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CORE Concentrations

CORE Course Requirements 

Two Courses in Writing: 6 credits
During the first year, all students complete Expository Writing and, in the next semester, one of the courses in Critical Writing, depending upon their major.
Expository Writing is prerequisite to these courses. (Students may be required to complete Introduction to Academic Writing. This course does not fulfill the University CORE Writing requirement. Students assigned to this course must register for it in their first semester and must achieve a C- or higher before being permitted to enroll in Expository Writing.)

One Course in Mathematics: 3 or 4 credits, depending on the course selected.
During the first year, all students complete, in consultation with their advisor, a mathematics course numbered 110 or above.

The Five-Course Interdisciplinary CORE

At least 16 credits.
CORE 101 Science: Discoveries in Context (4 credits) (or two laboratory science courses)
CORE 102 History and the Modern World: The Nature of Revolution (3 credits)
CORE 103 Perspectives in Human Behavior (3 credits)
CORE 104 Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas (3 credits)
CORE 105 Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse (3 credits) ( or AAH 121 and AAH 122)

Students may take the five courses listed above in any order, but the Interdisciplinary CORE must be completed by the end of the first two years of study, except for five-year architecture majors who must complete the five courses by the end of the fifth semester. All first and second year students must enroll in at least one, but no more than two, of these courses during each of the first four semesters. All CORE courses subscribe to a common set of writing standards. All five courses must be completed at the University.

CORE Concentration Course Requirements

Minimum Standard:
It is necessary from time to time for students to substitute other courses for specified CORE Concentration course requirements. Substitutions may be made only if the following criteria are met:

  1. At least two courses in the CORE Concentration discipline must be at the 100- or 200-level;
  2. At least two courses in the CORE Concentration discipline must be at the 300- or 400-level;
  3. At least five courses (or a total of 15 credits) must be taken in one CORE Concentration discipline.

This standard applies to all matriculated students.

Category I – Foreign Languages and Cultures

CORE Concentration in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese or Spanish
Language 101 Elementary Language I
Language 102 Elementary Language II
Language 201 Intermediate Language I
Language 202 Intermediate Language II
and
One 300-level language course

Note: Students who begin this CORE Concentration at a level above 101 must complete at least three
courses, including the 300-level course in a single language. Waiver from prerequisite courses does not
carry credit. Documentation of the waived courses and placement test results must be sent to the registrar
and to the appropriate dean.

CORE concentrations are not permitted in a student’s native language.

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Category II – Mathematics and the Sciences

CORE Concentration in Biology
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab
and
Two Biology courses at the 200-level or above, at least one of which must have a laboratory component

CORE Concentration in Chemistry
CHEM 191 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 192 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
and
Two upper level chemistry courses, one of which must be at the 300 level

CORE Concentration in Computer Science
MATH 221 Discrete Mathematics
COMSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science
COMSC 111 Data Structures and Lab
COMSC 210 Principles of Computer Organization and Lab
COMSC 230 Principles of Programming Languages

CORE Concentration in Environmental Science
NATSC 103 Earth Systems Science and Lab
NATSC 203 Humans, Sustainability & Environmental Change
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab
and
At least 4 credits from the following list:
BIO 230 Microbiology and Lab
BIO 312 Conservation Biology
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering
ENGR 405 Air Pollution and Control
ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
PLS 200 Environmental Law
NATSC 301 Marine Resource Management
NATSC 305 Marine Geology
NATSC 310 Biogeochemical Cycling
NATSC 315 Meteorology and Climatology
NATSC 333 Environmental Monitoring and Lab
NATSC/BIO 375 Soil Ecology
NATSC 401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab

CORE Concentration in Marine Biology
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography
and
At least 8 additional credits in Marine Biology courses.

CORE Concentration in Mathematics
MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab
and
MATH 214 Calculus II and Lab
and
Any three Mathematics courses numbered above 200, at least one of which must be at the 300- level or above.

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Category III – The Social Sciences

CORE Concentration in American Studies
AMST 100 Approaches to the Study of American Society and Culture
HIST 151 United States History I
HIST 152 United States History II
Any
two 300 - or 400 - level American Studies courses.

