Approved Division Core Courses
|AB 101AB 102
|FY SEMFR 101
|GR 101GR 102GR 201
|JP 101JP 102JP 201
|RS 101RS 102
|AH 101AH 211AH 301
|CO 316CO 317CO 318
|EN 222/LEN 277/LEN 278/L
|FR 306FR 307FR 310
|LT 491/LIC 110
|HS 110HS 113HS 114
|HS 152HS 153HS 154
|HS 212HS 273HS 274
|HS 326HS 333HS 336
|SP 310SP 311SP 314
|EC 101EC 201EC 202
|PO 207PO 213PO 220
|PO 302PO 305PO 309
|PO 317PO 318PO 319
|PO 344PO 355PO 356
|BL 101BL 102-102LBL 103-103L
|CH 103-103LCH 105-105LCH 141-143
|MT 118MT 122MT 133-134
|PH 101-101LPH 102-102LPH 107-107L
|PH 125-125LPH 126-126LPH 135-135L
|PL 101PL 210PL 215
|PL 260PL 265PL 270
|PL 302PL 303PL 304
|PL 314PL 315PL 320
|PL 375PL 379PL 380
|RL 101RL 200RL 205
|RL 237RL 250RL 252
|RL 272RL 300RL 301
|RL 324RL 325RL 326
|RL 351RL 356RL 364
ADDITIONAL CORE REQUIREMENTS
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
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.
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.
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.
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.