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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

http://eberly.wvu.edu

History of the College

Starting with the initial charter of WVU by the Legislature in 1867, the liberal arts and the sciences were important and central elements of the University.  The College of Arts and Sciences was formally created in 1895, and 11 students received degrees from the college in 1896.  In the 1911–12 academic years, the West Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established within the College of Arts and Sciences.

On July 1, 1993, the name of the college was changed to the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences to recognize and commemorate the generosity of the Eberly family, the Eberly Foundation, and the Eberly Family Charitable Trust.

Today, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences awards degrees to around 2,000 students every year.  It remains the heart of West Virginia University, providing students with a liberal education in the areas of literature and the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.  In addition to teaching, the college’s 265 faculty members are actively engaged in research and scholarship, publishing approximately 400 articles and five or more books each year.

Mission

The primary mission of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is to promote the full development of the student as an individual and as a member of society.  Students earning degrees in the college fulfill certain broad basic-education requirements and study at least one subject in some depth.  The degree requirements are intended to carry forward what is usually termed “a general education,” thus providing a foundation for continued growth and development after graduation.

Clearly, one purpose of a college education is to help students acquire knowledge and skills both for self-fulfillment and in preparation for the roles they will subsequently play in society.  A less obvious but equally important purpose is to impart certain attitudes to students.  In the interest of fulfilling both purposes, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences strives to help students acquire the specific attributes listed below.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the main principles, facts, concepts, and theories in a major area of concentration.
  • Knowledge of Western and non-Western civilizations: their distinctive characters (belief systems, languages, intellectual, and artistic contributions), and their origins, development, and present states.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the environment in which one operates (physical, biotic, social, technological, aesthetic), including knowledge of change processes (evolutionary, technological, social, intellectual) and knowledge of past adaptations as a basis for predicting the consequences of contemporary actions and changes.
  • A knowledge and appreciation of the arts, of their humanizing and energizing effects, and of one’s connection with the arts through one’s impulses toward creativity.
  • A familiarity with the various technical languages (statistics, linguistics, etc.) that are increasingly necessary to understand the major approaches in the sciences and humanities.

Skills

  • Skills in the sophisticated techniques of a major area of concentration.
  • Skills in communication using a variety of channels including writing, speaking, reading, listening, and viewing.
  • Skills in analyzing and solving problems by recognizing ambiguities, using proper logic, marshalling pertinent facts and arguments, and using mathematical techniques where appropriate.
  • Skills in the use of the imaginative and synthetic processes of the mind, including innovative thinking and recognition of the connections among a variety of intellectual frameworks and matrices.
  • Skills involved in decision making, including the ability to recognize alternatives, project consequences, and assume the responsibility for making decisions.

Attitudes

  • An attitude of dispassionate self-appraisal based upon an understanding of one’s own nature and characterized by an awareness of one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
  • An attitude of open-mindedness, permitting one to see beyond the limits of one’s own occupation, economic status, language, and culture, and including a respect for opinions different from one’s own.
  • A willingness to recognize and respect ethical obligations and the rights of others.
  • A commitment to truth-seeking, characterized by objectivity, utilization of evidence, intellectual curiosity, and the search for wisdom.

Admission to Arts and Sciences Degree Programs

High school students and transfer students are admitted to major or pre-major programs.

Minimal college requirements for admission into most degree programs are a 2.0 overall average, and a defined minimum average in courses already completed in the discipline of the degree program.  Specific requirements are described in departmental sections that follow.

Students planning to qualify for teacher certification and earn a degree from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences should check with their advisors and the College of Human Resources and Education to determine the requirements for such certification.

Minimum and Maximum Load

A minimum of 12 hours in a semester is required for full-time status in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.  No student enrolled in the college may enroll for more than 19 hours in a semester without permission from the Academic Standards Committee.

Credit by Examination Rules for Eberly College

Credit by examination provides students the opportunity to receive credit in courses by demonstrating that they have acquired sufficient knowledge of a subject without formal enrollment in a course or study in the classroom.  This opportunity is offered only to students enrolled full- or part-time at the University.  The initiation of a credit-by-examination request does not entitle a student to special in-class instruction or tutoring by an instructor.

Students may petition to receive credit by examination for any course listed by a department in the college as a course for which credit by examination is appropriately awarded.  Applications, course lists, and examination schedules are available each semester.

A student may apply to challenge a course for credit by examination if:

  • The student is at the time of examination registered in the University;
  • The student’s official record does not show credit for the course (i.e., any grade of S, P, A, B, C, D, or I);
  • The student is not officially enrolled in the course at the time of examination (a student who withdraws from a course after the end of the official registration period is officially enrolled in that course until the end of the semester, and not eligible to take the course by examination during that semester); and
  • A grade of F has not been recorded on the student’s record for the course within two calendar years of the date of the examination.  A student may challenge the same course by examination only two times.

