College of Arts and Sciences

Goldie S. Byrd, Dean
David W. Aldridge, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Beverly C. Grier, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Student Affairs
Zakiya Wilson, Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Success


The College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University introduces the student to the world of higher education and its many fields of human interests. The College provides opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavioral patterns that promote excellence and competence. Our primary aim is to provide students with a global educational experience which prepares them to perform in a variety of dynamic leadership and employment situations.

Through its formal curriculum and program of study in the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the natural and physical sciences, the College intends to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Provide courses of instruction and service-learning experiences that prepare students for professional or self-employment.
  2. Provide opportunities and experiences for the student to acquire analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Provide training in effective communication.
  4. Stimulate and encourage individual creativity and personal development through research and related activities.
  5. Foster and inspire creativity, self-discipline, and objective thinking among our students.
  6. Provide the undergraduate academic foundation for successful graduate and professional education.


The College of Arts and Sciences is comprised of  thirteen  academic departments with forty-eight undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Social Work. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered with major programs of study in English, History, Liberal Studies, Music, Political Science, Psychology,  Sociology, Speech, and Visual Arts. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered with major programs of study in Applied Mathematics, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Journalism and Mass Communication, Mathematics, Physics, and Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Art and Music). The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered in Professional Theatre and the Bachelor of Social Work degree is offered in Social Work. Many degree programs may be pursued jointly with professional education courses offered in the School of Education. Graduates of these programs qualify for certification to teach in the K-12 schools.


The College of Arts and Sciences embraces the institution’s visionary concept of an interdisciplinary university that “mandates overall high quality, continued competitiveness, and effective involvement of global strategic partners in marketing and delivery of programs and operations.” Specific interdisciplinary degree programs in the College include the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentrations in the following: African-American Studies, International Studies, customized Interdisciplinary, Studies, Women’s Studies, Pre-Law, Cultural Change and  Social Development, Race, Class and Culture, and Dance. Interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary degree programs at the graduate level include the following university-wide programs: Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Environmental Studies, and Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies.


Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences may also broaden their learning experiences and achieve enhancements to their degree through the following university-wide special programs and certificates: University Honors Program, Study Abroad, Global Studies Certificate, UNC in Washington Program, Technical and Professional Writing Certificate, Waste Management Certificate, and Customer Relationship Marketing & Management Certificate.


To attain the baccalaureate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, a student must satisfactorily complete the General Education courses, requirements of his/her major field, and a sufficient number of electives to total at least 124 credits. The minimum scholastic average required for graduation in any department degree program is a 2.0 in all major courses, in addition to the overall grade point average requirement of 2.0.


All of the Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences that have accrediting organizations have been accredited. They are as follows:

  • The Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • The Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • The Social Work undergraduate program is approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Theater is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
  • The Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCATE / NCDPI).
  • The Journalism and Mass Communication Program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).


The curricula of the College prepare students for careers in teaching, research, social work, journalism, radio and television, the creative arts, industry, government and self-employment. Within the professional curricula, students may pursue studies which lead to careers in law, medicine, dentistry, librarianship, teaching and the ministry.


The normal schedule is 15-16 credit hours per semester. No student may register for more than 18 semester hours per semester without permission of the Dean.


To assist students in meeting graduation requirements, a system of academic advisement is provided in all departments. Academic advising is essential for assuring students that the courses they are taking include the required courses of their particular departments and desired degrees. It also assists in helping students make maximum use of the learning opportunities at the University and in helping them address academic problems.


See specific descriptions for admission requirements for programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Requirements for graduation vary from department to department. Therefore, students must be certain to satisfy departmental requirements. Students are responsible for meeting all academic requirements for graduation.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS – Students in the College in Arts and Sciences

All undergraduate students at the University must fulfill a minimum of 33 credit hours of approved General Education courses in the following areas: Written Communication (6 credit hours), Mathematical, Logical and Analytical Reasoning (6 credit hours), Scientific Reasoning (7 credit hours), Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours) Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credit hours) and Student Success (2 credit hours). Of the total 12 credit hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities/Fine Arts, at least 3 credit hours each must be completed in African-American Culture and History and in Global Awareness. Refer to the General Education section of the Bulletin for further details.

Transfer students with or without an AA or AS degree should also refer to the General Education section of the Bulletin for further details.

In addition to the required  General Education  courses, the College of Arts and Sciences also highly recommends that students enroll in the following courses which will further prepare them to enter the specialized programs of their University education, and provide essential elements of higher education not necessarily included in students’ specialties:

  1. 3 credit hours of Mathematics (in addition to the three credit hour General Education requirement of a course with a MATH prefix)
  2. 6 credit hours of one Foreign Language.

Certain courses require specific prerequisites and certain majors require specific courses. Therefore, students should consult their  department chairpersons and major academic advisors when planning their courses of study.

Students planning to enter teaching fields should also be knowledgeable about the semester hour requirements of these programs.

Students should also be aware that satisfactory advanced placement scores and / or comparable experiential evidence may be used to satisfy some of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Students should consult the chairperson of their respective departments for information. 

Departments in the College of Arts & Sciences




     Speech Program


Journalism and Mass Communication

Liberal Studies (including Foreign Languages)



Political Science and Criminal Justice


Sociology and Social Work

Visual and Performing Arts

     Dance Program

     Music Program

     Theatre Program

     Visual Arts Program