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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


HCLAS Programs 

Office: Second Floor, Heger Hall
Telephone: (516) 463-5412
Bernard J. Firestone, Dean
Gail Schwab, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Personnel
Terry Godlove, Senior Associate Dean for First-Year Programs
S. Stavros Valenti, Senior Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs
Steven Costenoble, Senior Associate Dean for Budget and Planning
HCLAS Web Site

Mission Statement

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the genesis of knowledge and creative works in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and to the transmission, preservation, analysis and evaluation of knowledge and creative works within the Hofstra University academic community and across larger regional and global communities. The following principles guide the mission of HCLAS:

  • The liberal arts are the foundation for all higher education. The main objective of a liberal arts education is to enable students, working with faculty and with one another in an atmosphere of freedom and tolerance, to gain an understanding of how people have attempted throughout history to render the breadth of human experience intelligible. To that end, students explore the various ways in which the human mind has engaged, and continues to engage, its physical and social environment through art, literature, philosophical and historical inquiry, scientific and mathematical reasoning, and social scientific analysis. A liberal arts education develops critical thinking skills and the ability to access and analyze information and ideas in a technologically sophisticated world. Students also master the oral and written communication skills required for active ethical participation in a society characterized by increasing interdependence and diversity. Thus, HCLAS graduates emerge as life-long learners who are intellectually ambitious and adaptable to change. HCLAS is further committed to broadly cultivating the moral judgment, aesthetic sensibilities, and emotional maturity of students to prepare them for lives of social responsibility as members of their local, national and global communities.
  • HCLAS faculty are members of two academic communities, one internal to Hofstra University, the other composed of the web of scholars and professionals external to Hofstra University. As members of the former, HCLAS faculty are committed to contributing to the academic environment of Hofstra University through excellence in teaching, mentoring and interdisciplinary engagement. As members of the latter, HCLAS faculty are committed to the production and dissemination of knowledge and creative works beyond the Hofstra campus.
  • Within the context of its liberal arts mission, HCLAS is committed to the development and support of selected preprofessional programs, both graduate and undergraduate, that further the career aspirations of students and that meet the needs of society. The purpose of anchoring pre-professional programs to the liberal arts is to awaken and develop the students’ intellectual powers before they enter upon their chosen careers, ensuring that each student brings to his or her profession the greatest possible assets of intelligence, resourcefulness, judgment, and character.
  • HCLAS recognizes that academic excellence is nurtured in a community of scholars united in the common goal of mutual enlightenment. To that end, HCLAS is committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining a diverse community of talented students and distinguished faculty.

The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is made up of the Division of the Humanities; the Division of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and the Division of the Social Sciences. In addition, Military Science is under the supervision of the College.

For the College’s academic organization, see below; for the University’s academic organization see the “Academic Organization ” section of this Bulletin.

Students should consult the Semester Planning Guide for specific offerings before registering for their programs.

Division of the Humanities

The Division of the Humanities has three related objectives that apply to every student who takes courses within this area: first, to strengthen communication skills; second, to develop the capacities of logic, sensibility, imagination, and receptivity within the fields of experience common to all educated persons; third, to provide specialized preprofessional training that conforms to the preceding objectives and to departmental subject matters. The following areas and departments make up this division:

Comparative Literature and Languages 
    Arabic
    Asian Studies
    Chinese
    Classics
    Comparative Literature
    English Language Program
    German
    Greek
    Hebrew
    Japanese
    Latin
    Linguistics
    Literature in Translation
    Modern Greek
    Russian
    Swahili
Drama and Dance 
English 
    Creative Writing
Fine Arts, Design, Art History 
Music 
Romance Languages and Literatures 
    French
    French Literature in Translation
    Italian
    Italian Literature in Translation
    Italian American Studies
    Italian Studies
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Portuguese
    Spanish
        Spanish Literature in Translation
Writing Studies and Composition 

Division of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics prepares students for careers in the sciences and for professional schools; and offers courses to foster an understanding of science and mathematics to students outside the sciences. The following areas and departments make up this division:

