Core Curriculum Requirements

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of core courses. These courses must be taken in accordance with the distribution of credit hours by area of study described below, and must be selected from the list of core course titles on the following list of approved substitutes noted below. Some courses must be taken in sequence and in both semesters of courses which are offered over two semesters.

Students will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average in courses taken to fulfill the core curriculum requirements. Students who have attempted 30 credits or above will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average for core requirements is below 2.0. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average both overall and in the core curriculum is required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree.

Area of Study

Credits

Behavioral Science

6

English Literature

6

Fine Arts

6

History or Political Science

6

Mathematics*

6

Philosophy

6

Religious Studies

6

Natural Science

6-8

*Mathematics Bank I

Determined by Mathematics Department

MTH 120

Mathematical Reasoning

MTH 151

Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

MTH 160

Discrete Mathematics

MTH 165

Survey of Calculus

MTH 171

Calculus I

Mathematics Bank II

Specified by Program

MTH 115

Statistics

MTH 151

Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

MTH 152

Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

MTH 160

Discrete Mathematics

MTH 165

Survey of Calculus

MTH 171

Calculus I

MTH 172

Calculus II

Core Areas

Required Credits

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Behavioral Science

Select any two

(only one BUS course

may be used for this

requirement)

6

PSY 123

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

SOC 101

Comparative Sociology

3

 

BUS 205

Macroeconomics

3

 

BUS 206

Microeconomics

3

 

BUS 207

Contemporary Economics

3

English

Take ENG 151 and one other course

 

6

ENG 101

Literature of Values: Ancient and Medieval

3

 

ENG 102

Literature of Discovery: Modern/Early Modern

3

 

ENG 104

Literature of Discovery: American Literature

3

 

ENG 108

African American Literature

3

 

 

ENG 109

Modern World Literature

3

 

 

ENG 111

Literature of American Immigrants

3

 

 

ENG 151

University Writing Seminar

3

 

 

ENG 185

Core Special Topics

3

 

 

ENG 207

British Literature

3

Fine Arts

Take FA 102 and

FA 104, or take

either of the above

plus one 200-level course

 

6

FA 102

Cultural Synthesis in Ancient World

3

 

FA 104

Art, Self, Community in the Modern World

3

 

FA 203

Subjects and Symbols

3

 

FA 204

Beauty and Ugliness

3

 

FA 205

Jazz Age Culture

3

 

FA 206

Voices of Liberation

3

 

FA 207

World Music

3

 

 

FA 208

Pop Music: Diversity and Identity

3

 

 

FA 209

Themes in Art

3

 

 

FA 211

Global Contemporary Art

3

History/Political Science

Take any two courses

6

HIS 101

Western Civilization I

3

 

HIS 102

Western Civilization II

3

 

HIS 103

US History I

3

 

HIS 104

US History II

3

 

 

HIS 105

Turning Points in American History

3

 

 

HIS 110

Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs

3

 

 

HIS 115

Introduction to U.S. Environmental History

3

 

 

HIS 120

The U.S. in a World at War

3

 

 

HIS 125

Modern U.S. History Through Popular Culture

3

 

 

HIS 151

University Writing Seminar

3

 

 

HIS 155

Nineteenth-Century European History

3

 

 

HIS 160

Contemporary Europe

3

 

 

HIS 165

The History of Human Rights

3

 

 

HIS 170

The Holocaust: History, Memory and Legacy

3

 

 

HIS 175

Introduction to Middle Eastern History

3

 

 

POL 100

American National Government

3

 

 

POL 103

Global Politics

3

Mathematics

6

see above

Mathematics Bank I

3

 

 

see above

Mathematics Bank II

3

Philosophy

Take PHL 100 and one other course

6

PHL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

3

 

PHL 105

Introduction to Logic

3

 

PHL 111

Makers of the Modern Mind (Honors)

3

 

 

PHL 200

Ethical Theory

3

 

