The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1886 under the name St. Ignatius College. The college is coeducational and initially enrolls all undergraduate degree-seeking students, both full-time and part-time.

Besides the University Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences offers programs of study in 35 majors leading to degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Arts in Classics (B.A.Cl.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.).

Applying for Admission

All potential students seeking undergraduate admission to the University apply through the Office of Admission.

Transfer students and part-time students should refer to the pertinent admission procedures described on pages 19-21 of this Bulletin.

Applicants must follow the general University regulations on admission, explained fully in the admission section of this Bulletin, pages 16-27.

Majors and Degrees

The major normally consists of a group of courses in a single department, a number of which must be in the upper division. The specific courses, the number to take for the major, and the order in which to take them can be found in the sections of this Bulletin devoted to departments and course descriptions, beginning on page 123.

Single-Discipline Majors

Majors may be taken in the following fields, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Classics degree; specialized tracks are listed under the majors that have them:

Art HistoryClassics

Classical Languages

Classical Studies

Communication and Theatre Arts



Early Childhood

Middle Childhood


Adolescent/Young Adult






Exercise Science

HistoryMathematics Teaching


History of Philosophy

Critical Social Philosophy

Philosophy, Law, and Politics

Health, Ethics, and Science

Physical Education


Political Science

Theology and Religious Studies

Sociology & Criminology


Cultural Diversity

Human Service, Health & Social Justice


Majors in the sciences may be taken in the following fields, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:


Cell and Molecular Biology

Comprehensive Chemistry

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

General Chemistry

Engineering Physics

Environmental ScienceMathematics



Child and Family Studies

Forensic Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Mental Health Services

Interdisciplinary Majors

Humanities—A self-designed liberal arts major, administered by the Department of Art History and Humanities. Course work consisting of 33 hours above the B.A. Core divisional requirements is derived from the disciplines of art history, literature, history, religious studies, and philosophy. For additional information on the major, see pages 243-244. Coordinator: Dr. Leslie Curtis, Department of Art History and Humanities.

World Literature—An interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of English. Students should consult the chair of either department. The program of courses selected for the major must be approved by the dean.

East Asian Studies—See page 183 for information

International Business with Language and Culture—See page 245 for information

Peace, Justice, and Human Rights—See page 279 for information.

B.S.-M.B.A. 5-Year Program for the Arts and Sciences

The5-year programs offer John Carroll students from the arts and sciences the opportunity to continue their education and earn an M.B.A. degree with one additional year of study. All students are eligible for this program.

Students will take courses from the Boler School of Business throughout their undergraduate education. They should consult with their academic advisor and the associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences to provide support and assistance in course selection. In addition, students will come together once each semester and hear speakers from the community talk about career opportunities for science M.B.A.’s. For more information go to the website

Optional Minors

In addition to majors, most departments also offer optional minors, which normally consist of 18 to 21 semester hours of work in one department. Specific courses may be required by various departments. For more detailed information, consult the departments and course descriptions sections of this Bulletin, beginning on page 123.

Optional minors may be completed in the following fields:

Art HistoryBiology

Business (through
Boler School

of Business)


Classical Studies

Communication and Theatre Arts

Computer Science

Creative Writing


Engineering Physics


Foreign Affairs








Physical Education and

Exercise Science


Political Science (General)


Sociology & Criminology



Theology and Religious Studies

United States Politics

Interdisciplinary Minors and Concentrations

In addition to the majors and optional minors listed above, interdisciplinary minors and concentrations may be completed by students who so elect. These are listed below and described on pages 82-89 of this Bulletin.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Catholic StudiesEast Asian Studies


Forensic Behavioral Science

Modern European StudiesLeadership

Population and Public Health


Africana StudiesAging Studies

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology


Environmental Studies

International Business

International Economics and Modern Languages

International StudiesItalian Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies


Perspectives on Sex and Gender

Political Communication

Public Administration and Policy Studies

General Requirements for Degrees

  1. Candidates must earn no fewer than 128 credit hours, including all Core and major requirements, with a general average of at least 2.0 (C) for all course work at John Carroll University.
  2. Candidates must complete the last 30 hours of instruction in residence.
  3. Candidates must complete all of the course and proficiency requirements for the degree sought.
  4. Candidates must complete all of the major requirements with an average of at least 2.0. Similarly, optional minors and concentrations must be completed with at least a 2.0 average.
  5. Students are held to the degree requirements in force at the time of their entrance into the college and program. If they are formally readmitted to the college, they are held to the requirements in force at the time of their readmission.
  6. All degree requirements normally must be completed within 10 years of the date on which college work was begun. Exceptions must be approved by the dean, associate dean, or assistant dean.
  7. Candidates must file an application for degree by the date specified in the academic calendar.
  8. Candidates must fulfill all financial obligations to John Carroll University.
  9. Attendance at the commencement exercises, though optional, is expected of all members of the graduating class.

Specific Requirements

Degree candidates must fulfill all Core and major requirements as explained in detail in this Bulletin. See the earlier chapter on Liberal Education at John Carroll University, pages 58-70, and note requirements for majors as specified in the sections on departments and course descriptions, beginning on page 123.

Honors Program

The University offers an Honors Program to a selected number of outstanding students from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler School of Business. Membership is open to those students who demonstrate potential for excellence as determined by such data as educational record, test scores, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and an interview with the program director.

Satisfactory completion of the Honors Program will be noted at the time of graduation and will be posted on each student’s permanent record. The diploma from John Carroll University will note that the recipient is an Honors Scholar.

The program, its requirements, and courses are described on pages 238-240.

Non-Degree Certificate Program

Certificate programs consist of approximately 60 semester credit hours of organized class work directed to general areas within the University. Upon completion of a certificate program, students may choose to complete the remaining requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The courses in the program are regular University courses and carry college credit. The electives require the approval of an academic advisor. It should be noted that the “certificate” program described below is not to be confused with programs designed to complete requirements for teacher certification. Those programs are fully described in the section of this Bulletin on the Department of Education and Allied Studies. Currently, the following certificate program is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Certificate in Chemistry

CH 141-144 (or 151H, 153) General Chemistry… 5-10 cr.

CH 221, 222, 223, 224 Organic Chemistry… 8 cr.

CH 261, 263 Analytical Chemistry… 4 cr.

CH 361 (or 365, 366), 367 Physical Chemistry… 5-8 cr.

CH 441, 443 Instrumental Analysis… 5 cr.

CH xxx Chemistry Elective… 3 cr.

MT 135 (or 133, 134), 136 Calculus & Analytic Geometry… 8-10 cr.

PH 125, 125L, 126, 126L General Physics… 8 cr.

or 135, 135L, 136, 136L

EN 111, 112 English Composition… 6 cr.

CO 100 Speech Communication… 2 cr.

2 Electives (with approval of advisor)… 6 cr.