Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Programs of Instruction

Learn more about the undergraduate degree programs of instruction offered by the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. For specific curriculum guides for bachelor's degrees, minors and certificates offered through the College, see the Undergraduate Curriculum Guides section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Interdisciplinary and Divisional Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

This degree meets the needs of students who have an multidisciplinary academic goal. It expands opportunities for non-traditional students to complete their degrees at The University of Akron by allowing them to combine courses in a structured manner from various colleges to design a program suited to their needs. 

Divisional Majors

Humanities

This divisional major is appropriate for those desiring a Liberal Arts degree with a general emphasis in the humanities. The humanities division consists of the Departments of Anthropology and Classical Studies, English, Modern Languages and Philosophy. These disciplines and the disciplines of history and the creative and dramatic arts (art, music, theatre arts) are included in a prescribed manner in this divisional degree.

Natural Sciences

This divisional major provides for a broad background in science with planned concentration in selected areas. It is an appropriate major for those preparing for admission to professional programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science or for those desiring a Liberal Arts degree with a general emphasis in science. Additional coursework is often necessary for those planning graduate studies in a particular science discipline. The natural sciences division consists of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics and Physics.

Social Sciences

This divisional major is appropriate for those desiring a Liberal Arts degree with a general emphasis in the social sciences. The social sciences division consists of the Departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration and Urban Studies (graduate program only) and the School of Communication. Students may select a general divisional major that includes these units or one of two specialized tracks:

  • Social Sciences — PPE Track: The Social Sciences division PPE track consists of courses from the departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics.
  • Social Sciences - PSP Track: The Social Sciences division PSP track (Understanding Ourselves and Others) consists of courses from the departments of Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology.

Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine Degree (B.S./M.D. Program)

Introduction

The University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) offer, as a consortium, a six or seven-year B.S./M.D. program. Each year The University of Akron admits a limited number of carefully selected students into its B.S./M.D. degree option. Only students with no college credit after graduation from high school are eligible. Students with college credit taken as high school students are eligible. 

Students selected for the program enter Phase 1, the B.S. degree phase, where they may obtain the baccalaureate degree in two or three years on the Akron campus (summers included). Phase 1 students who successfully complete coursework requirements, maintain required grade point averages, achieve required scores on the Medical College Admission Test, and meet all other standards of readiness for medical education are then promoted directly to NEOMED for Phase 2 of the B.S./M.D. program.

Phase 2 consists of a four-year medical school course of study, at the NEOMED campus and at selected clinical campuses, leading to the M.D. degree. During Phase 1, B.S./M.D. students pursue a natural sciences division major in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. B.S./M.D. students are eligible for participation in the University Honors College.. B.S./M.D. students pursuing either the regular or honors track may also complete a certificate in Gerontology by fulfilling requirements from courses available from the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology and the Office of Geriatric Medicine, NEOMED. Application is made through the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.

B.S./M.D. Honors Track

Students accepted into the NEOMED B.S/M.D. program are also eligible to enroll in the University Honors College. The B.S./M.D. Program Academic Coordinator will serve as the Honors Preceptor for the B.S./M.D. students. Other faculty will become involved as each student plans the honors project. Requirements for retention in the Honors College are determined by the Honors Council. B.S./M.D. students enrolled in the Honors College are required to complete their degree in three years; students in the B.S./M.D. program and Honors College are not permitted to complete the B.S./M.D. program in two years.

Fine Arts Division

7100: Art

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art Option
    • The Bachelor of Arts Studio is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree, in which students are permitted to self-design the required suite of 42 studio electives around their interests in varying media within the School of Art. BA Studio Art Majors must complete a Minor Area Course of Study, two years of a foreign language, or five courses in American Sign Language.
  • Bachelor of Arts: Art Education with P-12 Visual Arts Licensure
    • The Art Education program in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art consists of a core curriculum of theory and practice that prepares students to work in a variety of organizational settings, from museums to recreational centers.
  • Bachelor of Arts: History of Art 
    • The Art History program in the Myers School of Art is for those fascinated by the potential of the visual arts to open windows onto other cultures, times, and places – and to offer a critical perspective on the world in which we live today.  Our approach to art history is interdisciplinary. We weave together political, intellectual, religious, and cultural contexts with close analysis of form in order to create nuanced understandings of historically important art objects. Art History students here work closely with faculty, often one-on-one, to develop strong verbal and written skills, to master the analysis and synthesis of evidence, and to become adept at presenting their work with clarity and precision.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Ceramics
    • The Ceramics curriculum is structured to assure that students learn design and problem-solving as well as the importance of ceramic objects of all kinds to those who view them or participate in using them.  The understanding of the historical and cultural meaning of ceramic materials and objects is fundamental to students staking a claim to making their own contributions to the field.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Graphic Design
    • Graphic Design is the largest program within the Myers School of Art. It is a professional program for students pursuing careers in the expanding multidisciplinary field of visual communication design. Critical thinking and logical problem solving in print, web and interactive media are emphasized.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Metalsmithing
    • The Jewelry & Metalsmithing program offers students a foundation in traditional and contemporary jewelry making and metalsmithing practices, while also emphasizing conceptual thinking, innovation in design, and refined craftsmanship. Students acquire an understanding of new technologies, investigate alternative materials, and gain insight into the history of the field. The program may be pursued from a fine artist, designer, or craftsperson’s perspective, and prepares students for a variety of careers in fine art, industrial or entrepreneurial settings.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Painting/Drawing
    • The Painting and Drawing program emphasizes that we are a community of people and ideas.  Faculty and students are united in fostering curiosity and shared work ethic.  Students explore studio work that demonstrates individual expression, critical thinking, and an awareness of art's historical and contemporary issues.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Photography
    • The Photography program provides in-depth experience in black and white and color fine art photography utilizing film and digital technologies as well as commercial photography and alternative approaches to the medium. Technical mastery and advanced conceptual thinking are emphasized, along with a solid grounding in historical and contemporary issues.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Printmaking
    • The Printmaking program is centered upon a dynamic investigation into the meaning of printed matter and the production of multiples in our complex world. Students energetically examine the visual and expressive potential of fine art printmaking while developing theoretical grounding in the historic context and contemporary applications of printmaking.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Emphasis in Sculpture
    • The Sculpture program provides a solid grounding in a wide variety of conceptual, technical and formal approaches for the creation of sculpture to enable students to explore and communicate their individual artistic concerns. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the almost limitless possibilities of contemporary sculpture.

