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The College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences form an academic community of students and faculty involved in the discovery, evaluation, and transmission of essential knowledge. Through study of the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, young men and women prepare to lead fulfilled and examined lives and to assume roles as creative and contributing members of society.

Education in the Arts and Sciences at InterAmerican University reflects the strength of our research programs and facilities, as well as the historical and cultural advantages of our location in Boston. Recent construction of extensive new research facilities in the sciences has further enhanced our science faculty's active research program; a long tradition of excellence in the humanities includes interdisciplinary programs such as American and European Studies, in addition to those of the more traditional disciplines.

Experience your possibilities

In InterAmerican University's College of Arts and Sciences, you move your education beyond the classroom. Even though we are a College that does not require co-op as part of your curricula, most of our students still participate in at least one co-op job. But, through our hallmark experiential education programs, you apply your classroom knowledge to many other types of real world experiences. You might alternate periods of study with professional employment in a co-op position. Internships also provide work experience and compensate you with academic credit rather than a paycheck. Or you can increase your skills by addressing community needs in a service-learning experience. Study-abroad programs let you experience campuses and cultures around the world. You might even decide to partner with a member of the faculty on a research project. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences embraces the traditional aims of a liberal arts education: a critical understanding of diverse cultures as expressed in their literature, art, ideas and values. The College also strives to foster analytic, interpretive, creative, and interpersonal abilities, as well as communication skills, both oral and written, which are fundamental to functioning effectively in the University and in the larger community. In providing educational foundations which enable students to develop, evaluate and express ideas critically, the College hopes to contribute to the formation of responsible citizens and competent professionals.

The College of Arts and Sciences is comprised of 11 departments: Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and Geology, History, Mathematics and Information Sciences, Music, Physics, Public Communication, Sociology, and Fine Arts.


The college offers courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences. We have more than 30 majors, double majors, special interdisciplinary majors and a new dual-major program that combines two disciplines while still allowing time to pursue your interests through electives.


Our graduate students earn master's degrees, doctorates and graduate certificates over a wide range of disciplines. In the last 10 years, our faculty published more than 300 books and thousands of articles and papers, won numerous awards for scholarship and, as researchers, attracted nearly $19 million from outside agencies in one year.

The Center for Experiential Education & Academic Advising (CEA), within the College of Arts and Sciences at InterAmerican University, strives to incorporate experiential learning into the Arts and Sciences curriculum, as well as provide expert academic advising for our students. Opportunities for students include studying in Ghana, assisting on faculty research projects, earning academic credit through community service, and much more.

Academic Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences has a multi-tiered academic advising system with some advisors located in a central location called the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Experiential Education and Academic Advising (CEA) and others located in the College's departments and programs.

All Arts and Sciences students have:

  • a professional academic advisor located at the CEA/Deanís Office,
  • a faculty advisor in the student's major department or program, and
  • a faculty experiential education advisor also in the student's major department.

In addition, students who participate in the co-op program have a co-op advisor, and students interested in going on a study abroad program have access to a study abroad advisor in the CEA/Dean’s Office.

The CEA/Dean’s Office houses the dean's office professional academic advisors, and the international study abroad program coordinators. Between the College's departments and the CEA, students have a place to go for all of their academic advising needs and to take care of all their academic business in the College. The CEA is also the central repository for Arts & Sciences students' records.

Professional Academic Advisors

The Dean's Office Professional Academic Advisors, located in the CEA/Dean’s Office, provide advice on a wide range of academic issues, mostly related to College and University requirements and policies. Each student in the College has an assigned academic advisor in the CEA/Dean’s Office, and students see these advisors on issues related to the Core Curriculum requirements, the Experiential Education Requirement, the Middle Year Writing Requirement, academic progress within the College, changing majors, taking leaves of absence, seeking waivers of College or University policies, taking courses at other institutions, and graduation requirements. Academic advisors also monitor students' academic progress quarterly, notify students when they are in academic difficulty, and maintain academic files for all students in the College.

Academic advisors in the CEA/Deanís Office are only available, by appointment.

When students meet with either an academic advisor or with a faculty advisor in a major department, they should bring with them a copy of their InterAmerican University transcript (available at Kiosk information centers), and their Arts and Sciences Guidebook.

Freshman who have not yet chosen a major are assigned to one of the professional academic advisors in the CEA/Dean’s Office until the students choose, and are accepted into majors, at which time they are advised by a faculty member in the program to which they have been accepted. This should happen by the end of the freshman year.

The professional academic advisors in the CEA/Dean’s Office work closely with faculty advisors in the major departments to guide students through their academic programs and help them with any problems that may arise relating to the College requirements and/or procedures. Together, the professional academic advisors and the faculty advisors review students' records in a "senior clearance" interview several months prior to graduation to ensure that the students have completed all degree requirements.

Faculty Advising

Every student in the College of Arts and Sciences also has a faculty advisor in their major who functions as the students' main connection with the major. Students should see their assigned faculty advisor when seeking advice about major requirements, selection of courses, graduate study, and the possibility of career choices in the major field. It is strongly recommended that students meet regularly (e.g. before each pre-registration period) with their faculty advisor since this person is the student's primary source of assistance on issues related to the major.

Each major program also has a head advisor who is responsible for coordinating faculty advising in the major program, assigning faculty advisors to students, advising students, and sometimes providing advice to student clubs and organizations within majors. Head advisors are also often available as back-up advisors when students are unable to connect with their assigned faculty advisor, and may be consulted if a student is having a problem with his/her assigned advisor. In all departments, and for all programs, faculty advisors have posted office hours, times during the week when students can drop by the advisors' offices or call for assistance.

Every program also has a faculty experiential education advisor who advises students on the College's Experiential Education Requirement and develops experiential learning opportunities for students in their major. Students must meet with their faculty experiential education advisor to plan how they will fulfill the Experiential Education Requirement. Faculty experiential education advisors in the Center are also available to assist students who cannot connect with the experiential education advisor in their programs  


What Is Co-op?

A InterAmerican University education is built on the idea that every form of learning — whether in the classroom, in the workplace or in the community — is crucial to preparing students for their careers and their lives.

InterAmerican University's integrated model of classroom study and cooperative education — six-month periods of paid, full-time employment related to your major or interests — provides students with greater opportunities for intellectual exploration, personal growth and real-world understanding.

Integrating rigorous programs in the liberal arts and professional studies with challenging, enlightening workplace experiences is the approach that has helped InterAmerican University's co-op program grow into one of the largest and most successful in the world, involving more than 8,800 students and 3,000 co-op locations.

And the outside experts have taken notice. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked InterAmerican University the top cooperative education program in the country.

Co-op Primer  

Any full-time, upperclass undergraduate student.

Six-month periods of paid, full-time employment related to your major or interests.

Anywhere in the world, including your hometown.