Biology 
    Physician Assistant Studies
    Pre-Medical Studies
    Urban Ecology
Chemistry 
    Biochemistry
    Forensic Science
    Natural Science
    Pre-Medical Studies
Geology, Environment and Sustainability 
    Environmental Resources
    Sustainability Studies
Mathematics 
Physics and Astronomy     

Division of the Social Sciences

The Division of the Social Sciences aims to provide its students with a coherent interpretation of human behavior. Reliable social scientific knowledge is attained by careful examination, comparison and testing of rational, communicable hypotheses. Comprehension of this process leads to the student’s own discovery of the historical and philosophical development, sociopsychological structure, economic operations, and political organizations of the cultural environment that molds behavior of a socialized individual. The following areas and departments make up this division:

Anthropology 
Economics 
    Labor Studies
Global Studies and Geography 
History 
Jewish Studies 
Philosophy 
    Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Law
    Cognitive Science
Political Science 
    European Studies
    International Affairs
    Public Affairs
Psychology 
Religion 
    Jewish Studies
Sociology 

Additional Areas

African Studies 
American Studies 
Disability Studies 
Irish Studies 
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
LEAP (Legal Education Accelerated Program) 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies 
Liberal Arts 
Liberal Arts Colloquia
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies 
Military Science 
Pre-Health Studies 
Women's Studies 

The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science. Programs in teacher education are offered jointly with the School of Education through dual enrollment.

NOTE: Core Course Information

Students who entered Hofstra prior to fall 2004 must complete all requirements as stipulated in the Bulletin of first registration. Students who entered Hofstra prior to fall 2004 and who must satisfy core requirements may, beginning in fall 2004, fulfill these requirements by taking distribution courses  in the corresponding distribution categories.

Distribution Courses

A number of Hofstra University bachelor’s degree programs include distribution requirements among their general degree requirements. The distribution requirements are designed to afford the student some familiarity with the subject matter and intellectual methods used in the various liberal arts and sciences. In addition, these requirements seek to expose students to a broad range of cultural traditions, and encourage students to partake in interdisciplinary studies that draw on the general resources of the liberal arts and sciences. The distribution categories and their identifying codes are listed below.

Courses taken on an optional Pass/D+/D/Fail basis may not be used to satisfy distribution requirements. Note, however, that some distribution courses are given only on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis and may be used to fulfill distribution requirements.

Students may transfer in for distribution credit courses whose content falls within one of the distribution categories (excluding WSC 001  and 002 , foreign language courses below level 5 [with the exception of LAT 004 ], BIO 050 , 103 , 105   and MATH courses with numbers 8 or below). No student may satisfy distribution requirements at another institution once that student has matriculated at Hofstra University with the exception of students participating in an accredited study abroad program at another institution. (See Transfer Credit Policy, below.)

Distribution Categories

Humanities Division

Literature (LT) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “LT” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the Semester Planning Guide published each semester. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
Asian Studies (ASST)
Comparative Literature and Languages (CLL)
Disability Studies (DSST)
English (ENGL)
French (FREN)
French Literature in Translation (FRLT)
German (GERM)
Greek (GRK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Hofstra University Honors College (HUHC)
Irish Studies (IRE)
Italian (ITAL)
Italian American Studies (ITST)
Italian Literature in Translation (ITLT)
Latin (LAT)
Literature in Translation (LIT)
Romance Languages and Literatures in Translation (RLLT)
Russian (RUS)
Spanish (SPAN)
Spanish Literature in Translation (SPLT)

The Arts (AA   or CP  )

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by either “AA” or “CP” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These designations signify a difference in the type of course that may be used to satisfy this requirement. Those courses that seek to enhance the student’s appreciation and analysis of a non-literary art form are designated “AA”; those courses that require a student to creatively participate in an art form are designated “CP.” These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
Art History (AH)
Creative Writing (CRWR)
Dance (DNCE)
Drama (DRAM)
Fine Arts (FA)
Italian American Studies (ITST)
Irish Studies (IRE)
Music (MUS)
Radio, Television, Film (RTVF)
Rhetoric (RHET)
Women’s Studies (WST)
Writing Studies and Composition (WSC)

Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science Division

Natural Sciences (NS) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “NS” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

Astronomy (ASTR)
Biology (BIO)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Engineering (ENGG)
Geology (GEOL)
Natural Science (NSC)
Physics (PHYS)
Technology and Public Policy (TPP)

Mathematics (MA) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “MA” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

Computer Science (CSC)
Engineering (ENGG)
Mathematics (MATH)

Computer Science (CS) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “CS” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

Computer Science (CSC)

Social Sciences Division

Behavioral Social Sciences (BH) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “BH” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These courses are offered by the departments listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Economics (ECO)
Geography (GEOG)
Hofstra University Honors College (HUHC)
Irish Studies (IRE)
Labor Studies (LABR)
Political Science (PSC)
Psychology (PSY)
Sociology (SOC)
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SPCH)

History, Philosophy, Religion (HP) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “HP” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

History (HIST)
Hofstra University Honors College (HUHC)
Jewish Studies (JWST)
Philosophy (PHI)
Religion (RELI)

Cross-Cultural (CC) 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “CC” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester. Currently these courses are offered in the following subject areas.

African Studies (AFST)
Art History (AH)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Asian Studies (ASST)
Economics (ECO)
English (ENGL)
French (FREN)
French Literature in Translation (FRLT)
Geography (GEOG)
History (HIST)
Labor Studies (LABR)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Linguistics (LING)
Literature in Translation (LIT)
Middle Eastern and Caribbean Studies (MECA)
Philosophy (PHI)
Political Science (PSC)
Religion (RELI)
Sociology (SOC)
Spanish Literature in Translation (SPLT)
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SPCH)

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

IS distribution courses 

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “IS” before the course title in this Bulletin and in the class schedule published each semester, and are regarded by the College as employing an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. Currently courses with the designation “IS” are offered in the following subject areas only.

American Studies (AMST)
Asian Studies (ASST)
Cognitive Science (CGS)
Disability Studies (DSST)
European Studies (EUR)
Global Studies (GS)
Irish Studies (IRE)
Italian Studies (ITST)
Italian American Studies (ITST)
Jewish Studies (JWST)
Labor Studies (LABR)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBT)
Religion (RELI)
Sustainability Studies (SBLY)
Women’s Studies (WST) 

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts

The candidate for the B.A. degree pursues studies that have elements both of breadth and of depth. The element of breadth is made up of inquiry that ranges widely over the arts and sciences. Students are encouraged, beyond the fulfillment of minimal requirements, to explore various fields as their developing interests lead them. The element of depth in the B.A. program is mainly to be found in the field of specialization or academic major, chosen by the student from one of the fields listed below, after a year or two of college work. For the major, each academic department defines the special pattern of required and suggested study that suits its discipline.

Academic Majors 

African Studies 
American Studies 
Anthropology 
Anthropology (Archaeology Option) 
Art History 
Asian Studies 
Biology 
Chemistry 
Chinese 
Chinese Studies 
Classics 
Comparative Literature 
Computer Science 
Dance 
Drama 
Early Childhood Education *
Economics 
Elementary Education *
English 
Fine Arts 
French 
Geography 
Geology 
German 
Global Studies 
Hebrew 
History 
Italian 
Jewish Studies 
Labor Studies 
Latin 
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
Liberal Arts 
Liberal Arts Discipline, B.A. Major in, with a Minor in General Business 
Linguistics 
Mathematical Economics 
Mathematics 
Music 
Philosophy 
Physics 
Political Science 
Pre-Health Studies With a Concentration in Humanities or Social Sciences 
Psychology 
Religion 
Religion With Language Option 
Russian  
Sociology 
Spanish 
Sustainability Studies 
Urban Ecology 
Women’s Studies 