7400: Family and Consumer Sciences

The mission of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare professionals for leadership positions as generalists and specialists in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. The School offers B.A. degrees in child development, in family development, in fashion merchandising, in interior design, and in family and consumer sciences teacher education. At the graduate level, it offers M.A. options in family and child development and in clothing, textiles, and interiors.  The School has been accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) since 1983, assuring that its programs meet the highest national standards in the field.

All students enrolled in B.A. programs in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences are required to complete two core courses:

  • 7400:447  Senior Seminar: Critical Issues in Professional Development – 1 credit
  • 7400:450  Families, Individuals, and Environments – 3 credits

All Family and Consumer undergraduates also complete an internship experience. 

Student chapters of professional organizations enrich college life.  The University Association for the Education of Young Children is a very active campus organization. Members interact and community professionals and focus on service projects that have served thousands of families and children in the area.  The ASID student chapter connects interior design students with professionals in the American Society of Interior Design. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences organization provides students from all majors with opportunities to work on service projects, network with professionals in their field, and learn about regional and national conferences.  Kappa Omicron Nu is the honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences students.  

  • Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Development:  This degree offers two options:  Family Development and Child Development.  Students in these programs are prepared to work in a variety of settings:
    • Educational settings, such as child development centers, parent education programs, children’s museums, Head Start programs, preschools, libraries
    • Social service and intervention programs such as homeless shelters, drug/alcohol programs, information and referral agencies, rape crisis programs, retirement homes, child and family advocacy programs, foster care and adoption programs, family financial programs, consumer education programs.
    • Government and legal programs such as community outreach, child care services for military installations, guardian ad litem programs.

Students in the Family Development and Child Development programs complete coursework in early childhood, adolescence, curriculum development, parent-child relations, families living in poverty, consumer education, marriage and family relations, family financial management, and much more.  Faculty members personally advise every student and help them maximize their degree by adding possible minors and certificates to their program. Students in both programs complete a 200-hour internship experience which gives them the opportunity to work with professionals and apply their academic knowledge to real-world settings. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising:  This degree offers options in three areas of fashion merchandising: apparel and textiles, interiors and home furnishings, and fiber arts.  Courses from the College of Business Administration and/or Summit College complement the degree by providing studies in marketing, promotion, sales, and retailing.

Students select the track they wish to complete:

  • Apparel Track
  • Home Furnishing Track
  • Fiber Arts Track

The Fashion Merchandising program has a Bachelor of Arts Step-Up Program in cooperation with Summit College.  In the first two years the student will be advised by faculty in Summit College as they earn their Associates Degree in Marketing and Sales, with either a Fashion Option or a Retailing Option.  In the last two years, they will transfer to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences to finish a B.A. degree and be advised by the fashion merchandising faculty in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.                                

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design:  The degree in interior design offers a comprehensive program of study which provides a balanced broad general education with specialized content integral to the interior design profession.  This studio-centered program seeks to develop students’ understanding of the role of the interior designer in serving in serving individuals and families in the built environments in which they live and work.

The Interior Design program is also CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditration) accredited at the professional level.  The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) also granted institutional accreditation to the Interior Design program.  The program has an active Advisory Board with representation from the profession, the industry, and from alumni.

Interior Design students receive faculty advisors as soon as they enter the major, but they do not sign a formal contract until the completion of their sophomore year and a portfolio review.  Students who transfer from CIDA-accredited programs must have an overall grade-point average of 2.5 and Program Director approval of a submitted portfolio.  All students in this professional program are required to earn a C or better in all Interior Design core courses and electives.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (with Licensure in Family and Consumer Sciences Education):  Successful completion of this degree qualifies students to obtain an initial Ohio Two-year Provisional License in Vocational Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Education, grades 4-12.  The program is designed to assure that students will meet state standards and be ready to start successful careers. They take a wide variety of FCS courses and education courses and also complete an eleven-week student teaching field experience. Graduates are employed in middle schools, high schools, career centers, and adult education programs in Ohio and in numerous other states.

Students must be admitted to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences to start their program. They will have an FCS academic advisor throughout the program.  Students are required to complete all required FCS content and elective courses and all teacher education courses with a minimum of a C grade.  Students must qualify for additional admission to the College of Education at the end of their sophomore year.  They must have a 2.5 GPA overall, an ACT 22 or SAT 1050 or grades of B or better in required college-level math and English courses.  They must also pass required computer literacy standards, speech and hearing tests, and Bureau of Criminal Investigation Clearance, and provide recommendations.