CORE Concentration in Anthropology + Sociology
ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
and
Three additional Anthropology and Sociology courses, which must comprise courses from both disciplines (1 ANTH and 2 SOC or 2 ANTH and 1 SOC); at least one of these courses must be at the 300- level or above.

CORE Concentration in Economics
A total of five courses:
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
ECON 102 Microeconomics
And at least one of the following:
ECON 201 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Intermediate Microeconomics
And an additional two Economics courses, one of which must be at the 300- or 400- level. ENGR 335 (Engineering Economic Analysis) may also be taken to fulfill this CORE Concentration.

CORE Concentration in History
Any three of the following:
HIST 101, 102 History of Western Civilization I and II
HIST 151, 152 United States History I and II
and
Any two History courses at the 250 level or above

CORE Concentration in Political Science
POLSC 100 American Government and Politics
and one of the following:
POLSC 110 The United States in World Affairs
POLSC 120 Comparative Politics
and
Any three 300- or 400- level courses provided that at least one of these is from the American National Politics/Political Theory category and one is from the International Relations/Comparative Politics Category.

CORE Concentration in Psychology
PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology
and
Four additional Psychology courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above.

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Category IV – The Humanities and the Arts

CORE Concentration in Art and Architectural History
AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
AAH 122 History of Art and Architecture II
and
Three courses at 300-level or two courses at 300-level plus one course at 400-level from the Art and Architectural History major.

CORE Concentration in Creative Writing
CW 210 Form in Poetry
CW 220 Narrative in Writing the Short Story
Any 200 level or above English course
and
One Creative Writing Advanced Bridge course:
CW 350 Writers Reading Poetry Seminar
CW 360 Writers Reading Fiction Seminar
and
One Creative Writing Advanced Breadth course:
CW 310 Creative Nonfiction
CW 330 Literary Publishing
CW 340 Introduction to Playwriting
CW 430 Special Topics in Creative Writing

CORE Concentration in Dance/Performance
DANCE 101 The Creative Athlete
Three Dance Technique Classes or a total of nine credits in Dance Technique
(Placement made through consultation with a member of the dance faculty)
and one of the following:
DANCE 290 Introduction to Choreography
DANCE 310 Dance History
DANCE 425 Kinesiology for Dancers
DANCE 435 The Performance Artist in Society

CORE Concentration in English Literature
At Least two (2) English courses at the 100-200 level
At Least two (2) English courses at the 300-400 level
One English course at any level

CORE Concentration in Global Communication
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies
And
Any four of the following ( at least one must be at the 200-Level and two at the 300-Level or above)
COMM 165 Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM 250 Intercultural Communication
COMM 265 Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture
COMM 330 International Communication
COMM 365 Digital Media in a Global Context
COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers
COMM 380 Visual Media in a Cultural Context
COMM 390 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 432 Special Topics in Global Communication
COMM 465 McLuhan's Global Village
WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences

CORE Concentration in Graphic Design
DSGN 100 Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
DSGN 110 Introduction to Typography
DSGN 210 Advanced Design Communication
ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
And one course chosen from:
DSGN 200 History of Design Communication
DSGN 300 Web Design Communication
DSGN 310 Brand Identity
DSGN 320 Publication Design
DSGN 430 Special Topics in Graphic Design

CORE Concentration in Music
MUSIC 161 The Art of Rock and Roll
MUSIC 170 Basic Musicianship
MUSIC 211 Evolution of Musical Style
MUSIC 212 Great Personalities in Music
And one of the following:
MUSIC 121 Evolution of Jazz
MUSIC 270 Music Theory and Composition I
MUSIC 299 Special Topics in Music
MUSIC 310 World Culture Through Music/North America
MUSIC 311 World Culture Through Music/Latin America
MUSIC 312 World Culture Through Music China & Japan
MUSIC 313 World Culture Through Music/India & Mid. East
MUSIC 314 World Culture Through Music/ Indigenous Peoples

