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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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Benjamin Rifkin, Dean
Steven Costenoble, Senior Associate Dean for Budget and Planning
Terry Godlove, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Personnel
S. Stavros Valenti, Senior Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs
Kristin Weingartner, Associate Dean for First-Year Programs
Meena Bose, Executive Dean for the Program in Public Policy and Public Service, Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs  

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 lifelong 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 School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs. For the college’s academic organization, see below; for the University’s academic organization, see Academic Organization .

Students should consult the online class schedule or specific course descriptions  for specific course offerings before registering for programs.


School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts of HCLAS

In the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts of HCLAS  students will develop their oral and written communication skills in English and in other languages, both classical and modern, as well as their ability to learn and think with creativity, imagination, and sensitivity, while being exposed to the best that the history of humanity has to offer in literature, theater, music, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, and design. Students may also develop their writing skills and literary and artistic talents as a preparation for careers in the arts and other fields, such as publishing, grant-writing, curating, non-profit administration, Web design and development, and education.

The following areas and departments make up this division:

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

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of HCLAS

In the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of HCLAS , students and faculty work together to foster the discovery and transmission of knowledge in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Students conduct research in both the laboratory and the field under the guidance of their faculty mentors, and they go on to present their data and ideas at local, regional, and national fora.  They prepare to continue their studies in advanced degree programs in their fields and for a wide array of careers as medical and mental health professionals, research scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs. The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of HCLAS prepares students for careers in the natural and physical 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  
    Pre-Medical Studies
    Urban Ecology
Chemistry  
    Biochemistry
    Forensic Science
    Natural Science
Geology, Environment and Sustainability  
    Environmental Resources
    Sustainability Studies
Mathematics 
Physics and Astronomy      
Psychology  
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)   

Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs of HCLAS

In the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs of HCLAS , students will prepare for their future as informed and responsible citizens of their local, national, and global communities through engagement with the rigorous intellectual traditions of social scientific inquiry in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, sociology, political science, history, and philosophy. Students will conduct social scientific research to prepare them to think critically and creatively about policy issues and alternatives and, through service learning experiences,  may prepare for careers in law, in business, in public service, in governmental agencies and NGO’s, in non-profit organizations, and in public and educational institutions.

The following areas and departments make up this division:

Anthropology  
Economics  
    Labor Studies
Global Studies and Geography  
History  
Philosophy  
    Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Law
    Cognitive Science
Political Science  
    European Studies
    International Affairs
    LEAP (Legal Education Accelerated Program)
    Public Affairs
Religion  
    Jewish Studies  
Sociology   

Additional Programs

African Studies  
American Studies  
Disability Studies  
Individually Designed BA Major in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences   
Irish Studies  
Latin American and Caribbean Studies   
Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) 
LGBTQ+ Studies 
Liberal Arts  
Liberal Arts Discipline, BA Major in, with a Minor in General Business   
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies  
Military Science  
Pre-Health (Pre-Medical) Studies With a Concentration in Humanities or Social Sciences, BA Major in   
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 of HCLAS  through dual enrollment.


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 008 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. 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. 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)
Musical Theater (MUTH)
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. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

Astronomy (ASTR)
Biology (BIO)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Engineering (ENGG)
Forensic Science (FOR)
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. 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. 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. These courses are offered by the departments listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Economics (ECO)
European Studies (EUR)
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. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
History (HIST)
Hofstra University Honors College (HUHC)
Irish Studies (IRE)
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. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

African Studies (AFST)
Art History (AH)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Asian Studies (ASST)
Economics (ECO)
English (ENGL)
French (FREN)
French Literature in Translation (FRLT)
Geography (GEOG)
Global Studies (GS)
History (HIST)
Labor Studies (LABR)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBT)
Linguistics (LING)
Literature in Translation (LIT)
Middle Eastern and Caribbean Studies (MECA)
Music (MUS)
Philosophy (PHI)
Political Science (PSC)
Religion (RELI)
Sociology (SOC)
Spanish (SPAN)
Spanish Literature in Translation (SPLT)
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (SPCH)
Writing Studies and Composition (WSC)

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)  

Courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement are designated by “IS” before the course title in this Bulletin, and are regarded by the college as employing an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. These courses are offered in the subject areas listed below:

Asian Studies (ASST)
Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)
Cognitive Science (CGS)
Criminology (CRM)
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)
Linguistics (LING)
Religion (RELI)
Sustainability Studies (SBLY)
Women’s Studies (WST) 


UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts

The candidate for the BA 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 BA 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.

