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  Dec 10, 2017
University Catalog 2017-2018

Undergraduate Programs: College of Liberal Arts

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Donald P . Kaczvinsky

Associate Dean
Stephen Webre

Interdisciplinary Studies
Daniel J. Sportiello, Head

Department of Professional Aviation
Jordan G. Lyons, Head

School of Communication
Brenda L. Heiman, Director

School of Design
Karl Puljak, Director

School of History and Social Science
Jason Pigg, Director

School of Literature and Language
Susan Roach, Director

School of the Performing Arts
Mark D. Guinn, Director


More information can be obtained about the College of Liberal Arts by writing to the following address:

College of Liberal Arts
P.O. Box 3044
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272

or by visiting


As part of Louisiana Tech University, the College of Liberal Arts is committed to the University's dedication "to quality in teaching, in research and creative activity, and in public service." First and foremost, the College of Liberal Arts seeks to support the mission of Louisiana Tech University by maintaining "a faculty committed to teaching and advising, a student-oriented faculty that prepares students to achieve their goals in a rapidly changing economic and civic environment...a collegial faculty that will through the advancement of scholarship, applied research, and creative activities, contribute to new developments in knowledge, technology, and art."


Through their studies, students in the College of Liberal Arts become acquainted with diverse areas of intellectual study and acquire a thorough knowledge through the courses in their major field. This liberal arts education prepares students for business and professional careers as well as providing the basis for a richer and better life. To bring about these ends, The College of Liberal Arts serves both its own majors and the University community in the following ways:

  • offering courses in such areas as English, history, modern languages, the arts, and social sciences which are required in many of the curricula at Louisiana Tech University;
  • providing traditional humanities and arts courses for students desiring minor fields of study, for non-traditional students who may or may not seek a degree, and for any student interested in learning about the various liberal arts;
  • providing pre-professional training for students who intend to study law, speech-language pathology or audiology;
  • assisting in the preparation of prospective teachers who desire to major in such subjects as art, English, Modern Languages, music, social science, and speech;
  • providing specialized training for vocations in such fields as architecture, aviation, geographic information science, communication design, interior design, journalism, music, and theatre; and
  • providing opportunities for graduate study leading toward various graduate degrees.


  • Art - Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Architecture - Accredited by National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • Interior Design - Accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Performing Arts (Music) - Accredited by National Association of Schools of Music
  • Professional Aviation - Accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International
  • Speech - Accredited by Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Master's Program in Speech Pathology and Doctoral Program in Audiology)

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

The following undergraduate curricula are offered by academic units in the College of Liberal Arts:

Associate of General Studies (available at Barksdale AFB instructional site only)

  • General Studies

Bachelor of Arts

  • Communication
  • English
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology
  • Sociology

Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Art-Graphic Design
  • Art-Studio Art

Bachelor of Interior Design

  • Interior Design

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Science

  • Professional Aviation
  • Aviation Management
  • Geographic Information Science

Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies

  • Architectural Studies

Minors Offered

Students may earn minors in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Art (Photography, Studio)
  • Art History
  • Aviation Management
  • Communication
  • English
  • French
  • Gender Studies (interdisciplinary)
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Interior Design
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Professional Aviation
  • Public History
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech (Speech Communication)
  • Technical Writing
  • Theatre

A student must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course applied toward meeting the requirements of a minor.

Admission, Transfer Credit, and Graduation

Admission Requirements

The College of Liberal Arts follows the general admissions policies of Louisiana Tech University, listed in Chapter 2 of this Catalog.

Special Program Admission Requirements

More specific admissions criteria have been established for the following programs in Liberal Arts:

  • School of Communication

Theatre Concentration (see the Director of the School of the Performing Arts)

  • School of Design

Architecture (see the Director)
Art (see the Director)

  • School of the Performing Arts
    Music (see the Director)

Transfer Credit

The College of Liberal Arts follows transfer admissions criteria listed earlier in Chapter 2 of this Catalog. Students transferring must submit an application and a complete, official transcript from each college attended, whether credit was earned or transferable. Students should consult their assigned academic advisor or department head in their major about the transfer of specific courses into the student's curriculum.


