College of Education and Human Services

http://www.cehs.wvu.edu

Degrees Offered 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Five-Year Integrated Baccalaureate/M.A. in Elementary Education
  • Five-Year Integrated Baccalaureate/M.A. in Secondary Education

Nature of Programs

The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is divided into five academic departments: Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies; Learning Sciences and Human Development; Special Education; and Communication Sciences and Disorders. The college’s faculty and staff are located in Allen Hall on the Evansdale campus. 

Undergraduate programs In the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS)  focus on preparing professionals whose efforts serve the needs of families in schools, homes, clinics, agencies, and other community settings. The college offers undergraduate programs in child development and family studies and in speech -language pathology.  The college offers a four year undergraduate program in elementary education and a multidisciplinary program in human services. CEHS also offers a BMDS undergraduate and master, five-year teacher preparation program in elementary and science education and the five-year program in secondary education. Students in secondary education who wish to teach English, mathematics, social studies, or world languages earn a baccalaureate degree from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in their content area and a master of arts in secondary education from CEHS. All programs integrate liberal studies, coursework the content area, and clinical experiences in a professional schools/settings.  CEHS  cooperates with other schools and colleges at WVU to prepare teachers in agriculture, art, music, and physical education.  The degree programs that prepare students to teach in these areas are housed in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design; the College of Creative Arts; and the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.

Other resources in the colleges are: the International Center for Disability Information, the Center for Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Speech and Hearing Clinics, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education; the Office of Diversity and Global Initiatives; the Center for Student Advising and Records; the Student Ambassador program, and the Reading Clinic.

Accreditation

West Virginia University is fully accredited for the preparation of teachers by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, now CAEP), and programs are approved by the West Virginia State Department of Education.  The Ed.D. and Ph.D. are the highest degrees approved and offered.  Students in elementary and secondary education must meet University requirements for admission, retention, and graduation, and West Virginia Department of Education requirements for teacher certification in West Virginia.

The Child Development and Family Studies Area of Emphasis in Early Childhood Education is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Graduation/Certification Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must do the following:

  • Comply with the general regulations of the University concerning entrance, advanced standing, classification, examination, grades, grade points, testing, and other requirements, policies and procedures listed in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.
  • Complete required courses and other CEHS  program requirements .
  • Adhere to CEHS general policies and procedures.
  • Apply for graduation.

General Requirements for Professional Certification

Individual candidates must  be recommended to the State of West Virginia Department of Education for professional certification by the Certification Officer, Michael Sekula.  To be eligible to receive a professional license, the WVU applicant must have done the following:

  • Met the minimum State requirements.
  • Met the University and college program degree requirements.
  • Achieved a grade point average of at least 2.75 on the total of college credits earned and on the hours earned in professional education, and 2.5 in each subject specialization.
  • Demonstrated competence in supervised practicum and internship.
  • Complied with the West Virginia Board of Education regulations for Teacher Certification.
  • Be recommended for certification by the Certification Officer in the College of Education and Human Services..

Reciprocal Certification Agreements

West Virginia, at the time of this publication, has reciprocal agreements with most other states for teacher certification.  Inquiries about reciprocity should be directed to the Center for Student Advising and Records, 710 Allen Hall.

Calculation of Grade Point Averages

The West Virginia State Department of Education system of calculating grade point averages for certification purposes differs in some respects from the WVU system. For certification, all coursework attempted at WVU and at other institutions of collegiate rank will be considered.  If a student earns a grade of D, F, or U in any course taken no later than the term when he or she has attempted a total of sixty hours, and the student repeats this course, the second grade earned will be used in determining the grade point average.  The first grade will be disregarded.

