Total Program Minimum 45 hours*
Courses in written and oral communication enhance students' abilities to read and listen critically and to write and speak effectively by attention to how the gathering, analyzing, and presenting of evidence and conclusions can be designed for specific purposes and audiences. Courses in quantitative techniques enhance students' abilities to use quantitative data effectively and to apply relevant mathematical and statistical concepts and methods to diverse problems and situations. Personal wellness promotes the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills and attitudes necessary for implementing positive health-related decisions.
(Students should complete 1A, 1B and 1C in their first year)
A. Reading and Writing (3 hours required)
B. Speaking and Listening (3 hours required)
COMM 1000 Oral Communication 3 hours -OR- One of these courses: COMM 2257 Argumentation and Debate 3 hours COMM 2255 Public Speaking 3 hours COMM 2256 3 hours Plus one of these courses: COMM 1205 Group Communication Skills 3 hours COMM 2344 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
C. Quantitative Techniques and Understanding (3 hours required)*
MATH 1100 Mathematics in Decision Making 3 hours MATH 1204 Mathematical Reasoning for Teachers I 3 hours MATH 1420 Calculus I 4 hours STAT 1772 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 hours CS 1025 Computational Modeling and Simulation 3 hours
*Elementary Education students may meet the category IC requirement by completing MATH 1201.
D. Personal Wellness (3 hours required)
HPELS 1010 Personal Wellness 3 hours
Courses in this category promote an understanding of Western and Non-Western cultures and civilizations from ancient times to the present through historical accounts, literatures, philosophies, religions, and fine arts. Using methods of critical inquiry, students explore aspects of human nature, the shaping of thoughts and values, and their interrelations.
A. Humanities (6 hours required)
HUM 1021 Humanities I: The Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds 3 hours HUM 1022 Humanities II: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment 3 hours HUM 1023 Humanities III: The Age of Revolution to the Present 3 hours
B. Non-Western Cultures (3 hours required)*
HUM 3121 Russia/Soviet Union 3 hours HUM 3122 Japan 3 hours HUM 3123 Latin America 3 hours HUM 3124 China 3 hours HUM 3125 India 3 hours HUM 3127 Middle East 3 hours HUM 3128 Africa 3 hours Native North America 3 hours Native Central and South America 3 hours
* SPAN 3020 may substitute for the non-Western Cultures requirement, 3 hours
Courses in this category explore diverse forms of human expression and enhance understanding of how religious, philosophical, literary, and aesthetic ideas and experiences shape and reflect cultures and common patterns of human life. Students will develop knowledge of the complex interplay of culture, history, and human experience through critical examination of ideas and beliefs, rituals and symbols, moral codes and social values, story and poetry, visual art, music theater, and dance.
A. Fine Arts (3 hours required)*
PEMES 2034 Survey of Dance History 3 hours THEATRE 1002 The Theatrical Arts and Society 3 hours MUSIC 1100 Soundscapes: Music in Culture 3 hours ART 1002 Visual Inventions 3 hours ARTHIST 1004 Visual Perceptions 3 hours
*MUS HIS 1020 may substitute for the Fine Arts requirements for all music majors, 3 hours
B. Literature, Philosophy, or Religion (3 hours required)
ENGLISH 1120 Introduction to Literature 3 hours GER 1120 Introduction to German Literature & Translation 3 hours RELS 1020 Religions of the World 3 hours PHIL 1020 Philosophy: The Art of Thinking 3 hours
Courses in natural science promote an understanding of science as a human process that investigates matter and energy acting within complex organic and inorganic systems. Fundamental principles of both physical and life sciences are included. A capstone course demonstrates the relationships among science, technology, society, and the natural environment.
(Students are required to take a course with a scheduled laboratory from either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences or another laboratory course offered by the College of Natural Sciences. Only 6 hours are required for students who meet the Liberal Arts Core laboratory requirement with a course other than one listed in Life or Physical Sciences.)
A. Life Sciences (3 or 4 hours required)
For all courses listed under Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, with the exception of ANTH 1001, a student must have satisfied University entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (College of Natural Science majors and Health Promotion Major/Science Intensive: Environmental Health Options students may meet the Life Sciences requirement by completing BIOL 2051 or BIOL 2052.)
