University Study Electives


University Studies Program
 Murray State University asks students to share a common learning experience designed to ensure that they develop basic skills and become broadly educated in their own culture and traditions as well as the culture and traditions of others with whom they will interact during their lives. This attention to common knowledge and skills and this breadth of study are what distinguish a university education from other forms of postsecondary education. A common learning experience, here consisting of selected, required courses, as well as the other selected elective courses which compose University Studies, are designed to help students prepare for their whole lives — their civic duties, their leisure time, and their working hours. 
University Studies required courses offer students a common experience that is coherent and comprehensive, one which stresses the development of important personal and interpersonal learning skills of writing, speaking, critical reading and thinking, and logical argumentation. These courses also help students acquire the historical, cultural and ethical knowledge and awareness necessary to be an educated person and an informed citizen able to be a lifelong learner.  

University Studies Electives
The courses listed below are approved as electives for the University Studies curriculum. This list may be revised as the University Studies Committee considers proposals for courses to be included in the curriculum.
Courses marked with * have been added since the publication of the 2001-2003 Undergraduate Bulletin and may apply only to the University Studies requirements for students who are following programs and graduation requirements in the 2003-2005 bulletin.
Note: Only students admitted to the Honors Program may enroll in HON courses.
Check course descriptions for specific limitations or prerequisites.

Communication and Basic Skills Category/Hrs
COM  161 Introduction to Public Speaking  3
COM  181 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology 3
ENG  224 Writing in the Professions 3
FRE  101, 102, 201,202(French)  3
FRE 110 Basic Conversational French 3
FRE 203 French for the Working World*   3
FRE 210 Intermediate French Conversation 3
GCM  253 Electronic Imaging  3
GER  101, 102, 201,202 (German)  3
GER 110 Basic Conversational German 3
GER 203 German for the Working World*  3
GER 210 Intermediate Conversational German 3
JPN  101, 102, 201, 202 (Japanese) 3
JPN 110 Basic Conversational Japanese 3
JPN 210 Intermediate Conversational Japanese 3
MAT  117 Mathematical Concepts 3
MAT  130 Technical Math I  5
MAT  135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  4
MAT  140 College Algebra   4
MAT  145 Trigonometry   3
MAT  150 Algebra and Trigonometry  5
MAT  220 Business Calculus   3
MAT  230 Technical Math II. 5
MAT  250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  5
PHI  103 Introduction to Logic 3
SPA  101, 102, 201, 202 (Spanish) 3
SPA 110 Basic Conversational Spanish 3
SPA 203 Spanish for the Working World*  3
SPA 210 Intermediate Spanish Conversation 3

Fine Arts Category/Hrs
ART 105 Studio Art for Non-Majors 3
ART 121 Art Appreciation 3
ART 211 Introduction to the History of Art I    3
ART 212 Introduction to the History of Art II    3
HON 161 Honors Seminar in Visual Arts 3
HON 162 Honors Seminar in Music 3
HON 163 Honors Seminar in Theatre 3
HON 164 Honors Seminar in Arts and Culture Abroad 3
MUS 104 History and Appreciation of Jazz 3
MUS 105 History and Appreciation of Music 3
MUS 109 Introduction to Music Theory*   3
THD 101 Dance Appreciation 3
THD 104 The Theatrical Experience 3

Humanities Category/Hrs
ENG 201 Appreciation of Literature 3
ENG 213 Film and Literature 3
ENG 243 Literary Masterpieces: 
Fantasy, Myth and Legend 3
ENG 245 African American Literature 3
ENG 250 Contemporary World Literature 3
FRE 105 Introduction to French Culture 3
GER 105 Introduction to German Culture 3
JPN 105 Introduction to Japanese Culture 3
MCG 201 Introduction to Multicultural, Class, and Gender Studies*   3
MLA 104 A Cultural Introduction to Languages 3
PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHI 202 Ethics 3
RGS 200 Introduction to Religious Phenomena 3
SPA 105 Introduction to Hispanic Culture 3

Mathematics Category/Hrs
 Note:  A student may have credit for only one of the   following:  MAT 130, 140, 150; and only one of the following :MAT 130, 145, 150.
MAT 117 Mathematical Concepts 3
MAT 130 Technical Math I 5
MAT 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
MAT 140 College Algebra 4
MAT 145 Trigonometry 3
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry 5
MAT 220 Business Calculus 3
MAT 230 Technical Math II 5
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5
MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4
MAT 330 Technical Math III 3

