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Core and Diversity

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Area I Courses
Area II Courses
Area III Courses
Diversity Courses

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University Core and Diversity Requirements are for catalogs prior to 2012-2013.

It is the university’s responsibility to help students learn to think critically; to communicate clearly and concisely in oral, written, and visual form; to appreciate themselves as part of a larger world; and to cultivate the imagination and intellectual curiosity required for lifelong learning. The Core curriculum is designed to help students develop skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied these ends. The curriculum provides a variety of courses in each of three broad areas that approach learning and problem solving in different ways and contribute to the preparation of students as both local and global citizens.

Area I Courses

Area I courses are typically offered by disciplines in the humanities, arts, languages, and philosophy. They provide opportunities to engage in the study of intellectual and aesthetic products from a variety of cultures. Knowledge of expressions of culture promotes understanding of the diverse ways in which human though, experience, and communication are historically and ideologically shaped and culturally preserved.

  • Art/Art History
    • ART 100 Introduction to Art
    • ARTHIST 101, 102 Survey of Western Art
  • English
    • ENGL 216 Cultural Exchange in Transnational Literature
    • ENGL 257, 258 Western World Literature
    • ENGL 267 Survey of British Literature to 1790
    • ENGL 268 Survey of British Literature: 1790 to Present
    • ENGL 277 Survey of American Literature: Beginning to Civil War
    • ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature: Civil War to Present
  • Engineering
    • ENGR 102 The Ethical Dimensions of Technology
  • Humanities
    • HUM 207, 208 Introduction to Humanities
  • Music
    • MUS 100 Introduction to Music
    • MUS 101 Survey of Western Art Music
    • MUS 102 Introduction to Jazz
  • Philosophy
    • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL 201 Introduction to Logic
  • Theatre Arts
    • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre
    • THEA 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics
  • World Languages
    • ARABIC 101, 102 Elementary Arabic
    • ARABIC 201, 202 Intermediate Arabic
    • ASL 101, 102, 201, 202 American Sign Language
    • BASQUE 101, 102 Elementary Basque
    • BASQUE 201, 202 Intermediate Basque
    • CHINESE 101, 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese
    • CHINESE 111-112 Elementary Mandarin Chinese Online
    • CHINESE 201, 202 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
    • FRENCH 101, 102 Elementary French
    • FRENCH 111, 112 Elementary French Online 101A and 101B
    • FRENCH 201, 202 Intermediate French
    • GERMAN 101, 102 Elementary German
    • GERMAN 201, 202 Intermediate German
    • JAPANESE 101, 102 Elementary Japanese
    • JAPANESE 201, 202 Intermediate Japanese
    • SPANISH 101, 102 Elementary Spanish
    • SPANISH 108 Intensive Elementary Spanish
    • SPANISH 111-112 Elementary Spanish 101A and B
    • SPANISH 201 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPANISH 202 or SPANISH 203 Intermediate Spanish II


Area II Courses

Area II courses are typically offered by disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, history, education, and economics. They engage students in the study of how people, cultures, societies, and institutions function and have evolved both in specific situations and over time. They examine the forces that shape human and social activity. Appreciation of methods of inquiry provides insight into human cultures and societies.

  • Anthropology
    • ANTH 101 Physical Anthropology
    • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 103 Introduction to Archeology
  • Criminal Justice
    • CJ 103 Introduction to Law and Justice
  • Communication
    • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
    • COMM 112 Reasoned Discourse
  • Economics
    • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
    • ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education
  • Environmental Health
    • ENVHLTH 102 (HLTHST 102) Global Environmental Health
  • Geography
    • GEOG 100 Introduction to Geography
    • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
  • History
    • HIST 100 Themes in World History
    • HIST 101, 102 History of Western Civilization
    • HIST 111, 112 U.S. History
    • HIST 121 Eastern Civilizations
    • HIST 201, 202 Problems in Western Civilization
    • HIST 211, 212 Problems in U.S. History
      • If you have received credit in HIST 101 and HIST 102, you cannot take HIST 201 or HIST 202. Likewise,if you have received credit for HIST 111 or HIST 112, you cannot take HIST 211 or HIST 212.
  • Kinesiology
    • KINES 140 Personal Health
  • Political Science
    • POLS 101 American National Government
    • POLS 141 Contemporary Political Ideologies
    • POLS 231 International Relations
  • Psychology
    • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • Sociology
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 102 Social Problems
    • SOC 230 Introduction to Multiethnic Studies
  • Social Work
    • SOCWRK 101 Introduction to Social Welfare


Area III Courses

Area III courses are typically offered by disciplines in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. They promote understanding of the observable physical world.  They engage students in the exploration of the relationships among variables. The skills of scientific inquiry expand each student’s ability to understand the world and the ways in which applications of science, engineering, and mathematics transform our lives in substantial ways.