Credit only (not a grade) will be awarded for the successful completion of the examination with a grade of C or higher.  Because a comprehensive examination is used to establish credit, it is the policy of the college that a student should demonstrate at least an average (C) knowledge of course content to receive any credit.  The criteria for earning a C are made known in advance to students who request the information from the department offering the course examination.

A non-refundable fee is charged for credit by examination and must be paid within the prescribed period prior to each examination period.

Minors

Most major programs in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences also offer formal academic minors.  In addition, minors are available in Africana studies, gerontology, leadership studies, Native American studies, and statistics.  If a student successfully completes the requirements for a formal minor, this will be recorded on the student’s official record and will appear on transcripts.

Requirements for academic minors are set by the department offering the minor.  A formal minor must include at least 15 hours of coursework with a minimum of nine hours at the upper-division level (course number of 300 or above).  Specific courses may be required as well as a minimum grade or grade point average for courses in the minor.  Courses in the minor may not be taken pass/fail.  The minor field may not be the same as the student’s major field.

Application for Graduation and Diploma

All candidates for degrees in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete an application for graduation and diploma in 221 Armstrong Hall.  The application should be completed during the semester prior to the candidate’s expected semester of graduation to allow the student’s records to be evaluated for completion of college and University requirements.  If a student does not graduate on the date for which the student applied initially, the student must re-apply for a later date.  No candidate can graduate without completing an application.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Geography
  • History
  • Individualized Major
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Regents Bachelor or Arts (RBA)
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic and East European Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Women's Studies
  • World Languages

B.A. Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, college B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total 128 hours.

  1. Foreign Language.  Completion of level 204 (fourth semester).  Students with no prior instruction in a language will satisfy this requirement by successful completion of courses 101, 102, 203, and 204 (or other approved courses) in that language.  Students with prior instruction in a language must take the placement test in that language and begin at the level they are placed and complete 204.  Students who place beyond the 204 level will satisfy the requirement by successful completion of one appropriate 300-level course in that language. (For information about placement and explanation of various options and other approved courses, see listings under World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog, go to http://worldlang.wvu.edu , or contact the department.) Courses used to fulfill this requirement are in addition to those used to fulfill any GEC requirement.
  2. International Studies.  Students must satisfactorily complete three semester hours of study of foreign countries or cultures other than those of modern western Europe or Canada, and/or their role and interaction within the contemporary international system.  Completion of a course that meets GEC Objective 9 (non-western cultures) will fulfill this requirement.
  3. Fine Arts. Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of three semester hours focused on the fine arts.  Completion of a course that meets GEC Objective 5 (artistic expression) will fufill this requirement.
  4. Grade Point Average.  A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.
  5. Individual department requirements may be more directive than the college’s core B.A. requirements, so long as those requirements are met.

Credit Limitations

The following do not count toward the hours required for graduation:

  1. Courses in which the grade received is other than A, B, C, D, P, or S.  Credit by examination, however, is counted toward hours required for graduation unless it was granted for courses otherwise excluded in this list.
  2. Any course passed more than once, unless a course is designated as repeatable in the catalog.
  3. For all B.A. candidates more than 42 hours in one subject (e.g., BIOL, FRCH, POLS), with the following exceptions: (1) for English (ENGL), the maximum excludes credits in ENGL 101ENGL 102, ENGL 103; (2) for foreign languages, the maximum excludes the 6–12 hours used to fulfill the foreign language requirement of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; (3) for sociology and anthropology (SOCA) the maximum allows 42 hours in sociology and 42 hours in anthropology; (4) for all B.A. candidates in the college, one-credit orientation courses numbered 199, and professional field experience courses numbered 491 are not counted against the maximum hours in one subject.
  4. More than 72 hours of transfer credit from accredited junior or community colleges.
  5. More than 18 semester hours of credit for which only a grade of P is recorded. (See Pass/Fail Grading.)
  6. Any course in which the final grade is F.  The student must take the course again in residence at WVU if the student wishes to replace the F through the D/F repeat option.

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences  Program Degree Requirements 

  • Major Subject Requirements are listed separately in the catalog by department or degree program.  To qualify for graduation, the student must have spent at least two semesters and have accumulated a minimum of 30 semester hours and completed major requirements in a degree program.
  • Transfer Credit.  Except with the approval of the department chair or degree program coordinator, no upper-division course (300 or 400 level) in the major taken at another institution will be counted toward meeting the requirements of the major.
  • Grade Point Average.  All departments and degree programs in the college require at least a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average for admission; some departments or programs require a higher grade point average (overall or in the discipline) for admission or graduation.  See specific departments for requirements.

Bachelor of Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Forensic and Investigative Science
  • Geology
  • Industrial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

B.S. Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, college B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total 128 hours.

