MINORS AND OTHER NOT SO MINOR DETAILS
Once you've declared a major you will be assigned a faculty advisor in the program you've selected. That professor will be your advisor for the rest of your college career. He or she will be a source of information and support through graduation and beyond. Don't be afraid to ask questions and let your advisor know your likes and dislikes.
Be sure to find out how advising is structured in the department. Some faculty members advise by appointment and some advise during regular office hours on a first come/first serve basis. You need to know how your advisor handles advisement.
Some degree programs DO NOT require a minor. To be know whether the program you've selected has a minor required, check in the undergraduate catalog or on the program sheet you were given when you declared your major. For now, here is a list of the programs in Arts and Sciences which require a minor: B.A. in Anthropology, BA in Art (All concentrations), BA in Chemistry (general), BA in Chemistry (pre-professional) requires a minor in Biology, BA in Geography, BA in Global Studies requires a foreign Language minor, BA in History, BA in Mass Communications, BA in Mathematics, BA in Political Science, BA in Psychology, and BA in Theater.
Minors are offered in the following fields: Accounting, Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Finance, French, Geography, Geology, German, History, Latin American Studies, Literature, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Real Estate, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, and Women's Studies.
As you may or may not know, there are some degree programs which require some physical education classes and some which do not. In general, the College of Business and the College of Education require physical education and the College of Arts and Sciences does not.
If you select a major in the Richards College of Business, you must take three hours of physical education credit. You may choose any three hours you want.
If you select a major in the College of Education, you are must take three hours of physical education credit. However, you must take the 2-hour Health and Wellness course and one 1-hour activity course.
The College of Arts and Sciences does not have any physical education requirements. However, if you change your major from the College of Arts and Sciences to one of the other two Colleges, you must meet that College's physical education requirement.
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There are programs of study available in a number of pre-professional areas such as pre-medicine or pre-dentistry, programs of study are available that prepare students to enter other schools where they can complete their professional training. Some of the programs call for you to complete a four year sequence in a major; others call for you to complete a two or three year sequence of study. In general, these programs are structured from your first semester. It is important that you declare your intention to pursue a specialized program of study early on in your course work so that you can receive proper advisement. Here is a list of the pre-professional areas and the departments responsible for advising:
Course of Study - Department
Pre-law - Philosophy or Political Science
Pre Engineering - Physics, Chemistry, or Geology
Pre-Medical Professions including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and physical therapy - Biology or Chemistry
Pre-Pharmacy - Chemistry
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Writing Across the Curriculum
If you select a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will have to satisfy a Writing Across the Curriculum equirement. This entails:
1. At least two 3000/4000 level courses approved as Writing Intensive. These classes will be marked in the semester bulletin with a "W". At least 3 of the 6 hours must be in your major.
2. ENGL 1101 and 1102 (or the equivalent of) are prerequisites to all "W" courses.
There is a certificate option to the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement. If you are interested in the details, please refer to the undergraduate catalog. For more information, visit: http://www.westga.edu/~wac/
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If you want to get a second baccalaureate degree, you must:
1. Complete a minimum of 30 additional hours in residence (20 hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above).
2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher in your work for the second degree.
3. Fulfill all the requirements for the major. The requirements are defined in the undergraduate catalog which is in effect at the time you begin working on the second degree.
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