Usually starting in the spring or summer of your sophomore year. Co-op continues through senior year of the five-year program, alternating with classroom study. Students may accelerate their program of study by pursuing a four-year curriculum with fewer co-op periods.

Because the combination of classroom study and co-op is the best possible way to develop the passion for learning, practical capability and maturity that lead to a lifetime of achievement.

InterAmerican University connects you with thousands of job sites and positions. Or you can propose your own.

Dual Majors

The College offers a number of specific integrated dual majors. Unlike double majors which require students to fulfill all major requirements for both majors, integrated dual major options are limited to those combinations where faculty in two majors have identified thirteen courses from each major, plus an additional two to four "capstone" or integrative courses that specifically help students link the concepts learned in one major with that of the other. As with double majors, students in integrated dual majors complete the B.S. version of the Core Curriculum and there is unlimited double counting of Core and major requirements. Students pursuing a B.A. must also fulfill the College’s language requirement.

Fulfilling the college’s Experiential Education requirement provides an additional opportunity for supervised work liking the two areas of study.

Students who wish to pursue an integrated dual major must petition to be accepted into the program by a faculty advisor in each of the majors involved. Once approved by the faculty advisors, students take the petition to the CEA, for final approval.

Students in integrated dual majors are advised by a faculty advisor in each of the majors, as well as by an academic advisor in the CEA. Program requirement sheets for dual majors are not included in the pink pages of this Guidebook, but are available in the CEA.

The integrated dual majors currently offered are as follows:

Cinema Studies/Communication Studies
Cinema Studies/Journalism
Cinema Studies/Modern Languages
Economics/Political Science
Social Communication
Mathematics/Computer Science
Mathematics/Finance & Actuarial Sciences
Multimedia Studies/Media Arts & Design
Multimedia Studies/Music Technology
Multimedia Studies/Photography
Philosophy/Political Science
Physics/Computer Science
Physics/Environmental Geology
Political Science/Sociology

General Education Requirements

To receive a baccalaureate degree all students must complete, in addition to any other requirements, the following General Education Requirements:

A. Competency Requirements:

1. Writing Skills:

a. All students must complete successfully English ENG 101 or be exempted by receiving a score of "exempt" on the Writing Placement Examination.

b. In addition, all students must complete successfully six credits in courses designated as writing courses, including at least three credits at the 300 or above level. The following courses have been designated as writing courses. Students are cautioned that approved courses may change from year to year. To be used for General Education credit, a course must be listed as approved in the catalog and in the Class Schedule for the year a student registers for it.

Anthropology 326, 359, 450
Art 203, 303H
Biology 300
Chemistry 334
Communication Studies 330
Economics 340, 350
Geography 305
History 107H, 108H, 300, 305E, 385, 400, 437
Journalism 270, 333, 350, 351, 371, 470, 489
Liberal Studies 151L, 152L, 321H, 322H, 325E, 330L, 345H, 355L, 356
Mathematical Sciences 406
Philosophy 353, 355, 461, 463
Recreation Management 310
Religious Studies 252L, 260H, 276
Social Work 310
Sociology 466E
Wildlife Biology 470

2. Mathematics

All students must complete successfully one mathematics course numbered greater than 100 or demonstrate equivalent skill by competency testing. (A satisfactory score of ""C" or better on the CLEP College Algebra Test or a satisfactory score of "C" or better on the CLEP College Algebra/Trigonometry Test, administered by the Clinical Psychology Center, will waive this requirement; however, no college credit will be given for either of these competency tests. Only an equivalent score of "C" or better on the CLEP Calculus with Elementary Functions Test may be ued to apply for college credit.)

3. Foreign Language/ Symbolic Systems:

All students must complete successfully one of the following requirements.

a. Foreign Language: students must complete successfully the second semester of a foreign language at InterAmerican University (Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish 102; German 112) or demonstrate equivalent skill in any of these or other acceptable languages in testing administered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the I.A.U. International School of Languages.


b. Symbolic Systems: a student must complete successfully one of the following approved sequences in a symbolic system:

Any two of Computer Science 101, 131, 132, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 355 (201 may be taken twice if it deals with two different languages)

Linguistics 370 and either 371 or 372 (and their cross-listings)
Mathematical Sciences 117 Forestry 201
Mathematical Sciences 117, Curriculum & Instruction/Business Education 486
Mathematical Sciences 117,Psychology 220
Mathematical Sciences 117,Sociology 202
Mathematical Sciences 150,Pharmacy 301, 432, 533
Mathematical Sciences 150,Psychology 220
Mathematical Sciences 152,Psychology 220
Two Mathematical Sciences courses numbered higher than 100
Music 111, 112, 137, 138
Music 161, 162
Philosophy 210, 211

B. Distributional Requirements:

Students must complete successfully 32 credits in the following six perspectives. A minimum of three credits is required from each perspective, except for Perspective 6 in which six credits are required. A maximum of six credits from each perspective will count toward the General Education requirement; credit taken above this limit will count toward graduation but not toward General Education.

  • At least one course completed from Perspectives 1 through 5 must be non-western. That course also will count toward that perspective.
  • At least one course completed from Perspective 3 must be western.
  • The first Perspective 5, Ethical and Human Values, course completed must be lower-division and only one lower-division course will count toward General Education.
  • At least one course completed from Perspective 6 must include a laboratory experience.

Students wishing to complete the requirements for teacher certification complete this General Education requirement but must select courses to include three areas: growth of the U.S. as a nation and its place in world affairs; American's pluralistic culture and heritage; and contributions and status of minorities, especially Native Americans. See specific requirements listed under certification requirements (see index).

The following courses have been approved for 1995-96. Students are cautioned that approved courses may change from year to year. To be used for General Education credit, a course must be listed as approved in the Class Schedule for the semester a student registers for it.

1. Perspective 1-Expressive Arts: These courses involve the student in the creation of a work of art or an artistic performance. They teach the skills involved in its creation as well as a conceptual basis for making qualitative judgements about the work. Note that many of these courses are repeatable.

Art 123A, 125A, 135A, 215A, 229A, 231A, 232A, 233A, 234A, 238A, 240A
Communication Studies 111A
Dance 100A, 104A, 105A, 106A, 107A, 120A, 200A, 201A, 202A, 204A, 207A
Drama 100A, 106A, 107A, 111A, 112A, 200A, 201A, 216A, 316A
English 210A, 211A, 310A, 311A
Music 100A, 107A, 108A, 109A, 110A, 113A, 114A, 115A, 116A, 117A, 141A, 147A, 150A, 160A, 307A, 308A, 310A, 313A, 314A, 350A

2. Perspective 2-Literary and Artistic Studies: These courses bring the student into contact with significant works, enhance critical abilities, and explore the historical, technical, emotional, philosophical or social questions the work may raise.