The teacher education program uses the West Virginia State Department of Education system of calculating grade point averages only for admission to teacher education programs and professional internships, and for assessing teaching field and education averages.  Academic performance and eligibility for graduation are assessed by the system used by WVU and other institutions governed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Degree Designation Learning Goals

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Teacher Education

A primary mission of both the BA in Elementary Education program and BMDS, as part of the 5 year teacher education program, is to prepare individuals for a changing teaching profession. Teachers influence many facets of education including students, parents, school policies and procedures, curriculum design, instructional materials, and classroom environment.  Educational issues must be grounded in current research on best practices and deep reflection on ways to implement them in teaching practice. In response, pre-service teacher candidates develop the following:

  • Skills in assessing classroom dynamics and finding solutions to classroom issues from diverse perspectives
  • Ability to construct an effective learning environment, in which all children have opportunities to learn
  • Knowledge of current, best practices in education
  • Ability to reflect on one's own actions and how those actions affect others
  • Practice-based research skills that inform the teacher about student learning
  • Knowledge of how to incorporate inquiry-informed instructional design into teaching  practice

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Speech Pathology and Audiology develops and integrates

  • Knowledge and skills of central principles, practices, facts, concepts, theories, and tools within  discipline of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Skills in communication in a variety of modalities including writing, speaking, reading, listening, and viewing
  • Practice in analyzing problems, proposing alternatives, drawing inferences, developing imaginative approaches, constructing predictions, and making reasoned decisions using appropriate information resources and analytical tools
  • Application of scientific and statistical principles to problem solving
  • Opportunities for defining relationships between the student’s degree program and future professional goals

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Child Development and Family Studies

The BS degree in Child Development and Family Studies offers two curriculum options: birth through pre-kindergarten and family and youth.

Students in the birth through pre-kindergarten option of Child Development and Family Studies will acquire:

  • Knowledge of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children in the family and preschool contexts.
  • Skills in implementing appropriate curricula as well as developmental and performance assessments.
  • Ability to construct positive and enriched early childhood environments where the young have the opportunity to develop skills for lifelong learning.  
  • Knowledge of current best practices that prepare young children to be competent, independent learners.
  • Ability to reflect on one’s knowledge and skills of teaching and interacting with young children.
  • Knowledge of how young children learn in order to prepare educational activities in inclusive environments.
  • Extensive field experiences with various ages of young children--infants, toddlers and preschoolers and young school age.

Students in the family and youth option of Child Development and Family Studies will acquire:

  • Knowledge in human growth and development, adolescent development, human sexuality, family issues and interaction, youth concerns and issues, and related topics.
  • Understanding of the various social contextual influences on adolescent development and family functioning and the interactive relationships between families and other societal institutions such as schools.
  • Various strategies for working with adolescents and families in various social service and community-based context.
  • Hands-on experience working with children, adolescents, and/or families at community agencies.
  • Awareness of the multiple career paths for students in this area of study along with options and opportunities for graduate studies.

Bachelor of MultiDisciplinary Studies (BMds)

The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies in Human Services/Education degree integrates the following:

  • Knowledge of and aptitude with principles, practices, facts, concepts, theories and tools in three minor areas of concentration, two of which must be from CEHS
  • Breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication
  • Flexibility and problem solving. 
  • Analysis of problems from divergent perspectives. 
  • Application of multidisciplinary techniques to communicate the strengths of their self-chosen course of study.C
  • Practices derived from specialized knowledge in individual disciplines to analyze problems from divergent perspectives, recognize ambiguities, propose alternatives, draw inferences, develop imaginative approaches, construct predictions, and make reasoned decisions using appropriate information resources and analytical tools
  • Multidisciplinary techniques fostering students’ ability to communicate strengths of their  self-chosen course of study
  • Opportunities for defining relationships between the student’s degree program and post-baccalaureate goals

Admission

Admission, curriculum, and degree requirements of the various degree programs of the College of Education and Human Services are provided in each program section in this catalog.  It is the responsibility of the student to take steps to insure that he or she is properly informed of the degree requirements and/or the certification standards being sought.  Since certification requirements are changed periodically by the West Virginia Department of Education, the fulfillment of certification requirements as presented in this catalog cannot guarantee compliance with the most recent requirements. Students are, therefore, encouraged to seek the counsel of members of the faculty, their advisors, and the college certification officer on matters pertaining to degree and certification requirements.

College of Human Resources and Education offers seven minors:

Child Development and Family Studies

A cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5 is required for admission to the minor. CDFS minors take their courses online through Extended Learning. Minors in CDFS must earn grades of C or better in all courses with the CDFS course designator.

