The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) is an academic community engaged in advancing the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in the traditional areas of liberal arts and sciences and in emerging areas of study. As a community focused on learning and teaching, the College is guided by an unshakeable commitment to humanistic values and ethical conduct, by a creative and entrepreneurial frame of mind, and by an awareness of the global context in which the University exists.
The liberal arts are the core of the University’s educational program, both for students majoring in liberal arts and sciences and for students majoring in professional degree programs. As a result, courses offered within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are frequently those designated to satisfy University General Education requirements (see the General Education Program ).
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences consists of these departments:
Although faculty within the College are committed to departmentally based programs, increased emphasis is being placed on providing strong interdisciplinary programs. The College also strives to promote intercultural understanding through its curriculum, as well as through student exchanges and travel opportunities. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses the following undergraduate interdisciplinary programs:
- Africana Studies, B.A.
- Anthropology, B.A.
- Biology, B.A.
- Biology, B.S.
- Chemistry, B.A.
- Chemistry, B.S.
- Communication Studies, B.A.
- Communication Studies, Communication and Public Advocacy Concentration, B.A.
- Communication Studies, Health Communication Concentration, B.A.
- Communication Studies, Mass Media Concentration, B.A.
- Communication Studies, Organizational Communication Concentration, B.A.
- Communication Studies, Public Relations Concentration, B.A.
- Criminal Justice, B.A.
- Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.S.
- English, B.A.
- Environmental Studies, B.A.
- French, B.A.
- Geography, B.A.
- Geography, B.S.
- Geology, B.S.
- German, B.A.
- History, B.A.
- International Studies, B.A.
- International Studies, Asian Studies Concentration, B.A.
- International Studies, Development and Sustainability Concentration, B.A.
- International Studies, European Studies Concentration, B.A.
- International Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Concentration, B.A.
- International Studies, Peace, Conflict, and Identity Concentration, B.A.
- Japanese Studies, B.A.
- Latin American Studies, B.A.
- Mathematics, B.A.
- Mathematics, B.S.
- Mathematics for Business, B.A.
- Mathematics for Business, B.S.
- Meteorology, B.S.
- Philosophy, B.A.
- Physics, B.A.
- Physics, B.S.
- Political Science, B.A.
- Psychology, B.S.
- Religious Studies, B.A.
- Sociology, B.A.
- Spanish, B.A.
- Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, B.A.
- Actuarial Mathematics, Minor
- Aerospace Studies, Minor
- Africana Studies, Minor
- American Studies, Minor
- Anthropology, Minor
- Arabic Studies, Minor
- Biology, Minor
- Biotechnology, Minor
- Capitalism Studies, Minor
- Chemistry, Minor
- Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies, Minor
- Chinese, Minor
- Classical Studies, Minor
- Cognitive Science, Minor
- Communication Studies, Minor
- Criminal Justice, Minor
- Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies, Minor
- Earth Sciences, Minor
- English, Minor
- Environmental Sciences, Minor
- Film Studies, Minor
- Film Studies, Minor; and Video Production, Undergraduate Certificate
- Francophone Studies, Minor
- French, Minor
- Geography, Minor
- Geology, Minor
- German, B.A.