CORE Concentration in Philosophy
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Inquiry
PHIL 103 Logic
PHIL 200 Ethics
and one of the following:
PHIL 251 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 253 Modern Philosophy
and one of the following:
PHIL 333 Epistemology
PHIL 366 Metaphysics

CORE Concentration in Theatre
THEAT 110 Acting I
THEAT 120/121 Design for the Theatre I or II
THEAT 130 The Art of the Theatre
and one of the following:
THEAT 230 Theatre History I
THEAT 231 Theatre History II
THEAT 330 Theatre of Shakespeare
THEAT 331 Modern Theatre and Drama
THEAT 333 Asian Drama and Dance
THEAT 334 Contemporary Drama
THEAT 431 Drama Theory and Criticism
and
Three (3) additional theatre credits

London Option
THEAT 130 The Art of the Theatre
and
Four approved courses taken as part of the London Theatre Program

CORE Concentration in Visual Art Studies: Film, Animation and Video
FILM 101 Introduction to Film Studies
VARTS 361 Introduction to Digital Media
VARTS 362 Film, Animation and Video
VARTS 364 Intermediate Concepts in Film, Animation and Video
and one of the following:
VARTS 363 Intermediate Concepts in Digital Media
VARTS 392 Mixed Media
VARTS 430 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 451 Topics in Photography/Digital Media
VARTS 530 Special Topics in Visual Art Studies

CORE Concentration in Visual Arts Studies: Painting/Drawing/Printmaking
VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing
AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
VARTS 281 Foundations of Painting: Color and Design
and two of the following six courses:
VARTS 201 Drawing The Figure
VARTS 241 Introduction to Printmaking
VARTS 282 Oil Painting
VARTS 301 Advanced Drawing: Process and Content
VARTS 381 Painting The Figure
VARTS 392 Mixed Media
VARTS 430 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 481 Topics in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

CORE Concentration in Visual Arts Studies: Photography / Digital Media
AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
VARTS 261 Foundations of Photography
VARTS 361 Introduction to Digital Media
and two of the following:
VARTS 351 Intermediate Concepts in Photography
VARTS 352 Advanced Photography: Process and Content
VARTS 363 Intermediate Concepts in Digital Media
VARTS 392 Mixed Media
VARTS 430 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 451 Topics in Photography/Digital Media

CORE Concentration in Visual Arts Studies: Sculpture
VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing
AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
VARTS 231 Foundations of Sculpture
and two of the following:
VARTS 232 Intermediate Concepts in Sculpture
VARTS 333 Advanced Sculpture: Process and Content
VARTS 392 Mixed Media
VARTS 430 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 431 Topics in Sculpture

CORE Concentration in Writing Studies
Prerequisites: Critical Writing ( WTNG 200 or WTNG 210 or WTNG 220)
At least two (2) courses at the 200 level

In addition to the Critical Writing course that is required, students may also take another Critical Writing course (WTNG 200, 210 or 220) as one of these 200 level courses. One of these courses must be at the 230 level or above.
WTNG 230 Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film
WTNG 250 Advanced Composition
WTNG 299 Special Topics in Writing
At least three (3) courses at the 300 or 400 level or above.:
WTNG 300 Rhetoric in a Global Context
WTNG 302 Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay
WTNG 310 Advanced Writing (Sciences)
WTNG 320 Writing for Business Organizations
WTNG 400 Writing for Social Change
WTNG 402 Advanced Argument
WTNG 430 Special Topics
WTNG 450 Composition Theory
WTNG 460 Writing Studies Internship

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Category V – Interdisciplinary Studies

CORE Concentration in International Studies
 
This concentration is open to all students. Students are advised to register one year in advance.

CORE Concentration in Sustainability Studies

This concentration is open to all students. Students are advised to register one year in advance.

SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
SUST 301 Analysis and Decision Making for Sustainability
SUST 401 Working toward Sustainability
and
Two of the following courses, one of which is at the 200-level or above and both of which 1) could not be used to fulfill requirements for the student’s major (e .g., have the same program designation or are required for the major) and 2) do not come from prohibited Core Concentration programs as based on the student’s major following the table of CORE Concentration choices and restrictions. See the program website for electives restrictions by major.