Minor Code - U081

CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Parenting
Infant Development
Early Childhood Development
Select three of the following:9
Child Development Practicum
Adolescent Development
Contemporary Issues in Family Relations
Adolescent Problems and Disorders
Family Interaction and Communication
Child Care Center Administration
Business of Child Care
Best Practices in Pre-K Movement
Total Hours18

Disability Studies Minor

Minor Code - U093

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 with no grade below a C in all minor coursework is required to earn this minor.

DISB 304Special Education in Contemporary Society (B or better) *3
DISB 380Disability and the Family (B or better)3
DISB 381Lifespan Disability Policy (B or better)3
DISB 385Disability and Society (B or better)3
DISB 482Disability in the Community (C or better)2
DISB 486Capstone Portfolio: Disability (C or better)1
Total Hours15
*

SPED 304 may be substituted for DISB 304; SPED 304 has been approved to satisfy Objective 4 and Objective 6 of the WVU General Education Curriculum.

Special Notes: For additional information about the minor, contact Dr Mary Ellen Zeppuhar at (304) 293-4692 ext. 1108 or mzeppuhar@hsc.wvu.edu

Early intervention minor

Minor code - u127

To qualify for a minor in early intervention, a student must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 across all minor courses with no grade less than C- in any required course.

SPED 311Developmental Assessment for Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 312Differentiated Instruction for Young Children3
SPED 315Home-Based Programs Early Intervention3
SPED 317Technology for Young Children with/without Special Needs3
SPED 491Professional Field Experience *3
Total Hours15

*Students must complete at least 3 content courses prior to enrolling in SPED 491 (3 credits focused on older children and adults)

For additional information about the minor, contact the Program Coordinator at (304) 293-7143 or sped@mail.wvu.edu.

Family and Youth Minor

Minor Code - U103

CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
CDFS 112Introduction to Marriage and Family3
Select one from the following:
CDFS 210Introduction to Parenting3
CDFS 212Early Childhood Development3
Select three from the following:
CDFS 412Adolescent Development3
CDFS 413Contemporary Issues in Family Relations3
CDFS 414Adolescent Problems and Disorders3
CDFS 415Family Interaction and Communication3
Total Hours 18

 Human Services Minor

Minor Code - U112

People employed in human services agencies are there to help improve the lives of the people they serve. A minor in human services meets the increasing need of public and private sector employers for paraprofessionals. Students who complete a minor in human services may be employed through public agencies, hospitals, government-sponsored housing or clinics, and some criminal justice offices. These jobs can be both personally and professionally rewarding. There are many opportunities for people to gain experience that can lead to graduate education and certification and licensure in counseling and other helping professions.
 
The fifteen credit hour online program of study for the undergraduate minor will focus on an overview of the human service profession, multiculturalism and diversity, communication skills, career preparation and introductory helping skills. Graduates will be prepared to work in social services, mental health and substance abuse agencies as entry level counselor aides, or in other related paraprofessional positions under the guidance of counselors, psychologists, nurses and social workers.
 
The minor is designed to develop better interpersonal and intergroup skills. While primarily regarded as a study of organizational, workplace behaviors, the human services field is emerging as a broader study of sociological and emotional motivation.
COUN 303Introduction to Helping Professions3
COUN 400Diversity and Human Relations3
COUN 405Career and Lifespan Development3
COUN 410Interpersonal Communication Skills3
COUN 415Human Services Capstone Experience3
* Special Notes: To qualify for a minor in human services, a student must have earned a minimum grade of C or better in each of the above required courses. For additional information about the minor, contact Regina Burgess at (304) 293-2186 or Regina.Burgess@mail.wvu.edu.
Total Hours15

Infant and Toddler Minor

Minor Code - U102

CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
CDFS 211Infant Development4
Select four from the following:12
Introduction to Parenting
Child Care Center Administration
Best Practices in Pre-K Movement
Infant Toddler Language and Literacy
Early Socio-Emotional Growth
Professional Field Experience
Total Hours19

Special education minor

minor code - u128

To qualify for a minor in special education, a student must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 across all minor courses with no grade less than C- in any required course.

SPED 304Special Education in Contemporary Society *3
SPED 360Differentiation of Instruction for Students with Special Needs3
SPED 365Technology and Universal Design for Learning3
SPED 366Transition Planning3
SPED 491Professional Field Experience **3
Total Hours15
*

 SPED 304 is approved to satisfy WVU General Education Foundation area 4.