  1. Foreign Language.  Students completing an Eberly College bachelor of science program are encouraged (but not required) to complete two semesters of one foreign language beyond language taken at the high school level.  Individual B.S. programs may require foreign language.
  2. International Studies.  Students must satisfactorily complete three semester hours of study of foreign countries or cultures other than those of modern western Europe or Canada, and/or their role and interaction within the contemporary international system.  Completion of a course that meets GEC Objective 9 (non-western cultures) will fulfill this requirement.
  3. Mathematics.  Satisfactory completion of MATH 155 or( MATH 153 and MATH 154) is required for students earning an Eberly College B.S. degree.
  4. Science.  Students must complete 24 hours of science coursework, with a minimum of two courses in each of three disciplines, selected from the following pairs of courses.  There are six disciplines: biology, chemistry, computer science, geology/geography, math/statistics, and physics.  Courses used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to satisfy GEC requirements.
  5. Courses satisfying the B.S. science requirement are the following:
    Biology
    Principles of Biology
       and Introductory Physiology
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following pairs:
    Survey of Chemistry
       and Survey of Chemistry
    Fundamentals of Chemistry
       and Fundamentals of Chemistry
    Principles of Chemistry
       and Principles of Chemistry
    Computer Science
    Introduction-Computer Science
       and Introduction-Data Structures
    Geology/Geography
    Select one of the following:
    Planet Earth
       and Planet Earth Laboratory
    Environmental Geoscience
       and Environmental Geoscience Lab
    Environmental Geoscience
       and Environmental Geoscience Lab
    AND select one of the following:
    Earth Through Time
       and Earth Through Time Laboratory
    Physical Oceanography *
    Fossils and Evolution *
    Math/Statistics
    Calculus 2
       and Multivariable Calculus
    OR:
    Elemntry Statistical Inference *
    Intro Probability & Statistics
    AND:
    Intermediate Statistcl Methods *
    Or select one of the following:
    Sampling Methods
    Statistical Analysis System
    Calculus 2
    Physics
    Select one of the following:
    Introductory Physics
       and Introductory Physics
    General Physics
       and General Physics

    *

    A three-credit-hour course. If completion of three pairs of courses—one pair from each of three disciplines, as grouped above—does not equal a total of 24 hours, students may elect any course(s) from the above list to complete the minimum of 24 hours, with the following exceptions: students may earn credit for only one set of PHYS courses (PHYS 101 and PHYS 102, or PHYS 111 and PHYS 112); students may earn credit for only one set of CHEM courses (CHEM 111 and CHEM 112, or CHEM 115 and CHEM 116, or CHEM 117 and CHEM 118); students may not earn credit for both STAT 211 and STAT 215; students may not earn credit for both GEOL 103 and GEOL 230.

  6. Grade Point Average.  A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.  Individual department requirements may be more directive than the college’s core B.S. requirements, so long as those requirements are met.

 Credit Limitations

The following do not count toward the hours required for graduation:

  1. Courses in which the grade received is other than A, B, C, D, P, or S.  Credit by examination, however, is counted toward hours required for graduation unless it was granted for courses otherwise excluded in this list.
  2. Any course passed more than once, unless a course is designated as repeatable in the catalog.
  3. More than 72 hours of transfer credit from accredited junior or community colleges.
  4. More than 18 semester hours of credit for which only a grade of P is recorded. (See Pass/Fail Grading.)
  5. Any course in which the final grade is F.  The student must take the course again in residence at WVU if the student wishes to replace the F through the D/F repeat option.

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences  Program Degree Requirements 

  • Major Subject Requirements are listed separately in the catalog by department or degree program.  To qualify for graduation, the student must have spent at least two semesters and have accumulated a minimum of 30 semester hours and completed major requirements in a degree program.
  • Transfer Credit.  Except with the approval of the department chair or degree program coordinator, no upper-division course (300 or 400 level) in the major taken at another institution will be counted toward meeting the requirements of the major.
  • Grade Point Average.  All departments and degree programs in the college require at least a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average for admission; some departments or programs require a higher grade point average (overall or in the discipline) for admission or graduation.  See specific departments for requirements.

In addition to our BA and BS degrees the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences also offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (B.MdS.)
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Information on the degree requirements for these degrees can be found on the Multidisciplinary Studies and Social Work program pages respectively.


Faculty

Dean

  • Robert H. Jones - Ph.D.

Associate Deans

  • Joan S. Gorham - Ed.D.
    Academic Affairs
  • Fred L. King - Ph.D.
    Research and Graduate Studies
  • Asuntina S. Levelle - J.D.
    Financial Planning and Management
  • Katherine Karraker - Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Studies
  • L. Christopher Plein - Ph.D.
    School of Applied Social Sciences