Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

College of Arts and Sciences

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The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to educate students in the foundational disciplines of the liberal arts to prepare an engaged citizenry and workforce. The college has four enduring values that guide our mission:

  • Pride: We are torchbearers of intellectual inquiry and leaders in encouraging academic involvement and investment.
  • Service: We are leaders in promoting the giving of time and talent to support students and encourage growth.
  • Community: We are committed to forging collaborations and partnerships that will enhance the educational experiences of College of Arts and Sciences students.
  • Relevance: We are committed to being a strategic and valued partner in serving, engaging, and enhancing the College of Arts and Sciences at Shawnee State University.

Our vision is that the College of Arts and Sciences will be regionally recognized for its high-quality programs that provide graduates with a meaningful understanding of their lives, environment, and diverse cultures.

The programs offered in the College of Arts and Sciences promote:

  • Analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills,
  • Understanding of the scientific method,
  • Appreciation of artistic expression, complexity of human history, and diversity of cultures, and
  • Exploration of alternative approaches to contemporary, social economic, and political issues.


The College provides a spectrum of liberal arts programs in the English and Humanities; Fine, Digital, and Performing Arts; Mathematical Sciences; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences. Degree programs in these departments prepare students for a career or entry into graduate or professional programs. Additionally, Shawnee State University has a strong commitment to liberal arts education that begins with the General Education Program required in all degrees. The General Education Program emphasizes the importance of knowledge, values, and cultural enrichment.


For More Information:


Kimberly Inman, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences



Polly Brown

Dean’s Assistant




Programs Offered

Associate of Science

Natural Science

Bachelor of Arts

English and Humanities


English/Humanities (Culture and Media Studies - Concentration) BA  

English/Humanities (Generalist) BA

English/Humanities - Integrated Language Arts with Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) Licensure BA

          Social Sciences


Political Science


Social Sciences

Social Science - Integrated Social Studies with Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12) Licensure BA


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Fine, Digital, and Performing Arts

Art Education

Gaming and Simulation Development Arts

Graphic Design

Musical Theater

Studio Arts

Bachelor of Science

Natural Sciences




Natural Sciences - (with Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12) 

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences 

Mathematical Sciences - Actuarial Science Concentration

Mathematical Sciences - Integrated Mathematics with Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) Licensure  

Masters of Arts

English and Humanities

Composition and Rhetoric

Masters of Science

Mathematical Sciences



Actuarial Science

Digital Appalachian Studies

Sustainable Landscape Management



American Literature

Art History

Art Studio 

Asian Studies



British Literature








English Language and Linguistics

Environmental Earth Science

Environmental Life Science

Fine Arts

Game Design


Grant Preparation

Graphic Design 



Interactive Media



Mathematical Sciences








Political Science


Religious Studies

Rhetoric and Writing

Social Work


Sound Design


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Women’s Studies



Faculty: A Commitment to Teaching, Scholarship/Research/Creative Activities, and Service

The College of Arts and Sciences’ faculty are dedicated and talented individuals who have earned graduate degrees from the finest universities in the world. They care deeply about your personal growth and academic success. The outstanding talent and achievements of our alumni are a testament to the high quality of our teaching faculty. Excellence in education is the primary emphasis of the College, and to enrich their teaching, faculty members are dedicated to extending the frontiers of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activities in their disciplines as well as providing service to the community, region, state, and nation.

Selecting and Declaring a Degree Major

You should consider a choice of major and career early in your degree program, if not before. You are encouraged to seek the advice of College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff in the Office of Student Career Development, and Dr. Virginia Young, Academic Advising & Student Support Coordinator. Virginia Young may be contacted at vyoung@shawnee.edu. Your own interests, aptitudes, and professional/career goals should play a central role in selecting a degree major.

Double Majors and Dual (or Second) Degrees

Students may choose a second major or dual (second) degree for a variety of reasons: personal interest in the subject matter, development of knowledge and skills required for further education or for a career, or preparation for graduate or professional school. Talk to your advisor about the feasibility of pursuing a second major or dual/second degree and to discuss specific requirements.

Academic Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences believes supportive academic advising is essential to the ultimate success of our students. Once you have selected a major, you are advised by the teaching faculty of your department. Please consult your academic advisor each semester prior to registration for guidance on course selection, conversations about career paths, and additional suggestions for experiences to build your resume. Your home department will assign you an academic faculty advisor, ensuring that you have an expert contact who can assess your individual needs and requirements as well as those of the department, the College, and the University. 

In addition to faculty advising you may also seek information about our programs through the College of Arts and Sciences Coordinator of Academic Advising & Student Support Services, Dr. Virginia Young. She is available in the Student Success Center at:

Massie Hall, Rm. 134

Phone:  740.351.3712

Text:  740.562.4717

Email:  vyoung@shawnee.edu


Associate of Science Degree

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a two-year associate degree in the area of Natural Sciences. The associate degree allows you to enter the job market immediately after you graduate, transfer into certain baccalaureate degree programs, or gain acceptance into one of Shawnne State’s selective health sciences programs.

Bachelors Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees in wide range of majors. Each major requires the completion of the Shawnee State General Education Program and major specific lower-level and upper-level courses selected by the faculty to achieve stated program learning outcomes. Depending on the major and student career interests, completion of the bachelor degree prepares you to enter the job market immediately after graduation or serves as prerequisite for admission to a graduate or professional program of study.

Preparation for Teacher Licensure

Programs to prepare teachers at several different levels and in a variety of teaching areas are offered cooperatively between the School of Education and the Department of English and Humanities; Fine, Digital, and Performing Arts; Mathematical Sciences; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences. At the middle childhood level (grades 4–9); a Bachelor of Science  in Education is available with specific content courses in the College of Arts and Sciences departments. Licensure at the adolescent to young adult level (grades 7–12) or the multiage (grades K–12) Visual Arts requires a degree in the area of teaching specialization within the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you wish to become a licensed teacher, you should consult the School of Education section of this catalog and work with a faculty advisor on licensure matters. In addition to completing the related BA or BS degree requirements, you must complete the professional education requirements and other eligibility criteria for teacher licensure.


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