Core Programs

The Core (12-18 credit hours)

Designed to perfect written/oral communication skills and career readiness

Year 1

GE 100 First Year Experience: College in the 21st Century: An introduction to the liberal arts designed to provide students with tools to make sense of their college experience and to be successful students. It does this by cultivating an understanding of the evolving role of higher education in society and providing an opportunity to think about the nature of learning and practice the tools of learning (such as reading, writing, studying, and reflecting). Required 1 credit hour course

GE 101 Inquiry and Expression (Integrated Skills Course): An integrated collegiate skills course that introduces students to academic discourse, including writing, reading, research, oral communication, and critical thinking. Library and electronic research skills are directly applied as students conclude the course with a research paper. Students must successfully complete this course with a minimum of a C- or better. Required 3 credit hour course

CD 100 Career and Self Awareness: Theoretical and practical study that assists students with identifying their skills, interests, abilities, goals, and values as they relate to careers. With this information, students explore disciplines that may be a good fit. Students write a resume, discuss employment trends, learn interviewing techniques, and plan for internships and/or study abroad opportunities.   Required 1 credit hour course

Year 2

GE 203 Question Everything: Research as Inquiry:  A required one credit course for second-year students which focuses on intermediate research skills. The purpose of this class is to develop students’ abilities to critically think about and effectively use information in their college coursework and beyond. Students must successfully complete this course with a minimum of a C– .  Required 1 credit hour course

Years 2 or 3

Writing Intensive: Choose from options in accounting, art, biology, business, communication, chemistry, education, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, psychology, or world language.  Note: some course selections may have prerequisites. Also note: some majors have specific writing intensive requirements. Check with your advisor for verification. A minimum of one course with the (WI) designation is required.

Year 4

Senior Capstone: Choose from options in accounting, art, biology, business, communication, chemistry, economics, education, English, geography, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, psychology, or world language.  Note: some course selections may have prerequisites. Also note: some majors have specific senior capstone requirements. Check with your advisor for verification. A minimum of one course with the (SC) designation is required.


Cross-Cultural Awareness (3-11 credit hours)

Designed to help students navigate a global environment

Global Perspective:

Course options are available in art, business, economics, English, geography, history, political science, sociology, theatre and women’s studies. A minimum of three (3) credit hours with the (GP) designation are required.

World Language:

Choose from French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish. Students may test out of some or all of the language requirement based on proficiency or equivalency level.  Up to 8 credit hours with the (WL) designation may be required depending on placement.


Humanities (9 credit hours)

Designed to encourage abstract and critical thinking.

Choose one three (3) hour class from each of the following groups:

Artistic Practice:

Choose from dance, English writing, musical performance, studio art, or theater. Three (3) credits hours with the (AP) designation are required.

Artistic Theory:

Choose from English literature, music history, art appreciation and history, theatre appreciation, or humanities.  Three (3) credits hours with the (AT) designation are required.

History/Philosophy:

Choose from history or philosophy. Three (3) credits hours with the (HP) designation are required.


Social Science (6 credit hour minimum)

Designed to help students access a variety of knowledge bases to apply to the problems of work and life.

Chose one (1) course from each of the following groups.  Limit one (1) from each discipline.

Group 1 (SS1):

Choose from accounting, business, communication, community leadership/, economics, cultural geography, political science, psychology, sociology, sustainable business, or women's studies.  Minimum of three (3) credit hours required.

Group 2 (SS2):

Choose from communication, cultural geography, political science, psychology, sociology, or women's studies. Minimum of three (3) credit hours required.


Natural World (6 credit hour minimum)

Designed to help students critically assess information and evidence

Choose two (2) courses representing two different science disciplines.  At least one course must be a lab course. (NL: lab) (NN: non-lab)

Select from:

  • Biological: biology
    Physical: chemistry or physics
    Earth Science: environmental science or geography

Mathematics (3 credit hour minimum)

Designed to instill a functional knowledge of mathematical principles

Course selection will be based on placement examination.  Courses meeting the requirement carry the (MS) designation. A minimum of three (3) credit hours is required.


Theology (3 credit hours)

The foundation of Dominican Catholic education

Qualifying courses carry the (TF) designation.  One (1), three (3) credit hour course is required.

Minimum General Education credit hours: 42-60

(Note: some general education courses may also overlap with major/minor requirements)

Total credit hours required for graduation: 120