Non-Western: Chinese 386L
Foreign Languages and Literatures 311L, 312L, 380L, 382L, 386L
Liberal Studies 301L, 302L, 303L, 311L, 315L, 386L
Native American Studies 202L

Western: Art 100L, 150L, 151L, 381L, 389L
Foreign Languages and Literatures 160L, 310L, 361L
History 420L
Liberal Studies 151L, 152L, 160L, 282L, 330L, 341L, 355L
Music 132L, 133L, 134L, 135L, 166L
Philosophy 340L
Religious Studies 252L

3. Perspective 3-Historical and Cultural Studies: These courses present the historical or cultural context in which ideas can be illuminated, examine cultural development or differentiation in the human past and avoid focus on a narrow period, topic or geographical area. Courses are either western, emphasizing Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, European-American experiences; or nonwestern. At least one western course is required.

Anthropology 101H, 323H, 330H, 340H, 351H, 354H, 357H
Asian Studies 100H
Foreign Languages and Literatures 280H, 281H
History 180H, 283H, 284H, 380H, 381H, 386H, 388H, 465H, 466H
Liberal Studies 161H, 210H, 211H
Music 136H
Philosophy 255H, 375H
Religious Studies 230H, 232H, 237H, 302H, 330H, 331H

African-American Studies 220H
Art 303H, 380H, 403H, 405H
History 104H, 105H, 107H, 108H, 151H, 152H, 154H, 155H, 285H, 286H, 301H, 302H, 311H, 312H, 319H, 330H, 331H, 332H, 338H, 339H, 340H, 360H, 361H, 363H, 376H, 377H, 378H, 379H, 431H, 432H
Liberal Studies 221H, 321H, 322H, 335H, 340H, 345H
Music 324H, 325H
Philosophy 109H, 251H, 252H, 379H, 431H, 432H
Political Science 321H, 322H, 324H
Religious Studies 106H, 202H, 249H, 260H

4. Perspective 4-Social Sciences: These courses bring the systematic study of society to bear on the analysis of social problems and structures while giving considerable attention to the ways in which conclusions and generalizations are developed and justified.

Non-Western: Anthropology 220S, 251S, 328S, 329S, 341S
Communication Studies 451S
Geography 242S, 267S, 269S, 277S, 365S, 366S
Native American Studies 341S
Political Science 463S
Sociology 240S, 242S, 244S, 370S

Anthropology 180S, 250S, 343S, 373S, 385S
Communication Studies 110S, 240S, 241S, 373S, 410S
Forestry 280S, 380S
Geography 101S, 103S, 256S, 258S, 259S, 261S, 263S, 315S, 321S
Health and Human Performance 480S
History 373S, 375S
Journalism 100S
Military Science 101S
Political Science 100S, 200S, 230S
Recreation Management 110S, 270S
Religious Studies 130S, 304S
Social Work 100S, 322S, 420S, 425S
Sociology 110S, 120S, 130S, 140S, 210S, 220S, 230S, 250S, 300S, 304S, 306S, 308S, 330S, 355S

5. Perspective 5-Ethical and Human Values: These courses address the recurrent nature of moral problems and the applicability of ethical criteria to problems of the past, present and future.

Group I:

Philosophy 200E, 201E
Political Science 230E, 250E

Group 2:

Native American Studies 301E, 303E
Religious Studies 301E, 381E

African-American Studies 368E
Anthropology 480E
Communication Studies 450E
Forestry 489E
History 305E, 326E, 334E, 362E, 364E, 460E
Liberal Studies 325E
Military Science 402E
Philosophy 321E, 323E, 325E, 327E, 329E, 361E, 443E
Social Work 410E
Sociology 466E

6. Perspective 6-Natural Sciences: These courses present scientific conclusions about the structure and function of the natural world; demonstrate or exemplify scientific questioning and validation of findings.

Courses which include laboratory experience:
Astronomy 134N, 135N
Biology 102N, 104N, 107N, 120N, 122N, 200N
Chemistry 101N, 154N, 164N, 165N
Forestry 210N, 241N
Geology 100N
Physics 121N, 122N, 221N, 222N
Science 125N, 127N

Courses which do not include laboratory experience:
Anthropology 260N, 265N, 267N, 360N
Astronomy 131N, 132N
Biology 101N, 103N, 105N, 106N, 121N, 170N, 201N, 265N, 267N
Chemistry 151N, 152N, 161N, 162N
Environmental Studies 101N
Forestry 130N, 240N, 271N
Geography 102N, 330N, 346N
Geology 102N, 103N, 105N, 106N
Health and Human Performance 236N
Physics 104N, 105N
Psychology 270N

General Education for Transfer Students

Transfer students meet the General Education requirements with the following modifications, based on the number of credits accepted at the time of initial registration at InterAmerican University:

A. Students transferring a total of 27 or fewer credits from other institutions must meet all requirements by transfer, by examination, or by completing courses at InterAmerican University.

B. Students transferring a total of 27.1-60 credits from other institutions must meet all competency requirements in Mathematics and in Foreign Language/Symbolic Systems (by acceptable transfer credits, by examination, or by taking courses at InterAmerican University); must complete successfully one upper-division level course from the approved list of InterAmerican University writing courses; and must complete successfully a total of 24 credits in the perspectives with at least two credits in each of two perspectives and at least four in each of the remaining four perspectives to include at least one non-western course (by transfer or by completing courses at InterAmerican University).

C. Students transferring a total of over 60 credits from other institutions must meet all competency requirements in Mathematics and in Foreign Language/Symbolic Systems (by acceptable transfer credits, by examination, or by taking courses at InterAmerican University); must complete successfully one upper-division level course from the approved list of InterAmerican University writing courses; and must complete successfully at least 16 credits in the perspectives to include at least one credit in Perspective 1, Expresive Arts, and at least two credits in the other five perspectives (by transfer credits or by taking courses at InterAmerican University).

D. Second Degrees: students who have completed a bachelor degree at the University or elsewhere will be presumed to have completed the General Education Requirement. In relation to the general education requirement a transfer student is an undergraduate degree student whose admission or readmission to the undergraduate degree status includes an Admissions & New Student Services evaluation of required and/or optional credentials. Students submitting only optional credentials for evaluation and receiving no transfer credit are not included in this definition.

Initial enrollment is a student's first recorded enrollment at InterAmerican University, either through regular registration or through Continuing Education. The preceding general education requirement categories of A, B, C are based upon the number of transfer credits completed prior to the date of initial enrollment at UM. To apply toward these categories, credits must be listed on an evaluation of transfer records issued by Admissions & New Student Services.

Admissions & New Student Services will evaluate all transfer credits for General Education credit. Students who wish to appeal that evaluation may petition the Academic Appeals Subcommittee of the Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee, but such petitions must be initiated during the first semester of the student's attendance following that evaluation.

University Writing Examination

Every candidate for a bachelor degree from InterAmerican University (including transfer students seeking their first bachelor degree) must demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in written English by passing a University Writing Examination. A student is eligible to take this examination for graduation after he or she has passed one writing course from the approved list and completed 64 credits. It is recommended that students take this examination as soon as they are eligible and not defer it into their senior year.