ANTH 222 Environmental Anthropology*
ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture
ARCH 321 Site and Environment
AAH 423 Nature and Art
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab
BIO 231 Bioethics*
BIO 240 Concepts of Ecology#
BIO 312 Conservation Biology#
BIO 345 Aquaculture and Lab#
CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry I and Lab*
CHEM 202 Environmental Chemistry II and Lab*
CNST 540 Sustainable Construction
ECON 320 Resource and Environmental Economics*
ENG 110 Serpents, Swords, Symbols & Sustainability
ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering*
ENGR 340 Sustainable Energy Systems*
ENGR 405 Air Pollution and Control*
ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management*
HIST 354 United States Environmental History*
HP 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation
NATSC 103 Earth Systems Science and Lab
NATSC 203 Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability#
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography
NATSC 301 Marine Resource Management#
PLS 200 Environmental Law
POLSC 383 Environmental Politics & Policy
SUST 430 Special Topics in Sustainability Studies#

*These courses have pre-requisite requirements that do not fulfill requirements for completion of the Sustainability Studies Core Concentration. Some pre-requisites may be waived with the instructor.

#These courses have pre-requisite requirements that can also be taken as an elective for the Sustainability Studies Core Concentration.

The CORE Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar (CISS) Requirement

At least three credits. Should students choose to enroll in additional CORE Seminars, credit earned may not be applied to satisfy any requirement in the major, minor, or CORE Curriculum.

Prerequisites: Completion of all skills and the five-course Interdisciplinary CORE requirements; at least sixth semester standing.

All CORE Interdisciplinary Senior Seminars:

1) build upon the defining idea of the five-course freshman-sophomore Interdisciplinary CORE:

The tension between order and chaos, which are apparent opposites, has always concentrated human intelligence and imagination. Throughout the ages people have adopted different and differing ways to resolve the dilemmas that derive from this tension. Throughout the Interdisciplinary CORE, we, too, confront dilemma, explore an inherent tension between order and chaos, and consider its concomitant questions: Who am I? What can I know? Based upon what I know, how should I act?
and

2) examine a topic of recognized academic and educational significance and through it:

  • explore the idea of order and chaos and its concomitant questions;
  • situate the topic in interdisciplinary contexts;
  • draw connections among all five domains of the freshman-sophomore CORE,
    namely: science, history, social science, literature and philosophy, and aesthetics;
  • pursue inquiry into the course topic, its contexts, and the order/chaos dialectic
    through primary, substantive, and representative texts; and
  • frame the Seminar topic according to one or more of the following schemes: great
    idea(s), culture(s), figure(s), work(s), city(ies), both western and/or non-western.

Common Seminar Requirements

  1. Guided reading based upon questions, and preparation for class based upon response to questions.
  2. Competent summary, analysis and synthesis in seminar presentation and papers.
  3. Assigned research and preparation resulting in class presentations and student-led seminar discussions.
  4. A seminar thesis or project that demonstrates scholarship and competent writing and pursues research.
  5. Reflection not only on the topic of seminar, but also on the central questions of the CORE: Who am I? What can I know? Based on what I know, what should I do?

The CORE Interdisciplinary Senior Seminars
CORE 430 Special Topics in Liberal Studies
CORE 441 Disease and Society
CORE 442 Prejudice and Institutional Violence
CORE 443 The Proper Order of Things
CORE 444 Perspectives in World Culture
CORE 445 Creating the American Image: 1919-1941
CORE 446 Visions of Utopia: Dreams and Delusions
CORE 447 Cultural Creations: Women Across Time
CORE 449 Environmental Ethics
CORE 450 Are We of It or Against It? People and Their Planet in the 21st Century
CORE 451 It’s All Greek to Us
CORE 452 Collecting Ourselves: Why We Build, Preserve and Display Collections
CORE 453 Obsession: Understanding it through the Arts
CORE 456 The I nternet and the Digital Revolution
CORE 457 Families and Society
CORE 458 Technology, Self and Society
CORE 459 Popular Culture and Globalization
CORE 461 Researching Race
CORE 462 Sexual Identities
CORE 463 Innovation

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