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Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate School - The University of Akron

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32 The University of AkronBuchtel Collegeof Arts andSciencesRoger B. Creel, Ph.D., DeanDavid C. Buchthal, Ph.D., Associate DeanWilliam A. Francis, Ph.D., Associate DeanMission StatementThe Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences serves the objectives of the University,which state that learning may be procured, preserved and enlarged. More particularly,the college seeks to foster:The commitment to humanity-that loyal devotion to the heritage contained inthose disciplines growing out of the ancient liberal arts which teach limitations andpotentialities. The college seeks to provide an appropriate environment for studentsto acquire an ability to evalutate, integrate and understand the conditions ofhuman existence, to understand themselves in the natural world and in a particular!civilization or society. No course or combination of courses can ensure suchunderstanding, there is no schooling that can guarantee wisdom. Therefore, thecollege requires the student to study ideas and experiences that are the subjectmatter of a variety of disciplines:the nurture of civility-those actions whereby virtue, the advancement of society,and wise and humane government are encouraged;the advancement of learning--that substantive knowledge discovered and cultivatedby critical curiosity, tested by experimentation, propagated by instructionand capable of affecting lives so that all may in a free society exercise responsibleliberty. The most enduring contribution which the college can make is to help individualsacquire the skill, motivation and breadth of knowledge to continue theirintellectual development throughout their lives.The college recommends each student for the appropriate bachelor's, master's ordoctoral degrees in accordance with the level of accomplishment.Buchtel College is one of 10 degree-granting college at The University. Its nametruthfully implies that its traditions date back farther than those of the undergraduatecolleges, since the University itself is an outgrowth of Buchtel College, a lit:reral arts institution founded in 1870.When Buchtel College became the Municipal University of Akron, the originalname was retained in the College of Liberal Arts which was subsequentlyrenamed the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Then, and now, the liberal artsgoal has been to offer broad training to the college student so that the student canprosper in life and sustain a creative appreciation of the arts and sciences.The college is composed of the following three administrative divisions: Humanities(English, modern languages). Natural Sciences (biology, chemistry, geology,mathematical sciences, and physics), and Social Sciences (economics, geographyand planning, history, political science, public administration and urban studies,psychology, sociology).DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHYDEGREEThe following programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offeredin the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences: the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry,the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, the Doctor of Philoscrphy in History, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The Doctor ofPhilosophy in Sociology is offered jointly with Kent State University and the Doctorof Philosophy in Urban Studies with Cleveland State University.Doctor of Philosophy in ChemistryThe Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry is granted for high scholarly achievementin analytical, inorganic, organic, physical or biochemistry. Students with either abaccalaureate or master's degree may be admitted to the program. They mustsatisfy the following requirements to receive the degree:• Complete a course of study designed in consultation with an adviser or advisorycommittee. This consists of the completion of at least 90 credits beyond thebaccalaureate degree, including 24 credits of appropriate coursework.• Complete monthly cumulative exam requirement.• Complete oral exam requirement.• Complete seminar requirement.• Defend dissertation in an oral examination.• Complete all general requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree.Doctor of Philosophy inCounseling PsychologyThe University of Akron offers a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. Theprogram allows the student a choice of entry points through the PsychologyDepartment of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences or through the Counse~ing and Special Education Department of the College of Education. Students inboth departments are expected to attain a level of broad scientific competence inthe core areas of psychology; the biological, social, cognitive-affective, and individualbases of human behavior. Practicum and internship experiences are alsorequired of all students and range from skill building in basic psychological assessmentand counseling, to actual work with clients, to a year-long, full-time internshipin an applied service setting. Pertinent information regarding the emphasis,orientation, and coursework for the Psychology Department entry is includedbelow. Students receive exposure to both colleges through shared courseworkand faculty involvement with dissertations. The Collaborative Program in CounselingPsychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.The Department of Psychology offers a five-year Counseling Psychology programleading to a doctoral degree and, in general, is geared toward students who holda B.A. in psychology. Program emphasis is strongly placed on a scientist-pract~tioner model of training. Beyond the basic core areas of psychology, students areexpected to establish specific competencies in the areas of theory, research, andpractice of Counseling Psychology. Academic preparation includes theories of ind~vidual and group psychotherapy, supervision, diversity issues in counseling psychology,vocational development theory, testing theory and practice, research andstatistics, and professional issues. Research and publication are greatly encouraged.Graduates typically seek out academic teaching, research and training positions,as well as positions in counseling centers and other mental health agencies.Admission to the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology is handledthrough the department associated with the student's chosen entry point. Studentsmust fulfill both Departmental and Graduate School admission requirements.Departures from the described program for Psychology Department entry may bemade only with the approval of the counseling psychology program faculty.RequirementsThe curriculum reflects the interdepartmental blend of the Collaborative Programin Counseling Psychology. Electives and other classes are to be planned alongwith the student's adviser.- Psychology core courses (610, 620, 630, 640, 650)- Counseling psychology core courses(707, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 717, 718, 780)- Practicum sequence (671. 672, 673, 795 [4+41. 796 [4+411- Advanced Psychological Tests and Measures (7501- Electives (minimum)- Statistics (601, 602)- A statistiCS sequence that may be substituted for the doctorallanguage reqUirement- Thesis credits (minimum)- Dissertation credits (minimum)Credits• The comprehensive written examination is prepared, administered and gradedby program faculty. At least one faculty member from each department participatesin the oral portion of the comprehensive examination.• Dissertation- at least one faculty member from each department is required onthe student's dissertation committee.• Internship- 2,000 hours postmaster's with 1,600 hours over no more than twoyears. The internship site must be approved in advance by the Collaborative ProgramInternship Committee.• Students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in their content courses each year in theDepartment of Psychology.Doctor of Philosophy in HistoryThe Doctor of Philosophy in History is granted primarily for high scholarly achievementin four fields of study selected by the student and for demonstrated abilityto pursue independent research. Each student must:• Fulfill admission requirements of the School.The Graduate Committee of the History Department will consider an applicant foradmission if a person has a Master's degree or the equivalent and a grade-pointaverage of 3.3 or better at the M.A. level from an accredited institution. Those holdinga Master's degree from The University of Akron or other accredited institutionshould not assume that they will automatically be admitted to doctoral studies. In1034264688112

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