SCI ED 1200* Inquiry into Life Science 4 hours BIOL 1012 Life: The Natural World 3 hours BIOL 1013* Life: The Natural World - Lab 1 hour BIOL 1014 Life: Continuity and Change 3 hours BIOL 1015* Life: Continuing and Change - Lab 1 hour BIOL 1033* Principles of Microbiology 3 hours BIOL 2051* General Biology: Organismal Diversity 4 hours BIOL 2052* General Biology: Cell Structure and Function 4 hours ANTH 1001 Human Origins 3 hours BIOL 3101 Anatomy & Physiology 3 hours
* Lab course
B. Physical Sciences (3 or 4 hours required)
For all courses listed under Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, with the exception of ANTH 1001, a student must have satisfied University entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (College of Natural Sciences majors may meet the Physical Sciences requirement by completing CHEM 1110, CHEM 1130, PHYSICS 1511, or PHYSICS 1701.) Health Promotion Major/Science Intensive: Environmental Health Option students may met the Physical Sciences requirement by completing CHEM 1110, CHEM 1120, or CHEM 1130.
SCI ED 1300* Inquiry into Physical Science 4 hours SCI ED 1100* Inquiry into Earth and Space Science 4 hours CHEM 1010** Principles of Chemistry 3-4 hours CHEM 1011 Molecules and Life 3 hours CHEM 1020* Chemical Technology 4 hours CHEM 1110* General Chemistry I 4 hours EARTHSCI 1100** Astronomy 3-4 hours EARTHSCI 1200 Elements of Weather 3 hours EARTHSCI 1210 Elements of Weather - Lab 1 hour EARTHSCI 1300* Introduction to Geology
PHYSICS 1400* Conceptual Physics 4 hours PHYSICS 1000 Physics in Everyday Life 3 hours PHYSICS 1511* General Physics I 4 hours PHYSICS 1701* Physics I for Science and Engineering 4 hours GEOG 1210** Physical Geography 3-4 hours TECH 1015 Intro to Sustainability 3 hours
* Lab Course
** Lab Course if 4-hour option elected
Courses in this category introduce students to the description and analysis of human behavior from different perspectives, ranging from the societal and cultural to the institutional, individual and topical viewpoints. Students are exposed to the diversity of sociocultural systems created by human beings during their evolutionary development, and examine the manner in which behavior is influenced by environmental, sociocultural, psychological, and historical processes.
Required: one course from group A, one course from group B, and one course from group A, B, or C. (Students cannot count both GEOG 1120 and GEOG 1110 toward the Liberal Arts Core.)
A. Group A Sociocultural and Historical Perspectives
WGS 1040 Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction 3 hours SOC SCI 1023 American Civilization 3 hours GEOG 1120 Human Geography 3 hours GEOG 1110 World Geography 3 hours SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
ANTH 1002 Culture, Nature, and Society 3 hours
B. Group B Individual and Institutional Perspectives
FAM SERV 1010 Human Identity and Relationships 3 hours PSYCH 1001 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours ECON 1031* Introduction to Economics 3 hours POL AMER 1014 Introduction to American Politics 3 hours POL INTL 1024 International Relations 3 hours
*Satisfactory completion of both ECON 1041 and ECON 1051 by all non-business majors and Business Teaching majors, through UNI or transfer, may substitute for ECON 1031.)
C. Group C Topical Perspectives
EDPSYCH 2030 Dynamics of Human Development 3 hours Social Welfare: A World View 3 hours American Racial & Ethnic Minorities 3 hours SOC SCI 1020 Women, Men, and Society 3 hours POL Gen 1020 Contemporary Political Problems 3 hours SOC 1060 Social Problems 3 hours
(Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.)
Capstone courses provide opportunities for students to synthesize the diverse realms of thought they have studied and to apply the intellectual proficiencies they have acquired. The emphasis is on cultivating life-long learning through linking theory and academic preparation to practical problem-solving activities in multidisciplinary seminars or community-based learning courses.
TOTAL 45 HOURS
Liberal Arts Core courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both the Liberal Arts Core program and the major, minor, and program emphasis.
Departments offering a liberal arts core course may preclude their major or minor students from taking that particular course to satisfy the requirements for the liberal arts core, the major, or the minor.
Liberal Arts Core requirements can be met through CLEP examinations, departmental examinations and the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board.
CLEP examinations do not include the mandatory laboratory course requirement. A student who receives CLEP credit in both the physical and biological sciences shall be considered to have fulfilled the laboratory requirement.
No Liberal Arts Core course may be taken for graduate credit.
No Liberal Arts Core course may have a non-Liberal Arts Core course as a prerequisite.
All courses taken to meet liberal arts core requirements must be taken for graded credit.
The Liberal Arts Core program requirements apply to all undergraduate degree programs.
*ENGLISH 1005 recommended for students with ACT English and Reading scores of 18-26;
ENGLISH 2015 has prerequisite of combined ACT English and Reading scores of 54 or higher;
ENGLISH 2120 recommended for English majors and minors with prerequisite of ACT English and Reading scores of 54 or higher.
**For students admitted to UNI prior to Fall 1994, the Speech and Listening course included in the Communication Essentials category is not required.
Liberal Arts Core courses included in major or minor program requirements are distinguished by italics.