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Required Courses for all Bachelor's Degrees

ENG 105 (or ENG 104)
CIV 201 or CIV 202 (or HON 151 or 152)*
COM 161 (or HON 165)
HUM 211 (or HON 251)


University Studies Courses

  • Oral and Written Communication

    COM 161 Intro. to Public Speaking
    COM 181 Intro. to Interpersonal Communication
    COM 260 Communication Ethics
    CHN 101 Fundamental Communication in Chinese
    CHN 102 Social Interactions in Chinese
    CHN 201 Intercultural Chinese
    CHN 202 Practical Applications in Chinese
    ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry
    ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing
    ENG 205 Writing for the Social Sciences 
    ENG 214 Intro. to Creative Writing
    ENG 224 Writing in the Professions
    FRE 101 Fundamental Communication in French
    FRE 102 Social Interactions in French
    FRE 110 Basic Conversational French
    FRE 201 Intercultural Communications in French
    FRE 202 Practical Applications in French
    FRE 210 Intermediate French Conversation
    GER 101 Fundamental Communication in German
    GER 102 Social Interactions in German
    GER 110 Basic Conversational German
    GER 201 Intercultural Communications in German
    GER 202 Practical Applications in German
    GER 210 Intermediate Conversational German
    HON 165 Honors Seminar in Communication
    JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I
    JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II
    JPN 110 Basic Conversational Japanese
    JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
    JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
    JPN 210 Intermediate Conversational Japanese
    SPA 101 Fundamental Communication in Spanish
    SPA 102 Social Interactions in Spanish
    SPA 110 Basic Conversational Spanish
    SPA 201 Intercultural Communications in Spanish
    SPA 202 Practical Applications in Spanish
    SPA 210 Intermediate Conversational Spanish
    THD 211 Oral Interpretation
  • Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills

    Science Category

    AST 115/116 Intro. to Astronomy/Lab
    BIO 101 Biological Concepts
    BIO 102 Introductory Biology
    BIO 109 The Biology of Cancer
    BIO 116 Biological Inquiry & Analysis
    BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Functions
    BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Functions
    CHE 101 Consumer Chemistry
    CHE 105 Intro. Chem I
    CHE 111 Essentials of Chem. & Biochem.
    CHE 201 General College Chem.
    CHE 202 Gen. Chem. & Quantitative Analysis
    CHE 210 Brief Organic Chem.
    CHE 215 Organic Chem. Lab
    GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
    GSC 102 Earth Through Time
    GSC 125 Weather and Climate
    GSC 199 Earth Science
    PHY 105 The Science of Sound
    PHY 125/126 Brief Intro Physics/Lab
    PHY 130/131 Gen. Physics/Lab
    PHY 132/133 Gen. Physics II/Lab
    PHY 235/236 Mechanics, Heat & Wave Motion/Lab
    PHY 255/256 Electricity, Magnetism, & Light/Lab

    Mathematics Category

    HON 262 Honors Seminar in Mathematics
    MAT 117 Mathematical Concepts
    MAT 120 College Algebra with Business Applications
    MAT 130 Technical Math I
    MAT 135 Intro. to Probability & Statistics
    MAT 140 College Algebra
    MAT 145 Trigonometry
    MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry
    MAT 220 Business Calculus
    MAT 230 Tech. Math II
    MAT 250 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    MAT 308 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
    MAT 309 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III
    MAT 330 Technical Math III

  • World's Historical, Literary, & Philosophical Traditions

    ART 211 Intro. to Art History I
    ART 212 Intro. to Art History II
    CIV 201/202 World Civ. (formerly CIV 101/102)
    ENG 201 Appreciation of Literature
    ENG 213 Film and Literature
    ENG 243 Literary Masterpieces
    HIS 201 Modern Europe
    HIS 221 American Experience to 1865
    HIS 222 American Experience since 1865
    HON 100 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts
    HON 201 Honors Seminar in Social Science I
    HON 202 Honors Seminar in Social Science II
    HON 251 Seminar in Literature and Philosophy
    HON 252 Seminar in Literature and Philosophy II
    HUM 205 Humanistic Traditions Abroad
    HUM 211 Western Humanities Tradition
    PHI 103 Critical Thinking
    PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy
    PHI 202 Ethics
    PHI 321 Philosophy of Religion
    PHI 357 Feminist Philosophy
    POL 261 Introduction to Political Theory
    RGS 200 Intro. to Comparative Religions
  • Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, and the World's Artistic Traditions