7500: Music

Degrees: 

  • Bachelor of Arts: The Bachelor of Arts program is intended as a cultural course or as a preparation for graduate study but not as preparation for a performance or teaching career
  • Bachelor of Music:
    • Performance (emphasis in accompanying)
    • Performance (emphasis in brass)
    • Performance (emphasis in piano)
    • Performance (emphasis in strings)
    • Performance (emphasis in voice)
    • Composition
    • Jazz Studies
    • Music Education
      • Band-Wind and Percussion Instruments
      • Orchestra-String Instruments
      • Choral-General Music

Students wishing to major in music must complete the standard undergraduate application for admission and return it to the Office of Admissions. A student cannot be formally admitted to the School of Music until admitted to the University.

To be accepted as a music major, both freshmen and transfer students must successfully complete an audition on their major applied instrument, complete The Undergraduate Placement Examination in Music Theory, and be evaluated in keyboard skills. Prospective students should contact the School of Music for information on specialized programs, as well as dates and times for The Undergraduate Placement Examination in Music Theory.

A student receiving a grade below “C-” in a required music course must repeat the course. Music Education majors receiving a grade below “C” in a required music course must repeat the course.

Changing Major Instruments

A student may later change his declared major instrument after being admitted to the School of Music, but must then audition and satisfy all requirements for the new area as an entering student.

Applied Music Requirements

Studio Study (Private Lessons) - Skill in at least one major area of performance must be progressively developed to the highest level appropriate to the student’s major. All students majoring in music are required to enroll in applied music on their declared major instrument every semester. A performance major in the Bachelor of Music program must enroll for four credits in applied music each semester which equates to a one-hour lesson or two half-hour lessons each week. All other students enroll for two credits in applied music on their declared major instrument each semester which equates to a half-hour lesson each week.

Because of the tutorial nature of applied music study, there is an additional fee for applied music registration beyond the normal credit-hour tuition and general service fee.

The offering of applied music instruction is dependent upon the availability of instructors. Although students may request study with a given instructor, the audition does not guarantee study with a particular member of the faculty. The priority for assignment is as follows: 1) collegiate music majors; 2) music minors; 3) non-music majors who are members of University performing ensembles; 4) pre-college students in the high school/college program of the School of Music; and, 5) all others.

Students will not be eligible for applied music study if: 1) they fail to pass the entrance audition; 2) a particular instructor’s studio is full; 3) the quality of work demonstrated is judged unacceptable by the applied instructor; or 4) faculty in the student’s applied area conclude on the basis of a jury that a continuation of applied study is not merited. Students in the studio are expected to exhibit a mature attitude and productive behavior.

Levels of Applied Music Study

The study of applied music is divided into seven course levels. These conform to levels of proficiency and the requirements of the various degree programs. Entrance to applied music is by audition. Advancement in level is by promotional jury examination only.

7520:000 Level for elective credit in non-music programs, pre-college adults, preparatory program enrollment, and for correcting deficiencies before permission is granted to enroll at the 100 level. Credits in applied music at this level cannot be counted toward any degree requirements in music.

Music majors may apply a maximum of eight credits from any of the following levels to their degree program. A maximum of 32 credits may be counted toward degree requirements.

7520:100 - Freshman level
7520:200 - Sophomore level
7520:300 - Junior level
7520:400 - Senior level

Minimum Performance Levels Required by Degree Program 

  • Bachelor of Arts - Eight credits and completion of the 200 level in the primary applied performance area. No recital is required.
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance Major — Thirty-two credits and completion of the 400 level in the primary applied performance area. A junior recital is required at the 300 level. A full senior recital is also required.
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition Major — Sixteen credits and completion of the 200 level in the primary applied performance area. A full senior composition recital is required.
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education — Sixteen credits and completion of the 300 level in the primary applied performance area. A half senior recital is required.
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies — Sixteen credits and completion of the 200 level in the primary applied performance area; additional completion of the 100 level in flute and clarinet for saxophone majors and the 200 level in classical guitar for electric guitar majors. A full senior recital is required.

Jury System in Applied Music

A promotional jury is the only way in which a student may advance from one course level to another. Each music major may take a promotional jury in his/her primary applied performance area once each year, after two semesters of study, and/or after the minimum number of credits is attained. However, a faculty member may require a student to take additional semesters of study prior to a promotional jury.

Each applied area is empowered to terminate applied study, and applied study will be terminated after three attempts at the same promotional jury level. A promotional jury may be used by a student studying applied music at the 000 level as an audition to the 100 level.

Applied Repertory of Study

Each applied music section (brass, composition, guitar, keyboard, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds) has a published repertory of study requirements for each of the course levels. These requirements are available from the Applied Area Coordinator, individual applied instructors, and the School of Music office.

Studio Classes

Each music major is required to attend the weekly 50-minute class taught by his applied instructor. Attendance at studio class is part of the requirement for applied music study, and reflects in the student’s grade in applied music. Performances in studio class are determined by the student’s applied instructor.

Sectional Recitals

Each applied section holds a sectional recital each week. Attendance by students studying in the section is required. Performances in sectionals are determined by the student’s applied instructor and area coordinator.

