The Blount Liberal Arts Minor

The Blount curriculum is comprised of 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 (yes you heard that right no more “it was raining really hard” excuses”).  BUI 101 and BUI 102 are seminar classes in which students discuss the reading material in small groups of 15 or less.

While the Blount first-year cohort’s curriculum changes every year here are some of their more prominent (or should I say infamous to the current students reading these authors?)

  • Plato’s Republic and the Apology
  • St. Augustine’s Confessions
  • Camus’ The Stranger
  • Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
  • Darwin’s “On the Tendency of species”
  • E.O. Wilson’s “The Serpent”

In BUI 100, the entire first-year cohort gathers to listen to and question speakers who have come to speak specifically to Blount scholars.

Can these Blount classes count for something more than just the minor?

Say no more. BUI 101 and 102 also satisfy 6 hours of foundation 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). See here at Blount we are all about value.

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.  You even have the opportunity to fulfill your Blount requirements while studying abroad! BUI 301 seminars are capped at 12 students and are held either in Oliver-Barnard Hall or Tuomey Hall, the two Blount Academic Houses.

But I do not just want to read old dead philosophers? Are any of there any upper-level courses that are more than that?

Who told you that all we do is read old dead philosophers? We in Blount try to take a holistic approach to our courses. Want to study Cuba during the Cold War from a former CIA agent? Want to study how architecture affects your day to day life? Want to deconstruct how television has a psychological grip on culture? We’ve got it in spades. Don’t take it from me, check out our courses page here

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. The course is a culmination of your years with Blount and your senior course ends with a “Worldviews Project” where you and your fellow students each create something to represent your “worldview”.

What does that mean? it is up to you. Is your world view a diamond laced necklace to represent your family’s immigration to the US and subsequent growth of a small business family jewelry store? Is it a memoir detailing your experience of being raised in Mississippi your whole life and the subsequent impact that a small-town experience had on your growth into a blossoming teacher? Is it a metallurgical creation of a gigantic magnet heart emblazoned with different symbols to represent the fusion of the liberals arts and your heavy STEM background? We each have a unique worldview and Blount intends to help you explore it. To find out the creativity that we are talking about how about you check out our application here?