Apr 26, 2018  
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Programs General Information



Radford University offers curricula leading to six undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration. For information about graduate programs, consult the Radford University Graduate Catalog.

In the Bachelor of Arts degree, emphasis is on work in the academic fields and the study of a foreign language is required. The Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees are offered for work in academic as well as in vocational and professional fields; the study of a foreign language is not required. Courses in professional education may be offered to satisfy a part of the requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is for students who wish to work in national or multinational businesses or prepare for graduate work in business. (See “Academic Terminology” below for additional information about degrees, majors, minors, concentrations, options, and programs.)

For the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Business Administration degree programs, the minimum requirement for graduation is at least 120 semester hours of passing course work. The Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degree programs place a heavy emphasis on work in the major field. In these two professional degree programs, students may have to take course work in excess of 120 hours; thus, close consultation with the advisor is recommended. (See here  and here .)

In consultation with an advisor from a chosen discipline, undergraduates plan an academic program consisting of Core Curriculum courses, major courses, and electives. Students should choose their departmental major as soon as possible and not later than the end of the sophomore year. At least half of the hours counted in the major and minor must be earned at Radford University.

Academic Terminology

Degree

A degree represents the academic level of a program and the general category into which it falls, e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science. At Radford University, the term Arts in an undergraduate degree generally implies a foreign language requirement. The minimum number of semester hours for a Radford University undergraduate degree is 120.

Major

A major represents a student’s principal field of study; that is, the academic discipline he or she wishes to study intensively, for example, Psychology, Music and Accounting. The range of credits required for an undergraduate major is 30 to 90 semester hours depending upon the field of study.

Program

The term program does not have a unique definition. One use of the term involves a combination of a major and a degree, e.g., Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Occasionally, a program may consist only of a degree and not have a specific major, as in the Bachelor of Social Work. Program may also be used in a more generic sense to modify degree/major combinations, as in Teacher Education Program.

Minor

A minor represents a student’s secondary field of study and is different from the major. This distinguishes the minor from concentrations and options. The range for the number of semester hours in an undergraduate minor is 15 to 24.

Concentration

A concentration is a field of study within a major. Some examples are: Ballet within Dance and Public Relations within Communication. The number of semester hours for a concentration varies, but is always included within the semester hours for the major. This distinguishes concentrations from options, which represent semester hours beyond the major.

Option

An option is a set of related courses and/or experiences that complement the major. The principal example is in education where Elementary, Middle and other options complement the Interdisciplinary Studies major by preparing the student for a specific career path. As noted above, option semester hours are in addition to those for the major.

Courses of Study

Radford combines a traditional liberal arts education with a number of professional programs in six undergraduate colleges: College of Business and Economics, College of Education and Human Development, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Artis College of Science and Technology, Waldron College of Health and Human Services and College of Visual and Performing Arts. Undergraduate majors, including areas of concentration within each major, are:

Academic Programs

Accounting, Finance, and Business Law

Degree

Academic Minor

Anthropological Sciences

Degree

Academic Minor

Appalachian Studies

Academic Minor

Art

Degree

Academic Minor

Biology

Degree

Academic Minor

Chemistry

Degree

Academic Minor

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree

Counseling and Human Development

Criminal Justice

Degree

Academic Minor

Economics

Degree

Academic Minor

English

Degree

Academic Minor

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Degree

Academic Minor

Forensic Science Institute (RUFSI)

Academic Minor

Geology

Degree

Academic Minor

Geospatial Science

Degree

Academic Minor

Health and Human Performance

Degree

Academic Minor

History

Degree

Academic Minor

Information Technology

Degree

Academic Minor

Interdisciplinary Minors

Academic Minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

Degree

Interior Design and Fashion

Degree

Academic Minor

Management

Degree

Academic Minor

Marketing

Degree

Academic Minor

Mathematics and Statistics

Degree

Academic Minor

Military Science (ROTC)

Academic Minor

Music

Degree

Academic Minor

Other Programs

Peace Studies

Academic Minor

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Degree

Academic Minor

Physics

Degree

Academic Minor

Political Science

Degree

Academic Minor

Psychology

Degree

Academic Minor

Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Degree

Academic Minor

School of Communication

Degree

Academic Minor

School of Dance and Theatre

Degree

Academic Minor

School of Nursing

Degree

School of Social Work

Degree

Academic Minor

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Degree

Academic Minor

Social Science

Degree

Sociology

Degree

Academic Minor

Off-Campus Courses and Degree Programs

The Roanoke Higher Education Center - Roanoke

At the Roanoke Higher Education Center, Radford University offers undergraduate degree completion programs in Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies/Elementary Education, and Social Work. Students admitted into these programs usually first complete an appropriate Associate Degree at Virginia Western Community College or an equivalent degree at another Virginia community college. Many of the courses are offered face-to-face at the center, though some courses may be hybrid, online or available at the Radford campus. 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN, is also offered at the center and is open to both transfer students and previously admitted Radford students. An RN to BSN program is available for practicing RNs who wish to complete a BSN. This program is entirely online.

