Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2013

The Core Curriculum In The Liberal Arts

Approved Division Core Courses

Division I

AB 101AB 102

CN 101

CN 102

CN 201

CN 202


CO 100

CO 101H


EN 103

EN 111

EN 112

EN 114

EN 116



FR 102

FR 201

FR 202

FR 301

FR 302

FR 305


GK 101

GK 102



GR 101GR 102GR 201

GR 202

GR 301

GR 302


IT 101

IT 102

IT 201

IT 202

IT 301

IT 302

JP 101JP 102JP 201

JP 202

JP 301

JP 302


LT 101

LT 102

LT 201

LT 202



RS 101RS 102

SL 101

SL 102


SP 101

SP 102

SP 201

SP 202

SP 301

SP 302

SP 305

SP 321

Division II

AH 101AH 211AH 301

AH 303

AH 304

AH 307

AH 308

AH 309

AH 310

AH 311

AH 313

AH 314

AH 315

AH 316

AH 317

AH 318

AH 319

AH 320


CO 200

CO 220

CO 245

CO 265

CO 280

CO 285

CO 316CO 317CO 318

CO 341

CO 343

CO 346

CO 380

CO 390

CO 394


CL 220/L

CL 222/L

CL 230

CL 240/L

CL 250/L

CL 260/L

CL 290/L

CL 301

CL 302


EN 201/L

EN 202/L

EN 203/L

EN 204/L

EN 214/L

EN 222/LEN 277/LEN 278/L

EN 281/L

EN 282/L

EN 284/L

EN 285/L

EN 286/L

EN 287/L

EN 288/L

EN 311/L

EN 312/L

EN 320/L

EN 321/L

EN 330/L

EN 331/L

EN 340/L

EN 351/L

EN 360/L

EN 361/L

EN 371/L

EN 372/L

EN 382/L


FR 303/L


FR 306FR 307FR 310

FR 311

FR 313

FR 314

FR 315/L

FR 319

FR 320/L

FR 325/L

FR 326/L


GK 232/L


GR 306

GR 310

GR 313/L

GR 316/L

GR 375/L


LT 232/L

LT 340/L

LT 410/L

LT 450/L

LT 490/L


LT 491/LIC 110

IC 150/L

IC 160/L

IC 161/L

IC 162/L

IC 163/L

IC 164/L

IC 220

IC 230/L

IC 231/L

IC 241/L

IC 251

IC 260/L

IC 261/L

IC 262/L

IC 263/L

IC 302L

IC 343

IC 350

IC 360/L

IC 361

IC 362/L

IC 370L


HS 110HS 113HS 114

HS 116

HS 118

HS 120

HS 121

HS 131

HS 150

HS 151



HS 152HS 153HS 154

HS 155

HS 168

HS 170

HS 180

HS 201

HS 202

HS 208

HS 211


HS 212HS 273HS 274

HS 279

HS 280

HS 283

HS 300

HS 301

HS 302

HS 310

HS 321


HS 326HS 333HS 336

HS 341

HS 342

HS 343

HS 357

HS 372

HS 381

HS 382


SP 310SP 311SP 314

SP 315/L

SP 325/L

SP 326/L

SP 327/L

SP 328/L


Division III

EC 101EC 201EC 202


PO 101

PO 102

PO 103

PO 104

PO 204


PO 207PO 213PO 220

PO 240

PO 241

PO 243

PO 254

PO 300

PO 301


PO 302PO 305PO 309

PO 310

PO 311

PO 312

PO 314

PO 315

PO 316


PO 317PO 318PO 319

PO 320

PO 334

PO 335

PO 341

PO 342

PO 343


PO 344PO 355PO 356

PO 359

PO 361

PO 363


SC 101

SC 245

Division IV

BL 101BL 102-102LBL 103-103L

BL 109-109L

BL 111-111L

BL 112-112L

BL 115-115L

BL 155-157

BL 156-158



CH 103-103LCH 105-105LCH 141-143

CH 142-144

CH 151-153


CS 101

CS 128



MT 118MT 122MT 133-134

MT 135

MT 136

MT 160

MT 162

MT 167

MT 200

MT 223


PH 101-101LPH 102-102LPH 107-107L

PH 113-113L

PH 115-115L


PH 125-125LPH 126-126LPH 135-135L

PH 136-136L

PH 246



PS 101


Division V

PL 101PL 210PL 215

PL 220

PL 230

PL 240

PL 245

PL 250

PL 255


PL 260PL 265PL 270

PL 275

PL 280

PL 285

PL 289

PL 290

PL 301


PL 302PL 303PL 304

PL 305

PL 306

PL 307

PL 310

PL 311

PL 312


PL 314PL 315PL 320

PL 330

PL 340

PL 350

PL 360

PL 368

PL 370


PL 375PL 379PL 380

PL 385

PL 390

PL 395

PL 396



RL 101RL 200RL 205

RL 220

RL 223

RL 228

RL 231

RL 232

RL 234


RL 237RL 250RL 252

RL 253

RL 254

RL 255

RL 260

RL 264

RL 267


RL 272RL 300RL 301

RL 306

RL 315

RL 320

RL 321

RL 322

RL 323


RL 324RL 325RL 326

RL 328

RL 331

RL 332

RL 334

RL 335

RL 338


RL 351RL 356RL 364

RL 368

RL 371

RL 373

RL 374

RL 376


