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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Brent Carbajal, Dean

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Western’s largest academic unit, is composed of two divisions: the social and behavioral sciences (anthropology; communication sciences and disorders; physical education, health and recreation; political science; psychology, sociology) and the humanities (communication, English, history, journalism, liberal studies, modern and classical languages, philosophy). These 13 departments offer more than 40 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees, along with three interdisciplinary degrees in East Asian studies, linguistics, and student-faculty designed majors.

The college houses several research and service centers, including the Center for Cross-cultural Research, the Center for Performance Excellence, the Center for Healthy Living, the Office of Survey Research, and two community-based professional training centers: the Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Psychology Counseling Clinic. In addition, the college has five nationally accredited professional programs: school counseling, mental health counseling, speech pathology, audiology, and recreation.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences partners with the College of Sciences and Technology to provide students with a three-component liberal education: first, a program of education-in-breadth through the General University Requirements (GURs) intended to prepare students for postgraduate life as educated persons and citizens; second, a program of education-in-depth in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students for careers or graduate study; and third, a choice of elective courses which can help satisfy the student’s curiosity about any of the multitude of subjects that the University curriculum embraces. With each of these components, we intend to produce graduates who are capable of informed and critical thinking; who have learned to tolerate ambiguity; who can appreciate cultural differences; who have developed moral and aesthetic sensibilities; who have mastered the basic tools of literacy and technology and who have acquired levels of information about the natural and social worlds, past and present, sufficient for responsible citizenship and the enjoyment of a civilized society. The college places strong emphasis on student-faculty collaboration in developing these skills through active learning, including laboratory experiences, community-based faculty-directed service learning, and student involvement in faculty research programs.

Academic Programs Leading to Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Anthropology BA, BAE, MA
Anthropology/Archaeology Concentration BA
Anthropology/Biocultural Concentration BA
Anthropology/Biology BA
Anthropology/Social Studies BA
Archives and Records Management MA
Behavioral Neuroscience BA
Biology/Anthropology BS
Canadian/American Studies BA
Communication BA, BAE
Communication Sciences & Disorders BA, MA
Community Health BS
East Asian Studies BA
Economics/Political Science BA
English BAE, MA
English/Creative Writing Emphasis BA, MA
English/Literature Emphasis BA
Environmental Studies/Journalism BA
Experimental Psychology MS
General Studies BA
History BA, BAE, MA
History/Social Studies BA
Human Movement and Performance MS
Humanities BA, BAE
Humanities/History of Culture BA
Humanities/Religion & Culture BA
Journalism BA
Kinesiology BS,
Linguistics BA
Mental Health Counseling MS
Modern and Classical Languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish) BA, BAE
Double Language Major (French, German, Spanish) BA
Philosophy BA
Physical Education and Health ~ P-12 BAE
Political Science BA, MA

Political Science/Economics

Political Science/Environmental Studies MA
Political Science/Social Studies BA
Politics/Philosophy/Economics BA
Psychology BA, BAE, MA
Recreation BA
School Counseling M/Ed
Sociology BA, BAE, BS
Sociology/Social Studies BA
Student-Faculty Designed Major BA, BS

Majors and Minors

In addition to the GURs and other common degree requirements of the University, the candidate for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree must complete a major area emphasis which is usually accompanied by supporting courses. A minor is optional. A few concentrations are offered which encompass both a major and a minor. Students will confer with appropriate departmental advisors to plan study programs. Transfer students are expected to complete at least a portion of their work in the major and minor fields in this institution.

Student-Faculty Designed Majors

Students desiring concentrated study in areas not listed as majors by departments of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may design a major in conference with faculty members. Details of this procedure are available from the Academic Advising Center or the chair of the Department of Liberal Studies.

College Admission and Advisement

Academic Advisement

As the student completes the freshman year, which consists largely of courses that meet the GURs, he or she is referred to the academic departments for continued personalized advisement in planning and selecting courses of study. Faculty within each department share responsibility for counseling students electing concentrations in their area. In some cases, faculty from several departments may cooperate with a student in constructing his or her own interdisciplinary major; in others, faculty members may recommend to the department chair the waiving of certain course prerequisites (when it has been demonstrated that the student already has these competencies). Students who are undecided about a major may seek advisement through the Academic Advising Center in Old Main.

Department Chairs

Dr. Dan Boxberger Anthropology
Dr. Anna Eblen Communication
Dr. Barbara Mathers-Schmidt Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Marc Geisler English
Dr. Kathleen Kennedy History
Shearlean Duke Journalism
Dr. David Curley Liberal Studies
Dr. Vicki Hamblin Modern & Classical Languages
Dr. Hud Hudson Philosophy
Dr. Charles Sylvester Physical Education, Health & Recreation
Dr. Sara Weir Political Science
Dr. Larry Symons Psychology
Dr. Karen Bradley Sociology

Other College Information

Departments, Courses and Programs

Courses listed in this catalog constitute a record of the total academic program of the University. For an exact scheduling of courses at Western, students should consult the annual online Timetable of Classes, and Extended Education and Summer Programs’ bulletins.

Departments and Programs


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Canadian-American Studies

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

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East Asian Studies

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General Studies

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Liberal Studies

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Modern and Classical Languages

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Physical Education, Health and Recreation

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Political Science

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Social Studies Education

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