Radford University provides various student support services at the center for students in these programs. Students are also welcome to take advantage of services offered on the main campus in Radford.

Radford University also offers the MSW in Social Work at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Graduate level courses are also available in Special Education.

For additional information about Radford University programs and courses offered in Roanoke, contact Eulah Price, at eprice@radford.edu (540) 767-6190. The Roanoke Higher Education Center is located at 108 North Jefferson St. in downtown Roanoke.

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center – Abingdon

Radford University is a partner in the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located at One Partnership Circle, in Abingdon, Virginia. Undergraduate, graduate, and certificate classes are offered at different times over the course of a year, as well as special workshops for professionals.

For general information about these and upcoming programs and services, contact the university’s office located at the center at (276) 619-4314.

Off-Campus Graduate Degree Programs

For more information about graduate degree programs in Roanoke and other locations, contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at (540) 831-5431; toll-free from Roanoke 857-8920, ext. 5431; or e-mail gradcollege@ radford.edu.

Professional Programs

Pre-Law Program

Radford University provides a program of pre-law advising for students interested in attending law school. Ordinarily, students must have completed a full four years leading to a bachelor’s degree before being admitted to law school.

In keeping with the Statement on Prelegal Education of the Association of American Law Schools, Radford University does not require specific courses and extracurricular activities for students planning to attend law school. Rather, Radford’s program of pre-law advising enables students to plan an appropriate undergraduate schedule to develop the basic skills and insights necessary for legal education.

Students considering a career in law should attend the information sessions for pre-law students, which are held each spring and fall. After attending a pre-law information session, students may consult the campus pre-law advisor Dr. Jack Call for additional advice or information. Students should attend the pre-law information session early in their academic careers, preferably during their freshman year, for help in planning an appropriate undergraduate schedule.

Premedical and Predental Programs

Most students who plan to attend medical school or dental school following graduation from Radford University major in either chemistry or biology. Other majors can be chosen, however, depending on student interests.

Medical and dental schools have as minimum requirements at least one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of biochemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus or other college math as specified by each school.

Premedical and predental students should plan to take the Medical College Admissions Test or the Dental Aptitude Test during the junior year. Dr. Mark Cline in the Biology department serves as pre-health advising committee chair.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  Semester Hours  
Courses for Core Curriculum 43-45  
Courses for Major (minimum) 30  
Courses for B.A. Degree 6-8  

Completion of a minimum of two semesters of one language in a foreign/sign language program. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of their chosen language depending on their previous foreign language experience and on the placement examination results as determined by the Foreign Language department. 

 

Courses used to meet Core Curriculum requirements may not be used to satisfy the B.A. requirements.

(Note: See Credit Granting Policy  and  Eligibility for Enrollment in Language Courses .)

Total (includes electives) (minimum) 120  

Bachelor of Science Degree

  Semester Hours  
Courses for Core Curriculum 43-45  
Courses for Major (minimum) 30  
Courses for B.S. Degree 6-8  
Specific requirements associated with this degree are listed in the requirements for individual majors. Courses used to meet Core Curriculum requirements and/or major requirements may not be used to satisfy the B.S. requirement.
Total (includes electives) (minimum) 120  

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

  Semester Hours  
Courses for Core Curriculum 43-45  
Course for Business Core 27  
Courses for Major 18-30  
Total (includes electives) 120  
All Other Majors (minimum) 120  

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

  Semester Hours  
Courses in Core Curriculum for all Majors 43-45  
Courses for Major (Art) 69-77  
Total (includes electives) 120  
     
Courses for Major (Dance) 73  
Total 120  

Bachelor of Music Degree

  Semester Hours  
Courses in Core Curriculum for all Majors 43-45  
Concentration in Music Education 84-88  
Total 127-133  
Concentration in Music Business 83-94  
Total 126-139  
Concentration of Music Therapy 85-87  
Total 128-132