Curious about what classes are core classes? See a sample list below, by category.

Creative Perspectives

Creative Perspectives explore how we express ourselves through the arts.  Many include your own creation or performance. Some may also be listed as Humanities electives, but must be used as one or the other; they cannot double count. All students must complete at least 3 credits in this area.

  • ARTS102: Drawing I
  • ARTS103: Painting I
  • ARTS104: Printmaking I
  • ARTS106: Fibers I
  • ARTS107: Sculpture I
  • ARTS108: Photography I
  • ARTS109: Ceramics I
  • ARTS111: The Art Experience
  • ARTS112: The Aesthetic Experience
  • ARTS119: The Potter's Wheel
  • ARTS126: Creative Vessels
  • ARTS142: Graphic Design I
  • ARTS152: Illustration I
  • ARTS205: Figure Modeling
  • ARTS214: Technology for the Artist
  • ARTS215: Web Design
  • ARTS270/271: History of Art I/II
  • ARTS222: Art of the 20th Century
  • ARTS273: History of American Art
  • ARTS274: Women, Art and Society
  • ARTS275: Sacred Art - Christian Perspective
  • ARTS276: Art of Enlightenment
  • ARTS277: The History of Graphic Design
  • CLAS241: World Mythology
  • COMM104: Video Production...
  • COMM210: Art of Film
  • COMM214: Film Criticism
  • COMM254: Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM310: The Horror Film
  • COMM451: Introduction to Video Graphics
  • ENGL308: Creative Writing
  • ENGL309: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL310: Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL318: Creative Nonfiction
  • MUSC100: Basic Music Theory
  • MUSC108: Music Love and Death
  • MUSC111: Music: The Art of Listening
  • MUSC112: Music: Now!
  • MUSC116: Women in Music
  • MUSC117: History of Rock
  • MUSC140: 50 Years of the Beatles
  • MUSC150: Class Piano
  • MUSC152: Class Guitar
  • MUSC154: Dance and Movement: Beginner Tap
  • MUSC155: Dance and Movement: Beginner Jazz
  • MUSC156: Dance and Movement: Advanced Tap
  • MUSC157: Dance and Movement: Advanced Jazz
  • MUSC158/159/160: Ballet I/II/Advanced
  • MUSC162: Dance Sport
  • MUSC163: World Fusion Dance
  • MUSC166: Modern Dance
  • MUSC170: Ballroom Dance: The Classic Five
  • MUSC173: Ballroom Dance: Rhythm and Latin
  • MUSC201/202: Theory I/II
  • MUSC203/303: Sightsinging and Dictation 
  • MUSC210/211: Music History I/II
  • MUSC259-277: Various Choirs, Ensembles, Orchestras, Pep Band
  • MUSC278-299: Private Lessons, various instruments
  • MUSC301/302: Theory III/IV
  • MUSC304/305: Producing Electronic Music I/II
  • MUSC424: Private Lesson: Conducting
  • THTR100: Intro to Theatre
  • THTR110: Survey of Dramatic Literature
  • THTR120: Acting I
  • THTR150: Stagecraft
  • THTR160: Improvisation
  • THTR198: Theatre Technology Workshop
  • THTR199: Theatre Performance Workshop
  • THTR205/206: Theatre History I/II
  • THTR211: Script Analysis
  • THTR221: The Audition Process
  • THTR320: Acting II

List may not be comprehensive; offerings vary by semester.

Historical Perspectives

Historical perspectives courses cover a focused topic in human society over time, but also require analysis of historical sources, something many students have not previously experienced.  Most are offered by the History Department.

  • HIST101: American Roots 1400-1700
  • HIST103: Immigration to America
  • HIST104: Africans in America
  • HIST107: History of Globalization
  • HIST110: American Women Win the Vote
  • HIST114: History of Native American Health
  • HIST125: Latin America: Cortes to Castro
  • HIST136: War and Peace in Modern Europe
  • HIST137: Historical Context of Ethical Philosophy
  • HIST139: England: Reformation to Revolution
  • HIST140: Britain: Sherlock to Britpop
  • HIST163: Asia Under the Japanese Empire
  • CLAS120: From Homer to Plato

Courses still being added.