**

 Students must complete at least 3 content courses prior to enrolling in SPED 491 (3 credits focused on older children and adults)

For additional information about the minor, contact the Program Coordinator at (304) 293-7143 or sped@mail.wvu.edu.

Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree, created by the West Virginia State Board of Regents in 1975, is offered at West Virginia University through the College of Education and Human Services.

Mission

Our mission is to provide adult learners with a degree designed to meet the rigors of a traditional bachelor’s degree, while allowing for flexibility to conform to the need of this population. Our program will align focused student outcomes with past life experiences, past educational experiences, and current course work, providing a direct path to timely graduation.
 
The RBA degree is an innovative baccalaureate designed to be a foundational bachelor’s degree for adult students. The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive general education that provides individualized skills and learning outcomes. It differs from other bachelor’s degrees in that RBA students may earn “College-Equivalent Credit” for skills and knowledge gained though life experiences, which can be equated to college courses.
 

A Flexible Individualized Academic Program

The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree assumes that adults have different needs and goals than traditional undergraduates. Therefore, time, space, and program requirements are designed to meet the special needs of the adult learner. The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive general education and the ability to design their own programs of study. There is considerable flexibility in how, when, and where course requirements are met: students may earn credit through regular on campus courses, online courses, correspondence courses, credit by exam, standard award credit, and/or writing portfolios for life experience credit or a combination of each.
 

Fees

Tuition and fees are the same as for those in other undergraduate programs.

Requesting credit through the portfolio option (including standardized awards)  requires students to pay an initial portfolio fee of $300 for both in-state and out-of-state students. There is an additional $10/credit hour for each credit that is awarded through this process.
 

Courses

  • UGST 300. Orientation to RBA. 1 Hour.   For students beginning the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program. Orientation to curriculum, policies, benefits, and academic merits of the RBA to help students take advantage of its unique features.
  • UGST 402. RBA Portfolio Development. 1 Hour.  To prepare RBA students who plan to petition for college equivalent credits through the portfolio option, including course selection, verifications and narratives.

Additional information is available from:

RBA Degree Program
307 Student Services Building
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6289
Phone: (304) 293-5441
E-mail: rba@mail.wvu.edu
Web: rba.wvu.edu

How to Apply to the RBA Program

Students apply to WVU through the Admissions Office.  Following admittance, you will fill out a brief RBA application found on the front page of the website (Department code 4132).

To allow time for your application and transcripts to be processed through WVU Admissions, we recommend the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester – Mid July
  • Spring Semester – Mid November
  • Summer Semester – Mid April
  • Apply online or download the application.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Request any previous college transcripts or your high school transcript and send directly to Admissions.

Once your application and transcripts have been received and processed by the Admissions Office, this information will be copied and sent to our office for approval. Upon approval, Admissions will send you an acceptance letter with your Student ID number (WVU no longer uses Social Security Numbers for identification purposes). You will also receive a MIX account name. This degree gives students access to their academic records, secure email systems and links to other information available regarding WVU. Any academic information must be submitted through your MIX email account. The Help Desk (304-293-4444) can assist you with accessing your MIX account.

Please contact our office regarding deadlines, the application process or obtaining your transcripts. Once you have been admitted, please contact our office for assistance in registering for classes.

Admission Eligibility

High School Graduates

In order to be admitted to the RBA degree a student must have graduated from high school at least four years ago.

GED Students

Students who have passed a high school equivalency examination are eligible for admission four years after their high school class graduated.

Transfer Students 

Eligible students may transfer into the RBA program from other regionally accredited institutions or from other majors within WVU if they have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher or consent. Transfer credits from two-year community colleges and junior colleges outside the West Virginia Regional Campus System are limited to 72 hours of lower-division courses.

Academic Forgiveness

RBA forgiveness allows a returning student to remove all failing grades four years old and older from GPA calculations to give that student a second chance at succeeding in college. This process is only for first admission to the RBA program and is not applied to future semesters or readmission to the program.

