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Requirements & General Information
Admission Requirements
General Education Requirements & Competencies
Divisional Requirements
Residence Requirements
Major & Minor Requirements
Transfer Credits
Credits for Graduation Teacher Education
Advising (Educational Advisory Center - EAC) Student Handbook
Honors Requirements  

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences, students must have taken the courses listed below with the unit requirements:

English (4)
Mathematics (2)
Foreign language (2)
Natural science (2)
Social science (2)
Any other academic courses counted toward graduation (4)

Freshmen applicants must be in the upper half of the graduating class or submit a GED Certificate; have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or ACT composite score of 20. Two letters of recommendation from the high school are required. Transfer applicants from regionally accredited institutions must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on 15 hours which shall include one English and one college-level Mathematics course.

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General Education Requirements

It is expected that all students following a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree will, before the beginning of the junior year, complete a schedule of study in general education embracing the following: English, Speech, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Afro-American Cluster, Philosophy, Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies and courses prescribed for divisional requirements. Although a major must be declared prior to the end of the Sophomore year, it is advisable that a student declare a Major as early as possible. (Students have the option of changing their major at any time.) In choosing courses to fulfill Divisional requirements, students should be guided by their choice of a major field.

The General Education Requirements for a student seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences follow:

1. Freshman Seminar [1 credit hour]

All New Entrants to the College of Arts and Sciences must enroll in and pass Freshman Seminar (FRSM- 001), which is a requirement for graduation.

2. English 002, 003 [6 credit hours]

English 002, 003 and a third English course which may be fulfilled by a Writing Across the Curriculum course, English 009, English 010, English 129 or an equivalent course as determined by departments. Students who earn a 5 or higher on the AP Language Exam may be exempted from 002. All students must earn a grade of C or better in 002, 003, and the third writing course.

3. Principles of Speech - SLMC 101 (previously COMC 101), offered by the School of Communications.

4. Mathematics [one year sequence]

College Algebra sequence [MATH 006, MATH 010] or Precalculus Sequence [MATH 006, MATH 007]; or higher level courses as assigned based on score received on Mathematics Placement examination; or equivalencies as determined by the Divisions of the College in concurrence with the Department of Mathematics.

5. Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate mastery at the 004 level, with equivalencies as determined by the Divisions with professional degree programs in concurrence with the Departments of World Languages and Cultures, or Classics. Eligible Foreign Languages may include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Wolof, Greek, Latin.

6. Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies [TOTAL = 4 credit hours]

  • Two activity courses (1 credit hour EACH)
  • One Swimming course (1 credit hour)
  • One health course (1 credit hour)
    • NOTE: Only the following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:
      - Health Science (HHPL 159)
      - Women’s Health (HHPL 160)
      - Controlling Stress and Tension (HHPL 175)

7. Philosophy [3 credit hours]

Students should select one course from the following list:
PHIL 051, PHIL 053, PHIL 055, PHIL 057, OR PHIL 059.

8. Comprehensive Examination

All students are required to take and pass a comprehensive examination in their major. For details concerning the examination, students should contact their department or the Arts and Sciences Educational Advisory Center.

9. The University-wide African-American Cluster Requirement

Students must satisfy an African-American course requirement, which may be selected from the following list:

ENGL 054/055 African-American Literature
POLS 006 Pan-Africanism
HIST 005/006 Introduction to Black Diaspora
AFST 101 African World: Intro. To Contemporary Africa
AFRO 005/006 Afro-American Studies
MUTP 100 Blacks in the Arts
FASH 102 Perspectives on African-American Dress
ARTH 193 Black Body Dress and Culture

10. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education

The General Education Requirements for a student seeking a Bachelor of Music degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or a Bachelor of Music Education in the College of Arts and Sciences include items 1 (Freshman Seminar) and 9 (African-American Cluster) on this list.

General Education Competencies

Competency Area 1: Written Communication

  1. Write effectively using proper sentence structure and grammar
  2. Learn style and mechanics of writing essays, reports or term papers
  3. Write with style or persuasively

Competency Area 2: Scientific Reasoning, Data Management, and Data Analysis

  1. Use scientific methods to interpret data and make conclusions
  2. Collect, organize, and interpret data
  3. Use mathematics to analyze data and make decisions

Competency Area 3: Critical Thinking

  1. Effectively interpret evidence, information, and points of view of others
  2. Evaluate evidence, use research methods and inference to draw supportable conclusions

Competency Area 4: Historical Awareness and Cultural Diversity Appreciation

  1. Understand aspects of African, European, or American culture, history, economics, politics, and society
  2. Acquire appreciation of art, literature, music, or beliefs of various cultures

Competency Area 5: Computer and Information Technology

  1. Use computer technology to produce documentation
  2. Use computer technology to make presentations
  3. Use computer technology and software to display data and create grap

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Divisional Requirements

Students majoring in the following areas must complete the designated divisional course requirements:

Humanities Social Sciences Natural Sciences Fine Arts
Div. Courses Div. Courses Div. Courses    

A 2 A 4 A 4 Please see Divisional requirements on your major's course scheme.
B 2 B 2 B 2
C 2     C 2
D 4 D 4 D 2

  10   10   10    

DIVISIONAL COURSES AND COURSE TITLES

SPECIAL NOTE: No more than 6 hours in a single department of the College of Arts and Sciences or in any other school or college can be counted to satisfy the divisional studies requirement.