African Studies  
American Studies 
Anthropology 
Anthropology (Archaeology Option) 
Art History 
Asian Studies 
Biology 
Chemistry 
Chinese 
Chinese Studies 
Classics 
Comparative Literature and Languages 
Criminology  
Dance 
Drama 
Early Childhood Education  (dual enrollment required)
Economics 
Elementary Education  (dual enrollment required)
English 
Fine Arts 
French 
Geography 
Geology 
German 
Global Studies 
Hebrew 
History 
Individually Designed BA Major in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences  
Italian 
Japanese 
Japanese Studies 
Jewish Studies 
Labor Studies 
Latin 
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
Liberal Arts 
Liberal Arts Discipline, BA 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 
Rhetorical Studies 
Russian 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)  (dual enrollment required)
Sociology 
Spanish 
Sustainability Studies 
Urban Ecology 
Women’s Studies  

BA 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 BA 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 non-liberal arts courses or additional liberal arts courses.
    All courses in the Hofstra 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.) 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.
    1. Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the humanities. The nine semester hours must include at least three from the Literature category (LT) and at least three from either the Appreciation and Analysis (AA) or Creative Participation (CP) categories. No more than three semester hours of Creative Participation (CP) courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Three semester hours of distribution course credit in the cross-cultural category.
    5. 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  and 002  and the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.
  6. Writing Intensive Requirement
    Satisfactory completion of one course designated as Writing Intensive (WI).  Must be taken after completion of WSC 002  and at least 30 semester hours, and may not include courses designed for first-year students (for example, FYC clusters and seminars and Honors College Culture & Expression). Click here for a list of current Writing Intensive (WI) courses.  
  7. 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 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 level 2 of one single language not studied previously, plus one of the following alternatives:

Completion of level 2 of another single language not studied previously;

Completion of level 1 of another language not studied previously, 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. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement may not be used to satisfy distribution requirements.

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.

  1. 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 BA 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.

BA 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 here . 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 008 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 two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, one in Dance  and one in Theater Arts.  

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

Dance Degree Requirements

 Candidates for graduation with the BFA degree in Dance  must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of at least 132 semester hours.
  2. At least 62 semester hours of the total must be in liberal arts.
  3. Candidates must spend the last four 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 Level 1 in French with an emphasis on ballet terminology.
  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, at least three from the appreciation and analysis (AA) category (fulfilled by completing DNCE 127  or MUS 003  or 004 ); and at least three from creative participation (CP) category (fulfilled by completing DNCE CP distribution courses).
    B.      Three semester hours in the natural sciences (NS).
    C.      Three semester hours in mathematics or mathematics/computer science (MA or MA/CSC).
    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 dance 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 BFA in Dance .

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

Theater Arts Degree Requirements

 Candidates for graduation with the BFA 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 Level 3 in a foreign language or at least 6 semester hours of one 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 Drama and Dance  Department. 

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 
Computer Science and Mathematics 
Environmental Resources 
Fine Arts 
Forensic Science 
Geology 
Mathematical Business Economics 
Mathematics 
Music 
Neuroscience 
Philosophy 
Physics 
Pre-Medical Studies 
Psychology 
Sustainability Studies 
Urban Ecology  

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

BS 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 BS.
  5. Satisfactory completion of WSC 001  and 002  (See University Degree Requirements ).
  6. Humanities (LT, AA and CP) distribution (at least 6 s.h.)
  7. Natural Sciences/Mathematics (NS, MA, CSC) distribution (at least 6 s.h.)
  8. Social Sciences (BH, HP) distribution (at least 6 s.h.) Some programs require specific 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.

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 Hofstra 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 of HCLAS , the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science , and the School of Health Professions and Human Services . Refer to the Pass/D+/D/Fail  option 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 BA or BS 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.

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Goals and Learning Objectives
(Approved by the Faculty of HCLAS – March 11, 2015)

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

Goal 1. Critical and Analytical Thinking
Students will apply critical and analytical thinking across a broad array of liberal arts and science disciplines, designed to foster self-examination and inquiry into the outside world of nature and society.  Liberal arts courses stress the development of clarity of expression, power of discovery, and creative imagination.