* Dual enrollment required

Academic Minors 

In addition to a major, a student may choose a second field of lesser specialization, an academic minor. Minors are generally available in departments and programs that offer majors. In addition, some interdisciplinary programs offer minors alone. Like the major, a completed minor field will be listed on the student’s record. In general, the requirement for the optional minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the successful completion of 18 semester hours of courses in the program, with at least six hours in residence. Only courses acceptable for the major may be applied toward the minor. Pass/D+/D/Fail credit will be given toward an academic minor for courses offered only on this basis. For optional minors see the Frank G. Zarb School of Business , The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication , School of Education , the School of Engineering and Applied Science , and the School of Health Sciences and Human Services . Refer to the Pass/D+/D/Fail  option in the “Policies ” section of this Bulletin and the department of minor specialization for specific requirements.

Major and Preprofessional Advisement

Each academic department has faculty advisers for its student majors and minors. There are also special advisers for students who are interested in professional and preprofessional programs of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law and education. These specializations usually call for the student to follow a B.A. or B.S. program, using the options within it in appropriate ways. Such is the case, for example, for most students who plan to become secondary or elementary school teachers. Students should consult their preprofessional advisers early in their college work and remain in touch with them thereafter.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Candidates for graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Arts must fulfill the following requirements, including:

  1. Semester Hour Requirement
    The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirement
    At least 94 semester hours (93 hours for the B.A. major in Early Childhood Education  and a liberal arts  major, Elementary Education  and a liberal arts  major, and a Dual Certification Program in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education  and a liberal arts  major) of the total must be in liberal arts. Beyond this minimum, the student may elect either nonliberal arts courses or additional liberal arts courses. See Elementary Education  in the School of Education 
    All courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are offered for liberal arts credit unless otherwise noted.
  3. Residency Requirement
    There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of concentration, and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours in the major need not be included in or within the last 30 hours.
  4. Distribution Requirement
    The fulfillment of 33 semester hours of distribution requirements as follows (see Distribution courses in this section). NOTE: No student may use the same course to satisfy two separate distribution requirements, nor may a student use the same course to satisfy the distribution requirement and foreign language requirement.
A.    Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the humanities. The nine semester hours must include at least three from the Literature category and at least three from the Arts category. No more than three semester hours of Creative Participation courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.

B.    Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the natural sciences/mathematics/computer science. Three semester hours must be chosen from the natural sciences (NS) category, three semester hours must be chosen from the mathematics (MA) category, with an additional three hours chosen from natural sciences (NS) or mathematics (MA) or computer science (CS) categories.

C.    Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the social sciences. The nine semester hours must include at least three from the behavioral sciences category and at least three from the history, philosophy, religion category.

D.    Three semester hours of distribution course credit in the cross-cultural category.

E.    Three semester hours of distribution course credit in the interdisciplinary studies category. A student may satisfy this requirement with three semester hours of interdisciplinary studies course credit or with three additional semester hours taken from A-D, above.

5.     English Composition Requirement
        Satisfactory completion of WSC 001  & WSC 002  and the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.

6.     Foreign Language Requirement 

The foreign language requirement may be fulfilled by completion of level 3 of a foreign language (Option 1); placement above level 3; or completion of the Alternate Language Option (Option 2).

Students without transfer college credit in the foreign language studied in high school must take the language placement test (administered by the Language Laboratory) to determine placement in the proper level. No student shall receive credit toward graduation for any course below his or her level of placement in that language.
Students with transfer college credit in a foreign language should continue in the next level which follows that in which they have received credit, or should follow Option 2 (see below) to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
International students may satisfy the foreign language requirement either by completing ELP 036  or by placing out of the requirement by taking the placement examination in their native language.

A student may fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement in one of two ways, as specified below:

OPTION 1: Completion of course work through level 3 of one single language OR placement above level 3. (Students who do not choose to complete level 3 of a foreign language must automatically select Option 2, Alternate Language Option.)