Science Category/Hrs
AST 199 Introductory Astronomy 4
BIO 101 Biological Concepts 4
BIO 116 Biological Inquiry and Analysis  3
BIO 221 Zoology:  Animal Form and Function 4
BIO 222 Botany:  Plant Form and Function 4
CHE 101 Consumer Chemistry 4
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry I  4
CHE 106 Introductory Chemistry II  4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
CHE 202 General Chemistry/Qualitative Analysis 5
CHE 210 Brief Organic Chemistry*   3
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry Laboratory*   1
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment 4
GSC 102 Earth Through Time 4
GSC 199 Earth Science 4
PHY 120 General Physics I  4
PHY 121 General Physics II  4
PHY 125 Brief Introductory Physics*   4
PHY 126 Brief Introductory Physics Lab*   1
PHY 235/236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion/Lab 5
PHY 255/256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light/Lab 5
SCI 101 Introduction to Science I, The Earth System 4
SCI 102 Introduction to Science II, Systems of Communications 4

Social Sciences Category/Hrs
ANT 140 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ECO 140 Contemporary Economics 3
ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development*   3
GSC 110 World Geography 3
HIS 201 Modern Europe 3
HIS 221 American Experience to 1865 3
HIS 222 American Experience since 1865 3
POL 140 American National Government 3
POL 250 Introduction to International Relations 3
POL 252 Contemporary Political Systems 3
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 231 Social Problems 3

Enrichment Electives Category/Hrs
AGR 199 Contemporary Issues in Agriculture 3
CET 199 Environmental Science and Technological Concepts 4
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education*   3
FIN 230 Personal Financial Planning 3

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). As a member of CCSA, MSU provides several options for study in English-speaking countries including winter break, summer, and fall semester programs. These programs involve formal academic coursework, excursions and independent travel.
International Business Seminars (IBS). Business students may participate in one of several multi-country business seminars in Europe. The seminars, offered during  winter and summer academic breaks, focus on marketing and management.
Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). Murray State is headquarters of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies. KIIS provides students with several options for study in non-English speaking countries including summer sessions and semester sessions in both the fall and spring. These programs involve formal academic course work, independent study, travel and the option for language study. Students on campus may visit KIIS offices in 312 Faculty Hall.

Kentucky Virtual University
 Murray State University participates in the Kentucky Virtual University, a consortium of Kentucky institutions providing courses and degree programs via the Internet. For more information, call toll-free:  877-588-5288, or use the web site:

Academic Regulations
Academic Honesty
(Adopted by Board of Regents, February 14, 1975)
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person’s material as one’s own), or doing work for another person which will receive academic credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination, the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers, or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student’s own work. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place.
Note:  Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any examination or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the examination has been compromised.
Academic Honors:  Public announcement is made after each fall and spring semester of all full-time undergraduate students who have attained a term grade point average of 3.50 or above for that semester. This requirement must be met at the time grades are prepared. Grades of I or X may prevent a student from being placed on the Dean’s List. The statement “Dean’s List, Academic Excellence” is placed on the student’s permanent record, below the listing of that semester’s courses and grades.
Outcomes Assessment:  Outcomes assessment, while not having impact on a student’s grade point average or graduation status relative to the student’s test performance, is nonetheless a required activity.
Repeating Courses:  An undergraduate student may, for the purpose of raising a grade, repeat a course for credit no more than twice. The grade in the first attempt in which the student earned a grade of A, B, C, D, E, P, X, I, or WE will be removed from the record by the next attempt in which a student earns a grade of A, B, C, D, E, P, X, I, or WE.  Grade(s) and hours beginning with the latter attempt will be used in the grade point computation. However, hours for only one of the repeated attempts will be allowed to count toward the minimum number of hours required for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Registrar’s Office of any repeated courses. This can be done through RACER-TOUCH scheduling or drop/add, or in person in the office on the first floor of Sparks Hall.
Courses that may be taken more than once for credit are so designated in the course descriptions, with any limits specified. If a student exceeds the maximum attempts indicated, the grade of the first attempt in which the student earned a grade of A, B, C, D, E, P, X, I, or WE will be removed from the record. Any limits on the number of attempts that apply toward graduation will also be enforced.
Courses taken at Murray State may not be repeated at another institution, by correspondence, by departmental challenge, or other tests for credit, with the intention of replacing the earlier grade. The GPA at graduation is permanent and will not be recalculated if additional courses are taken after graduation.