Mathematical Perspectives

Much of the public equates "arithmetic" or "algebra" with "math," but the discipline is much more than that.  Mathematical Perspectives courses study math as a liberal art, a way of understanding the universe around us.  In-depth calculation tools may or may not be required.

  • MATH116: Elements of Statistics
  • MATH120: Elementary Functions
  • MATH125: Mathematical Perspectives (various topics)
  • MATH140: Concepts of Calculus
  • MATH156: General Statistics
  • MATH201, 202, 211, 212, 213, 214: Mathematics courses for Elementary and Middle School Education
  • MATH170, 171, 220: Calculus I/II/III
  • MATH225: Foundations of Mathematics
  • CSCI170: Computer Science I

More courses being added. 

Philosophical Perspectives

This core requirement is satisfied by one course: PHIL200.  However, there are multiple subtopics that students can choose from.  Upcoming options include:

  • Human Progress
  • Knowledge from Plato to Early Modernity
  • Knowledge from Plato to Post Modernity
  • Mind, Body and Person
  • Models of Knowledge as Action
  • Reason, Nature and Morals
  • Science, Technology and Society

Scientific Perspectives

All Scientific Perspectives classes require both a lab and lecture; in some courses, the two are integrated into one course number.  Students may choose one of the following in order to satisfy their Scientific Perspectives requirement:

  • ATTR 420: Research Methods in AT
  • BIOL 102/132: Human Biology
  • BIOL 105/124: Life: The Nature of Disease
  • BIOL 110/133: Human Reproduction Today
  • BIOL 118/134: The World of Plants
  • BIOL 130/131: Introduction to Life Science
  • CJUS 381: Methods of Research in Criminal Justice
  • PHYS 110/111: Forensic Studies
  • PHYS 114/115: Our Universe: Physical Science
  • PHYS 124/125 Our Universe: In the Beginning
  • PHYS 140/142: Technical Physics
  • PHYS 172 University Physics II (with PHYS 163, 173, or ENGR 173)
  • PHYS 330/331: Modern Physics I
  • PSYC 130/131: Perspectives in Psychological Science
  • PSYC 221/223: Research Methods in Psychology

This is a new core requirement; more options are still being added. 

Theological Perspectives

All Theology courses 200 and above count as Theological Perspectives. All Theology courses 300 and above also count for Humanities Electives.

Literature and the Moral Imagination

Literature and the Moral Imagination--part of the Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) "core of the core"--encourages students to think about ethical or religious issues from a creative, literary perspective.   The course may be satisfied through CLAS205, ENGL205, FREN205 GERM205 or SPAN205.  Available titles vary from year to year, but have recently included:

Addiction Gender and Violence Outsiders: Hostility and Hospitality
Adult Life Cycles Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Nationality Portrayals of the Marginalized
American Gods Guilt, Forgiveness and Atonement The Power of Storytelling
American Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Hispanic Literature Prophets, Shamans, Wizards and Magicians
Challenging Presumptions Leadership and Community Reading/Writing Creative Autobiographies and Memoirs
Classical Literature Literature of Diversity Responding to Evil
Coming of Age Stories Love and Betrayal Resisting, Reshaping and Retelling
Crime in a "Just" Society Margins of Society The American West
Dystopias Memory War, Peace and Conflict Resolution
Erotic Love, the Individual and Society Mental Illness Wealth and Poverty in America
Family Passing and Performing Identity  
French Literature    

Ethics/Religion and Society

The capstone of the four-course Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) "core of the core" may be taken in numerous disciplines.  Available titles vary from year to year, but have recently included:

BIOL110: Life: Human Reproduction Today PHIL319: Reason and Desire SOCW315: Values, Poverty and Society
BIOL120: Life: Ecology and People PHIL321: Business Ethics SOCW318: Race Relations
BIOL330: Medical Genetics: Implications PHIL329: Bioethics SPAN358: Central America Society and Culture
BLAW300: Legal Environment PHIL364: Modern Political Philosophy THEO283: Jewish/Christian Dialogue
CHEM104: Life and Health PHYS 116/117: Our Universe: The Earth (lecture and lab) THEO311: Faith and Justice
COMM324: Sex and Violence in the Media POLI275: The Politics of War and Peace THEO322: Black Theology
COMM477: Strategic Communications Ethics and Society POLI344/THEO345: The Challenge of Peace THEO326: Women and Religion
ECON320: Natural Resources Economics POLI350: Political Theory and American Regime THEO340: US Catholic Church and Public Issues
HIST324: African-American Struggle for Equality PSYC367: Psychology of Aging THEO343: Dialogue Among World Religions
HOCS: Occupational Justice: Foundations SOCI216: Sociology of Religion THEO364: Religion in an Age of Science
MUSC108: Music, Love and Death SOCW206: Introduction to Gender and Diversity  

Humanities Elective

Humanities electives are from the departments of Classics, English, History, Philosophy or Theology. The Humanities elective may not double-count with any other core requirement (except Diversity flag, Writing flag, Oral Communication flag, and Quantitative Reasoning flag). The Humanities Elective may not double count as an E/RS flag (though may be an E/RS flagged course). The Humanities elective is very broad, and the list below is not exhaustive, but includes relevant courses offered in recent years:

  • CLAS120: From Homer to Plato
  • CLAS121: From Alexandra to Cleopatra
  • CLAS160: From Romulus to Octavian
  • CLAS161: From Augustus to Attila
  • CLAS170: Near Eastern Civilization I: Ancient Egypt and Nubia
  • CLAS171: Near Eastern Civilization II: Bible Lands
  • CLAS211: The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • CLAS217: Introduction to the Church Fathers
  • CLAS261: Greek Archeology
  • CLAS262: Roman Archaeology
  • CLAS241: Classical Mythology: Art
  • CLAS242: Classical Mythology: Literature
  • EDCH324: Children's Literature for Early Childhood
  • EDCH326: Children's Literature for Middle Childhood
  • ENGL124: Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL128: Studies in Black Literature
  • ENGL132: Studies in Women's Literature
  • ENGL221: Poetry
  • ENGL302: Modern Literary Theory
  • ENGL303: History of Literary Criticism
  • ENGL305: Professional Writing
  • ENGL309: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL310: Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL318: Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENGL320: Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL321: History of the English Language
  • ENGL344: Major Black Writers of the World
  • ENGL352: African Literature
  • ENGL360: Women Writers
  • ENGL370: Writings by Sexual Minorities
  • ENGL375: Literature and the Arts in Ireland
  • ENGL414: Tolkein
  • ENGL425: Shakespeare
  • ENGL430: 17th Century Literature
  • ENGL441: 18th Century British Literature
  • ENGL460: Love, Sex, Gender: Victorian Poetry
  • ENGL470: Modern British Literature
  • ENGL472: Modern Drama
  • ENGL480: American Renaissance: 1830-1865
  • ENGL483: Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL486: Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENGL489: American Minority Literature
  • FREN302: French Conversation
  • FREN438: The Nineteenth Century
  • FREN451: Twentieth Century French Theatre
  • FREN462: Paris and Parisians in Literature
  • GERM420: Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM461: German Culture Through Film
  • GREK202: Attic Tragedy
  • GREK311: History of Ancient Greece
  • HIST231: Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • HIST233: Women in American History
  • HIST243: Outdoor America
  • HIST300: Writing in Public
  • HIST308: Urban History, Geography and GIS
  • HIST309: Age of Big Business: 1885-1920
  • HIST333: Histories of American Childhood
  • HIST340: History of Mexico
  • HIST349: Korea: Past and Present
  • HIST382: Anti-Semitism: The Great Hatred
  • HIST387: Lenin to Putin: 20th Century Russia
  • HIST393: History of the Jesuits
  • HIST398: History of Agriculture
  • HIST408: Constructing the Public
  • HIST412: The American Dream
  • HIST482: Global History of Letter Writing
  • LATN211: Cicero: Orations
  • LATN212: Virgil: Aenid
  • LATN231: Horace: Odes and Epodes
  • LATN341: Tacitus
  • LATN341: Latin Prose
  • PHIL300: Origins of Philosophy
  • PHIL305: Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL307: 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
  • PHIL309: Medieval Islamic Philosophy
  • PHIL311: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL315: Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL317: Philosophy of Human Nature
  • PHIL321: Business Ethics
  • PHIL323: Markets and Morals
  • PHIL329: Bioethics
  • PHIL338: Enlightenment and Revolution
  • PHIL339: Revolution and its Aftermath
  • PHIL340: Metaphysics
  • PHIL342: German Idealism
  • PHIL344: Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL346: The Scottish Enlightenment
  • PHIL364: Modern Political Philosophy
  • PHIL372: John Locke
  • PHIL379: Nietzsche
  • PHIL388: Freud and Philosophy
  • PHIL391: Heidegger
  • SPAN300: Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN305: Readings in Spanish
  • SPAN309: Contemporary Issues in the Spanish Speaking World
  • SPAN310 Critical Approaches to Text and Cultural Analysis
  • SPAN328: Phonetics and Dialectology
  • SPAN350: Spanish Civilization
  • SPAN352: Latin American Traditions and Popular Culture
  • SPAN353: Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • SPAN358: Central America Society and Culture
  • SPAN370: Introduction to Literary Analysis and Criticism
  • SPAN439: 20th Century Spanish Literature
  • SPAN445: 20th Century Spanish-American Literature
  • THEO203: The Eastern Orthodox Church
  • THEO207: Jesus and Power
  • THEO209: The Christian Tradition I
  • THEO210: The Christian Tradition II
  • THEO211: The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • THEO214: Religion and Psychology
  • THEO217: Introduction to the Church Fathers
  • THEO218: Women in Early Christianity
  • THEO223: Sacraments Today
  • THEO228: Teresa Avila: Life and Works
  • THEO230: Church After Vatican II
  • THEO245: God, Creation and Ecology
  • THEO251: Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
  • THEO252: Introduction to Christian Scriptures
  • THEO255: Old Testament Prophets
  • THEO256: Theologies of Food and Farm
  • THEO264: Synoptic Gospels
  • THEO265: Gospel of Mark
  • THEO285: The Historical Jesus
  • THEO290: Christian Doctrine Today
  • THEO303: Christian Ethics: Methods and Questions
  • THEO305: Sociology of Religion
  • THEO306: Liberation Issues and Theology
  • THEO311: Faith and Justice
  • THEO313: Christian Sexual Ethics
  • THEO322: Black Theology
  • THEO324: Religion and Hip Hop
  • THEO329: Judaism and Ritual
  • THEO333: The Bible on Film
  • THEO342: World Religions
  • THEO343: Dialogue Among World Religions
  • THEO345: The Challenge of Peace
  • THEO350: Saints: Origins to Internet
  • THEO353: The Holocaust
  • THEO355: Introduction to Islam
  • THEO358: Immigration Theology and Ethics
  • THEO359: Confucianism and Taoism
  • THEO364: Religion in an Age of Science
  • THEO368: Buddhism
  • THEO369: Science, Civilization and Sustainability
  • THEO386: Religion and Economics
  • THEO397: Religion, Culture and Human Rights
  • THEO404: Religion, Ethics and Professional Practice

Natural Sciences Elective

All students must take at least one elective in the natural sciences.  These courses, which include a lab and lecture, explore scientific knowledge in a specific, focused area of interest.  Both lab and lecture must be successfully completed.  Some are also listed as Scientific Perspectives courses, but a given course can only count toward one or the other requirement in your completion of the core.