Applied Study for Non-music Majors

Non-music majors may enroll for applied music with the permission of the individual applied instructor or the area coordinator, whichever is appropriate to the area of study. Acceptance for studio study is based upon an audition, usually given the first week of classes. Only students who meet applied studio standards will be accepted for applied instruction.

Recital Attendance Requirements

Bachelor of Music majors are required to enroll and receive credit for eight semesters of 7500:157(Student Recital). Bachelor of Arts music majors are required to enroll and receive credit for four semesters. Student Recital (7500:157) carries no academic credit and has no fee. Further information on the attendance requirement is available in the School of Music office.

Ensemble Requirement

Enrollment in all ensembles requires permission of the instructor.

Major Conducted Ensemble Requirement

Students who are music majors must enroll for eight semesters in a major conducted performance ensemble on their declared major instrument. Guitar and keyboard majors should refer to the Memo of Agreement for specific ensemble requirements. Auditions for membership are held each year and occasionally each semester. All music majors are required to enroll in the major conducted ensemble as assigned by faculty and appropriate to their primary performance area every fall and spring semester.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music major in Performance, Theory, Composition, and Music Education must complete a minimum of eight semesters. However, keyboard majors in Music Education may substitute one year of a major choral ensemble in place of a Keyboard Ensemble. Four semesters are required for Jazz Studies majors, music minors, and those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Students who do not complete degree requirements within eight semesters must continue to enroll in a major conducted ensemble each semester until all graduation requirements are met, except during the semester when student teaching.

Major conducted Ensembles include: Concert Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, University Band, and University Symphony Orchestra.

Non-major Conducted Ensemble Requirement

Non-major conducted ensembles may be taken in addition to, but not instead of, major conducted ensembles. Jazz Studies majors are required to complete eight credits in jazz ensembles in addition to four semesters of major conducted ensembles. Non-major conducted Ensembles include: the Akron Symphony Chorus, Brass Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Instrumental Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Madrigal Singers, Marching Band, New Music Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, Blue and Gold Brass (Basketball Band), and Opera/Lyric Theatre.

Unconducted Ensembles

Unconducted ensembles may be taken in addition to, but not instead of, major conducted ensembles. Unconducted ensembles include: Brass Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Mixed Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles, String Ensembles, Vocal Ensembles, and Woodwind Ensembles.

Ensemble credit is repeatable.

Minimum Proficiency Requirements in Keyboard and Voice

All music majors must meet minimum proficiencies in keyboard and voice. Keyboard proficiency is met by successfully completing keyboard Harmony I and II and passing a final keyboard examination. Vocal proficiency is met by successfully completing required Theory and Musicianship courses.

7800: Theatre

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts: The Theatre Program is currently not accepting majors into the program.  All UA students are welcome to take theatre courses as electives and are encouraged to participate in theatre production activities as part of their Akron Experience.

7900: Dance

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: The BFA dance major is designed for the student who wishes to pursue professional training in dance through an emphasis in ballet and modern dance techniques. This program offers extensive training in technical, performing and choreographic skills and is supported by a core of coursework in dance history, pedagogy, and physical analysis. The BFA in Dance prepares students for performing, graduate studies in performance and choreography, fields related to dance such as arts administration, dance history, physical therapy, dance therapy, dance education, or dance ethnology, as well as teaching in private studios.

    Placement into the dance program for the first year of study as a probationary dance major is by audition only. Promotion in levels of dance techniques is by receipt of a “B+” grade or better for one semester for advancement from Ballet IV to V to VI to VII to VIII respectively, and by receipt of a “B” grade or better for one semester in all other technique classes.

    To be admitted to the BFA degree program in Dance in the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration, students must work for one year of study as a probationary dance major, demonstrate acceptable work habits, pass the Freshman Jury and Interview to gain admittance to the college and status as a BA in Dance major in preparation for auditioning for the BFA program at the end of the sophomore year. BFA students must maintain a 2.875 GPA in all dance classes for a total of two years and may be placed on artistic probation if they demonstrate less acceptable work habits. Full status must be regained to graduate. To graduate with the BFA in Dance, students must complete one full year of Ballet VIII with a minimum of “B” and be enrolled in a ballet technique class each semester until they satisfy their technique requirements and maintain an overall 2.875 GPA in all dance classes.
     
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies with a Business Cognate: This BA degree is designed to offer students a broad learning experience in dance, including ballet, modern, tap. and jazz, supplemented by business studies. Core coursework includes choreography, dance history, pedagogy, and physical analysis. This program prepares students for dance studio management, graduate studies in the fields related to dance such as arts administration, dance history, physical therapy, dance therapy, or dance ethnology, as well as teaching in private studios.

    Placement into the dance program for the first year of study as a probationary dance major is by audition only. Promotion in levels of dance techniques is by receipt of a “B+” grade or better for one semester for advancement from Ballet IV to V to VI to VII to VIII respectively, and by receipt of a “B” grade or better for one semester in all other technique classes.

    To be admitted to the BA program in Dance in the School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration, students must complete one year of study as a probationary dance major, demonstrate acceptable work habits, pass the Freshman Jury and Interview and maintain a 2.785 GPA in all dance classes. All students are required to be enrolled in a dance technique class each semester until they satisfy their technique requirements. Completion of two semesters of Ballet V is required for the BA in Dance Studies with a Business Cognate.