The following content and methodology requirements may be satisfied through the distributive Core requirements listed above or through other approved courses. The University Core Committee determines which courses satisfy these requirements.

  • Writing Intensive Course

Requirement: One course (designated “W”) beyond English Composition.

Since courses throughout the curriculum will be designated as “W,” students may graduate with several such courses. The primary goal of this requirement is to enable students to carry into their upper-division courses the discipline and habits of good writing nurtured in composition courses. A second, yet equally important goal is to intensify the expectation of professors throughout the University for excellent standards of expression in all written assignments.

  • International Courses

Requirement: Two international courses designated “R” or “S” from throughout the curriculum, at least one of which is designated as “R.”

The University Core seeks to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of the world beyond the borders of the United States. International courses introduce and analyze the values, beliefs, or practices that characterize other nations or societies. International courses seek to familiarize students with other societies, to decrease stereotyping, and to improve students’ ability to function as global citizens in the 21st century. At least one of the international courses must focus on the study of one or more nations or societies historically distinct from Western civilization, such as those of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These courses will be designated with the suffix “R” (Required international courses). For their second international selection, students may choose either a second “R” course or one of the courses designated as “S.” The “S” designation refers to courses that study one or more nations or societies historically within Western civilization.

  • Diversity Course

Requirement: One course (designated as “D”) from throughout the curriculum.

The University Core seeks to increase students’ awareness of alternative world views and life ways that form the basis of social life for an identifiable population. The Core thus requires that students take at least one course reflecting diversity within a society so as to increase tolerance and discourage stereotyping. Such courses include, but are not limited to, those dealing to a large extent with minority or marginalized populations. Such courses will seek to encourage academic understanding of these alternative views and ways of life through a variety of approaches. These include description, analysis of the issue and processes of marginalization, analysis of status in the larger society, and/or comparison with other populations. They will seek to examine not only differences among these populations and others, but also diversity within these populations.

While some courses may be designated as “D” and “R” or “D” and “S,” students may use such courses to fulfill only ONE of these designations and not both.

Waiver of Core Requirements

Recognizing that personal achievement is the ultimate goal, the University is aware that some individuals may achieve desired competence in specific areas without formal course work (e.g., through private study, or by means of particular moral or religious formation). Where such proficiency can be established, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is empowered to waive a specific Core requirement. Such a waiver does not include or imply the granting of credit hours.