OPTION 2: Alternate Language Option: Completion of levels 1 and 2 of one single language OR placement above level 2, plus one of the following alternatives:

Levels 1 and 2 of another single language.

Level 1 of another language plus 3 credits chosen from the following options:

• Three (3) credits of CLL, FRLT, ITLT, ITST, LIT, SPLT, related to the culture of the language in which the student completed through level 2 or the equivalent OR 3 credits of linguistics offered in either CLL or RLL.

Students who wish to fulfill the language requirement by completing Option 2 must file the Alternate Language Option Form with the Center for University Advisement. NOTE: The Pass/D+/D/Fail Option is not available for courses taken in fulfillment of any language requirement. No course taken in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement may be taken via Credit by Exam or Credit for Prior Learning.

NOTE: Students who matriculated prior to academic year 2013-2014 must fulfill this requirement as it is stated in the Bulletin of their first year of matriculation at the University, unless they elect to officially change their bulletin year to 2013-2014, or later.

7.    Major Requirement

The fulfillment of major requirements as listed in the Bulletin under the department of specialization. A student may not count more than 45 semester hours within a single major discipline toward the 124 credits for the B.A. without special permission from the appropriate academic dean, except that this limit shall be 48 semester hours for those students qualifying and electing to undertake departmental honors courses. Where the major department requires more than 124 semester hours for the degree, the excess over 124 may include required work in the department additional to this 45/48 hour maximum.

B.A. Distribution Requirements

A total of 33 semester hours

       
Humanities   9  
  Literature (LT)    3  
  The Arts:      
    Appreciation & Analysis (AA)  or      
  Creative Participation (CP)    3  
  Literature (LT)   or Appreciation & Analysis (AA)    3  
* only 3 of the 9 s.h. in the Humanities may be satisfied with Creative Participation (CP)  Courses
Natural Sciences/Mathematics/Computer Science
9  
  Natural Sciences (NS)    3
  Mathematics (MA)    3
  Natural Sciences (NS)  or Mathematics (MA)  or Computer Science (CS)    3
Social Sciences   9
  Behavioral Social Sciences (BH)    3
  History, Philosophy, Religion (HP)    3
  Behavioral Social Sciences (BH)  or History, Philosophy, Religion (HP)    3
Cross Cultural (CC)    3
Interdisciplinary Studies/Other* (IS)    3  
**     This requirement may be satisfied by three credits of  Interdisciplinary Studies  or by three credits in any  of the above categories, including a Creative Participation (CP)  Course.

NOTE: Students who matriculated prior to academic year 2013-2014 must fulfill this requirement as it is stated in the Bulletin of their first year of matriculation at the University, unless they elect to officially change their bulletin year to 2013-2014, or later.

Note: Students who may select a co-major in teacher education will find specific New York State Education Department liberal arts requirements within the School of Education  sections of this Bulletin. Please consult the specific education program requirements before planning the HCLAS Distribution course work.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer in for distribution credit courses whose content falls within one of the distribution categories (excluding WSC 001  and 002 , foreign language courses below level 5 [with the exception of LAT 004 ], BIO 050 , 103 , 105  and MATH courses with numbers 8 or below). No student may satisfy distribution requirements at another institution once that student has matriculated at Hofstra University with the exception of students participating in an accredited study abroad program at another institution; with permission of the department offering the distribution course, such students may receive credit for one, and only one, distribution course upon successful completion of the course and the study abroad program. In acknowledgment of the experiential component of study abroad courses, it is recognized that distribution courses taken while participating in study abroad programs may not be exact equivalents to Hofstra courses that satisfy distribution requirements. A waiver and substitution form signed by the chairperson of the department offering the distribution course and the dean of the unit of the student’s major is required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts. 