DIVISIONAL STUDIES A:

No knowledge of a foreign language is required for any course listed below.

* Prerequiste is ENGL 003
** Recommended for freshmen

CLAS 014 Introduction to Humanities I
CLAS 015 Introduction to Humanities II**
ENGL 014 Introduction to Humanities I**
ENGL 015 Introduction to Humanities II**
SPAN 014 Introduction to Humanities I**
SPAN 100 Hispanic Literature in English**
SPAN 015 Introduction to Humanities I
GERM 014 Introduction to Humanities I
GERM 015 Introduction to Humanities II
FREN 014 Introduction to Humanities I
FREN 015 Introduction to Humanities II
NOTE   014 Introduction to Humanities I is a single course covering the same academic content across disciplines. Students who enroll in multiple 014 courses (e.g. CLAS 014 and GERM 014) are repeating a course and therefore not eligible to graduate with departmental honors. The same applies to 015 Introduction to Humanities II.
CLAS 016 Ideas in Antiquity**
CLAS 101 Greek Literature**
CLAS 102 Roman Literature**
CLAS 103 Classical Art
CLAS 108 Greek Drama
CLAS 109 Classical Mythology**
CLAS 111 Satire and Comedy in the Ancient World
CLAS 113 Women in the Ancient World
CLAS 114 Love in Antiquity
ENGL 054 Afro-American Literature to 1940*
ENGL 055 Afro-American Literature Since 1940*
ENGL 180 Third World Lit. Myth and Archetype*
ENGL 056 (formerly 168 and 225) Modern Caribbean Lit.*
HUMA 107 Women in Literature
SPAN 100 Hispanic Literature in English
SPAN 107 Women in Literature
GERM 100 Individual and Society**
GERM 101 Literature of Love
GERM 107 Women in Literature
GERM 109 Nor. European Mythology and Fables
GERM 111 Classic Films in English
RUSS 100 Russian Short Stories in English
RUSS 101 Literature in Revolution
RUSS 103 Love and Hate in Literature
RUSS 109 Slavic Mythology
FREN 100 Francophone Literature in English
FREN 106 African Cinema
FREN 107 Women in Literature
MUSC 100 Introduction to Music
ARTH 161 Art Appreciation**
THFD 010 Introduction to the Theatre**

DIVISIONAL STUDIES B: SOCIAL SCIENCES
OPEN TO FRESHMEN

CLAS 104 Greek Civilization
CLAS 105 Roman Civilization
CLAS 112 Ancient Law and Politics
CLAS 115 Slavery in the Greco-Roman World
POLS 001 Intro to Political Science**
HIST 001 Intro to Study of Civilization**
HIST 005 Intro to Black Diaspora I**
HIST 006 Intro to Black Diaspora II**
HIST 101 World Geography**
HIST 102 Economic Geography**
SOCI 001 Introduction to Sociology**
GERM 145 Cultural Life of Germany I
GERM 146 Cultural Life of Germany II
RUSS 145 Cultural Life of Russia
RUSS 150 Introduction to Black Diaspora
AFST 106 Intro to African Studies
AFRO 005 Afro-American Studies I**
AFRO 006 Afro-American Studies II**

DIVISIONAL STUDIES C: SOCIAL SCIENCES
OPEN TO SOPHOMORES

CLAS 110 Blacks in Antiquity
ECON 001 Principles of Economics I
ECON 002 Principles of Economics II
POLS 003 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 005 Intro to African Politics
POLS 011 State and Local Government
POLS 143 Black Electoral Politics
HIST 003 Europe and the Wider World
HIST 004 Europe and the Wider World
HIST 009 U.S. History to 1877**
HIST 010 U.S. History Since 1877**
HIST 030 Introduction to African History
HIST 031 Introduction to African History
HIST 040 Introduction to the History of Latin American and the Caribbean
HIST 041 Introduction to the History of Latin American and the Caribbean
HIST 150 Introduction to European History
HIST 051 Introduction to European History
HIST 054 Introduction to England
HIST 060 Introduction to East Asian Civilization
HIST 061 Introduction to East Asian Civilization
ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
AFST 101 Intro to Contemporary Africa
AFRO 131 Black Philosophy I
AFRO 133 19th Century Black Social-Political Thought
AFRO 191 Contemporary Slavery

