Mission and History
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. They offer students a liberal arts education reflecting both academic excellence and Christian concern and commitment. Course offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences provide students with a broad general education as well as in-depth knowledge in particular majors. This combination is designed to equip students not only with career training, but also with an appreciation and understanding of cultural achievements and religious values and with the literacy skills necessary for lifelong learning. Each school provides students with a strong background for post-baccalaureate concentration in graduate school or professional studies.
The academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students for such careers as those of pastor, director of religious education, minister of music, artist, journalist, chemist, biologist, physicist, mathematician, computer science specialist, social scientist, historian, social worker, teacher, writer, linguist, mass media specialist, interior designer, graphic designer, paralegal or law enforcement official. In addition, pre-professional training is provided for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, medical technology, nursing, law and veterinary medicine. The Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy also gives excellent preparation to many students who will attend our Southern Baptist seminaries.
In serving both the general and specific educational needs of students in the university, the College of Arts and Sciences is guided by three major objectives:
- To provide a broad foundation of learning in the arts, humanities, and sciences and to promote critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication and research skills.
- To provide in-depth knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines leading directly or indirectly to both career opportunities and enhanced understanding of human society and culture.
- To provide a sound academic base in the arts and sciences for further study in professional and graduate schools and seminaries.
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 three schools in the College of Arts and Sciences represent twelve departments:
- Biological Sciences
- Christian Studies and Philosophy
- Engineering, Computer Science and Physics
- Modern Languages
- History and Political Science
- 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, Master of Science, Master of Social Sciences, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Combined Sciences, Master of Computer Science, and Master of Music. Students should refer to the Graduate Catalog and the appropriate academic department regarding specific requirements for these degrees.
The College of Arts and Sciences provides an Honors Program for students with a minimum ACT/SAT score established each year. Successful completion of the program allows a student to graduate “With Honors” or “With High Honors.” The Honors Council is chaired by Dr. David G. Miller of the Department of English.
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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