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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13

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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Alan R. White, Dean, 1002 Bate Building
Michael B. Brown, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 2002 Bate Building
Cindy Putnam-Evans, Associate Dean for Research, 2300 Bate Building
R. Todd Berry, Associate Dean for Resource Management, 2300 Bate Building
Heather Ries, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, 2002 Bate Building
Don Bradley, Associate Dean for Planning, 2300 Bate Building
Holly Hapke, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Distance Education, 2300 Bate Building
LeAnn Etheridge, Director, Academic Advising and Resource Center, 2008 Bate Building


A community of scholars dedicated to the intrinsic value of learning, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts college of East Carolina University. The college is a federation of departments in the traditional academic disciplines: the humanities; the natural sciences and mathematics; and the social sciences, including creative and professional programs, academic centers and institutes, and interdisciplinary programs allied to the liberal arts. College faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and advising, in research or creative productivity, and in professional service.

The college provides major and minor studies in the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level and major studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. In addition, as the university’s cornerstone academic program, Harriot College provides the liberal arts foundations curriculum for all students. College courses introduce students to traditions of learning and inquiry, present information essential for performing societal and professional roles, and challenge students to examine the values which guide the organization and application of human knowledge. All courses are designed to develop students’ thinking, writing, research, and mathematical skills and their lifelong commitment to continuing education.

In addition to its liberal arts programs, the college offers select professional certification programs related to its traditional academic disciplines. Students majoring in these programs learn the basic theories and practices in their fields while preparing themselves for leadership roles and careers.

In the spirit of the liberal arts, the curricula of the college are constantly examined, updated, and enhanced. Consequently, the more than 14,000 students enrolled annually in college courses are engaged with current ideas and information from professors whose learning never ceases.


Admission to degree programs in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is possible when the following conditions are met: the student will have no more than 10 s.h. of foundations curriculum requirements remaining at the end of the semester in which admission is requested; the student is in good academic standing; and the student has met any additional requirements of the specific degree program.


The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences offers the following degrees and academic programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) (See departments for subjects and areas.)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) (See departments for subjects and areas.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics (BSAP)
  • Certificate Programs

The liberal arts foundation curriculum requirements for these programs are listed in Section 4, Academic Advisement, Progression, and Support. Requirements in the field of the student’s major are listed below and subsequently by departments.