NOTE:

Students with accredited baccalaureate degrees are not eligible for the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. Students cannot double major with the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

College Equivalent Credits and Fees

Portfolios

College Equivalent Credit can be awarded to students for selected work and life experiences that can be equated to college course work. Students can petition for credit for specific courses that relate to their work experience through the RBA portfolio option. The portfolio consists of:

  • a resume
  • a list of specific courses
  • documentation of work experiences
  • narratives connecting work experiences with the learning outcomes of the courses

It is highly recommended students take the portfolio development course or contact the RBA office for instructions. This unique process requires one-on-one in-depth advising and approval to begin creating your portfolio online.

Standardized Credits

Students with select certifications can include these in the portfolio. There are standardized credit awards for credit through the RBA. standardized award system or the American Council on Education (ACE). The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. West Virginia Regents B.A. program has developed standardized credit awards for certifications exclusive of ACE. Check with the RBA office for further information.
Students must have been admitted to the WVU RBA degree program in order to submit portfolios or request standardized awards. Portfolio credit cannot be used to meet the residency requirement, but may be used to meet general education and upper division requirements. Portfolio credit may not duplicate credit already on the student’s transcript, and portfolio credit may not be transferred to other degrees.
 

Fees

Requesting credit through the portfolio option (including standardized awards)  requires students to pay an initial portfolio fee of $300 for both in-state and out-of-state students. There is an additional $10/credit hour for each credit that is awarded through this process.
 

Degree Requirements

  • General Education: The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) assists students in developing a set of core competencies as a pillar of this degree. Each competency area requires students to meet specific learning outcomes. Guided by an academic advisor, students take courses in each area that meets the intended learning outcomes. (Minimum of 24 hours)
    • Communication Skills (6 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must provide the student with skills and knowledge to be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
    • Humanities (6 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must demonstrate knowledge in the interdisciplinary study and philosophy of diverse cultures.
    • Social Science (6 hours) Outcome: Courses will demonstrate understanding of the development, diversity, and complexity of human behavior and institutions. 
    • Natural or Physical Science (3 hours) Outcome: Courses in this area must provide an understanding of the physical world through the scientific method  (understanding of the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of science)
    • Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science (3 hours)
  • Upper Division: Upper division courses are those offered at the junior and senior levels and are usually numbered as 300- or 400-level courses. Upper division courses take the place of a major and may be taken in any subject area or a combination of areas as students wish. Areas of Emphasis also allow upper division course specializations. A maximum 12 teaching practicum hours will be accepted toward graduation. (Minimum of 39 hours)
  • Residency: Students must complete a residency requirement of 24 hours of coursework taken at one or more institutions within West Virginia’s public higher education system.  Six of the 24 hours must be taken as upper division courses at WVU. (This is not the same as in-state and out-of-state residency and does not help a student obtain in-state residency.)
  • Total Hours: RBA students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of credit to be eligible for graduation. In addition to the coursework listed below, students can earn credit through academic portfolios for prior learning and experiences to reach 120 hours.
  • Grade Point Average: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (on a 4-point scale) to be eligible for graduation.
  • Pass/Fail Grading: Pass/fail grading encourages students to take elective courses not related to their degree concentrations. Pass/fail grading also facilitates grading in competency-based courses that may be an integral part of an academic program. Any full-time student who has completed 15 hours or more and who has maintained a 2.0 grade point average may take a maximum of 4 hours each semester or summer term on a pass/fail basis. Any course taken on a pass/fail basis must be a free elective. Students are limited to a total of 18 hours of pass/fail credit in the collegiate career. For additional information on this policy, visit the Pass/Fail Grading section of this catalog.

For a complete list of RBA Frequently Asked Questions, visit the RBA website: RBA Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0 required.
General Education
Communication Skills6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 1 or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Humanities6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 4 or 6, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Social Science6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 5 or 7, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.
Mathematics and Sciences6
Select courses fulfilling GEF 2 and 3, or courses fulfilling this outcome and approved by an advisor.7
Upper Division Courses39
Areas of Emphasis or Electives (to reach 120 minimum hours)50
Total Hours120

Areas of Emphasis

Areas of Emphasis (AOE) are an optional feature of the RBA degree. In some curriculum areas the faculty have identified a set of upper division courses that constitute an Area of Emphasis. All AOEs require a minimum of fifteen hours of upper division (300 level or above) course work in some academic area. In some cases lower division prerequisites may also be required. The AOE courses are determined by faculty, not students.