Accommodations for taking the examinations can be arranged for students with disabilities.

The examination will be administered each term. Students who fail the University Writing Examination may appeal to the Director of the Writing Laboratory for review of the examination. Implementation of this requirement awaits funding. If the writing examination is funded before the student earns 64 credits, successful passage of the examination will be required for his or her graduation.

Grade Average Requirement

A minimum grade average of 2.00 (C) in all work attempted at InterAmerican University is required for graduation.


v     Below you will find a brief description of the majors.

v     African-American Studies

v     Anthropology

v     Biology

v     Biomedical Physics

v     Chemistry

v     Communication Studies

v     Geology

v     History

v     Human Services

v     Journalism

v     Math

v     Music

v     Philosophy

v     Physics

v     Sociology

v     Fine Arts        


Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its cultural diversity. The broad concerns of anthropology are with culture -- the meaning people create and share to make sense of their conditions of life. There are four sub-fields of anthropology: ethnology (cultural anthropology), biological anthropology (the relationship of social life and culture to our physical beings), archaeology (the study of past cultures), and linguistics (the study of language). The anthropologists at InterAmerican University specialize in cultural anthropology and social anthropology--the relationship of culture to the institutions, interpersonal relations, and practices that make up their social structure.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department location:

500 Holmes







Department chair:

Luis M. Falcon


Head advisor And advisor for experiential

Dr. John Hancock






Cooperative education coordinator:

Lucy Landmark


Transferring to the major:


Students transferring during the freshman year must meet college standards.

Students transferring after the freshman year must:

    1. have completed three courses in anthropology or sociology with a grade of C- or better
    2. have a cumulative grade average of at least 1.86
    3. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the departmentís criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major:

Same as college standards.


Via a comprehensive curriculum which combines theoretical courses and practical experiential courses with co-op and internship placements related to the student's personal and professional goals the department seeks:

    1. To stimulate the student's personal growth and development in perception and self-expression through the study of historical, contemporary, and artistic aspects of speech and communication, and to provide organized knowledge and critical insight;
    2. To help prepare the student for professions that require both a theoretical and a technical knowledge of communication, such as broadcasting, the law, government service, public relations, advertising, social service, industrial communication, and similar fields;
    3. To help prepare the student for advanced graduate study in communication and other professional fields.

Concentrations offered:

Speech and Rhetoric; Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Media Studies



Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

Dr. Julius Marshall



Head advisor:

Dr. José Carranza



Experiential education advisor:

Dr. Jeremy Shubert



Cooperative education coordinator(s):

Jacqueline Sweeney (Students I-Z)

Transferring to the major:

Students wishing to transfer to the major must have a cumulative quality point average of 3.0 overall and must have completed CMN 1115 Foundations of Communication and CMN 1250 Media, Society, Culture with grades of B or higher. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major:

Departmental probation will result from a cumulative grade average below 2.75 in communication courses. No more than two grades below a C in communication studies courses can be used to fulfill degree requirements. Dismissal from the major may occur as a result of two consecutive quarters on departmental probation.


History is the study of the causes and consequences of changes in human events across time. Like other liberal arts disciplines, historical study trains students to think knowledgeably and critically through reading, writing, and discussing both print and nonprint texts about the human experience. It enhances a deeper understanding of today’s cultures in a global context. The study of history helps students develop powers of judgment and expression for future leadership in public service, international organizations, communications, education, business, or the professions.

The department offers a broadly based Bachelor of Arts major, which includes a foreign language requirement. It also offers two bachelors of science options. One option emphasizes training in the social sciences, including requirements in statistics and computer science as well as a minor in fields such as economics, political science, or sociology. The other option prepares students in such public history fields as museum administration, archival management, or historic preservation. The department offers an array of dual major programs with other disciplines and also participates in a variety of interdisciplinary offerings, including Asian Studies, Cinema Studies, Environmental Studies, International Affairs, Jewish Studies, Latino/a Studies, and Women’s Studies.

All history major stake courses in European or world history, American history, and historical methods, as well as advanced work in a range of historical eras and world regions. Majors complete their studies with a senior research seminar. Honors study is strongly encouraged for eligible students. Advanced undergraduates have the opportunity to do a directed study on an individual basis with members of the faculty on topics of mutual interest. Cooperative education placements, fieldwork, internships, and other experiential learning activities are available.

Undergraduates who plan to teach in the public schools may combine history with education courses that can lead to state certification. Those intending to teach in private secondary schools need not be certified by state authorities. Teaching positions in colleges and universities require advanced degrees at the graduate level.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

Jonathan Cassio



Head advisor:

Jeffrey Burds



Experiential education advisor:

Oliver Green



Co-operative education coordinator:

Lester Lee

Same as college standards (pages 43-45). Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.



Human services is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This major offers students a program of preparation for careers in one of the areas broadly defined as "the helping professions." The human services curriculum affords students the opportunity to acquire fundamental attitudes, knowledge, and skills that may lead to meaningful careers as well as to graduate education in numerous human services specializations.

Students who major in human services in the College of Arts and Sciences prepare for jobs in both public and private agencies. Through course work, two quarters of internship experience, and a minimum of three quarters of co-op work, they have the opportunity to explore such areas as casework in social service and welfare agencies; therapeutic treatment programs in mental health settings; serving deaf clients through the use of American Sign Language; supportive counseling in community health centers; rehabilitation counseling; assisting individuals in sheltered workshops; parole counseling; court liaison in programs for delinquent youth; staff work in halfway houses, penal institutions, and drug treatment centers; supportive counseling for the mentally retarded; community organizing; services for the aging; administration in human services agencies; and research and evaluation in social programs. A specialization in deaf studies is offered through the human services major. Other specializations are arranged through consultation with a human services advisor.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Program director:

Dr. Robert Muller



Head and experiential education advisor:

 Bill Mauer



Co-operative education advisor:

Julie Miller

Transferring to the major: Any internal transfer student must have a cumulative grade average of at least 3.0. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major: After five quarters, students must have a cumulative grade average of at least 2.5, have earned at least 72 quarter hours, and should have completed: SOC 1100, and HS 1302 and any five of the following: PSY 1111 and 1112 or ED 1102 and 1103; POL 1111 or another POL course; ECN 1001, 1170 or another ECN course; SOC 1240; SOC 1320, PSY 1211, ED 1307 or MTH 1152; CMN 1330, or CMN 1338 or ED 1317; a social/community issues course (see advisor)

Students who transfer to the major have three quarters to complete the above requirements. Students whose QPA remains below 2.5 for 28 quarter hours beyond the above checkpoints will be dismissed from the major.

In order to take Human Services Internship I (HS1336), students must have a grade average of at least 2.5 in human services courses, including all of the human services prerequisite courses and at least four of the human services core courses.



