Catalog - Core Curriculum


The University adopted a revised Core Curriculum as of Fall 2003 which all undergraduate students must complete as part of their baccalaureate program. The Core consists of several groups of courses designed to enhance each student’s academic capabilities. Its goal is to give all students at the University a grounding in the broad knowledge and intellectual values obtained in a liberal arts education and to assure that graduates have a shared academic experience. The required courses encourage intellectual development in seven areas of study: writing and speaking, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics in the physical and natural sciences, the humanities, the fine arts, and languages. The Core consists of lower-division courses which develop these skills and abilities, and students are strongly encouraged to complete the Core early in their college careers. Individual student substitutions should be minimal and are discouraged. Except where noted (see “Alternative Credit Options” in the Undergraduate Admissions section of the Catalog), students may apply AP or CLEP credit to the Core requirements.

Departments and colleges may restrict student choices within the Core to meet departmental and college degree requirements. A grade of C or higher (not C-) is required in all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum. Courses taken CR/NC can be applied to the core, subject to general University and individual college and department regulations on the number of credits that can be taken CR/NC and the applicability of courses taken CR/NC to the individual degree.

The University recognizes, however, that the highly structured nature of many degree programs and the presence of numerous transfer and non-traditional students requires flexibility on its part. Transfer and re-entering students will receive advising in the college and department to which they are admitted in order to establish an appropriate program which will meet their needs and the aims of the Core. Where degree program requirements are so structured that a student’s total academic program credits would be increased by taking a Core course in a particular Core area, a department may approve a blanket substitution of a course in a particular Core area for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree in that particular program. Approval of substitutions or exceptions is handled on a department and college basis.

The basic Core Curriculum requires approximately 37 hours of courses in seven areas of study.

Writing and Speaking (9 hours): (Pre-Fall 2014- English 101 and 102).  English 110, 113 and English 111/112 (2 semesters), English 120 plus an additional course chosen from English 219, 220; Communication and Journalism 130; Philosophy 156, UHON 201. Students with ACT English scores of 29 and higher or SAT Critical Reading scores of 650 or higher have satisfied the University Writing Requirement and should enroll for courses of their choice in the Writing and Speaking Core. Students with ACT English scores of 26, 27, 28 or SAT Critical Reading scores of 610 or higher may enroll directly in English 120 and, upon passing, meet the University Writing Requirement. Students with ACT English scores of 25 or lower or SAT Critical Reading scores below 610 should enroll in English 110. Students who have taken an Advanced Placement examination in English Language or Literature should refer to “Advanced Placement” for placement and credit information.  Students who have not completed the ACT or SAT, or who choose to do so, may take the Accuplacer for appropriate writing and speaking placement.  Please contact CASA at 575-737-3695 for additional information.

Mathematics: One course chosen from MATH 121, 129, 150,153, 162, 163, 180, 181, 215, STAT 145, UHON 202.

Physical and Natural Sciences: (7 credit hours required)  Choose two courses (one must include a 1 credit lab)  Anthropology 120 and 122L, ANTH 150 & 151L, (Pre-Spring 2013: ANTH 121:Arch M & T) ANTH 150, 151L,ANTH 160 and 161L; Astronomy 101 and 101L; Biology 110 and 112L, 123 and 124L; (BIOL 121L & BIOL 122L-no longer offered, but will be accepted) Chemistry 101,111, 121,122,123L and 124L, 131L 132L. CS 108L; Earth and Planetary Sciences 101 and 105L, 201L (lab required); Environmental Science 101 and 102L; Geography 101 and 105L; Natural Sciences 261L , 262L , 263L; Physics 102 and 102L,105, 108,108L, 151 and 151L, 152 and 152L, 160 and 160L, 161 and 161L, UHON 203.

Social and Behavioral Sciences ( 6 credit hours): Choose two courses from the following:  AFST/CCS/NATV/SUST/WMST 109; American Studies 182, 185; Anthropology 101, 130, 220; CRP 181; Economics 105, 106; Engineering 200; *English 200;Geography 102; IFDM 105; Linguistics 101/ Anthropology 110;*ME 217, Political Science 110, 200, 220, POLS/PCST 240; Psychology 105; Sociology 101,216; UHON 204.  *ENG 200 and ME 217 cannot both  taken towards Social and Behavioral Sciences core.

Humanities (6 credit hours) Choose two courses from the following:   AFST 104, American Studies 186; AMST/CCS/NATV 201, Classics 107, 204, 205; Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies 222, 224;(Pre-Fall 2012 CLCS 223/224), English 150, 292, 293; GEOG 140; MLNG 101; History 101, 102, 161, 162, 181, 182; IFDM 105; NATV 150; Philosophy 101, 201, 202; Religious Studies 107, 263, 264; UHON Legacy Seminar, 100-200 Level; UHON 205.

Foreign Language (non-English language; 3 credit hours): One course chosen from any of the lower-division non-English language offerings of the Departments of Linguistics (including Sign Language), Spanish and Portuguese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and foreign languages in other departments and programs.

Fine Arts ( 3 credit hours) Choose one from the following:  Architecture 121 (Pre-Fall 2010: ARCH 101); Art History(ARTH) 101, 201, 202; (Arts 100 and 200 level).  Dance 105, 110, 116, 118, 127,132,149,169,170,204,210,212,249,269; Fine Arts 284; IFDM 105; Media Arts 111,210, 216; Music 139, 142; (Pre-Fall 2010) Theatre 122, Theatre 105, 130,192, 196, 230, UHON 207.

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