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Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences comprises of five categories that represent different components namely the Departments of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Information Management Systems, and the Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. The links below will take you to the homepage of each department where you can learn more about their mission and goals.

Explore our Web site and 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.

The Department of Arts and Humanities houses English and History.


The Department of Social Sciences offers degrees in Criminal Justice-Graduate and Criminal Justice-UndergraduateSociologyPsychology and Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention. Sociology has an area of concentration in Race, Gender and Class Studies. Substance Abuse also offers an associate degree.


The Department of Natural Sciences houses Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Physics and Mathematics. Biology, Forensic Science and Mathematics are degree-granting programs. 


The Cyber Security Program offers a fully configured physical/on-premises lab with 30+ workstations to reinforce skills and knowledge acquired through the process of traditional learning. Industry relevant knowledge are acquired through current content delivered directly from industry leaders such as CompTIA, EC-Council, Cisco, and IBM. Students develop relevant skills acquired from knowledge through a competency-based learning approach.


The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary 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.


The Board of Regents approved a proposal to establish a Bachelor of Science program in 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).

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. The 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.

The goals of the College of Arts and Sciences:

  1. To facilitate the implementation of the mission and basic goals of the University.
  2. To expand the frontiers of knowledge in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.
  3. To emphasize the significance of liberal arts and science education in an age of indomitable technological advancement.
  4. To provide areas of concentrated study for students who contemplate careers as professionals in the liberal arts and sciences.
  5. To give students well-balanced training in the application of the scientific method, and techniques to solve contemporary problems.
  6. To develop the versatility necessary for personal adaptation in a highly complex society.
  7. To develop knowledge and communication skills that are essential to advancement in any vocational field?
  8. To increase understanding of the contemporary world by focusing on diversity, tolerance, multiculturalism, and international interdependence.
  9. To promote democracy and citizenship by developing abilities for critical thinking, understanding, and solving pressing social, political, and economic issues.
  10. To prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, law, and graduate schools.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. The completion of an approved program of studies of not less than 120 semester hours with a cumulative average of 2.00 or better.
  2. 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.
  3. The completion of 39 hours of General Education/University requirements.
  4. The completion of 60 hours in community services.
  5. 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.