Some departments specify all the courses for the AOE; other departments allow students to select most of the courses. Only regular courses completed with a “C” or better can count toward the AOE, and earned AOEs are noted on the student’s transcript.


Areas of Emphasis Offered

Advertising Requirements

Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.
JRL 101Media and Society3
ADV 215Principles of Advertising3
ADV 309Advertising and Creativity3
ADV 409Advertising Research and Media3
ADV 419Advertising Strategies3
One course from the list below:3
Media Relations In Sport
Entertainment Reporting
Social Media Strategy
Social Media Applications
Social Media Campaigns
Writing for Health Promotion
Applied Health Promotion
Health Promotion Campaigns
Total Hours18

American History Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 5 Upper-division Courses from two of the three areas of concentratio15
Concentrations:
United States History
Europen History
Asia/Latin American/African History
Total Hours15

Business Administration Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
BUSA 202Survey of Accounting3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
BUSA 310Survey of Business Law3
BUSA 320Survey of Management3
BUSA 330Survey of Marketing3
BUSA 340Survey of Finance3
Select 1 additional upper division ECON or ENTR course 3
Total Hours24

Child Development Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span3
CDFS 211Infant Development4
CDFS 316Child Development Practicum3-4
CDFS 412Adolescent Development3
CDFS 413Contemporary Issues in Family Relations3
CDFS 415Family Interaction and Communication3
CDFS 421Child Care Center Administration3
Total Hours22-23

Chinese Studies

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:9
Select 3 courses from the following:
Third Year Chinese 1
Third Year Chinese 2
Readings in Modern Chinese 1
Readings in Modern Chinese 2
Business Chinese
Chinese Media
Upper-division Study Abroad Courses
Culture Requirement3
Chinese Civilization and Culture
Electives3
Select 1 course from the following:
Alternate Upper-division course in Chinese language
Alternate FLIT or FCLT courses in Chinese literature or culture.
Courses from another related field in or outside of the department (with approval of advisor)
Total Hours15

Communication Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
COMM 306Human Communication in Organizations and Institutions3
COMM 308Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 316Intercultural Communication3
COMM 317Communication and Aging3
COMM 404Persuasion3
COMM 410Family Communication3
Select 3 credits of upper division courses (Excluding COMM 490 and 491)3
Total Hours21

Creative Writing Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select two from the following:6
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
Select 5 additional courses from the following:15
Multimedia Writing
Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
Creative Writing Workshop: Non-Fiction
Topics in Creative Writing
Total Hours21

Economics Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
ECON 302Intermediate Macro-Economic Theory3
Select 3 upper division courses (Excluding ECON 490 and 491)9
Total Hours21

Foreign Literature in Translation Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493)
A minimum of 9 credits must be earned at the 300 level or above.
National Literature or Culture Group 1:3-12
Complete at least one course from the following areas:
French: FLIT or FCLT courses 230-239, 330-339, 430-439
Italian: FLIT or FCLT courses 240-249, 340-349, 440-449
Japanese: FLIT or FCLT courses 200-209, 300-309, 400-409
Russian:FLIT or FCLT courses 250-259, 350-359, 450-459
Spanish: FLIT or FCLT courses 260-269, 360-369, 460-469
National Literature or Culture Group 2:3-12
Complete at least one course from the following areas:
An alternate area from above
Another area: 280-289, 380-389, 480-489
Total Hours15

French Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Language Through Civilization
Language Through Culture
Structure and Communication
Advanced Readings
Electives9
3 courses selected from the following:
Alternate 301-304 courses
Additional Upper-division French courses
Up to 3 credtis in any FLIT 230-239, 330-330, FCLT 230-230, 330-339, or LING 311.
Total Hours15

Geology Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 103Earth Through Time3
GEOL 104Earth Through Time Laboratory1
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Geographic Information Systems and Science
Geology for Environmental Scientists
Mineralogy
Introductory Petrology
Geology of West Virginia
Geology of the National Parks
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Geomorphology
Paleontology
Structural Geology for Engineers
Environmental Geology
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Deep Time Earth Systems
Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introductory Hydrogeology
Total Hours20

German Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Conversations in Context 1: Germany and its Past
Conversations in Context 2: Germany Today
Communication through Culture: Building the German Nation
Stories and Histories: Reading and Writing German- Speaking Culture
Electives9
3 courses selected from the following:
Alternate 301-304 courses
Additional Upper-division German courses beyoned 204
Up to 3 credtis in FLIT 220-220, 320-329, FCLT 220-229, 320-329, LING 311, or a course in a directly related area approved by the department.
Total Hours15

History Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 5 courses from the following:15
History of Sacred Places
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
1920s America
Introduction to Public History
Hitler and the Third Reich
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Eighteenth Century America
Civil War and Reconstruction
World War II in America
Appalachian Regional History
Working Class America
Total Hours15

International Studies: African & Middle East Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Geography of Africa
Geography of the Middle East
Rural and Regional Development
East Africa to 1895
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Music of Africa
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Traditional and Changing Africa
Total Hours15

International Studies: Asia Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Modern China
Modern Japan
Government of Japan
Government of China
Far East International Affairs
Total Hours15

International Studies: Development Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Geography of Gender
Modern China
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Government of China
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Latin American Culture
Traditional and Changing Africa
Total Hours15

International Studies: Europe Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Contemporary Culture
Commercial French 1
Rural and Regional Development
German Cultural History: 350-1700
German Cultural History Since 1945
France Since 1815
The French Wars of Religion
World War II in Europe
Revolutionary Russia: 1900-1953
The French Wars of Religion
World War II in Europe
Eastern Europe Since 1945
Revolutionary Russia: 1900-1953
USSR and After: 1953 to Present
Hitler and the Third Reich
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Eighteenth Century Britain: 1715-1832
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Western Democratic Governments
Survey of Russian Literature
Survey of Russian Literature
Culture of Spain
Modern Literature of Spain
Commercial Spanish 1
Commercial Spanish 2
Total Hours15

International Studies: The Americas Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
Select 1 of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Select 4 courses from the following, from 3 different departments:12
Economic Development
Rural and Regional Development
Seventeenth Century Colonial America
Eighteenth Century America
Governments of Latin America
Early Spanish American Literature
Modern Spanish American Literature
Commercial Spanish 1
Caribbean Literature
Commercial Spanish 2
Latin American Culture
Total Hours15

Italian Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Language Through Culture
Italian Through Film
Composition and Conversation
Advanced Conversation
Survey of Italian Literature 1
Survey of Italian Literature 2
Electives9
3 courses selected from the following areas:
1. Unrestricted Electives
Alternative ITAL courses 301-332
L'Italia Dal Vivo
Italian Folktales
Modern Italian Civilization
Greek and Roman Civilization and Culture
Greek and Roman Myths
Italian-American Experience
Italian Cinema 1945 to Present
Introduction to Structural Linguistics
Select ARHS, HIST, HUM courses available onthe World Language website.
2. Restricted Electives
Up to 6 hours from ARHS or HIST courses.
Total Hours15

Japanese Studies Requirements

At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:9
Select 3 courses from the following:
Conversation and Composition 1
Conversation and Composition 2
Advanced Structure
Advanced Reading
Japanese Culture
Upper-division JAPN Study Abroad
Culture Requirement3
Select 1 from the following:
Introduction to Japanese Culture
Japanese Culture and Cinema
Elective3
Any alternate 300 or 400 level JAPN course
Modern Japan
Introduction to Structural Linguistics
Environmental Policy
Government of Japan
Religions of China and Japan
Any alternate FCLT or FLIT courses at the 200 or 300 level
Total Hours15

Linguistics Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493).
Core Language Courses:9
Select 3 courses from the following:
Introduction to Structural Linguistics
Introduction to Language
Phonology
Syntax
Electives6
2 courses selected from the following:
History of the English Language
Topics in English Language
Phonetics and Pronunciation
German Pronunciation
Second Language Acquisition
The Teaching of Foreign Languages
Structure of Modern French
Structure of Spanish
English as a Second Language Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Phonetics and Pronunciation
Total Hours15

Literature Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ENGL 200Foundations of Literary Study3
Select 1 of the following:3
Western World Literature
Non-Western World Literature
Poetry
The Short Story
Drama
Novel
The Bible as Literature
American Literature 1
American Literature 2
British Literature 1
British Literature 2
Select 15 credits of upper division courses (Excluding ENGL 490 and 491)15
Total Hours21