Education in Depth

The Major

Degree candidates must choose a department of instruction in which they will undertake a program of concentrated study. This choice should be made before the end of the sophomore year. Students majoring in one of the natural sciences, business, or education, however, usually select their major in the freshman year. Some other departments also encourage early determination. Later choice may result in prolonged completion of the degree program.

At the appropriate time, students must apply in person to the department of their choice to request acceptance into a major. The application may be accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected by the department. Only after formal acceptance are students considered majors. Thereafter, they must be guided in selection of their courses in their program by the department chair or an advisor appointed by the chair.

The dean and the chair of the major department may refuse the application for a given major of a student who has not shown sufficient promise in that particular subject. If a department grants only conditional acceptance, it may reject the student as a major at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year or after the student completes six credit hours of upper-division work in the department or upon evidence of continued academic deficiency.

Any change affecting the fulfillment of major requirements must be approved in writing by the appropriate dean and department chair.

Students are held to major requirements in force at the time of their acceptance into the major. If after this they change their curriculum or their major for any reason, they are held to the major requirements in force at the time of acceptance into the new major.

Double Major

Some students wish to complete two majors within their academic program. This is permitted providing the students are accepted as a major by both departments (and both departments so notify the appropriate dean), are assigned an academic advisor in each department, and complete all the requirements in force at the time of acceptance for each major. Please note: It is understood that, even though two majors may be completed, only one degree will be awarded upon completion of all requirements. Thus, in some situations, students with a double major will have to choose between the B.A. and B.S. degree.

Standing in the Major

Candidates for a degree must complete the required sequence of courses in the major field of study with at least a C average (2.0). Students who fail to maintain this average may be required to change majors.

All courses taken in the major field will be computed in the quality-point average required for the major.

Comprehensive Examinations

In addition to the fulfillment of all general and specific degree requirements, many departments require candidates to pass a comprehensive examination in the major field. Consult specific disciplines and departments for requirements. Comprehensive examinations are concerned with the major subject as a whole, not so much with particular courses. Their purpose is to encourage students to mature and integrate their knowledge by personal effort and private study.

Students are urged to begin preparing for the comprehensive examination as early as the junior year. They may be aided by syllabi published by the departments. Comprehensive examinations are usually taken in the final semester of the senior year, when students have completed or are taking the last course(s) to complete major requirements. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who fail to perform satisfactorily in the comprehensive examination are permitted to retake the examination or an equivalent one within the same semester.

Degree candidates in the Boler School of Business may be required to pass a comprehensive examination testing the grasp of principles and relationships and the ability to reach reasonable solutions to typical business and economic problems. Candidates may also be required to pass a comprehensive examination in the major field. Such examinations may be oral or written, or both. Students who fail to perform satisfactorily in the comprehensive examination will be required to take the examination the next time it is scheduled.

Minors and Concentrations

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a number of minors and interdisciplinary concentrations. The Boler School of Business offers a minor in business and a concentration in International Business. Concentrations and minors are optional. They are described in other sections of this Bulletin.


Courses not required in the Core or in the major are considered electives. Elective courses should be chosen, in consultation with the academic advisor, for a definite purpose – to provide for greater breadth and depth in the total educational program, to provide support for a major field, or as further preparation for a future career.

Independent Study in the Major and Electives

For students who demonstrate superior ability, an instructor may suggest a plan of independent study that shall include some remission of the obligation of regular class attendance. Independent-study plans in each case shall have the recommendation of the department chair and the approval of the appropriate dean.

Undergraduate Student Research

The University recognizes the importance of student research to the educational experience and offers research opportunities for and recognition of student research. Students may apply for research funds up to $250, pending availability. Academic departments may provide research awards and opportunities for research during the academic year and for summer research. Students can present their research at the Celebration of Scholarship! and have their published papers and conference presentations listed on the student research website. For more information, visit www.jcu.edu/research/student.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers tutorial assistance to all students, faculty, and staff in the University. Located in the O’Malley Center, Writing Center consultants are able to assist with all aspects of the writing process, from First-Year Seminar papers to graduate theses.