Humanities Division

3200: Anthropology and Classical Studies

3200: Classics; 3230: Anthropology; 3240: Archaeology

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Anthropology
    • Archaeological Concentration
    • Biological Concentration
    • Cultural Concentration
    • Classical Studies Concentration

This interdisciplinary program allows students the flexibility to construct a program of study tailored to their interests in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology or archaeology.

3300: English

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Our course of study of literature, language, rhetoric, and creative writing fosters the development of critical thinking, skilled communication, appreciation of cultural contexts, informed citizenship, and knowledge of the various literary texts representing human thought and inquiry through the centuries. Students majoring in English studies go on to become successful professionals in their chosen fields. Graduates have taken the department’s reputation into the world outside the campus gates and hold careers ranging from positions in successful law practices, to jobs as published authors, technical writers, and journalists.

Statement of Policies—Admission and Graduation

For students enrolled at The University of Akron and for students wishing to transfer directly into Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences from other institutions, the following criteria must be satisfied for admission to the Department of English: 

  • The student must be admissible to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • The student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.20 in all university coursework
In order to graduate with an English major, the following requirements must be satisfied:
  • The student must achieve a grade of C- or higher in all these required courses: 3300:300; 3300:301; 3300: 315 or 316; 3300:341; 3300:371 and 3300:492
  • The student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 in English courses

3500: Modern Languages

3501: Arabic; 3502: Chinese; 3510: Latin; 3520: French; 3530: German; 3550: Italian; 3560: Japanese; 3570: Russian; 3580: Spanish

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts 
    • The Department of Modern Languages is committed to preparing all University of Akron students to succeed in the global economy and to become productive and engaged global citizens. Our students achieve linguistic competencies and multicultural literacies, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and connect with diverse local, national, and international communities.
      • French Language, Literature and Culture Track 
        • More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents and that number is expected to rise to over 700 million by 2050. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. French is both a working and an official language of the United Nations and the European Union. Knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa) as well as of multinational companies all over the world.
      • French and Francophone Studies Track
        • The French and Francophone Studies Track is designed for those students who are interested in developing their skills in the French language and in gaining a broader perspective on and a deeper understanding of French-speaking countries in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean and Asia. This prepares students to function in a multicultural, global context, and enhances students’ career choices and employment potential.
      • Spanish 
        • The Spanish Major is designed for those students who are interested in developing their skills in the Spanish language and in gaining a broader perspective on and a deeper understanding of Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and Latin America. Spanish is the second-most commonly spoken language after English within the United States, and in today’s economy, getting a good job within any customer service-related industry is greatly enhanced by the ability to speak Spanish.

3600: Philosophy

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy is the process and practice of thinking—clearly, critically, logically, and rationally.  It involves questioning issues and beliefs, identifying and analyzing arguments, examining foundations and motives for determining what is right and wrong, and distinguishing between good and bad reasoning.  Philosophy enlarges the mind, enriches the intellectual imagination, and introduces new ways of thinking—a necessary component for any career and an excellent preparation for graduate school and law school.

Natural Sciences Division

3100: Biology

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science
Biology is the fastest-growing field of science today and its impact is carried to many fronts: medicine and health care; the environment and climate change; and global food sources. A degree in Biology can prepare a student for professional schools, such as medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy. Alternatively, in collaboration with the College of Education, the degree can prepare a student to teach high school biology. Graduates with Biology degrees from UA become physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and university professors, as well as conducting a variety of biological research in firms such as Enviroscience, Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio EPA, Ohio Nature Conservancy, and Ohio DNR. UA students gain experience in these areas through research opportunities in academic laboratories, internships with local businesses, and with co-ops.

3150: Chemistry

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Polymer Option (degree certified by the American Chemical Society)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Chemistry is an experimental science that seeks to understand the structure and function of molecules. Chemists synthesize new materials, and study their properties and how they interact with other compounds. The B.S. degrees offered by the department prepare students for independent laboratory work and research. The B.A. degree is less strongly focused on research and prepares students for professional degrees like medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Admission, Retention and Graduation

  • The student must maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average
  • The student must obtain a grade of C- or better in all required chemistry courses

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science Polymer Chemistry/Master of Science Polymer Science (B.S./M.S. Polymer)

Introduction

In Northeast Ohio, there is a growing demand for professionals trained in polymer chemistry. The polymer industry is one of the major industrial sectors of the economy of Ohio. The BS/MS Polymer Chemistry degree was instituted to prepare students for jobs in this area. The program provides a quality undergraduate science degree coupled with a graduate degree from one of the premier polymer programs in the country.

Students who are admitted to this program can complete the undergraduate phase of the course of study in three years and then immediately begin graduate studies in polymer science. Under rare circumstances, a student can complete the undergraduate phase in four years after approval of the advisers. A student not proceeding to the graduate program in Polymer Science may complete the degree requirements for the BS Natural Sciences - Polymer Chemistry Concentration.