  • BIOL102/132: Life: Human Biology
  • BIOL105/124: Life: Biology of Disease
  • BIOL118/124: Life: The World of Plants
  • BIOL120/130: Life: Ecology and People (E/RS flag)
  • BIOL140/141: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL160/161: General Biology I
  • CHEM104/105: Chemistry: Life and Health
  • PHYS112/113: Our Universe: Color and Images
  • PHYS116/117: Our Universe: The Earth (E/RS flag)
  • PHYS118/119: Our Universe: The Sky
  • PHYS124/125: Our Universe: In the Beginning
  • PHYS160/161: College Physics I
  • PHYS170/171: University Physics I

Courses still being added.  

Social Sciences Elective

Social sciences electives are from departments all over campus.  Your elective may not double-count with any Perspectives course or humanities elective.  Below is a list of courses currently approved for the new core.  

  • CLAS261: Greek Archaeology
  • CJUS101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • ECON201: Macroeconomic Principles
  • EDEC210: Early Childhood Development
  • PSYC101: General Psychology
  • PSYC231: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC261: Social Psychology
  • PSYC277: Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCW206: Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies
  • SOCW299: Child Welfare and Development

This is a new requirement.  More courses are pending.

Diversity Curriculum Requirement

The Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR) may be taken in numerous disciplines, and may double-count with other requirements.  In some cases, only certain sections of a course count for DCR; be sure to check the course attributes when registering.  Available titles vary from year to year, but have recently included:

  • BIOL120: Life, Ecology and People
  • BIOL260: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BIOL227: Parasitology
  • BLAW300: Legal Environment
  • COMM323: Race, Class and Gender in the Media
  • COMM324: Sex and Violence in the Media
  • CJUS335: Inside-Out Prison Exchange
  • CJUS365: Women in the Criminal Justice System
  • EDCH320: Multicultural Literature for Children
  • EDEL260: Cultural Diversity in Education
  • Some ENGL124: Studies in Fiction Sections
  • ENGL128: Studies in Black Literature
  • ENGL132: Studies in Women's Literature
  • Some ENGL/SPAN205: Literature and the Moral Imag. Sections
  • Some HIST123/124: African History I/II sections
  • Some HIST133/134: European History I/II sections
  • Some HIST143/144: US History I/II sections
  • Some HIST151/152: Latin American History I/II sections
  • Some HIST161/162: Asian History I/II sections
  • HIST233: Women in American History
  • HIST333: Histories of American Childhood
  • HIST433: Saints: Origins to the Internet
  • HOCS323: Occupational Justice: Foundations
  • MGMT325: International Management
  • MUSC116: Women in Music
  • MUSC117: History of Rock
  • NURS132: Health and Culture
  • POLI280: Irish Political Culture
  • POLI367: Gender and Politics
  • PSYC231: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC353: Violence Against Women and Girls
  • PSYC: Psychology of Aging
  • PSYC370: Human Sexuality
  • SOCW167: Survey of Society in Social Work
  • SOCW206: Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies
  • SOCW299: Child Welfare and Development
  • SOCW315: Values, Poverty and Society
  • SOCW318: Race Relations
  • SOCW325: Women/Men: Myth and Reality
  • SOCW404: Religion, Ethics and Professional Practice
  • SOCI101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI262: Gender and Society
  • SOCI287: American Music and the Roots of Cool
  • SPMG410: Sport Ethics
  • SHRM200: Human Resources in a Diverse Society
  • THEO210: The Christian Tradition II
  • THEO319: Anti-Semitism: The Great Hatred
  • THEO358: Religion, Ethics and Professional Practice

Oral Communication, Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Intensive

Courses are Pending