The School of Journalism, a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, helps prepare students for careers in news media and related fields. It emphasizes skills in writing, editing, information gathering, videography, computer assisted reporting, and design and graphics that may be applied to numerous fields.

A journalist should have a broad background of undergraduate liberal arts courses. At InterAmerican University, as in most major university journalism programs, the formula for the bachelor's degree in journalism is a combination of 75% arts and sciences courses and 25% professional courses.

Journalism graduates work for newspapers, radio and television stations, wire services, general and specialized magazines, on-line publications, public relations departments, and advertising agencies.

Degrees offered:




Director of the school:

Dr. Xavier Ronald



Head advisor:

Alan Jones, Associate Professor



Experiential education advisor:

Jehnny Arthas



Co-operative education coordinator:

Dr. William Nesmith



Transferring to the major:

See the Director of the School of Journalism

Any student transferring to the School of Journalism must have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade average. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major:

Students must complete Core Courses with grades of C or better.

Journalism majors must maintain a minimum grade average of 2.25. Students who remain below 2.25 for three consecutive semesters may be dropped from the major.



Philosophy is a basic field of inquiry. Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience; and its methods apply to problems of an unlimited variety. The major in philosophy can develop not only philosophical skill and sophistication but also critical thinking and writing abilities that are readily applicable to pursuits in other academic areas, useful in careers far removed from philosophy, and valuable in everyday social and personal life. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both the thinking one does and the kind of person one is.

We offer three approaches to the philosophy and religion major:

    1. the General Philosophy Major offers students a maximum number of electives so they may choose in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests;
    2. the Concentration in Religious Studies uses the electives to explore a variety of both religious expressions and methods of inquiry.
    3. the concentration in Law and Ethics focuses elective course work in the areas of law, social and political philosophy and applied ethics and is appropriate for students considering a career in either philosophy or law.

Concentrations offered:

Law and Ethics, Religious Studies



Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

Dr. Juliana Brown



Head advisor:

John Williamson



Experiential education Advisor:

Michael Lowen

 Transferring to the major:

A minimum cumulative grade average of 2.0 is required to transfer to the major. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major:

A minimum cumulative grade average of 2.0 is required to remain in good standing in the major.  


Sociology examines the social aspect of everything human beings do in the spheres of politics, economics, culture and scientific investigation. In the process, it develops theories of the social structural conditions of individual and group activity and models of cooperation. Students can choose to emphasize any of these areas, while also studying the many subfields within sociology itself, including sex roles and the family, work and leisure, race and ethnicity, multicultural realities, the news media, popular culture, urban problems, organizations and administration, law and criminality, the development and effects of new technologies, human services, education, and population and social change. Most of these subfields study different societies, including the United States, so that students acquire a multicultural and comparative perspective on social life.

Some graduates in sociology plan to teach in high school or college, while others go on to law or professional school or other careers. At the entry level, sociology graduates can qualify for jobs in most areas that require some knowledge of the effects of social structure on human behavior, but that do not require more technical knowledge than that covered in the methodology courses. Some of the typical areas open to sociology graduates are:

    • human services and related health careers (e.g., work with the aging)
    • business administration, organizational development, personnel, sales, business services
    • federal and state government
    • criminal justice
    • consulting, lobbying, citizen advocacy
    • education and educational services

Students should contact their sociology advisor for sample "specimen program" guidelines.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

Dr. Oliver Hard


Head and experiential Education advisor:




Co-operative education coordinator:

Dr. Jonas Lidenberg



Transferring to the major:


Students transferring during the freshman year must meet college standards. Students transferring after the freshman year must:

(1) have completed three courses in sociology or anthropology with a grade of C- or better

    1. have a cumulative grade average of at least 1.86

Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the departmentís criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major: Same as college standards (page 43-45).



The visual arts, our oldest form of artistic expression, offer an understanding of humanity and the cultural forces that have affected us historically. Moreover, as visual communication becomes more widespread in the contemporary world, the use and understanding of visual languages must be seen as a necessary part of the educational process. In view of the importance of the visual arts, the aim of the department is threefold:

    1. To introduce the visual arts and architecture (for information on the architecture program, see page 58) both as history and as creative activity in the context of a broad liberal arts education;
    2. To offer a focused study of the visual arts through critical examination of both the language and content of art and architecture in the context of a particular historical period, or through the hands-on experience of a studio setting;
    3. To provide an opportunity for a solid academic foundation to those who wish to pursue a career in art and architecture or related fields.

A main resource of the department is Boston itself. Its architecture spans 300 years, museums are world famous, galleries and cinemas offer the latest in their respective areas, and its public library is one of the best of its kind. Learning to use these resources systematically is an all-embracing aim of the department.

Majors offered:

General art (concentrations in animation, photography, art history)


Media Arts and Design (graphic design)



Degrees offered:

B.S. in Media Arts and Design (graphic design)

B.A. or B.S. General Art (animation, photography, art history)




Dual major:

Multimedia Studies (Departments of Music and Art)


Concentrations: animation, graphic design, and photography.




general art; history of art, history of architecture; animation; photography



Department (acting) chair:




Head advisor:




Cooperative education Coordinator:

Dr. Anthony Villa



Experiential education advisor:


Progress in the major:

A minimum grade point average in art courses of 2.00 is required to enter the sophomore year.

A minimum grade point average in art courses of 2.5 is required to enter the middle, junior, and senior years; to graduate a student must have an art course GPA of 2.666 in the Animation, Graphics, and Photography areas, or a 2.5 in Architecture and General Art areas.

Students below these averages will not be allowed to continue in the major.

  • Portfolio Review (Art 1354) is required after 36 qhs of Art for those graduating in 2002 and thereafter.

Transferring to the major:

Students wishing to transfer to the visual arts major or minor as internal transfer students must petition the Department Chair. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs. Because majors in the Visual Arts are in high demand, transfer students need to:

  1. have an overall QPA of at least 3.0;
  2. present a portfolio of art work to show the quality of long-term involvement in art (directions below);
  3. take four ART-prefix courses and earn grades of B or better;
  4. If the studentís portfolio and the grades in the four ART courses meet department guidelines, the student will be accepted into the Visual Arts major.


Portfolios must include 15 slides of original artwork in an 8" by 11" plastic slide sheet. All slides should be clearly numbered and labeled on the front with the student’s name, title of work, date completed, dimensions, and media used. The top of the work is indicated by an arrow.

In addition, the portfolio contains:

  1. a typed slide inventory list with the studentís name, address, telephone number, and social security number at the top;
  2. a separate typed one-page artistís statement describing the studentís art work, background and interest in art, r goals, and artistic influences (perhaps including one or two contemporary artists whose work the student admires).
  3. If the student wants slides returned, a stamped, self-addressed envelope should be included.