Degree Requirements

 Candidates for graduation with the B.F.A. degree in Theater Arts  must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of at least 132 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in work completed at Hofstra.
  2. At least 62 semester hours of the total must be in liberal arts.
  3. Candidates must spend the last six semesters of full-time study in residence at Hofstra.
  4. Satisfactory completion of WSC 001  and 002  and the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.
  5. Completion of at least 6 semester hours of the same foreign language.
  6. The fulfillment of 24 semester hours of distribution requirements as follows (see Distribution courses in this section).  NOTE:  No student may use the same course to satisfy two separate distribution requirements.
    A.      Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the humanities.  The nine semester hours must include at least three from the literature (LT) category and at least three from the appreciation and analysis (AA) category.  Three semester hours may then be chosen from either literature (LT), appreciation and analysis (AA), or creative participation (CP).
    B.      Three semester hours in the natural sciences (NS).
    C.      Three semester hours in mathematics/computer science (MC).
    D.      Three semester hours in the behavioral social sciences (BH).
    E.      Three semester hours in the history, philosophy, religion category (HP).
    F.      Three semester hours in the cross cultural category (CC).
  7. Demonstration of proficiency satisfactory to the drama faculty as determined by the following: annual screening of majors, a senior project and a comprehensive examination.
  8. The major requirements as listed under the Department of Drama and Dance 

Bachelor of Science

The Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in the fields of specialization listed below. The objective of these curricula is to provide a broad and liberating education as well as depth and competence in a given area of knowledge. Thus, liberal arts courses are required in each program.

Applied Physics 
Biochemistry     
Biology    
Business Economics     
Chemistry     
Environmental Resources     
Fine Arts 
Forensic Science 
Geology 
Mathematical Business Economics 
Mathematics 
Music 
Physics 
Pre-Medical Studies 

A student seeking a B.S. degree may earn a minor under the same guidelines as for the B.A. degree. Refer to the department of minor specialization for specific requirements.

B.S. Degree Requirements

Candidates for graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science must fulfill the following requirements (see specific program for details):

  1. The successful completion of the required semester hours for the major and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.
  2. The liberal arts requirement for the specialization.
  3. There are certain requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra. See specific program for these requirements.
  4. The fulfillment of the following general requirements for the B.S.
  5. Satisfactory completion of WSC 001  and 002  (See University Degree Requirements )
  6. Humanities (at least 6 s.h.)
  7. Natural Sciences/Mathematics (at least 6 s.h.)
  8. Social Sciences (at least 6 s.h.) Some programs require the completion of distribution courses offered in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Refer to specific program for details.
  9. The major and additional requirements as listed under the field of study.

See also: Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Goals and Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science Degree in this section.

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Goals and Learning Objectives

General Education Goals and Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Clearly and accurately summarize and evaluate the facts, presumptions, viewpoints, values, and arguments presented in a text or creative work.
    b.    Gather and assess relevant information, and apply appropriate cognitive methods in solving problems or answering questions raised in a text or creative work.
    c.    Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.
    d.    Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying one’s presumptions, values, and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies, and unanswered questions.
    e.    Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.
  2. Students will apply analytical reasoning across academic disciplines.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Read with comprehension, and critically interpret written work in discipline-specific contexts.
    b.    Critically interpret and analyze aesthetic qualities of works in literature and the fine or performing arts.
    c.    Apply quantitative, inductive, and deductive reasoning.
    d.    Apply abstract thinking and conceptual modeling.
    e.    Apply scientific methods to investigate and analyze the natural world.
    f.    Apply the methods of social science to ethically investigate and analyze human social behavior.
    g.    Describe, comprehend, and analyze the role of philosophical ideas, historical movements, or ethical debates in the development of civilizations.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Compose grammatical sentences.
    b.    Use various sentence forms to effectively modulate style and tone.
    c.    Compose a sequence of paragraphs that develop a point.
    d.    Summarize, quote, and respond to reliable texts to support and develop claims; apply relevant standards for citation.
    e.    Write an effective argumentative essay.
    f.    Respond to writing assignments using appropriate style, structure, and voice.
    g.    Apply editing, proofreading, and revising strategies.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Demonstrate skill in oral communication for purposes such as informing, persuading, and/or defending.
    b.    Compose and deliver effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point; or participate in formal debates; or lead or participate in collaborative discussion of a question or a text.
    c.    When appropriate, use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids.
  5. Students will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to global issues.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Provide and understand information on simple concrete subjects in a language other than English in both oral and written form.*
    b.    Demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual, social, political, economic, or cultural practices of at least one of the peoples in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, or of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australia.
  6. Students will demonstrate information literacy.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Conduct research using the variety of information sources available to them.
    b.    Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relevance and utility of different sources.
    c.    Integrate sources effectively and ethically through proper citation.
  7. Students will demonstrate technological competency.
    Learning Objective:
    Demonstrate the ability to use general or discipline-specific technologies to identify, retrieve, analyze, and communicate ideas and information.

