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  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

College of Liberal Arts


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Dr. Michael Buckles, Interim Dean

The College of Liberal Arts is composed of the Department of English and Foreign Languages , Department of History , Department of Mass Communication , Department of Performing Arts , Department of Social Sciences , and Department of Visual Arts . Curricula leading to the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Science degrees are listed on the appropriate departmental and William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies  pages, along with specific departmental requirements.

Purpose

The College of Liberal Arts provides knowledge and training in a large number of distinct academic and professional fields.

In addition, the college offers a broad spectrum of service courses for all undergraduate curricula of the University. The college embraces the philosophy that education is not merely for earning a living; education is for living a life.

Recitals, Concerts, Exhibits, and Major Productions

Effective education in the arts involves frequent participation in performance as well as experiencing the performances of others. At McNeese, students are provided these opportunities through student and faculty recitals, concerts, exhibits, and major productions.

Student recitals occur weekly during the regular session. Concerts, exhibits, and plays by outstanding professional artists are provided throughout the year through activities scheduled by the Performing Arts and Visual Arts departments and, during the spring semester, through the Banners Cultural Series.

Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to students who take their major course work in the College of Liberal Arts. These scholarships are published in the complete list of McNeese scholarships.

Preparation for Law School

Law school admission committees look with favor upon almost any undergraduate degree program that interests the student and challenges them to think critically, learn independently, research thoroughly and accurately, and understand basic aspects of the human experience. To ensure the broad liberal arts education preferred by most law school admissions committees, four departments in the College of Liberal Arts have planned degree programs to include specific courses recommended by the College of Liberal Arts as a core curriculum for law school preparation. The departments, followed by the curricula especially recommended for pre-law students, are as follows: 

Department Degree Program
History History, Liberal Studies
English and Foreign Languages English
Social Sciences Political Science
Mass Communication Mass Communication

Based upon general recommendations of the Law School Admissions Council, the following list of courses is recommended by the College of Liberal Arts as a core curriculum for pre-law preparation: 

Freshman Level Sophomore Level Junior-Senior Level
ENGL 101, 102 (6 credit hours) Computer Literacy (3 credit hours) SOCL 201 (3 credit hours)
HIST 101, 102 (6 credit hours) ECON 203, 204 (6 credit hours) PHIL 102 (3 credit hours)
Foreign Language (6 credit hours) ENGL 201, 202 (6 credit hours) ENGL 351 (3 credit hours)
MATH 113, 231 (6 credit hours) Foreign Language (6 credit hours) ENGL 361 (3 credit hours)
COMM 201 (3 credit hours) HIST 201, 202 (6 credit hours)  
  POLS 201 (3 credit hours)  
  PHIL Elective (3 credit hours)  
Recommended electives for students preparing for law school:
ACCT 208, COMM 333, POLS 320, and POLS 410

Students preparing for law school are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in the major field, to take advantage of the expertise of the pre-law advisor in the Department of Social Sciences, and to take part in the Pre-law and Politics Society.

Students should keep in mind that the decisions of law school admission committees are based on a number of factors, including undergraduate grade point average, quantity and quality of coursework undertaken, performance on the Law School Admission Test, the recommendations of faculty members and others, and the applicant’s motives for seeking a career in law.

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