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The UAS Humanities Department helps students develop independence, flexibility, and creativity in thinking and personal growth. Self-reflection is encouraged as students learn from writing, speaking, and problem solving in the humanities. Students develop individual style and voice as they apply creative and critical techniques in problem-solving activities. Students learn to articulate and defend their ideas as they gain an appreciation of the role of the humanities for the individual development and the society as a whole.

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Bachelor of Liberal Arts: Designated Emphasis

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (2012-2013 CATALOG)

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
GER35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25
The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better.
I. Liberal Arts Core
CORE REQUIREMENTS18
HUMS200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUMS210Student Portfolio1
  Communications, Literature or Writing (upper-division elective)*3
  Philosophy (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics)**3
  Social Science, Math or Natural Science (elective)3-4
  Cultural Diversity Courses***6-8

*COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX
** PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301
***Cultural Diversity courses include: world languages, world history, Alaska Native languages, or BLA faculty advisor-approved courses in anthropology, art, communication, literature, and the humanities or social sciences, including transfer or study abroad courses, with an evident focus in cultural diversity.

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

II. Liberal Arts Emphasis
EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS42

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499 Humanities Capstone
LIBERAL ARTS EMPHASIS OPTIONS
In each BLA degree program, students pursue one of the following Emphasis options: Designated Emphasis, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Independent Design. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Emphasis courses or must be replaced by substitute disciplinary courses of equal credits.
1. DESIGNATED EMPHASIS
A designated emphasis provides a focused course of study in the Liberal Arts not available through other baccalaureate degree programs offered through UAS.
COMMUNICATION
Primary Field Communication (COMM): 24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper-division).
Secondary Field of cross-disciplinary courses approved by the BLA Communication faculty advisor: 15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper division).
Capstone (3 credits): HUM S499 Humanities Capstone
LANGUAGE ARTS
Language Arts Fields: English (ENGL), Communication (COMM), Theatre (THR).
Primary Field: 24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division).
Secondary Field: 15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division).
Capstone (3 credits): HUM S499 Humanities Capstone
2. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Interdisciplinary Studies provides academic depth to a general course of Liberal Arts study by combining cross disciplinary primary and secondary fields. Primary and secondary fields must be from different disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies program must be approved by the student’s BLA faculty advisor.
Primary Field: 24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division).
Secondary Field: 15 credits (minimum 15 credits upper-division).
Capstone (3 credits): HUM S499 Capstone.
Primary Field
The primary field consists of BLA faculty advisor approved course electives (24 credits, minimum of 15 credits upper division) under one the following categories. In some instances, minimal course requirements are designated.
Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology (ANCH S202), Biological Anthropology (ANTH S205)
Art
Two-semester History or World Art survey (ART S261/S262
Communication
English
History
Two-semester History survey: History of the U.S. (HIST S131/S132) or World History (HIST S105/106) or Modern Europe (HIST S227/228) and Seminar in History: Selected Topics (HIST S492).
Humanities
Any two of the following Humanities disciplines: Art, Communications, English, History, Alaska Native Languages (including Tlingit, Haida), Modern Languages (including Spanish), Philosophy, Theatre, or BLA faculty advisor approved Humanities discipline.
Discipline 1: 12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division).
Discipline 2: 12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division).
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology (PSY S101), Research Methods and Statistics (STAT S107 or higher), Social Science Research Methods (SSCI S300), or BLA faculty advisor approved course.
Social Science
Any two of the following Social Science disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Government (Political Science), History, Psychology, Sociology, or BLA faculty advisor approved Social Science discipline.
Discipline 1: 12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division).
Discipline 2: 12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division).
Theatre
Secondary Field
The secondary field, which must be from a different discipline than the primary field, consists of 15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division).
Liberal Arts secondary fields available at UAS include: Art, Biology, Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, French, Government, History, Laws, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Tlingit Language.
3. INDEPENDENT DESIGN
This option is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in completing a BLA program that does not fall under any Designated Emphasis or Interdisciplinary Studies option. Independently designed BLA programs are available only to students who have a tenure-track faculty member who agrees to supervise their degree program. The student and supervisor will work together to design a degree proposal that provides a coherent body of knowledge at the baccalaureate level. The Independent Design must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. As the program is independently designed, there are no formal limitations on the structure of each student’s program beyond the required Liberal Arts Core. However, the Independent Design has rigorous emphasis requirements:
  1. 45 total credits for the BLA Liberal Arts Major must be completed while enrolled at UAS.
  2. 24 Emphasis credits minimum must be upper division.
  3. 30 Emphasis credits minimum must be completed after the Independent Design program is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Any changes to a program in progress must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES/MINOR
ELECTIVES/MINOR REQUIREMENTS25
Courses from AA degrees, transfer credits from accredited universities or colleges, or other University of Alaska credits at the 100 level or higher may be counted for elective credit. A Minor field must differ from disciplinary coursework completed for the Liberal Arts Emphasis. Any overlap in specific courses between GER, the Liberal Arts Major, and a Minor requires course substitutions.

Minor in Human Communication

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
Select two from the following (6 credits)
COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
COMMS235Small Group Communication & Teambuilding3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication3
COMMS241Public Speaking3
COMMS250Introduction to Human Communication3
Select three from the following (9 credits)
COMMS320Argumentation and Debate3
COMMS330Intercultural Communication3
COMMS335Organizational Communication3
COMMS346From Page to Stage: Oral Interpretation3
COMMS380Communication Theory3
COMMS420Leadership II3
COMMS475Communication in Education & Training3
COMMS451Gendered Interpersonal Communication3
COMMS452Family Communication3
COMMS460Rhetorical Communication3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ENGL/COMMS491Internship3
ENGL/COMMS494Practicum3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3

Minor in Professional Communication

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
ENGLS311Advanced Composition3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
COMMS335Organizational Communication3
COMMS475Communication in Education and Training3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ENGL/COMMS491Internship3
ENGL/COMMS494Practicum3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3
Select three from the following (9 credits)
COMMS220Leadership I3
COMMS235Small Group Communication & Teambuilding3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication3
COMMS241Public Speaking3
COMMS250Introduction to Human Communication3
COMMS320Argumentation and Debate3
COMMS330Intercultural Communication3
COMMS335Organizational Communication3
COMMS380Communication Theory3
COMMS475Communication in Education & Training3
COMMS451Gendered Interpersonal Communication3
COMMS420Leadership II3
ENGLS212Technical Writing3
ENGLS414Research Writing3
JOURS100Introduction to Journalism3
JOURS101Introduction to Mass Communication3
JOURS102Introduction to News Editing and Layout3
JOURS221Introduction to Photography3
JOURS224Intermediate Photography3
JOURS294/394/494Newspaper Practicum3
___S__Advisor-approved CIOS course3

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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COMM Classes: Fall - 2014


Introduction to the field of oral communication focusing on interpersonal, small group and public speaking processes. Covers skills for improving feedback, active listening, language usage, nonverbal behavior, audience analysis, and techniques for speech preparation, delivery and alleviating speaking anxiety.

Prerequisite: ENGL S110 or S111 (or concurrent enrollment) or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79393K01Clare Bennett
PAUL519
Tue, Thu
3:00p - 4:20p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79394KD1Clare Bennett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
3:00p - 4:20p
9/2 - 12/13

Delivered via web with required live online meetings. Requires access to internet, email, MSWord and microphone/headset. Go to course site at https://online.uas.alaska.edu/online for course information. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $577 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80226J02Gail Haynes
EG225
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80227J03Beth Weigel
EG224
Tue, Thu
8:00a - 9:30a
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80228J04
EG223
Mon, Wed, Fri
1:10p - 2:10p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80229J05Jo Dahl
HB113
Thursday
6:00p - 9:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

Practical application of the theories of interaction, information sharing, decision making, team building, and problem solving processes to small group situations. Principles of conflict, leadership, group roles, self-evaluation, evidence, and reasoning are explored through group observation, practice and analysis.

Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or higher) or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80231J01
HB113
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

Understanding and building interpersonal communication skills. Students use experiential and oral performance approaches to explore nonverbal and verbal channels, emotions, empathetic listening, perception, self disclosure, and conflict, in significant relationships. Must complete with grade of C or higher to fulfill speech communication GER.

Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or higher) or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80472TD1Daniel Henry
DISTAUDIO
Wednesday
5:30p - 6:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $592 (additional charges may apply)

COMM 291
1 - 6 CR

Student work experience while employed (paid or unpaid) by a business or organization, under the supervision of both a qualified professional in the work situation and a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Admission to a program, demonstration of preparation for internship activity, and instructor permission via approval form.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80232J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Variable credits 1-3, to be determined at time of registration. Instructor approval form required. See your advisor or faculty to make arrangements.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $179; (additional charges may apply)

COMM 294
1 - 6 CR

A classroom or work related project supervised by a faculty member and an on-site individual who supervises the practicum focus area. Emphasis is on practical applications of oral and, to a lesser extent, written communication competencies in an appropriate environment.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission via approval form.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80233J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Variable credits 1-3, to be determined at time of registration. Instructor approval form required. See your advisor or faculty to make arrangements

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $179; (additional charges may apply)

Understanding the communication process that occurs when people of different cultures interact. Topics include perception, stereotyping, language and non-verbal concepts of kinesics, time and space. Special emphasis on analyzing the communication differences that make a difference with Alaska cultures. This course meets the state requirement for certification in multicultural education.

Prerequisite: Lower division communication course or permission, and ENGL S111 or equivalent.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80234JD1Susan Koester
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Distance Web. Requires Internet and e-mail. Access the course site at uas.alaska.edu/online for course information, and edit personal profile. Books available from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252, or fax 1-800-499-0143. For more information call 796-6163 in Juneau, or toll-free 1-877-465-4827 x6163.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

COMM 340
3 CR

Examines major theoretical frameworks for analyzing traditional and digital media, and techniques for applying those theories to specific media products and genres. Using various theoretical lenses, students will examine a wide variety of media, including advertising, film, television, news, and the Internet. Students will also investigate economic and political aspects of the media and will explore the ways that race, gender, and class are presented in media products.

Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or higher) or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80235JD1
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Web-based. Requires access to Internet and e-mail. Access the course site at uas.alaska.edu/online for class information, and edit personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm, or call 1-800-325-3252, or fax 1-800-499-0143. For more information call 796-6163 in Juneau, or toll-free 1-877-465-4827 x6163

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Work experience where a student is employed (paid or unpaid) by a business or organization and is under the supervision of both a qualified professional in the work situation and a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Admission to a program, demonstration of preparation for internship activity, and instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80237J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Variable credits 1-4, to be determined at time of registration. Instructor approval form required. See your advisor or faculty to make arrangements.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $216; (additional charges may apply)

A classroom or work related project supervised by a faculty member and an on-site individual who supervises the practicum focus area. Emphasis is on practical applications of oral and, to a lesser extent, written communication competencies in an appropriate environment.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80238J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Variable credits 1-4, to be determined at time of registration. Instructor approval form required. See your advisor or faculty to make arrangements.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $216; (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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