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The College of Human Sciences and Humanities (HSH) is home to more than 3,000 students who are pursuing degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Our university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and many of the programs in HSH carry additional accreditations. Our faculty is deeply committed to teaching and to research and artistic activity; they work closely with their students in classrooms, labs and studios; they win local and national awards for excellence in teaching; and they are internationally renowned for their high rates of publication, exhibition and grant funding. Our disciplines are broad, including health sciences, social and cultural sciences, psychology, liberal arts, communication and studio arts. Many of our students receive scholarships or other forms of institutional support, and most are involved in applied learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Our graduates have a long history of successfully entering the workforce upon graduation, often as the result of internships.
Accreditations and Approvals
The College of Human Sciences and Humanities is home to a number of accredited programs.
- The Behavior Analysis program is accredited by the Association for Behavioral Analysis International.
- The Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
- The Human Factors/Ergonomics Certificate and the Human Factors concentration in the master’s degree Psychology program are both accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
- The Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
- The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- The Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology has been awarded accreditation on contingency by the American Psychological Association.
- The School Psychology program is approved by and has received National Recognition from the National Association of School Psychologists.
- In addition, the National Strength and Conditioning Association has recognized the Fitness and Human Performance curriculum as preparing students for successful entrance into the career field.
Departments and Programs of Study
The departments composing HSH include Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences; Communication and Studio Arts; Liberal Arts; Psychology; and Social and Cultural Sciences. Each is home to a variety of programs representing the areas of academic study indicated below.
- Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences
- Department of Communication and Studio Arts
- Department of Liberal Arts
- History, B.A.
- History, History 7-12 Certification, B.A.
- History, Social Studies 7-12 Certification, B.A.
- Humanities, B.A.
- Literature, B.A.
- Literature, English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 Certification, B.A.
- Literature, English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 Certification, B.A.
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
In addition to study in programs leading to major degrees, HSH also offers several program-related certificates, including the following:
HSH offers disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors. These are listed in various department sections throughout the following pages. Students who wish to select a minor should do so in consultation with their academic advisers and in accordance with the UHCL policy specified in the General Program Requirements section of the catalog. Note that individual minors may have requirements in addition to those articulated in the UHCL policy. Some majors have duplicated minors as concentrations (sub-plans) which program majors may complete, although not for minor designation. Below is a complete list of HSH minors; interdisciplinary minors are marked with an asterisk:
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Admission into an HSH Degree Plan
Records for degree-seeking undergraduate students are processed by the Office of Admissions and forwarded to the dean’s office for adviser assignment and completion of the degree plan. Most of the college’s degrees are 120 credit-hour programs. Exceptions to this 120-hour rule include the education certification programs: the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design with EC-12 Art Certification(127 hours), the Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Human Performance with EC-12 Physical Education Certification (130 hours), the Bachelor of Science in Geography with 7-12 Social Studies Certification (127hours), the Bachelor of Arts in History with 7-12 History Certification (127 hours), the Bachelor of Arts in History with 7-12 Social Studies Certification (127 hours), the Bachelor of Arts in Literature with 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading Certification (136 hours), and the Bachelor of Arts in Literature with7-12 English Language Arts and Reading Certification (127 hours). Students who arrive with fewer than 60 credit hours will be required to take additional courses at UHCL to complete program requirements. Requirements for each HSH degree plan are detailed in the program sections throughout the catalog.
Academic advising is a key component of student success. Students who plan to transfer to UHCL should meet with an HSH adviser prior to the first semester. Students who enter with 0-60 hours should meet with a university adviser prior to the first semester. This will help to ensure that students will complete their plans of study in the number of hours of coursework indicated in the following pages. Once accepted at UHCL, students must receive academic advising prior to enrolling in courses; otherwise, students may take more credit hours than necessary to complete their degrees. Information on HSH degree plans and advising schedules may be obtained from the HSH Office of Advising.
For international students, dual admission is required. Degree-granting programs review and admit or deny students to a program based on a student’s academic preparation. UHCL’s Office of International Admissions and Programs reviews and admits or denies students to the university based on legal aspects specific to international students. Admission must be approved by both the academic program and the Office of International Admissions and Programs for a student to enter the university.
Lower-Level Writing Requirement
All degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities may choose how to fulfill the communications component of the university core: the first course, WRIT 1301, is required of all students, but for the second course, students may choose either WRIT 1302 or WRIT 2311. Students are encouraged to visit with their academic advisers to determine which of these two courses best fits their educational needs. Students in three programs– the B.A. Art and Design, the B.A. Communication, and the B.A. Literature– are strongly encouraged to complete WRIT 1302.
Writing Proficiency Requirement
All degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities are required to demonstrate proficiency in written English. This requirement is fulfilled by passing WRIT 3304, WRIT 3305, WRIT 3306, or WRIT 3307 with a grade of C- or better unless otherwise stated: students should consult with their academic advisers to determine which of these courses meets the requirements of their degree programs. Note that students completing education certification plans must complete the 3000-level writing course with a grade of C+ or better and that some other degree-granting programs at UHCL require higher grades in demonstration of writing proficiency.
HSH Upper-Level Courses
For undergraduate degree completion, programs in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities require a minimum of 30 hours of upper-level courses. Please see individual program descriptions for information about the required number of these courses.
Some programs in HSH require the completion of diversity courses. Diversity course options should be drawn from the list below unless otherwise specified in program-level curriculum. For Anthropology and General Behavioral Science majors, one course must carry the ANTH or SOCI rubric. For Sociology majors, one course must carry the SOCI rubric. Psychology majors should review the catalog section for the B.S. in Psychology to see a list of program-specific diversity course options. Please consult with program faculty regarding additional options for diversity courses.
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