Candidates for graduation in the College of Liberal Arts must have completed an approved curriculum and must have an average grade of "C" or better on all course credits earned. For those curricula specifying such, the minor subject must be chosen with the approval of the student's advisor before the first quarter of the junior year. Twenty-one semester hours of credit are required for a minor.

Physical education requirements are to be met through physical education activity courses, through equivalent participation in the United States Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program, or through military service. Not more than 4 semester hours of physical education activity courses will be counted toward degree requirements.


Contact the appropriate School or Department for more information.

School of Communication

  • Debate and Forensic Awards
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Graduate Student Awards

School of Design

  • Alpha Rho Chi Award
  • American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
  • Tau Sigma Delta Medal

School of the Performing Arts

  • L. M. Sciro Award for Theatre or Stage Management
  • Gregory Stone Memorial Performing Arts Award
  • John D. Winters Endowed Scholarship in Theatre
  • Vera Alice Paul Award
  • Tech Tony Awards
  • Mary Beth Thiels Theatre Award
  • Band and Choral Service Award
  • Band Staff Service Award
  • Hoop Troop Basketball Band Award
  • Jazz Ensemble Service Award
  • Wind Ensemble Service Award

Department of Professional Aviation

  • Outstanding Aviation Student Award
  • Outstanding Flight Instructor Award
  • Professional Aviation Faculty Award


For additional information, please contact the school or department which offers the scholarship.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts Alumni Scholarships

School of Communication

  • Outstanding Student-Debate Scholarships
  • Gladys B. Moore Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship (undergraduate only)
  • Freshman Scholarships
  • Student Publication Service Scholarships
  • Other scholarships available as finances permit

School of Design

  • American Institute of Architects Scholarships
  • Loyd Ray Click Memorial Scholarship
  • Guy Charles Danti Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Melinda Sue McGee Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Walpole/Best Endowed Scholarship
  • Perry Watson Architecture Scholarship
  • F. Elizabeth Bethea Scholarship
  • Kristyn Leigh Fontenot Memorial Endowed
  • Scholarship for Communication Design
  • Lenora McDonald Neel and Oliver Fulton Neel School of Art Endowed Scholarship

School of Literature and Language

  • Mary Alice Posey Garrett English Scholarship
  • Clairece Harp Lyles Endowed Scholarship in English
  • Dorothy Melton Scholarship in English
  • Stephanie Pepper Sims Memorial Scholarship in English
  • CODOFIL Scholarships

School of History and Social Science

  • McGinty Undergraduate History Scholarships
  • Travis Melton, Jr., Undergraduate History Scholarship
  • John M. Caldwell Memorial Scholarship in Social Sciences
  • John K. Price Scholarship in Social Sciences

School of the Performing Arts

  • Outstanding Student – Performing Arts
  • Merritt Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Performing Arts Dorm Scholarship
  • Kathleen H. Bryan Scholarship
  • LaVerne E. Irvine Scholarship
  • Ben Laney Memorial Scholarship
  • Helen Thompson Drama Scholarship
  • Out-of-State Tuition Waivers
  • Simoneaux Memorial Scholarship
  • Virginia Thompson Women's Department Club Music Scholarship
  • Mabel Anne Walker Harper Piano Scholarship
  • Evans Band Endowed Scholarship
  • James E. Smith Band Scholarship

Department of Professional Aviation

  • James Edward Skinner Scholarship
  • Katie Leslie Scholarship
  • Louis Waller Scholarship
  • Victor Saracini Scholarship


School of Communication

  • The Louisiana Tech Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Pi Kappa Delta
  • Louisiana Tech Debate Union
  • Tech Communication Association (TCA)
  • Society of Professional Journalists

School of Design

  • Art and Architecture Student Association
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • U.S. Green Building Council Students
  • National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
  • Tau Sigma Delta
  • Art and Architecture Student Association
  • American Society of Interior Designers (Student Chapter)

School of Literature and Language

  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Pi Delta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Pi

School of History and Social Sciences

  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Pi Gamma Mu
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon

School of the Performing Arts

  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Phi Buda Ruda
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Tech Theatre Players
  • Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honorary

Department of Professional Aviation

  • Alpha Eta Rho
  • Aviation Management Society
  • Louisiana Tech Flight Team
  • Eta Mu Sigma


    Associate Degrees
    Bachelor Degree Programs

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