Arts and Sciences

Graduate Programs in Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following graduate degrees:

The Master of Arts in Art

The Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

The Master Arts of in Political Science

The Master of Arts in Public Administration

The Master of Science in Biology

The Master of Science in Geology


Admission to Candidacy Form.  Graduate students are required to file the form after completing twelve graduate hours.  Please check with your major advisor for forms and signatures.  The form must be filed in the Office of the College of Arts and Sciences (Ferguson Hall 108).

Applying to Graduate.   Applications for graduation are obtained in the Office of the College of Arts and Sciences (Ferguson Hall 108).  Prior to coming to the Arts and Sciences office the student is asked to pay the graduation fee at the casher's office and then to bring the receipt to the Arts and Sciences office.  The student is encouraged to apply for graduation the semester before the anticpated graduation so that the student's degree plan may be audited to ensure all course requirements have been met.  

Theses.   A graduate student who is writing a thesis as part of the degree requirements must follow the style of the College of Arts and Sciences Thesis Guidelines in addition to the style requirements of the department.  The chair of the thesis committee will work with the graduate student to select the style manual most suitable for the thesis, e.g., The Chicago Style Manual, The American Psychological Association Publication Manual, Scientific Style and Format, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian), Modern Language Association Handbook.

Thesis Deadlines.  The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to a schedule of thesis submission.
For the schedule contact:
Dr. Sharon Hileman
Office: BAB 104


Geography Minor

Geography is offered as a minor field of study at Sul Ross State University. Students must complete at least 19 semester credit hours of geography courses, including Geography 1302 and GEOG 2302 and Geography 3401/Geology 3401.

An academic concentration in the geography minor may be developed by taking, in addition to the required core, Geography 3301, Geography 3412/Geology 3412 and an additional three semester credit hours in geography.

A technical concentration may be developed by taking, in addition to the core, nine additional semester credit hours to include Geology 2407, Geography 3412/Geology 3412 and an additional three semester credit hours of Geography or Geology as recommended by the advisor.

Undergraduate Courses in Geography

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

GEOG 1302 World Regional Geography (3-0)
A regional study of the world in a survey course which uses the basic elements as tools for observation and analysis in revealing the interrelationships of features involving man and different areas of the earth. (GEOG 1303)

GEOG 2302 Geography of the United States and Canada (3-0)
An overview of significant physical and human elements of the United States and Canada and their relationships within a setting of 14 specific regions.

GEOG 3301 Geography of Texas (3-0)
A topical study of the physical and cultural elements of Texas which reveal the great diversity of a growing and vibrant state. Features examined include the landscape, cultural groups and various economic activities.

GEOG 3302 Readings and Research in Geography (3-0)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   An indiviudalized course with varying topics to be chosen by the instructor in consulatation with the student. May be repeated once.

GEOG 3303 Special Topics in Geography (3-0)
Selected topics in geography. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

GEOG 3401 Interdisciplinary Geographic Information Systems (2-4)
This course is designed to introduce the concepts of computer-based spatial data handling, referred to as geographic information systems. The interdisciplinary approach focuses on bringing students from diverse academic backgrounds together in a team effort to learn the fundamentals of GIS, including data, sources, input, manipulation and output presentation. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that the student have completed an introductory class in one of the following: geology, biology, natural resource management or archaeology. This course is cross-referenced with Geology 3401.

GEOG 3412 Geomorphology (3-3)
An introduction to surficial processes and landforms. Understanding the landscape upon which we live and depend can be of vital importanceto nearly everyone from the homeowner to the civil engineer. Fluvial, glacial, costal, groundwater and weathering processes will be studied along with lithologic and structural influences. Labs will include map and photo interpretation and field studies. This couse is cross-referenced with Geology 3412. Prerequisite: Geology 1401.

Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is offered as a minor field of study at Sul Ross State University. Students must complete 18 semester credit hours of anthropology courses, including six semester credit hours of advanced coursework, for an anthropology minor.

Undergraduate Courses in Anthropology

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

ANTH 1301 Cultural/Anthropology (3-0)
A survey of the study of cultural anthropology, including the nature of culture in space and time, human subsistence and settlement, social and political organization, ritual and religion and linguistics. The course will include an overview of the adaptations of human populations to arid regions. (ANTH 2351)

ANTH 1302 Introduction to Archaeology (3-0)
An introduction to the history, development, techniques and underlying principles of archeological sciences. The focus of the class is on archeological methodology and theory as practiced within a framework of interdisciplinary research, and as viewed from both scientific and humanistic perspectives. (ANTH 2302)

ANTH 2301 Archeology of Texas and Northern Mexico (3-0)
An introduction to Native American prehistory from 10,000 B.C. through early contact with Spanish entradas during the 16th and 17th centuries A.D. in Texas and north-central Mexico. The course will explore basic archeological theory, data collection, and analytical techniques used in the reconstruction of life ways of nomadic, semi-sedentary and sedentary human populations through time.

ANTH 2302 Environmental and Cultural Diversity (3-0)
This course examines the dynamic interplay between environment and culture among prehistoric, historic and contemporary peoples on a global basis. Ethnographic studies are used to facilitate comparative analysis of cultures in both similar and widely differing environmental settings, from Arctic tundra to shifting sands of the Sahara. Emphasis is on the study of present-day "simple" societies, and includes evaluation of the use of analogy in reconstructing life ways of extinct cultures.

