Liberal Arts Curriculum

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The liberal arts curriculum at Talladega College serves as a strong foundation for the development of the whole person and well-rounded leaders. The required courses in General Education establish a strong base for a liberal arts education. All major disciplines are grounded in the liberal arts. Thus, Talladega College can maintain its tradition of preparing leaders who think independently, are secure in their sense of themselves, are open to intellectual growth and prompted to serve their community.

Freshman Requirements

General Education Requirements



Communications 101-102
Communications 100A and/or 100B may be required prior to Communications 101, depending on previous preparation. Placement is determined by examination.
<6 SH


2. Humanities <6 SH


Mathematics 101-102
The Mathematics Inventory Test determines whether a student will begin in MTH 101, 102, 103, 105, or 205. Students who discover that they have been incorrectly placed should shift to a more suitable course early in the semester. All freshman mathematics courses (MTH 101, 102, 103, and 105) must be passed with a C or better.
<6 SH




Natural Sciences 101-102
Computer Science majors must take CS 150 instead of NS 102. Students with adequate preparation or special interests can take Biology 101-102, Chemistry 101-102 or Physics 101-102.
8 SH




Social Science Electives
Courses may be selected from the following: SW 125, POL 201, POL 202, PSY 100, SOC 100, SOC 210, SS 300, HIS 221, 222, 233, 235, 235, 236, or ECO 201 and 202.
6 SH




Physical Education 101-102
Persons who have valid medical excuses or who enroll after their 24th birthday may substitute PE 306 First Aid.
2 SH




College Orientation, EDU 100
Transfer students (w/12 SH or more) must consult w/Division Dean.
1 SH


Sophomore Requirements

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics



Communications 201, 202, 203, 205, or 205
(Must be COM 201 if grade in COM 102 is less than B)

3 SH



Electives in Social Science or Humanities

6 SH



8 SH


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science

6 OR 8 SH



An approved Foreign Language (NOTE: Placement test results will determine specific courses for students with high school foreign language experience.)

6 SH



Electives not in NSM Division

6 SH

Divisions of Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Social Sciences and Education

1. Communications 201, 202, 203, 205, or 205 3 SH
2. Elective 3 SH
3. Humanities: One course each semester 6 SH
4. Language, if required, or Electives 6 or 12 SH
5. Electives in major field, one course each semester 6 SH


Electives in Social Sciences, one course each semester 6 SH


Language Requirements

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biology French, German or Spanish (2 years of one) *
Chemistry French, German or Spanish (German preferred; 2 years of one)*
Computer Science 2 years of a foreign language
Mathematics French or German (2 years of either)*
Physics French or German (2 years of either)*

* A year of computer science may be substituted for one year of a foreign language.

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

English and English/Journalism French, German or Spanish (2 years of one)
African American Studies French or Spanish (2 years of one)
History - Voice 1 year German: and 1 year French
Music - Piano 2 years of a foreign language

Division of Social Sciences and Education

Psychology none but recommended for students planning graduate study
Social Work 2 years of one foreign language

Graduate Record Examination

All students majoring in Natural Sciences and Mathematics are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of fulfilling their requirement to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must successfully complete all major program requirements and course work. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. Candidates must complete a Senior Clearance Form and have paid all financial obligations in order to be eligible for graduation. (Note: at least 60 credits of the work the freshman level must be earned at Talladega College.) A student who cannot fulfill graduation requirements within seven years, due to unavoidable interruption of his/her education, may choose one of the following alternatives for completion of the course of study in the field of concentration:

  • meet the requirements in effect at the time the student re-enters or
  • meet the requirements in effect when the student entered as a freshman.

Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors
At graduation four levels of sustained academic excellence are recognized: Departmental Distinction and three college-wide honors, cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. For each of these three graduation honors, an academic division must approve proposals for senior projects and evaluate project outcomes. For the project to be accepted towards graduation recognition, a student must earn at least a minimum grade point average of 3.3 of ALL Talladega course work.

To graduate with Departmental Distinction, a student must have obtained a B or better on the senior project and also attained one of the following grade point averages of ALL course work at the college.

  • 3.50 GPA for cum laude (with honor)
  • 3.70 GPA for magna cum laude (with high honor), or
  • 3.90 GPA for summa cum laude (with highest honor)



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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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