For the most current list of approved courses in each category, please consult the current or upcoming semester’s myHeliotrope online course search. For additional information, refer to courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements.

By taking at least 30 credits from the core curriculum’s knowledge and skill areas listed below, including a minimum of one course (at least 3 credits) in each of the first seven areas—plus at least one 1-credit course chosen from a list of approved health, wellness, or physical education courses—students simultaneously satisfy the student learning outcomes (SLOs) defining each area:

  1. Basic Communication:
    Freshmen complete WRI 1110/College Writing in their first year.
  2. Mathematics:
    Students choose from a list of approved courses. Math fluency may be required as a prerequisite for certain courses (e.g., in mathematics and other natural science disciplines, in economics, and in new media).
  3. Natural Science:
    For (a) freshmen who have not declared a major and (b) freshmen in the BA and BS degree programs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except those who have declared a major in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, or psychology), FRS 1200/Science in the Modern World; all other students choose from a list of approved courses.
  4. Social Sciences:
    Students choose from a list of approved courses.
  5. The Arts:
    Students choose from a list of approved courses, including arts courses approved for students in all disciplines, or courses in the BFA or MusB programs for which they meet the prerequisites.
  6. Humanities Group:
    Students choose from a list of approved courses in the humanities, American history, or Western civilization, including many courses specially designed and recommended for freshmen.
  7. Languages and Cultures:
    Students choose from a list of approved courses, including courses designated as “foreign language” and “other world civilizations.” Students must complete a foreign language placement test for enrollment at the appropriate foreign language level.
  8. Health and Wellness: Students take 1–2 credits from a list of approved health, wellness, or physical education courses. These credits do not count toward the minimum of 30 credits required in core curriculum courses, but all students must complete this category.