Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences comprises five (5) categories that represent different components namely the Departments of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Information Management Systems and the General Studies Programs. 

Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences and the exceptional faculty, cutting-edge research, notable scholarship, and world-class brilliant students that make us a vibrant, significant component of Southern University at New Orleans.

Intrinsically, the programs in the College provide knowledge and related educational experiences that form the intellectual core of academic achievement at Southern University at New Orleans.  The major aim of the College is to offer students at the University diverse opportunities for a meaningful education in the liberal arts and natural sciences by establishing a variety of majors in the academic disciplines in collaboration with other Colleges of the University. Institutionally, the College links the theoretical and practical across an array of extraordinary range of academic programs and activities which emphasize the mastery of language along with the other liberal arts and scientific studies. 

By doing so, the students are provided the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons.

The individual departments in the College share identical goals specified in each department’s curriculum.  Students majoring in a department of the College are advised to consult the appropriate department chair as soon as possible, so that a comprehensive plan of study is worked out toward his/her course of studies.   Degree requirement is found in each department’s course offerings.  The change from one program to the other must be approved by the department chair and the dean of the College. Thus, a liberal arts and science education at Southern University at New Orleans will help students become resourceful thinkers who have an understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Grant Proposal - Acquisition of an ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer to Enhance Biology and Forensic Science Programs at Southern University at New Orleans

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Under initiative and leadership of the interim director of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Pamela Marshall, as a Co-PI and Dr. Tietzel as the PI, a grant proposal entitled “Acquisition of an ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer to Enhance Biology and Forensic Scie .. Read More >>

NASA EPSCoR Board of Regents proposal entitled “Harnessing Nanoparticle Technology to Detect and Eliminate Microbial Contamination of Manned Spacecraft

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Dr. Tietzel as Principal Investigator, and Drs. Clement, Marshal, O. Ojo and Y. Zhen submitted a NASA EPSCoR Board of Regents proposal entitled “Harnessing Nanoparticle Technology to Detect and Eliminate Microbial Contamination of Manned Spacec .. Read More >>

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  • Department of Arts and Humanities

    Houses Fine Arts, Music, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, also Spanish which were terminated as degree granting programs effective Spring 2006. However, in the Fall of 2008 English and History were reinstated.

    Department of Social Sciences

    Offers degrees in Criminal Justice, graduate and undergraduate, Sociology, Psychology, and Substance Abuse, Sociology has an area of concentration in Race, Gender and Class Studies. Substance Abuse also offers an associate degree.

    Department of Natural Sciences

    Houses Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Only Biology and Mathematics are degree granting programs. The other programs were terminated effective, Spring 2006.

    General Studies Program

    Offers a Bachelor of General Studies degree which was established in the year 2002-2003. The Program is designed especially to provide students with an enhanced comprehensive broad-based liberal arts education with the flexibility to adapt and combine courses from established traditional curricula.  The Program adds depth and new dimensions to existing programs as well as enables SUNO to continue pursuing its mission of serving the educational needs of both students and the community. The goals and requirements for graduation are stated in the program’s curriculum.

    Health Information Management Systems

    The purpose of the program is to educate students in planning, collecting, storing, retrieving and communicating health care data through a combination of course-work in healthcare, technology, and business which will prepare students to become healthcare administrators, analysts, and providers of modern healthcare delivery techniques. Upon accreditation of the HIMS Program, students will be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The HIMS Program will seek accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  • To facilitate the implementation of the mission and basic goals of the University.

    To expand the frontiers of knowledge in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

    To emphasize the significance of the liberal arts and science education in an age of indomitable technological advancement.

    To provide areas of concentrated study for students who contemplate careers as professionals in the liberal arts and sciences.

    To give students a well-balanced training in the application of the scientific method, and techniques to solve contemporary problems.

    To develop the versatility necessary for personal adaptation in a highly complex society.

    To develop knowledge and communication skills which are essential to advancement in any vocational field?

    To increase understanding of the contemporary world by focusing on diversity, tolerance, multiculturalism and international interdependence.

    To promote democracy and citizenship by developing abilities for critical thinking, understanding and solving pressing social, political and economic issues.

    To prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, law, and graduate schools.
  • The completion of an approved program of studies of not less than 120 semester hours with a cumulative average of 2.00 or better.

    The completion of a minimum number of semester hours as specified in the major field, with a grade of C or better in all courses, and a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in a minor field.

    The completion of 39 hours of General Education/University requirements.

    The completion of 60 hours in community services.

    Take and pass English 112, which includes a writing component, with a grade of C or better.  Students who transfer from other universities and submit documentation of having passed a Writing Proficiency Examination will be given credit for the examination.


New Orleans' first African-American Postmaster is SUNO alumnus Philip E. Holland ('75).