The biology major offers students the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the organization and the processes of life, from the level of molecules and cells through the level of organs and organ systems to the level of populations, species, eco-systems, and evolution. The major also offers the mathematical, chemical, and physical background necessary to understand biology and to help train students in practical scientific skills associated with each of these areas of study. The major also allows students to begin to specialize in a subdiscipline of biology; a special program of study, the concentration in Marine Biology, is offered for those interested.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department (acting) chair:

Dr. Margaret Killian



Head advisor:

Dr. Justin Alexander



Experiential education advisor:

Dr. Maximilian Heinz



Cooperative education coordinator:

Veronica Porter (students A-M)



Concentration offered:

Maxine Handler



Transferring to the major:


Freshmen transferring to biology must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.0 and have completed MTH 1106 or MTH 1107 with a grade of C or better. Upperclass students transferring to biology must have a minimum grade average of 2.0 and a grade of at least C in MTH 1107. Acceptance into the major will be based on student’s meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major:

After 5 quarters, biology majors must have a grade average of at least 2.0 in all science and math courses and have completed at least eight of the following courses:

BIO 1100,1101, 1102 (plus labs 1600, 1601, 1602) and 1222 (plus lab 1611) or an advanced biology elective)

CHM 1111, 1122, 1264 and 1265

MTH 1106, 1107 and 1108


MTH 1133, 1134 and 1135

Students who transfer into the biology major must earn a 2.0 grade average in science and math courses and complete at least five of the courses listed above after three quarters in the major.

Students who fail to meet the above standards will be placed on departmental probation. Three consecutive quarters on departmental probation will result in dismissal from the major.



Chemistry is concerned with the structure and properties of substances and with the transformations they undergo. Modern chemistry is the cornerstone for a large number of professions and industries. The educational objectives of the chemistry department are threefold:

    1. To experience the intellectual stimulation of studying a physical science;
    2. To grasp the basic principles and techniques central to a variety of chemistry-related careers;
    3. To prepare for graduate study in chemistry or related fields.

The chemistry major programs are based on a career-oriented concept and offer students an excellent opportunity to prepare for the study of medicine and dentistry and to do advanced study in many fields of science.

The chemistry department offers major programs that lead to the B.A. or B.S. degree. The two degree curricula differ mainly in their arts and sciences content and advanced science course requirements. All students take courses in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. For the B.S. degree, some additional advanced mathematics and science courses are required. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake a research program under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Chemistry Department offers several interdisciplinary options in which some of the chemistry and math courses required of B.S. chemistry majors have been replaced with required and elective courses focused on business, education, environmental science, or law and public policy. See the chemistry department for information regarding these options.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

John Harrison



Head advisor and experiential education advisor :

 Ronald White



Cooperative education coordinator:




Transferring to the major:

Reginald Garcia

A quality point average of 2.0 is required in all chemistry, physics and math courses taken. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the program.

Progress in the major:

Students who began as freshman chemistry majors must, after five quarters, have completed 80 quarter hours and the following courses with grades of D or better: CHM 1151, CHM 1152, CHM 1271, CHM 1272; MTH 1140, MTH 1141, MTH 1142, MTH 1243; PHY 1221, PHY 1222, PHY 1223, PHY 1522, and PHY 1533.

Students who transferred into the majors must, after 3 quarters in the major, have completed the following courses with grades of D or better : CHM 1151, CHM 1152; MTH 1140, MTH 1141, MTH 1142, PHY 1221, PHY 1222, PHY 1223, PHY 1522, PHY 1533, or equivalent courses.



Geology is a broad-based science that deals with the study of the physical features, composition, history, and processes of the earth. The study of geology also demands an understanding of the application of scientific knowledge to current environmental problems and concerns. For example, the manufacture of an enormous number of products composed of metals and petroleum derivatives is a primary basis of our society's economy. Understanding the origins of these natural resources and the ways in which to ensure their continued supply is, therefore, an important role of today's geologists. Many geologists are involved in development and maintenance of precious water resources and in analysis of numerous environmental problems. Only a small portion of the earth has been studied in detail, leaving many unexplored frontiers for each new graduate in the field.

Since the study of geology requires knowledge of the principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, students should complete the basic courses in these areas, along with physical and historical geology, during the first two years. After completing physical geology, all majors are required to take Petrology and Geomorphology, and, after completing a year of chemistry, Descriptive Mineralogy. At this point students may choose a specialization in either geology or environmental geology.

Those seeking degrees in geology must then take Optical Crystallography (B.S. degree only) and Structural Geology (B.S. and B.A.) plus 8 geology electives (5 for B.A. degrees). Students who choose environmental geology must take Geology and Land-Use Planning and Environmental Planning plus 8 geology electives (5 for B.A. degree). Additional electives must also be taken in the other sciences (or engineering), mathematics, humanities, and social sciences.

Degrees offered:

B.S. or B.A. in Environmental Geology and Geology



Department chair:

Peter Rosemberg



Head advisor:

Peter Rosemberg



Experiential education advisor:

Stanley Marshon



Co-operative education coordinator:




Transferring to the major:

 Peter Rosen

Same as college standards. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major: Same as college standards.



The department offers two programs of study in mathematics. One leads to a B.A. degree and requires a minimum of 14 mathematics courses. Students in the B.A. program also must complete a foreign language requirement. Because mathematics-related material is often written in French, German or Russian, one of these languages is recommended. The other program leads to a B.S. degree. It requires a minimum of 17 mathematics courses but does not require study of a foreign language.

All students must take a basic sequence of mathematics courses which, as a rule, should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. The sequence offers students the opportunity to acquire a working knowledge of the calculus of one and several variables, differential equations, some linear algebra and numerical methods. Students are also encouraged to learn computer programming skills.

A transition from the basic sequence to more advanced parts of the curriculum is provided by Linear Algebra I, Analysis I and Combinatorial Mathematics. The advanced mathematics elective courses include Algebra, Geometry, Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Foundations, Number Theory, Probability and Statistics, among others.

The curriculum is flexible enough to allow additional projects. For instance, it is possible for mathematics majors to follow programs leading to a double major in mathematics and another discipline in Arts and Sciences or Computer Science.

Degrees offered:

B.A.; B.S.



Department chair:

Dr. Carl Marslen



Undergraduate director:

Dr. Janice Terra



Head advisor:

Dr. Adrian Linnen



Experiential education advisor:

Martin Schwarz



Cooperative education coordinator:




Transferring to the major:


Upperclass students transferring to mathematics must have a cumulative grade average of at least 2.0. They should also have at least a 2.0 average in all mathematics courses. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the major.

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Progress in the major:

∑ Students who begin as freshman mathematics majors must, after the fifth quarter, satisfy the following: (a) have completed at least eight of their required mathematics and physics courses; (b) have a grade average of at least 2.0 in all required mathematics and physics courses.