Objective 1A. Complete a broad-based course of study across the liberal arts disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

Objective 1B. Apply relevant criteria to create, critically analyze, interpret, or reflect ethically on a text, artwork, performance, or other product of human creativity and reasoning.

Objective 1C. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning by using techniques of mathematical and statistical analysis to numerically quantify and answer a question.

Objective 1D. Demonstrate scientific reasoning by applying inductive and/or deductive analysis to evaluate a hypothesis.

Goal 2. Written Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

Objective 2A. Apply principles of clarity and coherence to sentences and paragraphs.

Objective 2B. Write an effective expository or argumentative essay using appropriate style, structure, and voice.

Goal 3. Oral Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.

Objective 3A. Demonstrate skill in oral communication techniques, appropriately addressing the needs of the audience and expressing ideas coherently.

Objective 3B. Demonstrate mastery of the intellectual content of an oral presentation for informing, persuading, and/or defending a point of view, or for leading or participating in collaborative discussion of a topic.

Goal 4. Cultural and Global Awareness
Students will develop cultural competencies and global awareness.

Objective 4A. Provide and understand information on simple concrete subjects in a language other than English in both oral and written form in languages where both currently exist. (Classical languages will be assessed in their written form only.)

Objective 4B. Demonstrate the ability to explain and reflect on important political, economic, social, aesthetic and ethical issues 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.

Objective 4C. Demonstrate the ability to explain and reflect on important political, economic, social, aesthetic or ethical issues within one’s own cultural context.

Goal 5. Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate information literacy.

Objective 5A: Demonstrate the ability to research, select and properly cite a variety of appropriate sources used to support scholarly work.

Objective 5B. Make effective use of sources, showing understanding of their meaning/significance.

Goal 6. Technological Competency
Students will demonstrate technological competency.

Objective 6A. 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

Goal 1. Critical and Analytical Thinking
Students will apply critical and analytical thinking across a broad array of liberal arts and science disciplines, designed to foster self-examination and inquiry into the outside world of nature and society.  Liberal arts courses stress the development of clarity of expression, power of discovery, and creative imagination.

Objective 1A. Complete a broad-based course of study across the liberal arts disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

Objective 1B. Apply relevant criteria to create, critically analyze, interpret, or reflect ethically on a text, artwork, performance, or other product of human creativity and reasoning.

Objective 1C. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning by using techniques of mathematical and statistical analysis to numerically quantify and answer a question.

Objective 1D. Demonstrate scientific reasoning by applying inductive and/or deductive analysis to evaluate a hypothesis.

Goal 2. Written Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

Objective 2A. Apply principles of clarity and coherence to sentences and paragraphs.

Objective 2B. Write an effective expository or argumentative essay using appropriate style, structure, and voice.

Goal 3. Oral Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.

Objective 3A. Demonstrate skill in oral communication techniques, appropriately addressing the needs of the audience and expressing ideas coherently.

Objective 3B. Demonstrate mastery of the intellectual content of an oral presentation for informing, persuading, and/or defending a point of view, or for leading or participating in collaborative discussion of a topic.

Goal 4. Cultural Awareness
Students will develop cultural competencies.

Objective 4A. Demonstrate the ability to explain and reflect on important political, economic, social, aesthetic or ethical issues within one’s own cultural context.

Goal 5. Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate information literacy.

Objective 5A: Demonstrate the ability to research, select and properly cite a variety of appropriate sources used to support scholarly work.

Objective 5B. Make effective use of sources, showing understanding of their meaning/significance.

Goal 6. Technological Competency
Students will demonstrate technological competency.

Objective 6A. 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.

The Donald E. Axinn Distinguished Professorship in Ecology and Conservation at Hofstra is held by Dr. Russell Burke, Professor of Biology.

The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies is held by Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal, Associate Professor of Religion.

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

The Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology is held by Dr. Francesca Cassio, Associate Professor of Music.

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 of Political Science.

The Robert and Florence Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies is held by Dr. Santiago Slabodsky, Assistant Professor of Religion.

The Queensboro UNICO Foundation Professorship in Italian and Italian American Studies is held by Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, Professor of History.

The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professorship for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change is held by Dr. Gregory M. Maney, Professor of Sociology.

The Augustus B. Weller Chair in Economics.


School of Education of HCLAS   

School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts of HCLAS  

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of HCLAS  

Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs of HCLAS  

Below is a list of all additional programs/areas offered by HCLAS.