Native American Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
NAS 200Introduction: Native American Studies3
ENGL 156Literature of Native America3
HIST 264American Indian History3
Select 5 additional courses from the following:15
NAS 491
Professional Field Experience
NAS 493
Special Topics
NAS 495
Independent Study
Topics in Native American Literature
Topics in Women's Literature
Seventeenth Century Colonial America
Eighteenth Century America
Total Hours24

Philosophy Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
PHIL 130Current Moral Problems3
Select 6 credits of lower division PHIL courses.6
PHIL 323Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL 325Philosophy of Law3
Select 9 credits of upper division PHIL courses (Excluding PHIL 490 and 491)9
Total Hours24

Professional Writing Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research3
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
ENGL 303Multimedia Writing3
or ENGL 306 Topics in Humanities Computing
ENGL 304Business and Professional Writing3
or ENGL 305 Technical Writing
ENGL 491AProfessional Field Experience3
Total Hours21

 

Psychology Requirements 

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 202Research Methods in Psychology3
Select 15 credits of upper division coursees (Excluding PSYC 490, 491, 495, and 498)15
Total Hours21

Public Relations Requirements 

Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.
JRL 101Media and Society3
PR 215Introduction to Public Relations3
PR 301Writing for Public Relations3
PR 401Applied Public Relations3
PR 410Integrated Marketing Communications for Public Relations3
One course from the list below:3
Promotion for Entertainment Media
Entertainment Media Campaigns
Event Promotion
IMC for Sport
Event Planning
Event Execution
Entertainment Media Branding
Total Hours18

Religious Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
RELG 102Introduction to World Religons3
RELG 301Studies in Asian Scriptures3
RELG 302Studies in Islamic Scriptures3
RELG 303Studies in Christian Scripture3
RELG 304Studies in Hebrew Scriptures3
RELG 305Biblical History/Archaeology3
RELG 310Historical Theology3
RELG 350Biblical Ethics/Current Issues3
RELG 410Apocalypse3
Total Hours27

Russian Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:12
Select 4 courses from the following:
Conversation and Composition 1
Conversation and Composition 2
Advanced Structure and Reading 1
Advanced Structure and Reading 2
The Russian Short Story
The Russian Short Story
Survey of Russian Literature
Survey of Russian Literature
Russian Culture
Elective3
1 course selected from the following or with approval of advisor:3
Any alternate upper-division courses in Russian
Russian Fairy Tales
Science Fiction: East and West
Russian Literature Translation 1
Russian Literature Translation 2
Total Hours18

Sociology Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all classes.
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
Select 15 credits of Upper-division hours excluding SOCA15
Total Hours18

Spanish Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus (exclusive of courses number 493 or credit obtained through credit by examination).
Core Language Courses:6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Readings in Spanish
Writing in the Hispanic World
Spanish Through Media
Spanish Conversation
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Electives9
3 courses selected from the following:
Alternate SPAN 310-314 courses
Additioanl Upper-division SPAN courses
Up to 3 credtis in FLIT 260-269, 360-369, FCLT 260-269, 360-369, LING 311, or a course in a directly related area approved by the department
Total Hours15

Teaching English as a Second Language

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
At least 6 credits of upper-division courses must be completed on campus on campus (exclusive of courses numbered 493)
LING 311Introduction to Structural Linguistics3
LANG 322Second Language Acquisition3
LANG 421The Teaching of Foreign Languages3
LING 511English as a Second Language Linguistics3
LANG 422Second Language Reading3
LING 512Applied Linguistics3
LING 514Sociolinguistics3
Total Hours21

Women's Studies Requirements

Minimum grade of C required in all courses.
WGST 170Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies1-3
WGST 330Feminist Theory3
CDFS 413Contemporary Issues in Family Relations3
Complete Option 1 or 2 as described below.12
Option 1:
12 credits of upper division courses (No more than 3 credits of WGST 490)
Option 2
Select 12 credits from the following:
American Women Writers
British Women Writers
Topics in Gay/Lesbian Studies
Geography of Gender
History of American Women
Gender/Politics and Policy
Women and Men in Society
Class, Status, and Power
Total Hours19-21
 
 

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Dean

  • Gypsy Denzine - Ph.D.
    Dean

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Robert F. Orlikoff - Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

  • M Cecil Smith - Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Services

  • Laura Porter - Ph.D.