General Education Goals and Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering Degrees

Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Clearly and accurately summarize and evaluate the facts, presumptions, viewpoints, values, and arguments presented in a text or creative work.
    b.    Gather and assess relevant information, and apply appropriate cognitive methods in solving problems or answering questions raised in a text or creative work.
    c.    Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.
    d.    Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying one’s presumptions, values, and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies, and unanswered questions.
    e.    Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.
  2. Students will apply analytical reasoning across academic disciplines.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Read with comprehension, and critically interpret written work in discipline-specific contexts.
    b.    Critically interpret and analyze aesthetic qualities of works in literature and/or the fine or performing arts.
    c.    Apply quantitative, inductive, and deductive reasoning.
    d.    Apply abstract thinking and conceptual modeling.
    e.    Apply scientific methods to investigate and analyze the natural world.
    f.    Apply the methods of social science to ethically investigate and analyze human social behavior and/or describe, comprehend, and analyze the role of philosophical ideas, historical movements, or ethical debates in the development of civilizations.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Compose grammatical sentences.
    b.    Use various sentence forms to effectively modulate style and tone.
    c.    Compose a sequence of paragraphs that develop a point.
    d.    Summarize, quote, and respond to reliable texts to support and develop claims; apply relevant standards for citation.
    e.    Write an effective argumentative essay.
    f.    Respond to writing assignments using appropriate style, structure, and voice.
    g.    Apply editing, proofreading, and revising strategies.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Demonstrate skill in oral communication for purposes such as informing, persuading, and/or defending.
    b.    Compose and deliver effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point; or participate in formal debates; or lead or participate in collaborative discussion of a question or a text.
    c.    When appropriate, use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids.
  5. Students will demonstrate information literacy.
    Learning Objectives:
    a.    Conduct research using the variety of information sources available to them.
    b.    Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relevance and utility of different sources.
    c.    Integrate sources effectively and ethically through proper citation.
  6. Students will demonstrate technological competency.
    Learning Objectives:
    Demonstrate the ability to use general or discipline-specific technologies to identify, retrieve, analyze, and communicate ideas and information.

International Education

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences regularly offers opportunities to study abroad. Each summer, Hofstra faculty conduct language and literature/culture programs in Czechoslovakia, Ecuador/Galápagos, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain. In addition, a theater program is offered in London during the January session. For further information, please refer to Study Abroad.

Off-Campus Education

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers opportunities for students to earn academic credit for domestic and international off-campus internships and for approved study abroad programs. Information is available from the program director for Domestic Off-Campus Education and International Off-Campus Education.

Academic Chairs and Distinguished Professorships

The John Cranford Adams Chair in the Humanities is currently vacant.

The Donald E. Axinn Distinguished Professorship in Ecology and Conservation at Hofstra.

The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies is held by Dr. Arvind-pal Singh Mandair, Assistant Professor of Religion.

The Leo A. Guthart Distinguished Professorship in Teaching Excellence is held by Dr. Liora Pedhazur Schmelkin, Professor of Psychology.

The Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies,  is held by Dr. Julie Byrne, Associate Professor of Religion.

The Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies is held by Dr. Meena Bose, Professor.

The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professorship for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change is held by Professor D’Innocenzo, Professor of History.

The Augustus B. Weller Chair in Economics is currently vacant. 


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