ANTH 3301 Laboratory Techniques in Archeology (3-0)
Provides practical experience on the conceptualization, design and conducting of archeological projects, with emphases on techniques of laboratory analysis, data quantification, analogy and the interpretation of findings.

ANTH 3601 Summer Archeological Field School (0-6)
An intensive six-week summer field course that provides hands-on training for students in archeological field and analytical techniques, including site survey and recording, instrument mapping, site testing and evaluation, controlled excavation and field laboratory techniques. Location to be announced. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2301 or consent of instructor.

ANTH 4308 Readings and Research in Anthropology (3-0)
Selected readings on research projects to be offered as individual study to meet student needs. May be repeated once for credit with departmental approval.

ANTH 4311 Special Topics in Anthropology (3-0)
Special courses on topics not included in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.


Texas State Legal Requirements in History: History 1301 and 1302 are the courses normally taken to satisfy the six semester hour requirement in United States History as specified in the state law. All courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be used to meet the Texas State Legal Requirement, but students must have Junior status or the permission of the instructor to take advanced courses (3000-4000 level) to fulfill the requirement. Students may also satisfy the Texas State Legal Requirement in History with History credit received through the CLEP program.

Phi Alpha Theta and Webb Historical Society: The History faculty sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society, and the Webb Historical Society, an organization for undergraduates interested in local history.

Volunteer Program with Fort Davis National Historic Site: Students majoring in history at Sul Ross State University can participate in a volunteer work study program at Fort Davis National Historic Site in Fort Davis, Texas. This program has led to careers in the National Park Service for History graduates. Students interested in this program should talk with the History faculty for further information.

Students may earn three semester credit hours in History through the courses offered as part of the History European Study-Travel Program. This program is offered during the summer in even numbered years and consists of on-campus study combined with three weeks of study in Europe. This program is offered in cooperation with the Art program at Sul Ross State University.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

(History Major with Secondary Teacher Certification) See Education section of university catalog for information on teacher certification in History. Option I and Option II.

Master of Arts Degree

Graduate students in history may earn a Master of Arts degree by selecting from two options: the thesis option or the non-thesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of course work in history, six semester credit hours of coursework outside history and six semester credit hours of course work of thesis credit. The non-thesis option requires 24 semester credit hours of course work in history and an additional 12 semester credit hours in a selected minor field. The minor field must be approved by the student's graduate advisor. Professional Secondary Certification is also available.

Minor in History

History is offered as a minor field of study at Sul Ross State University. Students must complete 18 semester credit hours of history courses, including six semester credit hours of advanced coursework, for a history minor.

Graduate Programs in Animal Science

Sul Ross offers both an in-residence (thesis) and an online non-thesis programs of study for a Master of Science in Animal Science.

The well-rounded degrees emphasize methods of improving or better using agricultural resources and prepares students for doctoral programs and for careers in teaching, extension service, research management, animal production, and agricultural biotechnology.

In-Residence Master's Degree (Thesis)

The thesis option requires students to be in residence on campus in a 30 sch degree program with a research emphasis.

Online Master's Degree (Non-thesis)

The online master's degree can be completed in ONE year or longer, allowing students to customize their time of graduation. The program is entirely online and residence on campus is not required.

Fine Arts & Communication


The Department of Fine Arts and Communication was formed by combining several related academic disciplines into one administrative unit. Our robust department is always active with art exhibitions, concerts, recitals, audio & video productions, radio, musical theatre, straight theatre, and more!

Fine Arts & Communication Department | 432-837-8218 | fax 432-837-8376 | | Box C-43, Alpine, TX 79832

Computer Science & Mathematics

Computer Science & Mathematics Department

ACR 107
Box C-18
Alpine, Texas 79832

Phone: (432) 837-8106
Fax: (432) 837-8397


Dr. Angela Brown
Assistant Professor & Department Chair

Lisa Howe

The Department of Computer Science and Mathematics offers bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics as well as minors in these fields.  The Computer Science program offers Traditional Computer Science, Digital Artist, and Gaming Technology.  The Mathematics program offers two tracks: Mathematics, Teacher Certification, also a 2 year guidline for Pre-Engineering. 

Some math courses may be taken for graduate credit in support of a master of education degree in secondary education with a specialization in mathematics.



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Department Facilities

The Computer Science and Mathematics Departement is located on the first floor of the ACR building and is beside the main computer lab, downstairs from many of the classrooms used for Computer Science and Mathematics classes. The computer lab utilizes the computer-algebra software Scientific Workplace.  This software is used in many mathematics courses.  The department maintains a student lounge where students get together for lunch, study sessions or to discuss course work with their professors.

Behavioral & Social Sciences

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers bachelor's degrees in History, Psychology, Social Science (General) and Social Science (Political Science focus).  Anthropology, Mexican-American Studies and Sociology are offered as minor fields of study only. In addition, limited course work is offered in Geography and Philosophy.

Master's degrees are offered in History and Public Administration.

Student Activities

The department sponsors a number of honorary societies and clubs, including:

  • Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
  • Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society.
  • The Psychology Association, a student organization for psychology majors.



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