College of Arts and Sciences

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences includes the Departments of: Art and Design, Communication Studies, English, History, Justice Studies, Leadership Studies, Modern Languages, Music and Theatre, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is to prepare the responsible student for citizenship, personal growth, and the 21st century workplace by striving to provide value-centered liberal arts education anytime, anyplace at an affordable cost.

In the accomplishment of this mission, the college takes special pride in helping Fort Hays State University serve as the door of opportunity for generations of rural and urban citizens who might otherwise never discover the intellectual challenges and benefits of a liberal arts education because of the cost of American elite, private colleges. The word liberal is derived from the Latin root “libertas” meaning “freedom.” The combining of the knowledge, skills, and perspective of the arts and sciences with professional study in a particular field provides the individual learner with the freedom to realize one’s potential as a human being. Liberal education is not only education for employment; it is education for life that empowers the individual to assume many roles in a complex world where future careers in the emerging knowledge society have yet to be discovered.

Degrees Offered

The college’s departments offer a variety of academic degrees.  At the undergraduate level, a student may select the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music degrees. 

A self-directed bachelor of general studies is available as a degree program that provides for a 21-hour concentration instead of a specific major. In addition, the college offers an 18-hour concentration in ethnic studies that can be added to any university major.

At the graduate level, the college offers the Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Science.

Professional Pathways in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: The College of Business and Entrepreneurship M.B.A. Option

A special cooperative program for undergraduates in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is available for those students interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. Under this program, Arts and Sciences students may be able to obtain M.B.A. degrees in one year after the completion of their undergraduate degrees by taking appropriate pre-M.B.A. electives during their four-year undergraduate programs.  Students could then receive the B.A. or B.S. degree plus the M.B.A. degree within six years, if they are accepted into the M.B.A. program.  This joint program gives students the advantage of a solid liberal arts undergraduate education and the excellent employment prospects of a degree in business.

A student will take the following courses in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship as part of an undergraduate program:

1ACCT 203 Principles of Accounting I  (3)
1ACCT 204 Principles of Accounting II (3)
1 & 2ECFI 201 Principles of Economics: Micro (3)
1 & 2ECFI 202 Principles of Economics: Macro (3)
1ECFI 305 Managerial Finance (3)
1MGT 301 Management Principles (3)
1MKT 301 Marketing Principles (3)
2MATH 110 College Algebra (3)
1 & 2MATH 250 Elements of Statistics (3)

1Courses are part of the minor in Business Administration.
2Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in General Education. 

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will have a minor in Business Administration and the necessary pre-requisites completed to finish a M.B.A. in two years.

Participation in the “professional pathways” program does not imply automatic admission to the M.B.A. program. Regular application procedures are required and existing admission criteria must be met. Students should plan to submit application materials to the graduate business programs in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship during their senior year and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) prior to submitting their applications. Application materials for graduate business programs are available through the Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

For more information, about the Professional Pathways option, contact the Office of the Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, or the Office of the Dean, College of Business and Entrepreneurship.