  •  Biology
    • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
    • BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology
    • BIOL 109 (BOT 109) Plants and Society
    • BIOL 191, 192 General Biology I and II
    • BIOL 227, 228 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry
    • CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry
    • CHEM 101, 102 Essentials of Chemistry
    • CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry I and II
    • CHEM 115 Materials Science Chemistry
      • If you receive credit for CHEM 102 Essentials of Chemistry or CHEM 112 College Chemistry, you cannot count CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry, toward the core requirements.
  • Engineering
    • ENGR 100 Energy for Society
  • Geoscience
    • GEOS 100 Fundamentals of Geology
    • GEOS 101 Global Environmental Science
    • GEOS 102 Historical Geology
  • Mathematics
    • MATH 124 Introduction to Mathematical Thought
    • MATH 130 Finite Mathematics
    • MATH 143 College Algebra
    • MATH 147 Precalculus
    • MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
    • MATH 170 Calculus I
    • MATH 175 Calculus II
    • MATH 187 Discrete and Foundational Mathematics I
    • MATH 254 Applied Statistics with Computers
    • MATH 257 Geometry and Probability for Teachers
  • Physics
    • PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics
    • PHYS 104 Planets and Astrobiology
    • PHYS 105 Stars and Cosmology
    • PHYS 111, 112 General Physics
    • PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus and Lab
    • PHYS 212, 212L Physics with Calculus and Lab
  • Physical Science
    • PHYSCI 100 Foundations of Physics – Images and Color
    • PHYSCI 101 Foundations of Physics – Motion and Force
    • PHYSCI 102 Foundations of Physics – Electrical & Thermal Phenomena


Diversity Courses

The Diversity Requirement will serve as a foundation for ongoing exploration of difference. Accordingly, such courses will 1) be concerned with issues and/or theories of gender, sexual orientation, class, race, culture, nationality, ability, religion, or ethnicity as these may be found anywhere in the world; and 2) require reflection on the challenges and benefits of dialogue across differences.

  • Approved Courses
    • 239, 439 Foreign Study
    • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 200 Kinship, Social Organization, and Networks
    • ANTH 216 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
    • ANTH 314 Environmental Anthropology
    • ANTH 425 Medical Anthropology: Disease, Culture & Health
    • ARABIC 101, 102 Elementary Arabic
    • ARABIC 201, 202 Intermediate Arabic
    • ARTHIST 103 Survey of Far Eastern Art
    • ARTHIST 356 Art of India
    • ASL 101, 102, 201, 202 American Sign Language
    • BASQUE 101, 102 Elementary Basque
    • BASQUE 201, 202 Intermediate Basque
    • BIOL 109 (BOT 109) Plants and Society
    • CHINESE 101, 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese
    • CHINESE 111-112 Elementary Mandarin Chinese Online
    • CHINESE 201, 202 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
    • ECON 315 Global Economic Development
    • ECON 325 Radical Economics
    • ED-BLESL 200 Cultural Diversity in the School
    • ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education
    • ED-SPED 250 Exceptionality in the Schools
    • ED-SPED 350 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs at the Secondary Level
    • ENGL 216 Cultural Exchange in Transnational Literature
    • ENGR 102 The Ethical Dimensions of Technology
    • ENVHLTH 102 (HLTHST 102) Global Environmental Health
    • FRENCH 101, 102 Elementary French
    • FRENCH 111, 112 Elementary French Online 101A and 101B
    • FRENCH 201, 202 Intermediate French
    • GENBUS 202 The Legal Environment of Business
    • GENBUS 441 Business, Government, and Society
    • GENDER 300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    • GENDER 301 Feminist Theory
    • GENDER 303 Introduction to Women‘s Studies
    • GENDER 371 The Social Psychology of Gender
    • GENDER 380 Colloquium in Gender Studies
    • GENDER 480 Seminar in Gender Studies
    • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
    • GEOG 200 The Global Neighborhood
    • GERMAN 101, 102 Elementary German
    • GERMAN 201, 202 Intermediate German
    • HIST 121 Eastern Civilizations
    • HIST 344 Women in America: Colonial Period to the Present
    • HLTHST 207 Nutrition
    • HLTHST 314 Health Law and Ethics
    • JAPANESE 101, 102 Elementary Japanese
    • JAPANESE 201, 202 Intermediate Japanese
    • LING 407 Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Second Language
    • MKTG 430 International Marketing
    • MUS 404 Survey of Music of World Cultures
    • NURS 376 Caring for the Emerging Diverse Community
    • PHIL 321 Eastern Philosophy
    • POLS 141 Contemporary Political Ideologies
    • POLS 231 International Relations
    • PSYC 310 Adolescent and Adult Development
    • PSYC 331 The Psychology of Health
    • RADSCI 230 Radiation Biology-Protection
    • RADSCI 234 Introduction to Radiography Clinical Experience
    • RADSCI 310 Pharmacology and Contrast Medias
    • RADSCI 360 Special Radiographic Procedures
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 102 Social Problems
    • SOC 230 Introduction to Multiethnic Studies
    • SOC 306 Sociology of African Americans
    • SOC 307 Asian American Social Experience
    • SOC 312 Population Demography
    • SOC 333 Contemporary Issues of Chicanas/Chicanos
    • SOC 371 The Social Psychology of Gender
    • SOC 425 Urban Sociology
    • SOC 471 Feminist Theory
    • SPANISH 101, 102 Elementary Spanish
    • SPANISH 108 Intensive Elementary Spanish
    • SPANISH 111-112 Elementary Spanish 101A and B
    • SPANISH 201 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPANISH 202 or SPANISH 203 Intermediate Spanish II
    • THEA 230 Development of Theatre I
    • THEA 330 Development of Theatre III
    • THEA 390 Dramaturgy