20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog, last updated July 29, 2020

19. DIVISION OF LIBERAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES

19.6. Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Concentrations

The B.A. in Liberal Arts at Bacone College is a four-year program requiring 124 hours of study, including 36 hours in core curriculum, 12 in Liberal Arts guided electives, 13 in core liberal arts courses, 24 credits in discipline concentration and 39 credits drawn from three areas of concentration related to the major, including Social Sciences, Humanities and Language.  The BA in Liberal Arts conforms to Bacone College’s mission statement, particularly to the study and understanding of indigenous peoples and culture and the roots of Christianity in Western Tradition.

 

Students may choose a concentration in English, History, Communications or Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.  Each concentration consists of 24 credit hours which would enable them to be considered a content specialist to apply for a special certification track in teaching in secondary education.

 

The primary aim of this degree is to develop a capacity in the student for critical thinking vis-a-vis a course of study both broad enough to foster a healthy curiosity for different ideas that have shaped our Western civilization and focused enough to provide valuable lifelong knowledge that can be applied in any professional situation.  This course of study aims to introduce the student to the world of Liberal Arts -- its history and philosophy, its place in (past and present) human society. The study of the Liberal Arts (philosophy, literature, language, the Arts, history, social sciences, natural science) provides students with a broad knowledge of how great thinkers over time have approached the world’s compelling concerns.

Goals of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Bacone College provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Bacone College provides the student a liberal education—including, for example, philosophy, art and sociology—educates the whole person, and prepares students to excel in a range of careers and, most importantly, live lives rich with meaning and purpose. 

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Bacone College seeks to develop free human beings who know how to use their minds and can think for themselves.

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Bacone College does not have as its primary aim the development of professional competence, although a liberal education is indispensable for any intellectual profession.

 

In keeping with the mission of Bacone College to provide higher education to American Indians, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at Bacone College includes mandatory American Indian Literature and The Bible as Literature classes as well as options in a proposed course in Navaho language and American Indian Film studies, both new courses. The History concentration includes mandatory History of American Religions and Native American History components.

 

Concentration in English

 

Description of the Concentration:

In the age of technology and mass media, English is, and has always been, a critical course of study, and the outlook for the study of English is good and getting better. Nowadays employers are looking to hire English majors because these applicants bring a set of skills that businesses need.

Goals of the English Concentration:

The English Concentration provides the student with communications skills.  In a recent survey, employers rated the "ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the most important candidate skill. Communication is at the heart of any business;

The English Concentration provides the student with Writing SkillsA Metlife survey found that 97 percent of business executives rate writing skills as very important. English majors, more than any other major, are trained to write well. A major part of what business owners do to gain clients has to do with writing;

The Concentration in English provides the student will researching Skills: employers need to have absolute accuracy in any communications with clients rendering those who excel in conducting research a very viable asset.

The Concentration in English provides the student with important Critical Thinking Skills. The ability to analyze issues and question assumptions is essential to business of any stripe; English majors are adept at deconstructing and analysis, and then to package their findings into understandable terms;

The Concentration in English teaches the student Empathy.  More and more, businesses are recognizing the importance of empathy in the workplace; English majors have a major advantage.

 

English Courses for Concentration

 

INTRO TO LIT: LIT 2013 (3 Credit Hours)

AMERICAN INDIAN LIT: LIT 2333 (3 Credit Hours)

BIBLE AS LIT: LIT 2633 (3 Credit Hours)

AMERICAN LIT II:   LIT 2883 (3 Credit Hours)

GENRE LITERATURE I & II: LIT 3113 and LIT 3123 (3 Credit Hours)

SHORT STORY: LIT 3693

SPECIAL STUDIES IN ENGLISH I: LIT 3413 (3 Credit Hours)

SPECIAL STUDIES IN ENGLISH II: LIT 3423 (3 Credit Hours)

 

Concentration in History

 

Description:

The outlook for the study of history is good and getting better. Nowadays employers are looking to hire History majors because these applicants bring a set of skills that businesses need.  In addition, the History Concentration will develop communication skills, research and writing skills, the ability to think critically and to understand appreciate the cultural, racial, ethnic, and spiritual diversity of the world in which we live.  Students who complete the History Concentration can apply for special certification for public school teaching.

Goals of the Concentration:

 The History Concentration will provide students with the breadth (geographical and chronological) and depth of knowledge of particular landmarks of human history and an understanding of their significance;

 The History Concentration will enable students to recognize and appreciated the diversity of people and societies, both historically and cross-culturally;

 The History Concentration will train students in the use of the historical methodology, the means by which historians execute their research, with competence and creativity;

 In keeping with the mission of Bacone College to provide higher education to American Indians, the History Concentration will develop an appreciation of history of First Peoples in North American and the growth, development, and impact of Christianity in the world

 History Courses for Concentration

 

American Civilization II: HIS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)

Western Civilization II: HIS 2123 (3 Credit Hours)

History of American Religions: HIS 2633 (3 Credit Hours)

Historiography:  HIS 2883 (3 Credit Hours)

American Labor History: HIS 3243 (3 credits)

American Social History: HIS 3223 (3 Credit Hours)

American Indian History II: HIS 3023

Special Topics in History.  HIS 3693 

 

 

Concentration in Communications

 

Description of the Concentration:

 

In an age of Mass Media, Social Media, and e-commerce, the Concentration in Communication promotes questioning, seeking, discovery, analysis, and understanding the mass media. Students pursuing the Concentration in Communication will learn how to be excellent communicators and know how to analyze the mass media in its many pervasive forms – newspapers, television, film, radio, web, social media, cyber culture and various new media forms. The Communication Concentration at Bacone College meets the need of having a degree that teaches students about the mass media in the second decade of the 21st century. Students pursuing a degree in Communication learn how to be more effective communicators

 

Goals of the Concentration:

 

The Concentration provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world as seen through the eyes of mass media, film, Social Media, and mass communications.. 

The Concentration in Communications will provide the student broad background in the liberal arts—including for example, philosophy, art and sociology—which will provide them with a basis for communication in the media

 The Concentration in Communication will provide the student with skills in media development, production and presentation

 In keeping with the mission of Bacone College to provide higher education to American Indians, the Communications Concentration includes mandatory American Indian Film or Religious Film which serve as companion pieces to American Indian Literature and The Bible as Literature (English) and History of American Religions and Native American History (History).

 

 

Concentration in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

 

 

Description of the Concentration:

 

The Concentration in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies is an eclectic course of study with a generalist thrust. This generalist focus has the advantage of drawing coursework from the best of the other concentrations plus coursework from the Bacone curriculum at large. Besides allowing the student to personalize his or her own degree it also has the advantage of pursuing coursework s/he is enthusiastic about. A third advantage is that the interdisciplinary option is the epitome of the spirit of Liberal Arts and critical thinking. It is said that most college graduates are unprepared for the content of their future jobs since a multitude of jobs have not yet been created.  If this is so, the student who has focused on eclectic coursework has the upper hand. The Interdisciplinary degree holder brings a fresh set of skills that future employers will need.  The Interdisciplinary degree is perhaps the best program to prepare the student for applying their knowledge to other disciplines, to satisfy the latest needs of employers looking for both field-specific skills and broad skills. Because the student has so many avenues of study open to him or her s/he can enter many fields for employment: including advertising, business, marketing, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, media, and film, to name a few. Combining this with another major degree, such as business, science or technology, will only add to an optimum competitive advantage

 Goals of the Concentration:

The Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. 

 The Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies with a liberal education—including, for example, philosophy, art and sociology—educates the whole person, and prepares students to excel in a range of careers and, most importantly, live lives rich with meaning and purpose. 

The Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies seeks to develop free human beings who know how to use their minds and can think for themselves.

 The Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies is not intended to prepare people for professional competence, although a liberal education is indispensable for any intellectual profession.

In keeping with the mission of Bacone College to provide higher education to American Indians, the Interdisciplinary degree includes many more possibilities of coursework in indigenous peoples and religion, literally all those in the catalogue (and beyond, for that matter, in the form of guided studies and interdisciplinary/team-taught courses).