    AGR 353 World Food, Agriculture and Society
    ANT 140 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology
    ARC 150 Intro. to Archaeology
    ART 105 Studio Art for Non-Majors
    ART 121 Art Appreciation
    ART 211 Intro. to History of Art I
    ART 212 Intro. to History of Art II
    CHN 101 Fundamental Communication in Chinese
    CHN 102 Social Interactions in Chinese
    CHN 105 Introduction to Chinese Culture
    CHN 201 Intercultural Chinese
    CHN 202 Practical Applications in Chinese.
    CHN 340 Chinese Diversity Through Food
    CIV 290 Special Topics in World Civilizations
    FRE 101 Fundamental Communication in French
    FRE 102 Social Interactions in French
    FRE 105 Introduction to French Culture
    FRE 110 Basic Conversational French
    FRE 201 Intercultural Communications in French
    FRE 202 Practical Applications in French
    FRE 210 Intermediate French Conversation
    GDS 201 Introduction to Gender and Diversity 
    GER 101 Fundamental Communication in German
    GER 102 Social Interactions in German
    GER 105 Introduction to German Culture
    GER 110 Basic Conversational German
    GER 201 Intercultural Communications in German
    GER 202 Practical Applications in German
    GER 210 Intermediate Conversational German
    GSC 110 World Geography
    HON 150 Honors Seminar in Archaeology
    HON 161 Honors Seminar in Visual Arts
    HON 162 Honors Seminar in Music
    HON 163 Honors Seminar in Theatre
    HON 164 Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad
    HON 270 Honors Seminar in International Relations
    HON 272 Honors Seminar in International Politics
    HON 351 Honors Seminar in International Affairs
    HUM 215 Humanities in the Modern World
    JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I
    JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II
    JPN 105 Introduction to Japanese Culture
    JPN 110 Basic Conversational Japanese
    JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
    JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
    JPN 210 Intermediate Conversational Japanese
    MLA 105 Intro. to Contemporary Culture
    MUS 104 Intro. to Jazz History
    MUS 105 Intro. to Music History
    MUS 106 Music in Film
    MUS 107 Intro. to Am. Music Theater
    MUS 108 Intro. to World Music 
    MUS 109 Introduction to Music Theory
    POL 250 Intro. to International Relations
    POL 252 Contemporary Political Systems
    RGS 200 Intro. to Comparative Religions
    SPA 101 Fundamental Communication in Spanish
    SPA 102 Social Interactions in Spanish
    SPA 105 Introduction to Spanish Culture
    SPA 110 Basic Conversational Spanish
    SPA 201 Intercultural Communications in Spanish
    SPA 202 Practical Applications in Spanish
    SPA 210 Intermediate Conversational Spanish 
    THD 101 Dance Appreciation
    THD 104 The Theatre Experience
    THD 201 World Theater
  • Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship

    Ethics, Soc. Responsibility, & Civic Engagement

    BIO 103 Saving Planet Earth
    BIO 308 Ethics in Biology 
    CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    COM 260 Communication Ethics
    ENG 226 Argument and Discourse
    HIS 176 History of U.S. Constitution 
    HIS 221 American Experience to 1865
    HIS 222 American Experience since 1865
    HON 212 Honors Seminar in Ethics
    INF 101 Research in the Information Age
    POL 140 American Government
    PHI 202 Ethics 
    PHI 357 Feminist Philosophy
    YNL 290 Current Trends and Issues in Youth and Human Services

    Social Science

    AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Agriculture
    ECO 140 Contemporary Economics
    ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
    EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development
    EDU 103 Issues and Practice of Am. Education
    HON 133 Honors Seminar in Sociology
    HON 180 Honors Seminar in Psychology
    HON 232 Honors Seminar in Economics
    HON 270 Honors Seminar in International Relations
    FIN 230 Personal Financial Planning
    GDS 201 Introduction to Gender and Diversity 
    POL 250 Intro. to International Relations
    PSY 180 General Psychology
    SOC 133 Intro. to Sociology
    SOC 231 Social Problems

  • Enrichment Electives

    Includes all courses under the thematic categories listed above
  • Technology-Intensive

    BIS 399 Seminar in Integrated Studies
    CSC 101 Intro. to Problem Solving
    CSC 125 Internet and Web Page Design
    CSC 199 Intro. to Information Technology
  • Writing-Intensive

    All departments have identified a writing-intensive course for each of its majors and areas. Information on those courses can be obtained from the chair of the department or your academic advisor


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