Students earn a Bachelors degree in Natural Science from the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences that is heavily weighted toward chemistry. They will be assigned an adviser in the Department of Chemistry and a co-adviser in the Department of Polymer Science who will advise them throughout their undergraduate program. Once the undergraduate degree is completed students begin studies to earn a Masters of Science from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering that will require two years of courses and research.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation

  • Honors Students who express interest will be admitted into the 3+2 program after an interview
  • Students must have a 3.70 grade point average in all undergraduate science and math classes at the end of the first semester in the third year
  • Students who earn a grade less than a C- in any required science or math class will have to repeat the course and earn a grade of C- or better

Cooperative Education Program in Chemistry

Qualifications

Arrangements for entry into the program are on an individual basis and are initiated by the student during the second year of undergraduate study. Full-time B.S. chemistry majors at The University of Akron must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credits with a quality point average of at least 2.3 in chemistry courses and on schedule in their curriculum.
  • Acceptance by a cooperative education coordinator or director following a series of interviews
  • Part-time students must have completed 60 credits with a 2.3 average and be on schedule in their curriculum
  • Transfer students must have preparation equivalent to the minimum requirements for The University of Akron students and must have completed at least one semester of full-time study at The University of Akron

Placement in an industrial or other position is not guaranteed, and foreign students should recognize that many companies require U.S. citizenship or possession of a permanent visa. In any case, final acceptance of a student for any position is the decision of the employer.

Schedule

The work-study schedule for students in the co-op program is as follows:

FallSpringSummer
SchoolSchoolVacation/School
SchoolSchoolVacation/Work/School
SchoolWorkSchool
WorkSchoolWork
SchoolSchool

Admission to Program

Interested students should attend a Cooperative Education orientation session. Students will be expected to remain with their employer for all co-op work periods in order to provide a progression of experience and responsibility. Employment must have approval of the department and the Cooperative Education director, but the University does not guarantee employment.

Registration

Students register for Cooperative Work Periods in the same manner that a student registers for any other University courses. The course is: 3000:301 Cooperative Education.

A registration fee for each work period is charged to offset the expenses of administering the Co-op Program. Upon completion of a work period, a statement will appear on the student’s official transcript listing the course number and title. In place of a grade, “credit” or “no credit” will be given, depending upon the student’s satisfactory or unsatisfactory completion of the following:  

  • Work performance as evaluated by the employer
  • Submission of a written Work Report and its approval by the Cooperative Education staff
  • Submission of a Cooperative Work Period Summary Form

 3460: Computer Science

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (System Track)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Management Track)

Admission to Computer Science Major

The student must have completed 30 credits and have the approval of the Dean of the College. In addition, the student must have completed 3450:208, 3460:209, 3460:210 and 3450:221.

Cooperative Education Program

The work-study schedule for a student participating in the Cooperative Education Program is as follows:

FallSpringSummer
SchoolSchoolVacation/School
SchoolSchoolVacation/Work/School
SchoolWorkSchool
WorkSchoolWork
SchoolSchool

Admission

Arrangements for student entry into the program are on an individual basis, and must be initiated by the student during the second year of undergraduate study. The Cooperative Education Program is an optional program available only to full-time computer science students at The University of Akron who have satisfactorily met the following requirements: 

  • Sixty credits with a grade-point average of at least 2.00 out of a possible 4.00 in the program curriculum and be on schedule in the curriculum
  • Acceptance by a cooperative education coordinator or director following interviews
  • A transfer student must complete 16 credits of academic work at The University of Akron with a grade-point average of at least 2.00 out of a possible 4.00 and be on schedule in the curriculum
  • The student is expected to have successfully completed 3460:306 and 3460:316 before the first work period 

A student who desires to participate in the program will fill out a Personal Data form and submit it to the department chair. The student will then meet with a member of the cooperative education staff to discuss the availability of prospective employers. During this interview, the student will be asked to sign a Cooperative Educational Agreement and a grade release form which will become effective upon employment. Employment must be coordinated or have approval of the department and the cooperative education director. The University does not guarantee employment for the student. The student will be expected to remain with the employer for all cooperative work periods in order to provide a progression of experience and responsibility.

Registration

While no academic credits are assigned, each student must register for 3000:301 Cooperative Education in the same manner that a student registers for any other University course. See department adviser before enrolling for this course. A cooperative program fee for each work period is charged. Upon completion of a work period, a statement will appear on each student’s official transcript listing the course number, title and name of the employer. In the place of a grade,

3370: Geosciences (encompassing Geology and Environmental Science)

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Earth Science Track
    • Environmental Science Track
Geoscientists focus on problems related to how the Earth works, and our students are given opportunities to build the skills necessary for understanding the Earth System.  Through a variety of field and laboratory experiences, our curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning. Students may find employment opportunities in the Earth resources field, environmental consulting, the government sector, or a variety of other career paths.

3450: Mathematics

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • BS/MS Program in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • BS/MS Program in Applied Mathematics 
  • BS/MS Program in Applied Mathematics/Polymer Engineering
  • BS/MBA 5-year Program in Applied Mathematics/Business Administration
  • BS/MA 5-Year Program in Applied Mathematics/Economics

BS/MS Program in Mathematics

This is an accelerated five-year BS/MS program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree in either mathematics or applied mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in mathematics. Under the supervision of a faculty adviser, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. During the third year of the baccalaureate degree, a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

BS/MS Program in Applied Mathematics

This is an accelerated five-year BS/MS program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree in either mathematics or applied mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in applied mathematics. Under the supervision of a faculty adviser, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. During the third year of the baccalaureate degree, a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine credits in each of those semesters.

