programs and 13 Bachelor of Science degree programs. In addition students may declare a second major. However, students must declare one of the two majors as a first major and it will determine all other degree requirements.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers 39 minors, which are available to students as options. Students must choose a major by the end of their sophomore year, and at their option may choose up to two minors or a second major and a single minor.

Consult the index under the heading “Academic Degree Programs” for specific majors and the heading “Minors” for specific minors or see next page.

In addition, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors ten cooperative degree programs ranging from an Engineering 3+2 program to a Zoo Technology 3+2 program.

Academic Departments

  Anthropology   Mathematics
  Biological Sciences   Modern Languages and Literatures
  Chemistry   Philosophy
  Computer Science   Physics
  Earth Sciences   Political Science
  Economics   Psychology
  English and Creative Writing   Public Justice
  History   Sociology

Academic Majors

  American Studies (BA)   History (BA)
  Anthropology (BA)   Human Development (BA)
  Applied Mathematical Economics (BS)   Information Science (BA)
  Applied Mathematics (BS)   Language and International Trade (BA)
  Biochemistry (BS)   Linguistics (BA)
  Biology (BA, BS)   Mathematics (BA, BS)
  Chemistry (BA, BS)   Meteorology (BS)
  Cinema and Screen Studies (BA)   Philosophy (BA)
  Cognitive Science (BA, BS)   Philosophy - Psychology (BA)
  Computer Science (BA, BS)   Physics (BA, BS)
  Creative Writing (BA)   Political Science (BA)
  Economics (BA)   Psychology (BA)
  English (BA)   Public Justice (BA)
  French (BA)   Public Relations (BA)
  Geochemistry (BS)   Sociology (BA)
  Geology (BA, BS)   Spanish (BA)
  German (BA)   Women’s Studies (BA)
  Global and International Studies (BA)   Zoology (BA, BS)

Academic Minors

  African/Afro-American Studies   German Culture Studies
  Anthropology   Gerontology
  Applied Statistics   Global and International Studies
  Astronomy   History
  Biocultural Anthropology   Italian Culture Studies
  Biology   Linguistics
  Chemistry   Mathematics
  Cognitive Science   Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  Computer Information Systems   Native American Studies
  Computer Science   Philosophy
  Conflict Studies and Management   Physics
  Creative Writing   Political Science
  Economics   Psychology
  English   Public Administration/Policy
  Expressive Arts Therapy   Public Justice
  Forensic Science   Sociology
  French   Spanish
  French Culture Studies   Women’s Studies
  Geology   Zoology