DIVISIONAL STUDIES D: NATURAL SCIENCES

COMP 001 Life Sciences Lecture/Lab**
COMP 002 Planetary Sciences Lecture/Lab**
COMP 003 Physical Sciences Lecture/Lab**
COMP 004 Computers and Society Lecture/Lab**
CHEM 003 General Chemistry Lecture/Lab
MATH 006 College Algebra I
MATH 007 Pre-calculus
MATH 009 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 010 College Algebra II
MATH 012 Patterns in Mathematics
MATH 026 Calculus
PHYS 001 General Physics Lecture/Lab
PHYS 002 General Physics Lecture/Lab
PHYS 013 Physics for Science & Engineering Students I Lecture/Lab
PHYS 014 Physics for Science & Engineering Students II Lecture/Lab
PHYS 001 The Astronomical Universe
PHYS 010 General Astronomy
PHYS 011 General Astronomy
PSYC 050 Introduction to Psychology**
BIOL 101 General Biology I Lecture/ Lab
BIOL 102 General Biology II Lecture/Lab

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Residence Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences requires that students spend the last 30 hours of undergraduate study in residence at the university in the school or college in which the degree is awarded.

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Major & Minor Requirements

All candidates for a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must follow a program of study consisting of a major and minor concentration. A major concentration is a series of courses prescribed by a given department as being necessary for a major in that department. A major ordinarily includes 30 to 39 credits earned in a single department or in closely related departments. A minor concentration is a combination of courses from other departments that is designed to broaden the student's perspective and buttress his/her major area of concentration. A minor consists of 15 to 18 credits earned in one or more areas outside the student's major department.

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Transfer Credits

The College of Arts & Sciences will accept a maximum of 60 credit hours of transfer credits from other regionally accredited colleges.

Students may transfer the maximum 60 credits at the time of enrollment in the College. Alternatively, students may choose to take courses at other institutions during their matriculation at Howard University, and may transfer up to 60 credit hours over time.

Students who choose the latter must receive official approval from the following: Chairman of the Department of the discipline involved, the Chairman of the major department, and the Dean of the College or his/her designee.

Students may use officially approved courses taken at other institutions to satisfy any requirement. This would include those courses that do not have departmental equivalents, but that have equivalents in another Howard University school or college.

Students must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in a course for which they seek transfer credit. Students who transfer from other institutions will receive all possible credit for the number of hours and courses transferred. Grades and grade point averages earned at other institutions are NOT transferable to the College.

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Credits for Graduation

The following are required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • A total of 120 semester hours, exclusive of courses taken through the Center for Academic Reinforcement (CAR)
  • grades of C or better in all courses used to satisfy the minimum credit-hour requirement for departmental majors
  • grades higher than C for courses used to satisfy requirements for departmental majors in any department stipulating this requirement
  • and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in departmental majors, as well as in the minor fields of concentration

All freshmen in the College of Arts and Sciences must take and pass Freshman Seminar (FRSM 001).

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Honors Requirements

Honors at commencement will be awarded as follows:

Cum Laude
This honor is granted on the basis of a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Magna Cum Laude
This honor is granted on the basis of a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Summa Cum Laude
This honor is granted on the basis of a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher.

Grades in non-credit courses will not be considered in determining honors. To be eligible for honors at graduation, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete at least 12 credits for each semester of each regular semester enrolled, with the exception of the last semester in residence. A student who has not completed the last half of work required for their degree at Howard University is not eligible for honors.

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers intensified study for selected students. Emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge and the comprehension of ideas. Opportunities for independent study are available as early as the sophomore year.

Work in Honors is offered in each of the four years of study. Students who fail to qualify for honors study during the freshman year may be admitted at the beginning of their sophomore year. An honors student must satisfy all requirements for graduation that are not included in the Honors Program. Courses designated as honors courses in the Student Reference Manual and Directory of Classes are normally restricted to students formally enrolled in an honors program. Other students must obtain the written permission of the instructor to enroll in such courses.

Honors study includes courses in general education and in specialized departmental areas. Work in general education consists of courses in English composition, literature, and natural and social sciences during the freshman year, and seminars during the sophomore and junior years. In the student’s area of specialization, honors study allows for flexibility with opportunities for independent study through supervised reading in the sophomore and junior years and directed research in the senior year.

In the Freshman year, Honors Program students enroll in special courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences that supplant similar general education requirements of the college.

As Sophomores, Honors Program students augment their required courses with directed reading courses in their major.

