The College of Arts and Sciences has a unique history. It is both the oldest and the newest of the schools that make up Mississippi College. It includes those fields of learning which have traditionally constituted a university education and which were the whole curriculum of Mississippi College until relatively late in its history. By the early twentieth century, as human knowledge became more specialized and skilled professions became more complex, Mississippi College, along with most other colleges and universities, added courses of study directed toward preparation for specific professions, such as teaching or business; it also helped students to tailor their pre-professional studies in the broad areas of liberal learning and in preparation for professional studies in such fields as medicine and law.
In 1969, with the establishment of the School of Nursing, Mississippi College began the systematic development of a university structure. New or existing programs were formed into separate, though related, schools of business, education, law, and graduate studies. In 1982, the restructuring was completed by combining the academic areas of Fine Arts, Humanities, Christian Studies, Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics into the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences consists of three schools: The School of Christian Studies and the Arts, The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and The School of Science and Mathematics.
The three schools in the College of Arts and Sciences represent twelve departments: Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Christian Studies and Philosophy, Communication, Computer Science and Physics, English, Modern Languages, History and Political Science, Mathematics, Music, Physician Assistant, and Sociology and Social Work.
Graduate study is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences leading to the following degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Graphic Design, Master of Social Sciences, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Combined Sciences; Master of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Medicine, Master of Science in Communication, Master of Science in Computer Science; Master of Science in Mathematics, Master of Music, and Master of Music Education. Students should refer to the Graduate School Catalog and the appropriate academic department regarding specific requirements for these degrees.
School of Christian Studies and the Arts
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School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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School of Science and Mathematics
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