∑ Students who transfer to the major must, after three quarters in the major, satisfy the following: (a) have completed at least five of their required mathematics and physics courses; (b) have a grade average of at least 2.0 in all required mathematics and physics courses.

∑ Students who fail to achieve the above conditions will be placed on departmental probation. Students who remain three consecutive quarters on departmental probation will be dismissed from the major. 


Physics is concerned with the fundamental principles that govern phenomena ranging in scale from collisions of subatomic particles through the behavior of solids and liquids to exploding stars and colliding galaxies.

Understanding these principles can help us unravel, explore, and predict the basic phenomena and processes not only of physics but also of biology, chemistry, and the earth and space sciences. Such an understanding will also help with the creation, development and operation of a broad spectrum of micro and macro devices ranging from the silicon chip electronic systems and lasers of today's high technology to the more conventional mechanical and electrical instruments and machinery currently used in research and industrial organizations.

Students who major in physics are offered the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of careers. In addition to work in industrial, government, and high-technology laboratories in areas of applied physics, students who have mastered the fundamental principles emphasized in a physics education may find opportunities in such allied fields as biophysics, computer sciences, geophysics, medical and radiation physics, and various branches of engineering. Many students majoring in physics go on to pursue advanced degrees in physics and related fields.

Degrees offered:

B.A. (physics only); B.S. (physics or applied physics);


B.S (Biomedical Physics).


B.S./M.S. in Applied Physics and Engineering



Department chair:




Head advisor:

Dr. Angel MacGuire



Experiential education advisor:

Dr. Martin Hillman



Co-operative education coordinator:




Transferring to the major:

Same as college standards. Acceptance into the major will be based on student’s meeting the department’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs.

Progress in the major: Dr. Angel McGuire

∑ Students may not continue as physics majors beyond the end of the sophomore year unless the following courses are successfully completed: PHY 1221-1223, PHY 1521, 1522, and 1533, PHY 1300, PHY 1302-1305, MTH 1140-1142, MTH 1243, and MTH 1244 or equivalent courses. A minimum QPA of 2.5 must be achieved in these courses to remain in the major.

∑ Students may not graduate from the physics program unless all required physics, math, and science courses are passed with a QPA of 2.5 or more. Further, no more than two grades of D+ or lower may be counted toward the graduation requirements.



A concentration in Women's Studies can supplement any student's education, as well as benefit their future career. Studying the history and role of women in society can bring a contemporary perspective to any major field of study. If you are thinking of applying to graduate school, a concentration in Women's Studies can demonstrate your awareness of contemporary issues and your diversity of interests.

Whether you plan to enter business, law, a helping profession, or any other career, Women's Studies can prepare you by developing your understanding of gender roles, stereotyping, and discrimination. The courses also provide practical and insightful help for individuals entering occupations in which their associates, clientele, and customers are women.

Courses in Women's Studies are open to both men and women in all majors and departments.



A minors listing, which provides more information on the requirements for the minors, is available in the InterAmerican University Undergraduate Catalog Full-Time Day Programs, as well as in a Minors booklet available in the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office. Information on each minor is available from the academic department offering the minor or from the coordinators of the interdisciplinary minors. Before beginning study toward a minor, students should file a petition with the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Progress toward completion of the minor will be reviewed during the senior clearance interview and the minor will be indicated on the student's transcript after the student has completed the minor program and has received his or her degree.


.. African-American Studies
.. Anthropology
.. Art & Architecture
.. Asian Studies
.. Biology
.. Chemistry
.. Cinema Studies
.. Communication Studies
.. Economics

.. Education (secondary )
.. English
.. Environmental Geology
.. Environmental Studies
.. History
.. Human Services
.. Interdiciplinary Studies
.. International Affairs
.. Jewish Studies

.. Journalism
.. Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
.. Linguistics
.. Marine Biology
.. Marine Studies
.. Mathematics
.. Media Studies
.. Modern Languages
.. Music

.. Philosophy
.. Physics
.. Political Science
.. Psychology
.. Sociology
.. Technical Communication
.. Theatre
.. Urban Studies
.. Women's Studies








Students pursuing the following minors should petition to the offices listed: Business Administration - Office of the Dean of the College of Business; Computer Science - Office of the Dean of the College of Computer Science; Medical Laboratory Science - Department of Medical Laboratory Science. Students from other colleges at InterAmerican University who wish to pursue one of the minors in the College of Arts and Sciences should also petition the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.





The Academy (College of Arts and Sciences Honor Society)

The Academy is the honor society for the College of Arts and Sciences. Middlers, juniors and seniors in the College who have been at InterAmerican University for at least two quarters and have a cumulative quality point average of 3.50 or higher are invited to join the Academy. The purpose of the Academy is "to foster and promote high scholarship, to further intellectual interests in the College, and to serve the community at the University." For more information about the Academy, contact the advisor to the Academy in the CEA.

Center for the Arts

The primary mission of the Center for the Arts is to support and develop the arts as a vital and integral component of the InterAmerican University community. Through a variety of main stage and artist-in residency programs, featuring performing and visual artists acclaimed for their excellence, the Center complements the academic arts departments in their effort to educate InterAmerican University students in becoming knowledgeable, discriminating, and active participants in the arts. In addition, the Center supports curriculum-oriented arts projects and events, encourages interdepartmental collaborations, develops exhibitions and presentations that serve the on-campus community as well as the general public, provides multi-cultural arts programs, and acts as a primary facilitator for research in the arts.

The Center also manages the Blackman Auditorium Theater Complex and operates the NuArts Ticket Center. Tickets to, and information about, performing and visual arts events and other campus events are available in the ticket center, as are tickets and passes to Boston area dance, music, theater, film, and visual arts events. The ticket center also provides free passes and maintains a University membership to the Museum of Fine Arts entitling all undergraduate students in the colleges to free membership privileges.

Combined Programs with Professional Schools

Students who have completed at least 75% of the course work required for a Bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, and have been accepted for early admission into an approved professional school of dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine, may be eligible to receive the Bachelor's degree after successfully completing the second year of professional school.

At least two-thirds of the work for the Bachelor's degree must be earned in residence at InterAmerican University prior to entrance into the professional school. All other College of Arts and Sciences requirements must be fulfilled as well. Under this program, pre-professional students may reduce the time normally required to obtain both undergraduate and professional degrees by one year. Students should discuss these arrangements with a Dean’s Office advisor in the CEA before beginning the professional program. Upon completion of the second year of professional school, students must provide official transcripts of all completed coursework to the CEA, One Meserve Hall.

Honors Program

The University Honors Program is open to all qualified, full-time undergraduates at InterAmerican University. The Admissions Office automatically considers incoming freshmen on the basis of their combined SAT scores and their high school grades. Students who are not accepted as freshmen will be recruited based on InterAmerican University grades at the end of their freshmen year.