In the Junior year, Honors Program students continue their independent study and conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor in addition to completing requirements of their major.

In their Senior year, students write an honors thesis, which is typically a culmination of their research, and present the thesis to their respective departments and the Honors Program prior to graduation.

Departmental Honors

Students may be admitted to departmental honors in the major department if the cumulative and departmental grade point averages are 3.2 or higher. Students who earn a "B" in the departmental honors project and a final grade point average of 3.2 or higher will graduate with departmental honors. Students who earn an "A" in the departmental honors projects and a final average of 3.5 or higher will graduate with departmental high honors.

Students are not eligible to graduate with honors if they have repeated a course(s); they have not carried at least 12 credits for each semester enrolled, with the exception of the last semester in residence; and they have not completed the last half of the work required for their degree in residence at Howard University.

Dean's Honor Roll

Each academic year, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences publishes an honor roll of all full-time students in the College who earned an average of 3.2 or higher for courses completed during the preceding year.

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Double Majors

Students may major in two subjects in the College of Arts and Sciences, in which case the application for a degree must be approved by both departments. Students who double major must meet all the graduation requirements for both subjects including the passing of the senior comprehensive examination in both subjects. There is no triple major.

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Course Load

The normal load in the College of Arts and Sciences is five courses (excluding ROTC, Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies, and Freshman Seminar). Any program exceeding the normal load must be approved by the Dean of the College or by the Educational Advisory Center. A student in the College must have an average of "B" or better during the preceding semester to take one additional course.

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Course Overrides

The university strictly enforces the policy regarding course overrides. The Student Reference Manual http://www.howard.edu/enrollment/registration/ (page 26) states the following:

"The course override capability exists for the sole purpose of accommodating those relatively few students who are given permission to either (a) enroll in a class that is "closed" or (b) enroll in one or more classes that have reasonable time conflicts within the student's schedule. Course overrides must be approved by the person (s) designated by the Dean/Associate Dean of each School/ College/ Division, according to the procedures established by such School/ College/ Division.

Please note particularly that overrides for closed classes in the following three departments will not be approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. Nor will such override requests be processed in the Office of the Registrar:

Afro-American Studies
World Languages and Cultures
Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies

Students who are seeking admission into closed classes in those departments should review the Afro-American Cluster and Divisional Course Requirements in the Student Resources section at http://www.howard.edu/bisonweb/  to make alternate class selections.

See the Student Reference Manual http://www.howard.edu/enrollment/registration/ (page 26) for signatures required on override forms.

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Course Repeats

An undergraduate student may repeat only once a course for which he/she has received a grade of "D" or "F". The lower grade will not be counted in the computtion of the GPA.

Exceptions to repeating a course more than once will be made only if it is a major or minor requirement for which the minimum grade of "C" is required, or if a student is ineligible to advance to the next level without a passing grade. All subsequent repeats, after the first one, will be counted in computing the GPA.

In all course repeats, the failing or previous grade is NOT expunged from the academic record.

Students are not eligible to graduate with honors if they have repeated a course(s); they have not carried at least 12 credits for each semester enrolled, with the exception of the last semester in residence; and they have not completed the last half of the work required for their degree in residence at Howard University.

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Accelerated Health Education

The accelerated Medical and Dental Education Programs are joint curricula at Howard University spanning the premedical and medical, or predental and dental programs. These programs offer students an opportunity to pursue a joint program for requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine, or for the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery in six years, rather than the conventional eight. There is also an option not to complete the baccalaureate degree requirement if there is evidence through high scores on standardized test and a high performance in courses of outstanding college-level achievement. Application for admission to these programs must be made to the Preprofessional Education Program.

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Health Education Counseling

The Center for Preprofessional Education organizes and directs programs that strengthen the motivation and preparation of Arts and Sciences and Graduate students for success in the curricula for Health Education. The Center provides individualized counseling for the professions of:

  • Allied Health Sciences,
  • Dentistry,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Allopathic Medicine,
  • Podiatric Medicine,
  • Optometric Medicine,
  • Osteopathic Medicine, and
  • Veterinary Medicine.

Special Programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (B.S./M.D.),
  • Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Surgery (B.S./D.D.S.),
  • Prepharmacy,
  • Health Science Institute (HIS), and
  • High School/College Internship Program (HSCIP).

Inquiries about these programs (e.g. applications, test requirements) should be directed to the Center's office.

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Teacher Education

Students matriculating in the College of Arts and Sciences may enroll in the joint 5-Year Elementary Education program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, in which the student receives an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree. In addition, students in the College of Arts and Sciences may also enroll in courses for early childhood and secondary education. For further information about these programs, contact the Educational Advisory Center in the College of Arts and Sciences or the coordinator for Undergraduate Students Services in the School of Education.

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