- Gerontology, Minor
- Health/Medical Humanities, Minor
- History, Minor
- Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies, Minor
- Humanities, Technology, and Science, Minor
- International Studies, Minor
- Italian, Minor
- Japanese, Minor
- Journalism, Minor
- Latin American Studies, Minor
- Legal Studies, Minor
- Linguistics, Minor
- Mathematics, Minor
- Military Science, Minor
- Philosophy, Minor
- Physics, Minor
- Political Science, Minor
- Psychology, Minor
- Religious Studies, Minor
- Russian, Minor
- Security and Intelligence Studies, Minor
- Sociology, Minor
- Southern Studies, Minor
- Spanish, Minor
- Statistics, Minor
- Technical/Professional Writing, Minor
- Urban Studies, Minor
- Women’s and Gender Studies, Minor
- Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, Minor
- Africana Studies, Honors Program
- Anthropology, Honors Program
- Biology, Honors Program
- Chemistry, Honors Program
- Communication Studies, Honors Program
- Criminal Justice, Honors Program
- English, Honors Program
- Geography, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, or Meteorology, Honors Program
- Global Studies, Honors Program
- History, Honors Program
- Latin American Studies, Honors Program
- Mathematics, Honors Program
- Philosophy, Honors Program
- Physics, Honors Program
- Political Science, Honors Program
- Psychology, Honors Program
- Religious Studies, Honors Program
- Sociology, Honors Program
- Languages and Culture Studies, Honors Program
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translating German-English, Undergraduate Certificate
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translating Japanese-English, Undergraduate Certificate
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translating Russian-English, Undergraduate Certificate
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translating Spanish-English, Undergraduate Certificate
- Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Diversity, Undergraduate Certificate
- Leadership Studies, Undergraduate Certificate
- Video Production, Undergraduate Certificate
- Film Studies, Minor; and Video Production, Undergraduate Certificate
Graduate Early Entry Programs
- Africana Studies, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- Anthropology, M.A., Early Entry
- Biology, M.S., Early Entry
- Chemistry, M.S., Early Entry
- Communication Studies, M.A., Early Entry
- Criminal Justice, M.S., Early Entry
- Earth Sciences, M.S., Early Entry
- English, M.A., Early Entry
- Ethics and Applied Philosophy, M.A., Early Entry
- Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- Geography, M.A., Early Entry
- Gerontology, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- History, M.A., Early Entry
- Languages and Culture Studies: Business Language, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translating, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- Languages and Culture Studies: Translation and Interpreting Studies, Spanish-English, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry
- Latin American Studies, M.A., Early Entry
- Mathematical Finance, M.S., Early Entry
- Mathematics, M.S., Early Entry
- Optical Science and Engineering, M.S. or Ph.D., Early Entry
- Physics, Applied, M.S., Early Entry
- Public Administration, MPA, Early Entry
- Religious Studies, M.A., Early Entry
- Sociology, M.A., Early Entry
- Spanish, M.A., Early Entry
General Education Requirements
Since all students entering the University must meet the same General Education requirements regardless of major, it is appropriate to concentrate on the completion of those requirements before committing to a specific major.
Undeclared students have time to enroll in courses in several disciplines, which allows them to make a more informed judgment about future career decisions. Advisors have a broad working experience with the requirements for majors and offer assistance as students search for the education choice best suited to their individual needs.
Degree Programs/Majors and Minors Requirements
Students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences must satisfy the requirements for the degree program(s) in which they are enrolled. Students should consult with their chosen department to make certain they fully understand all degree requirements. Some departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences require completion of a minor program of study in conjunction with their major degree program. Students should be familiar with the requirements of any minor program of study they attempt to complete.
Foreign Language Requirement
All students who earn a degree within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences* are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level. Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
- Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
- Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
- Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
- By transferring in with an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree
- A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)
The following courses meet the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ foreign language requirement. Please note that the below courses also have prerequisites that students must meet prior to enrolling in the courses.
This requirement applies to all students entering any degree program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences except those students whose primary major is in the College of Engineering and are enrolled in one of the Dual Degree Programs with Physics.
Additionally, students in select departments have to satisfy a proficiency requirement through the intermediate (2000) or advanced (3000) level for their major. All students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences should consult with their major department to determine whether or not they are required to complete the intermediate or advanced proficiency requirement as part of their major or related coursework.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences administers the Office of Advising and Student Services, an advising center for freshmen and transfer students who have enrolled in a major or pre-major within the college. Professional advisors are available to provide guidance on both first-year and/or pre-major requirements, as well as General Education requirements. The Student Services area of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences oversees all student services functions for the college, which includes the review of student appeals and requests, as well as academic-related issues that arise among students within CLAS.
The advising team is dedicated to establishing relationships with all CLAS freshmen and pre-major transfer students that help them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. The advisors are also dedicated to connecting students to enrichment opportunities in the departments as well as across campus and beyond.
Experiential Learning and Service Opportunities
The college aims to inspire innovative thinking in undergraduate students and contribute to the development of creative problem solvers, innovative leaders, and engaged citizens through an initiative called LEADS. Students are also encouraged to participate in professional work experiences in support of their academic and career development through cooperative education, 49ership, departmental undergraduate research, community-engaged research and service, and internship programs offered to them. The partnership with the University Career Center expands experiential learning offerings so more students graduate with career-related experience. For more information about experiential learning opportunities, please see the University Career Center section of this Catalog.