School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty

Laurie P. Dishman, Ph.D., Dean

Lisa M. Cobb, D.A., Associate Dean

Kimberly G. Atwood, M.S.

C. Rick Bell, M.A.

Danny L. Bryan, M.S.

W. Russell Cheatham, Ph.D.

Mark R. Cheathem, Ph.D.

Chris Fuller, Ph.D.

Kevin Gammon, Ph.D.

Robert E. Grubb, Jr., Ph.D.

Stuart E. Harris, D.A.

Fred E. Heifner, Jr., Th.D.

Natalie Inman, Ph.D.

John P. Markert, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert Nichols, Jr., Ph.D.

Wilbur L. Peterson, Ph.D.

Sarah Sewell Pierce, Ph.D.

Michael Rex, Ph.D.

Catherine M. Smith, Ph.D.

Mission of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students are exposed to ideas and information that will form the cornerstone for learning. By the systematic study of the social sciences, humanities, mathematics and the natural sciences, students reflect upon the history of their culture; examine political, social, and ethical issues; and develop an understanding of the physical world. Through this process, students sharpen their powers of observation, analysis, and evaluation. In addition, the curriculum enables students to further develop communication skills, critical thinking skills, and decision-making abilities.

Goals

The goals of the School are to provide students with the following:

  • courses in the General Education Core (GEC);
  • knowledge and appreciation of classic and modern literature;
  • the ability to write effectively and clearly;
  • knowledge of mathematical concepts;
  • knowledge and appreciation of American culture;
  • knowledge of the dynamics of human society; and
  • knowledge of the physical and biological sciences.

The School meets its stated goals through specific courses that comprise the curriculum.

Degrees and Majors

Bachelor of Arts degree
Criminal Justice
English
Humanities and Social Sciences
History

Bachelor of Science degree
Biochemistry
Biology
Mathematics
Psychology

Minors 

Anthropology
Biology
Chemistry
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
English
Film Studies 
Geography
History
Humanities and Social Sciences
Mathematics
Philosophy/Religion
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Sociology

Pre-Professional Areas of Focus

Pre-Dental
Pre-Dental Hygiene
Pre-Law
Pre-Medical
Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine