Academic departments

Degrees granted
Bluffton University currently grants four degrees: the bachelor of arts, the master of arts in education, the master of arts in organizational management and the master of business administration.

Academic departments
The faculty is organized into the following departments:
Chemistry and physics
Communication and theatre
English and language
Health, fitness and sport science
History and religion
Nutrition and dietetics 
Social sciences 
Social work 

The following abbreviations are used for the various academic areas:

Accounting (ACT)
Art (ART)
American sign language (ASL)
Biology (BIO)
Business (BUS)
Chemistry (CEM)
Communication (COM)
Computer science (CPS)
Criminal justice (CRJ)
Economics (ECN)
Education (EDU)
English (ENG)
Family and consumer science (FCS)
Fashion and interior design (FID)
Finance (FIN)
Geography (GEO)
Greek (GRK)
Health, fitness & sport science (HFS)
Hebrew (HEB)
History (HIS)
Honors (HON)
Human resource management (HRM)
Humanities (HUM)
Liberal arts and sciences (LAS)
Management (MGT)
Marketing (MKT)
Mathematics (MAT)
Music (MUS)
Natural science (NSC)
Nutrition and dietetics (NTR)
Organizational management (OMP)
Peace and conflict studies (PCS)
Philosophy (PHI)
Physics (PHY)
Political science (PLS)
Psychology (PSY)
Public Health (PHL)
Recreation management (REC)
Religion (REL)
Spanish (SPA)
Special education (SED)
Social work (SWK)
Sociology (SOC)
Technology (TEC)
Theatre (THE)

Course numbers
Courses are numbered to correspond with the recommended sequence in which they should be taken. Normally numbers also correspond with the college level at which they are taken. Courses numbered 300 or higher are upper-level courses primarily for juniors and seniors, though open to other qualified students; courses numbered lower than 300 are primarily for first-year students and sophomores. Courses numbered above 500 are graduate level courses. Students are advised to note prerequisites listed in course descriptions and to confer with their academic advisors or the registrar concerning sequence and level of specific courses.

Course credit
Bluffton University operates on a semester calendar. All course credit is given in semester hours. The number of semester hours for each course is indicated in parentheses.

August 2013