interior of Tuomey Hall, one of the Blount academic houses

The Blount Liberal Arts Minor comprises a total of eight courses (20 hours: 6 three-hour seminars and 2 one-hour convocation lectures) over the course of the student’s time at the university.

  • First Year: 2 Foundations Seminars (6 hours) + 2 Convocations (2 hours)
  • Sophomore/Junior: 3 Elective Seminars over the two years (9 hours)
  • Senior: 1 Worldviews Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

The First Year

Students entering the program live in the Blount Living Learning Center and take four hours of courses each semester in classrooms located in that dormitory.  BUI 101 and BUI 102 are seminar classes in which students discuss the reading material in small groups of 15 or less. In BUI 100, the entire first-year cohort gathers to listen to and question speakers who have come to speak specifically to Blount scholars.  BUI 101 and 102 also satisfy 6 hours of foundations credit for the Honors College.  In addition, BUI 101 satisfies 3 hours of the University common core requirement in humanities (HU) and BUI 102 satisfies 3 hours of the University common core requirement in social and behavioral sciences (SB).

Sophomore and Junior Years

Over the course of their sophomore and junior years, students take three BUI 301 seminars (3 credit hours each for a total of 9 credit hours). Students may take the seminars during any semester in those two years, and may take more than one per semester.  BUI 301 seminars are capped at 12 students and are held either in Oliver-Barnard Hall or Tuomey Hall, the two Blount Academic Houses.

Senior Year

During the senior year, the students take BUI 401 (3 hours) during either the fall or spring semester.  The BUI 401 seminars are capped at 12 students and are held either in Oliver-Barnard Hall or Tuomey Hall.