May 28, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Arts and Sciences

P.O. Box 70730
Phone: (423) 439-5671
Web address:

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to support the eighteen academic departments, three Centers of Excellence, and three museums and galleries in their efforts to help students develop responsive intellects: minds attuned to the beauties, the demands, and the opportunities within our natural, social, and cultural worlds. The college offers a well-rounded liberal education program which enhances students’ ability to lead satisfying personal lives, prepares them for a wide range of professional careers, and provides the academic background necessary for graduate work or for elementary or secondary teaching. The college’s curriculum introduces students to major fields of interest in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences through the following departments:

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken. Students interested in degree programs in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or Music (B.M.) should consult the appropriate departmental section of this catalog for specific information.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Foreign Languages

Completion of a foreign language course numbered  2020 or above with a grade of C- or better.1,2  
Based on a placement test, students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 also.

Non-U.S. History

 3 credits from the following:

HIST 1110 , HIST 1120 HIST 3101 HIST 3102 , HIST 3103 , HIST 3310 , HIST 3311 ,

HIST 3312 , HIST 3313 , HIST 3320 , HIST 3321 , HIST 3323 HIST 3342 , HIST 3330 ,

HIST 3340 , HIST 3350 , HIST 3351 , HIST 3352 , HIST 3380 , HIST 3710 , HIST 3720 ,

HIST 3730 , HIST 3731 , HIST 3732 , HIST 3735 , HIST 3740 , HIST 3801 HIST 3910 ,

HIST 3911 HIST 3914 HIST 3920 , HIST 3922 , HIST 3923 , HIST 3924 , HIST 3940 , HIST 4117 ,

HIST 4187 , HIST 4197 , HIST 4297 , HIST 4327 , HIST 4337 , HIST 4347 , HIST 4367 ,

HIST 4387 , HIST 4717 , HIST 4910 , SPAN 3313 GERM 3210 GERM 3220 FREN 3310  

Mathematics Meets General Education Requirements:
MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

1International students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement. 
2Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at and the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Mathematics Meets General Education Requirements:
MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640  
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or COMM 2055  


Preparation for Graduate and Professional Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs designed to prepare students for advanced studies and professional schools. Pre-professional areas include Pre-Law, Pre-Engineering, and a variety of health professions. Pre-Law students should contact the University Pre-Law Advisor in the Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration. Pre-Engineering students are advised through the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Students interested in pursuing health professions should contact the Medical Professions Advisement Program.

Medical Professions Advisement Program

The Medical Professions Advisement Program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides advisement to students entering East Tennessee State University in preparation for careers in several health-related fields. These comprise Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The above mentioned programs are not undergraduate majors at East Tennessee State University; however, they are programs of study that prepare students for application to professional programs. Many professional programs prefer/require students to attain an undergraduate degree before acceptance into their programs; therefore, the student, medical professions advisor, and major advisor work together to complete necessary requirements for fulfillment of an undergraduate degree and prerequisite courses for the professional school(s) of choice. Students are encouraged to choose majors in which they are interested. Questions concerning health-related programs of study should be directed to the Office of Medical Professions Advisement Program, P.O. Box 70592, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, (423) 439-5602. For more information, visit the Medical Professions Advisement Program page.

The College of Arts and Sciences also offers educational opportunities through the following Centers of Excellence: