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    Course catalog

    Degrees granted
    Bluffton University currently grants four degrees: the bachelor of arts, the master of arts in education, the master of arts in organizational management and the master of arts in business administration.

    Academic departments
    The faculty is organized into the following departments:
    Art
    Communication and theatre
    Economics, business administration and accounting
    Education
    English and language
    Family and consumer sciences
    Health, physical education and recreation
    History/political science/religion
    Mathematics
    Music
    Science
    Social and behavioral sciences
    Technology related programs

    Majors offered
    Accounting
    Apparel/Textiles Merchandising & Design
    Art
    Biology
    Business Administration
    Chemistry
    Child Development
    Communication
    Computer Science
    Criminal Justice
    Early Childhood Education
    Economics
    English
    Family & Consumer Sciences
    Family & Consumer Sciences Education
    Food & Nutrition
    Health, Physical Education & Recreation
    History
    Individually Designed Major
    Information Systems
    Information Technology
    Intervention Specialist
    Mathematics
    Middle Childhood Education
    Music
    Music Education
    Organizational Management
    Physics
    Pre-medicine
    Psychology
    Recreation Management
    Religion
    Social Studies
    Social Work
    Sociology
    Spanish
    Sport Management
    Writing
    Youth Ministries & Recreation

    Minors offered
    Accounting
    Art
    Biblical Studies
    Business Administration
    Coaching
    Communication
    Computer Science
    Criminal Justice
    Economics
    English
    Family & Consumer Science
    Graphic Design
    History
    Information Technology
    International Studies
    Mathematics
    Missions
    Music
    Peace & Conflict Studies
    Physical Education
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Recreation Management
    Sociology
    Spanish
    TESOL
    Theatre
    Theology & Ethics
    Wellness
    Women’s Studies
    Writing
    Youth Ministry

    Programs offered
    Communication in Church Organizations program
    Church Work certificate
    Pre-law program
    Pre-seminary program

    Abbreviations
    The following abbreviations are used for the various academic areas:

    Art (ART)
    Biology (BIO)
    Chemistry (CEM)
    Communication (COM)
    Computer science (CPS)
    Criminal justice (CRJ)
    Economics, business administration and accounting (EBA)
    Education (EDU)
    English (ENG)
    Family and consumer sciences (FCS)
    Geography (GEO)
    German (GER)
    Greek (GRK)
    Health, physical education and recreation (HPR)
    Hebrew (HEB)
    History (HIS)
    Honors (HON)
    Humanities (HUM)
    Liberal arts and sciences (LAS)
    Linguistics (LIN)
    Management (MGT)
    Mathematics (MAT)
    Music (MUS)
    Natural science (NSC)
    Organizational management (OMP)
    Peace and conflict studies (PCS)
    Philosophy (PHI)
    Physics (PHY)
    Political science (PLS)
    Psychology (PSY)
    Recreation management (REC)
    Religion (REL)
    Spanish (SPA)
    Special education (SED)
    Social sciences (SSC)
    Social work (SWK)
    Sociology (SOC)
    Technology (TEC)
    Theatre (THE)

    Course numbers
    Courses are numbered to correspond with the recommended sequence in which they should be taken. Normally numbers also correspond with the college level at which they are taken. Courses numbered 300 or higher are upper-level courses primarily for juniors and seniors, though open to other qualified students; courses numbered lower than 300 are primarily for first-year students and sophomores. Courses numbered above 500 are graduate level courses. Students are advised to note prerequisites listed in course descriptions and to confer with their academic advisers or the registrar concerning sequence and level of specific courses.

    Course Credit
    Bluffton University operates on a semester calendar. All course credit is given in semester hours. The number of semester hours for each course is indicated in parentheses.