College of Arts and Sciences

Department/School/Program Information


School of Biological Sciences

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Advising for chemistry-related majors begins in the Department of Chemistry during the sophomore year, when faculty mentor assigned students regarding their plan of study in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Chemistry Teacher Education.  Students are encouraged to evaluate their strengths regarding required and elective courses, as they complete calculus, calculus-based physics and organic chemistry heading into physical chemistry.  Transfer and students seeking a minor in chemistry meet with the lead advisor in the department.  Questions about advisors or advising documents may be addressed to the staff in the Department of Chemistry (309-438-7661, JH 214).

School of Communication

The School of Communication remains a popular student choice and, as a result, admission to its programs is competitive. The School seeks to enroll students who write well, understand curricular requirements and options available to them, and display a potential for success. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students complete coursework that will prepare them to work in either educational or medical settings as speech language pathologists or audiologists.  Both fields require an advanced degree; a master's degree in speech language pathology or a clinical doctorate in audiology.  ISU offers both graduate programs.


Economics admissions policy:  Preference is given to students who possess strong analytical skills and a minimum GPA of 2.5.  The decision whether to admit a specific student to the program will depend on program capacity and qualifications of students in the applicant pool.


The Undergraduate Program in English Department at Illinois State University is a vital and exciting one. It is designed along the English Studies model, which means students can concentrate on various aspects of English Studies, including language, literature, composition, and rhetoric.


Students interested in Geography, Geography Education, and all minors in the program can contact the Department of Geography Advisor, Jill Freund Thomas.

For specific information on courses, or to make an advising appointment, please contact Jill Freund Thomas.  Please visit the Illinois State phone book or call (309) 438-2111 for contact information.  Department is located in Felmley Hall 200B and by phone at (309) 438-8403.

History and History-Social Sciences Education

History, History Education, and Social Sciences Education students at ISU have access to an advisement staff well-versed in professional issues as well as degree requirements.

Languages, Literatures & Cultures

The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is committed to providing all students at Illinois State, including majors, minors, teacher education majors and minors, and graduate students, with educational opportunities of the highest possible quality; fostering and promoting research on the part of our faculty that is recognized at the national and international level; and offering our service and expertise as appropriate to the university, the public, the Illinois educational community, and the academic profession.

Mathematics/Actuarial Science

As our society becomes more quantitative, mathematics becomes more central to our society. The Mathematics Department offers four major sequences (mathematics, secondary mathematics teacher certification, actuarial science, and statistics) which help students prepare for fulfilling careers that are open to mathematics majors that will also help meet society’s demands for such qualified people.

Information on the Actuarial Science sequence is available here.


All students in good academic standing are eligible for admission to the Philosophy major.


Our department offers four Bachelor of Science degree programs, covering everything from fundamental physics to applied physics and engineering, from computer simulation and visualization to the latest approaches to secondary school physics teaching.

Politics and Government

ADMISSIONS POLICY:  At their preview/orientation as first year students, students can register as a political science major with no requirements beyond University requirements.  As a transfer student, internal or external to the university, there is a competitive review policy for admission to the major based on a formal application listing cumulative gradepoint average, major gradepoint average, number and listing of major courses completed, and a statement of interest.  Admission is based on enrollment management of maintaining a target of approximately 400 majors.


The Major in Psychology consists of a fixed number of PSY courses plus courses in other disciplines that complement psychology. Additional courses in English prepare students to write reports; courses in Mathematics prepare students for data analysis; and Philosophy and the lab sciences courses enhance students’ analytic reasoning skills essential in the field of psychology.

School of Social Work

The BSW program requires two full academic years.   Students enter the BSW program in the Fall Semester each year having their general education and five foundation courses completed. A formal application, personal statement, and evaluation of twenty-five (25) hours of documented paid or volunteer service hours are required for program admission and continuance.

Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology is the study of human interaction in social groups, organizations, societies, and other social systems. Sociologists investigate social and cultural factors that flow from, and influence, human interaction. Stratification, population, gerontology, family, social problems, sport, minority relations, sex roles, deviant behavior, institutions, and criminology are some of the areas that sociologists study. Sociology--invaluable to well-educated people--is important in social, familial, and political life, having relevance for almost any occupation or profession.

Women's and Gender Studies

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies enhances any undergraduate major by integrating a working knowledge of gender issues with the student's field(s) of study. Women’s and Gender Studies employs gender as an analytical category, along with race, class, ethnicity, ability, age, nationality, and transnationality to focus on women's contributions to society and the gender implications of cultural, political, and economic processes. By broadening a student's knowledge base, this interdisciplinary minor has theoretical and practical applications in scholarship, the workplace, and personal growth and relationships.