BS/MS Program in Applied Mathematics/Polymer Engineering

This is an accelerated five-year BS/MS program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics as well as a master’s degree in polymer engineering. Under the supervision of faculty advisers in applied mathematics and polymer engineering, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. During the third year of the baccalaureate degree a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

BS/MBA 5-year Program in Applied Mathematics/Business Administration

After successful completion of this accelerated five-year BS/MBA program, students will receive a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a master's degree in business administration. Students of this program will be supervised by faculty advisors in applied mathematics and the College of Business Administration (CBA), and are expected to finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor's degree in the first three years of the program. Students are asked to formally apply to the accelerated program through the Graduate School during the third year of their bachelor's degree. Upon acceptance, students will be expected to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor's degree and 36-39 credits of graduate work for the MBA degree in the last two years of the program, while registering for at least nine graduate credits each semester of the last two years of the program. Students will be eligible to apply for an industrial graduate assistantship in these last two years of the program.

BS/MA 5-Year Program in Applied Mathematics/Economic

After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics as well as a master’s degree in economics. Under the supervision of faculty advisers in applied mathematics and economics, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. During the third year of the baccalaureate degree a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

Cooperative Education Program: Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

The work-study schedule for a student participating in the Cooperative Education Program is as follows:

FallSpringSummer
SchoolSchoolVacation/School
SchoolSchoolVacation/Work/School
SchoolWorkSchool
WorkSchoolWork
SchoolSchool

Admission

Arrangements for student entry into the program are on an individual basis, and must be initiated by the student during the second year of undergraduate study. The Cooperative Education Program is an optional program available only to all full-time mathematics or applied mathematics students at The University of Akron who have satisfactorily met the following requirements:

  • Sixty credits with a grade-point average of at least 2.00 out of a possible 4.00 in the program curriculum and be on schedule in the curriculum
  • Acceptance by a cooperative education coordinator or director following interviews
  • A transfer student must complete 16 credits of academic work at The University of Akron with a grade-point average of at least 2.00 out of a possible 4.00 and be on schedule in the program curriculum.

A student who desires to participate in the program will fill out a Personal Data form and submit it to the department chair. The student will then meet with a member of the cooperative education staff to discuss the availability of prospective employers. During this interview, the student will be asked to sign a Cooperative Educational Agreement and a grade release form which will become effective upon employment. Employment must be coordinated or have approval of the department and the cooperative education director. The University does not guarantee employment for the student. The student will be expected to remain with the employer for all cooperative work periods in order to provide a progression of experience and responsibility.

Registration

While no academic credits are assigned, each student must register for 3000:301 Cooperative Education in the same manner that a student registers for any other University course. See department adviser before enrolling for this course.

A cooperative program fee for each work period is charged. Upon completion of a work period, a statement will appear on each student’s official transcript listing the course number, title and name of the employer. In the place of a grade,”credit” or “no credit” will be given, depending upon the student’s satisfactory or unsatisfactory completion of the following: 

  • Work performance as evaluated by the employer
  • Written work report as approved by department chair and cooperative education staff
  • Cooperative Work Period Summary form 

Usually, work progresses satisfactorily on the job and a grade of “credit” is assigned at the end of the semester. If all the above conditions are not met, a grade of “no credit” will be submitted.

3650: Physics

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science 

This degree is intended for the student seeking the most detailed and quantitative preparation in physics available in an undergraduate curriculum. 

Students can enhance their program of study in areas of research in the Department:

  • Chemical Physics
  • Polymer Physics
  • Physics (Pre-Graduate School) 

3470: Statistics

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science, Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science, Statistics/Actuarial Science

The BS Statistics program prepares students to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies.  Students learn how to use numerical information to solve problems in a wide variety of fields, ranging from business and industry to medical research.

In addition to providing students with a solid background in Statistics, the Actuarial Science option prepares students for careers in the actuarial field.

Social Sciences Division

2200: Early Childhood Development

Degree:

  • Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development

This program prepares students for employment in a variety of staff positions in child care centers, nursery schools, and Head Start programs that service infants, toddlers, and pre-Kindergarten children. Graduates can be classroom assistants or head teachers, run their own center or be a center administrator.

7600: Communication

The School of Communication offers students a liberal arts education combined with professional and practical experience to meet the social, professional and personal challenges of the 21st century marketplace. Steeped in the tradition of free, accountable, and effective expression of thoughts and ideas, the broad-based curriculum equips students to think critically, write and speak eloquently, work in groups effectively, develop creatively, act ethically and interface proactively with converged media platforms.

Students choose from three academic concentrations: Strategic and Organizational Communication, Public Relations and Media Studies.  Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in internships that lead to careers in media, business, sales and marketing, public relations, journalism and conference planning.

Additional information about the school, its faculty and its programs is available at www.uakron.edu/schlcomm 

Requirements for transferring into the School of Communication:

  • Admission to the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and a 2.5 GPA or above

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Concentrations within the School of Communication are listed below: 

  • Public Relations Concentration
  • Strategic and Organizational Communication Concentration
  • Media Studies Concentration

Exit requirement

To graduate with a degree from the School of Communication, a student must attain a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, a minimum 2.30 GPA for all courses taken in the School of Communication and have passed 7600:105/106, 3300: 111, 112, 113 or 114 with a “C” or better.

3250: Economics

Economics is the study of choice in a world with scarce resources. Students majoring in economics develop their analytical and problem-solving skills while exploring theories of economic systems and their application to a large number of fields. These fields range from finance and international trade to poverty reduction and environmental problems.

Graduates are employed in both the private and public sectors in a wide range of careers. For example they can be found as financial analysts, management trainees, human resource managers, city and state economists, bank examiners or health care administrators. An economics degree is an excellent background for entrance into professional programs such as law or the MBA. A joint major is a very useful option for students studying in other fields.

Degrees:

  • BA in Economics
  • BS in Labor Economics.

