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The Liberal Arts Core requires courses at both introductory and advanced levels, to achieve both breadth and depth. Some courses have roots in the richness of the past; others introduce students to more recent methodologies.
 
University requirements can be satisfied by designated core, major, or elective courses and do not add credit hours to the degree.
 
Inquiry-guided learning, in which students ask engaging questions and search for answers, underpins the Liberal Arts Core, major courses, and other University requirements. Students examine ideas in an atmosphere of critical thinking, problem solving, and respectful dialogue.
 
You should work with your academic advisor for guidance in course selection to fulfill University, Liberal Arts Core and Major requirements; some programs specify coursework to complete Liberal Arts Core and University requirements.
 
Courses identified as fulfilling Liberal Arts Core or University requirements are noted in the course descriptions of the University Catalog, as well as in list form in the catalog, with designations as outlined:

University Requirements
 
Ethics 
ETH
— One designated course is required, in addition to the Liberal Arts Core requirement of a moral principles course.  
 
Experiential Learning
EXP
— An internship or research experience is required. Most students meet this requirement through the internship in their majors.
 
Global Perspective
GP — One designated course, study abroad, or foreign language course is required.
 
Inquiry Learning
INQ — Courses in the major are designated as inquiry-guided learning courses. In addition, DSC 101 DISCOVER First-Year Seminar is an inquiry course. Freshmen are required to enroll in DSC 101, offered each year in the fall. DSC 101 focuses on learning and life skills required for academic success as well as the process of inquiry-guided learning.
 
Writing-Intensive
WI — Three designated writing-intensive courses are required, in addition to the Liberal Arts Core requirement of the written communication sequence.

Core Requirements
 
Humanities
12 credits
Introductory college-level courses are required in History and Literature.
HI-1 Introductory History 
LT-1 Introductory Literature
Students also select two courses in two different fields, from designated Fine Arts, advanced History, or advanced Literature courses:
FNA Fine Arts
HI-2 Advanced History with a prerequisite
LT-2 Advanced Literature with a prerequisite

Mathematics and Sciences
19 credits
Mathematics
MT — One designated college-level Mathematics course is required. Credits for MA 019W, MA 094, and MA 095 may not be applied toward any degree.

Natural Science
NS — At least one designated college-level Natural Science course with laboratory is required. Students complete one designated course from Astronomy (ASTR), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS), or Physical Science (PSC) offerings. Some students have the option of completing a second Natural Science course, as outlined under Social Science.

Social Science
Four fields — Economics, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology — constitute the social sciences, and requirements vary depending upon the degree being sought.

The following requirements apply to all students, except those completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree:
Two designated introductory Social Science courses are required in two different fields:
SS-1 Introductory Economics, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology

One designated Social Science course at the advanced level is required: 
SS-2 Advanced Social Science with a prerequisite

Students also select a third introductory Social Science course or a second Natural Science course (lab optional):
SS-1 Introductory Social Science (in a third field)
NS Natural Science (lab optional)

The following requirements apply to those students who are completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree:
Three designated introductory Social Science courses are required, two in Economics and one in another Social Science field:
SS-1 ECO 210 Principles of Microeconomics
SS-1 ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
SS-1 Introductory Politics, Psychology, or Sociology
 
Students also select an advanced Social Science course or a second Natural Science course (lab optional):
SS-2 Advanced Social Science with a prerequisite
NS Natural Science (lab optional)

Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies
12 credits
Introductory college-level courses in Philosophy and in Theology/Religious Studies are required. Students also take an advanced course in each area. When choosing courses for the advanced sequence, one – and only one – of these advanced courses must be a designated moral principles (Philosophical Ethics PH-E or Theological Ethics TRS-E) course:
PH-1 PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy
PH-2 Advanced Philosophy with a prerequisite*
TRS-1 TRS 100 Theological Inquiry
TRS-2 Advanced Theology or Religious Studies with a prerequisite*
*One of these must be a designated moral principles course: PH-E or TRS-E. If a student chooses an Advanced Philosophy course, the other course must be chosen from the Theological Ethics courses. If a student chooses an Advanced Theology/Religious Studies course, the other course must be chosen from the Philosophical Ethics courses.

Written Communication
6 credits
WR — EN 101 Composition I and EN 102 Composition II are required, with a minimum grade of C- in each class.