Core Requirements

The core curriculum for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students provides the opportunity for a broad and rich exploration of our disciplinary offerings. Balancing structure with choice, students will examine the complex worlds in which they live from a variety of perspectives. Courses may be taken to satisfy both core requirements and major or minor requirements when expressly permitted by a department/program.

Core Curriculum Requirements

(42–43 credits)

English writing 1
CMP 115Intro to Expository Writing3
CMP 120Expository Writing3
or BHP 100 Honors Seminar: Great Ideas I
Select one of the following:3
Research Writing
Literature and Composition
Honors Seminar: Great Ideas II
Reading (3 Supplemental Education Units) 2
CRC 100College Reading3
Foreign language 3
100, 101 Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish I, II6
Mathematics 4
Select one of the following:3-4
Finite Mathematics
Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus I
Science 4
Select two of the following:6
Life Science:Human Emphasis
Life Science:Genetics Emphasis
Life Sci:Ecobotanical Emphasis
Life Science:Human Disease
Life Sci: Biol of Human Aging
From the Big Bang to Origins of Life
Life Science: Brain and Behavior
Intro to College Chemistry
Chem and Contemporary Society
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology (also cross listed as GLS-113)
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Oceanography
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Subtropical Environments
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Boreal Environments
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Tropical Environments
Science of Light and Color
Energy, the Environment & Man
Astronomy
Introduction to Psychology
Social Sciences and Communication
Select two of the following:6
Intro to American Politics
Understanding Politics
Sociological Imagination
Cultural Anthropology
Communication, Culture and Media
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
History
HIS 150World History to 15003
HIS 151World History Since 15003
Humanities
Select one course in fine arts, one course in literature, and one course in philosophy from the following:9
Fine Arts
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Art and Society
Survey of Music History I
Survey of Music History II
Music and Society
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
Theater Appreciation
Arts in Contemporary Civilization
Literature
Understanding Literature
Arthurian Legends in Literature
Major American Authors
Major British Authors
Literature and Mythology
Monsters in Literature
Satire and Comedy
Intro To Shakespeare
Literature and Violence
Literature & Society
Literature and Psychology
Science Fiction
Black American Lit
Multi-Ethnic Lit in America
Women In Literature
Major Poets
Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature
The Short Story
Human Relationships in Lit (honors)
Law, Literature, and Film in America
Masterworks of Western Lit I
Masterworks of Western Lit II
Russian Literature 988-1850
Russian Literature 1850-1917
20th Century Russian Lit
Tolstoy
Dostoevsky
German Lit & Film in Eng Trans
The Folk Tale
Hispanic Lit & Film Eng Trans
European Short Novel
The Bible As Literature
Any Literature course in Foreign Languages
Philosophy
Select one of the following:
Any course in the Philosophy (PHL) department
Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Total Credits42-43
1

CMP 115 will be waived for students who attain a 530 or above on the writing section and 500 or above on the critical reading section of the SAT or a score of 4 or above on the English Department placement test.

2

Required only of those students scoring 470 or lower on the reading comprehension portion of the SAT.

3

Students who place at the 200-level or above are still required to take a minimum of 3 credits at the level of placement. Students who are native speakers of other languages may have their requirement waived upon documentation of proficiency. To initiate a request for a waiver, students should see the chairperson of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

4

Appropriate mathematics and science courses may be substituted if required by the major.