Bachelor of Arts

The BA program has core courses in theory and in quantitative and computer methods as well as a number of economics electives. If they wish, students can choose field electives relating to career tracks: business, banking and international economics, public policy or graduate school (see below). In one of their final field courses, students develop and carry out a senior project that shows their ability to apply what they have learned, both analytically and quantitatively. For potential employers, it provides an important demonstration of what an economics graduate can do

Bachelor of Science in Labor Economics

The BSLE is a more focused program relating to issues involving human resources, from the analysis of wages and labor markets to the investigation of social policy problems like health, education and discrimination. Career opportunities exist for labor market analysts and for social and labor policy experts in state and local government (like the Department of Job and Family Services or Summit County Children's Services) and in local and international firms. The BSLE program has core courses in labor theory and application plus quantitative and computer methods. The culmination of the program for each student is to bring together all these areas in a labor market analysis and evaluation project. This project demonstrates students' ability to apply what they have learned both in analytical thinking and quantitative methods. For employers, it is a valuable demonstration of what a labor economics graduate can do.

3350: Geosciences (encompassing Geography):

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Geography/Geographic Information Sciences

The coursework in our the BS-Geographic Information Science degree focuses on data handling, analysis, and graphic communication of simple and complex geographic data and information.  Students study how to map, model, and query large amounts of information.  Students may also learn how to acquire remotely sensed imagery and how to display and analyze images acquired using many different kinds of sensors.

3400: History

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • BA/MA Program in History
In addition to the knowledge conveyed through the study of the past, students of history obtain practical skills that empower them no matter what career direction they take.  History students learn to read widely and critically.  They develop analytical and writing skills and gain experience with oral communication, all of which can be employed in any career or profession. Tens of thousands of attorneys, teachers, civic and business leaders, military professionals, and others have developed successful careers as a result of their decision to study history.  The intellectual skills and cultural sensitivity that history teaches can be applied in all walks of life.  People who study history learn to ask questions, think for themselves, and become better citizens.

BA/MA Program in History

This is an accelerated five-year BA/MA program. Students can take this accelerated BA/MA program with the goal of applying for admission into PhD programs in History. In addition, students can take this accelerated program to pursue careers as educators in the public school system or in private schools, careers as researchers in cultural organizations and policy think tanks, and careers in museums, libraries and historical societies. 

After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in history. Under the supervision of faculty advisors in history, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. During the third year of the baccalaureate degree a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

3700: Political Science

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Criminal Justice

Successful graduates of this program go on to graduate or law school, manage campaigns, run for office, work in state and local government or for various federal government agencies, including the U.S. Marshall’s Office, U.S. State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Amnesty International.

Statement of Policies – Admission

For students enrolled at The University of Akron and for students wishing to transfer directly to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences from other institutions, the following criteria must be satisfied for admission to the Department of Political Science:

  • The student must be admissible to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.20 must be met in all university work, including transfer credits
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.20 must be met in all work in Political Science, including university and transfer credits. Only credits earned at an accredited institution of post-secondary education, as recognized by The University of Akron, will be considered for transfer credit, and only those grades will be considered in the grade point average.

Retention

Students in the Political Science programs must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.20 overall and a minimum of 2.20 grade point average in Political Science courses (including transfer credit) in order to remain in the program. A student who fails to maintain the 2.20 cumulative average (including transfer credit) will be placed on academic probation. Failure to raise the average after one semester will result in dismissal from the program. The student may not apply for readmission for at least one semester.

3750: Psychology

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Psychology majors learn about human and animal behavior, and are prepared for diverse careers in health, business, industry, and research. The Department of Psychology offers an extensive and varied curriculum coupled with an active faculty and student-driven research program that develops the analytical and problem-solving skills desired by employers and graduate programs. The academic background and applied experiences provided by the major enable students to seek regional postgraduate employment and successfully compete for graduate school opportunities leading to advanced degrees.

3800: Criminal Justice Studies

Degrees:

  • Associate of Science
    • Criminal Justice Technology
    • Criminal Justice Technology - Corrections
    • Criminal Justice Technology - Law Enforcement
    • Criminal Justice Technology - Public Safety and Security Administration Technology

The Criminal Justice program develops critical thinking, problem solving techniques, effective communications and the ability to use technology while examining crime and the methods used to prevent it, as well as investigate and punish those who violate the law. It provides a professional perspective of the Criminal Justice field, including policing, corrections and security administration.

3850: Sociology

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Sociology
    • Sociology/Criminology & Law Enforcement

Sociology graduates obtain positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement; in non-profit organizations related to health care, community services, victim assistance, and education; and in business corporations. Job titles include police officer, fraud investigator, case worker, hospital administrator, youth counselor, director of market research, lawyer, professor, probation officer, community service coordinator, and human resources manager. Graduates also continue their education in graduate programs or law schools.

Statement of policies - Admission

For students enrolled at the University of Akron and for students wishing to transfer directly to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences from their institutions, the following criteria must be satisfied for admission to the Department of Sociology:

  • The student must be admissible to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.20 must be met in all university work, including transfer credits until 30 UA credits are earned. Only credits earned at an accredited institution of postsecondary education, as recognized by The University of Akron, will be considered for transfer credit, and only those grades will be considered in the grade point average.

Graduation

A Sociology, Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement major must earn a cumulative 2.20 grade point average in Sociology and overall to graduate with such a declared major.