Freshmen are required to complete six Honors courses during their freshman year. Honors classes exist as separate sections (with a 1700 series number) or as Honors opportunities within a regular class. Your faculty advisor can provide you with honors course options for the fall quarter. Listings of these adjunct courses are available in the Honors Program office and on the website at

Students in the Honors Program are eligible for one free course overload per academic quarter, use of the Honors lounge/computer room in 1 Nightingale Hall, extracurricular activities, some special faculty advising, and a special residence hall (currently Kennedy Hall), as a part of their membership in the Honors Program.

For more information, please contact the Honors office in 1 Nightingale Hall, (617) 373-2333.


The Scholars Program

The Scholars Program is an access program at InterAmerican University serving freshmen of African origin. It is a program conceived and implemented by the InterAmerican Institute. It serves students whose prior educational experiences a) did not allow them to achieve their full academic potential and b) did not adequately prepare them to set and realize high expectations for performing college level work. Students accepted into the Program show high potential as indicated by balancing the emphasis between traditional and non-traditional criteria. The Program provides academic instruction, course advising, counseling, tutoring, and other forms of academic support, all MANDATORY in the freshman year. A specific goal of the Program is to assist students to achieve the appropriate grade point averages and credit hours to petition to be accepted into the major of their choice by the start of their sophomore year. A broader goal of the Program is to recruit freshmen into the University, to provide vital services, to assist them in achieving sophomore status in good academic standing, and to support students beyond the sophomore year.

School of General Studies

Students in the School of General Studies (SGS) Program are considered regular students and are degree candidates with an undeclared major. The SGS Program is specifically designed to help freshmen strengthen their basic skills in writing and mathematics and offers them an opportunity to consider several different areas of study before committing to a specific major and progressing to the sophomore year.

The advisors in the CEA counsel students who transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences from the SGS program and provide them with an introduction to Arts and Sciences programs and general academic guidance to students who are uncertain of their major choice. The advisors also help SGS students who have specific majors make contact with their faculty advisors.

Teacher Preparation/Education Programs

Students who will graduate in the year 2000 and after, and wish to become certified teachers at the early childhood or elementary school level, must complete an arts and sciences major and the appropriate set of professional education courses. The professional education courses will allow them to apply for teacher certification upon graduation. All students interested in education programs should apply after their freshman year for admission to the School of Education (50 Nightingale, 373-4216) and should, in addition, meet regularly with their arts and sciences major advisor. Those students who wish to become certified in secondary education must pursue an appropriate arts and sciences major and a secondary education minor. Please check with the School of Education as to which disciplines (majors) are appropriate for secondary education certification.    


External Transfers (Transfers from outside InterAmerican University University)

Students who transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences from another college or university (external transfer students) are awarded transfer credit by the Admissions Office for all liberal arts courses for which grades of C or better were earned and many non-liberal arts credits for which grades of C or better were earned as well. Students who are awarded credit for "in progress" courses must make sure an updated official transcript is forwarded to the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure that all possible transfer credits are actually granted. Questions about their transfer credits can be discussed with advisors in the CEA. Transfer credit for work done prior to enrolling in InterAmerican University must be presented for transfer credit evaluation within three quarters of enrollment at InterAmerican University.

All external transfer students must meet with their faculty advisors to review requirements for the major and determine if any transferred courses can fulfill major requirements. The advisor should be asked to fill out an "Evaluation of Transfer Credits: Major Requirements" form indicating which major requirements, if any, have been covered by courses taken elsewhere. This form will then become part of the student's permanent record in the CEA.

Students who transfer to the College will receive a letter from the CEA several weeks into their first quarter indicating which core curriculum requirements, if any, will be waived because of transferred courses taken at other colleges or universities. Students who have questions regarding the core should make an appointment with an advisor in the CEA If possible, bring transfer credit information (i.e. course catalog, current transcript(s), certificate of admission) to this meeting. Please refer to the Core Curriculum section on transfer students for additional information.

Transfer students who wish to have major requirements waived because of previous coursework must obtain written approval from their faculty advisor, as well as their CEA advisor.

External transfer students whose QPAs fall below 2.00 are placed on academic probation.

Internal Transfers (Transfers from within InterAmerican University University)

All petitions to transfer from another college within InterAmerican University University must be approved by a departmental faculty advisor and an advisor in the CEA. Students should start the process one month prior to the beginning of any given quarter by making an appointment with an advisor to discuss requirements and to pick up the appropriate materials.

Only students with QPA's above the College’s academic progression standards will be allowed to transfer. Students who wish to change majors but do not meet the entrance/transfer requirements of the intended major will be required to complete a Provisional Transfer Petition in order to be "provisionally" accepted into the major/College. The Petition will establish requirements, which the student must meet in order to be officially accepted into the major/College.

A departmental faculty advisor and an advisor in the CEA must approve the provisional transfer petition. Students who do not fulfill the terms of their provisional transfer petition will be dismissed from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students who have been dismissed from another college because of poor academic performance will not be allowed to continue taking courses toward their previous program. They will be required, and monitored by contract, to follow their new curriculum and to make satisfactory academic progress as an Arts and Sciences student.

The petition process must be completed at least one month before the start of the quarter for which they would like to begin their new program of study. Students who contact our office later than that date jeopardize their changes of being able to enter for the following quarter. A CEA advisor will not see internal transfer students on the two registration days before the first day of classes in any given quarter.

Some majors may have only a limited number of spaces available for internal transfer students, so may not accept internal transfer students during certain quarters. Students may be able to transfer into the College as "provisional" student for a limited number of quarters but there is no guarantee that there will be space available in certain departments when the student is ready to declare a major.

Course registration in the College is on a first come, first served basis. Students who do not register well in advance of a given quarter may not be able to get classes that are required for certain majors.

Internal Transfers - QPA Below 2.0

Students who wish to transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences and whose QPAs are below the dismissal standards of the College (see pages 43-46) and/or department to which they wish to transfer (see pages 53-87) may appeal to the Academic Standing Committee of the College by submitting the following:

1) a statement explaining the reasons the student feels s/he should be allowed to transfer to the College and why s/he thinks his/her performance will improve in the new major;

2) a letter of support from the head advisor or department chairperson of the department the student wishes to enter;

3) a current InterAmerican University transcript.

All materials must be submitted to an advisor in the CEA, One Meserve Hall, according to the following deadlines:
by June 1 to begin in the summer and fall quarters
by December 1 to begin in the winter quarter
by March 1 to begin in the spring quarter 

The advisors will forward these appeals to the College's Academic Standing Committee (ASC). Appeals filed after these deadlines jeopardize the chances of the ASC reviewing the case and thus, the student's chances to enter the college. Students should understand that following these steps means that the ASC will consider petitions to transfer to the College, but does not guarantee approval. In addition, the ASC will approve provisional acceptance only. Students will be required to complete a provisional transfer petition, and if the terms of the petition are not fulfilled by the student in the academic quarter in which the student returns, the student will be dismissed.




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