 

PHL 202

Environmental Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 205

Medieval Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 210

Philosophy of Person

3

 

 

PHL 215

Wisdom Traditions

3

 

 

PHL 220

Philosophy and Literature

3

 

 

PHL 223

Social Ethics

3

 

 

PHL 257

Philosophy of Religion

3

 

 

PHL 261

Philosophy of Women

3

 

 

PHL 270

Social and Political Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 285

Core-Special Topics

3

Religious Studies

Take RLS 104 and one other course

 

6

RLS 100

Biblical Studies

3

 

RLS 104

World Religions

3

 

RLS 106

Theology and Human Experience

3

 

RLS 107

Women and Spirituality

3

 

RLS 113

Theology of the Church

3

 

 

RLS 114

Introduction to Christian Thought

3

 

 

RLS 115

Religion in America

3

 

 

RLS 116

American Catholicism

3

 

 

RLS 117

Christian Health Care Ethics

3

 

 

RLS 118

Catholic Social Teachings and Mercy Spirituality for the 21st Century

3

 

 

RLS 120

Mayan Religion and Culture

3

 

 

RLS 185

Core Special Topics

3

 

 

RLS 215

Death and Dying

3

 

 

RLS 285

Core-Special Topics

3

Natural Sciences

6-8

BIO 103-104

General Biology I and II (lab)

6

Select two lab science courses, or a lab and non-lab science course.

 

Courses are listed in sequence when the first course is a prerequisite for the second.

 

 

BIO 105

Essential Biology (non-lab, unless taken with BIO 105L)

3

 

BIO 105L

Essential Biology Lab (lab, if taken with BIO 105)

1

 

BIO 106

Introduction to Environmental Science (non-lab)

3

 

BIO 111-112

Evolution, Genetics and Ecology & Cell and Molecular Biology (lab)

8*

 

BIO 121

Human Structure and Function I (lab)

4

 

BIO 210

Biology of Aging (non-lab)

3

 

BIO 211

Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)

4

 

CHM 101-102

Chemistry in Context I & II (lab)

8

 

CHM 104-105

General Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry (lab)

8*

 

CHM 133-134

Chemical Principles (lab)

8*

 

PHY 117-118

Physics Introduction I & II (lab)

8

 

PHY 121

Energy in Our World (non-lab)

3

 

PHY 135

Introduction to Physical Science (lab)

4

 

PHY 141

Introduction to Astronomy (non-lab)

3

 

PHY 142

Earth Science (non-lab)

3

 

PHY 145

Observational Astronomy (lab)

4

 

PHY 221-222

General Physics (lab)

8*

Free Elective Credits

 

 

 

9

* Courses with an asterisk require a stronger background in mathematics and science.

Free Electives

Courses taken as part of a minor, specialization, or certification may be included as the nine credits of free electives, provided that they are outside the major. Students are encouraged to take additional free electives whenever their program of study permits.

Writing Requirement

All undergraduate students seeking a bachelor's degree are required to complete the University Writing Seminar (ENG 151) within the first two semesters of enrollment, followed by two (2) courses that are designated as "Writing Intensive" that must be completed prior to degree conferral. The University Writing Seminar is a prerequisite to all Writing Intensive courses. Courses that meet the Writing Intensive requirements are indicated by a "W" after the course number as listed on the master schedule of classes for the term in which they are offered.

Technical Competency Requirement

The technical competency requirement consists of online modules designed to provide all incoming students with core technology competence for application throughout the academic experience and beyond.

Students will automatically be registered for this non-credit course which should be completed within the first three (3) semesters or 45 credit hours. Successful completion is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University.

The technical competency requirement will use a grading system of “S” or “U.” If a student does not complete the modules in the first semester, s/he will receive an “IP” (which WILL NOT rollover to an “F”) and will be automatically re-enrolled the following semester in the technical competency course.

Students who complete (or have completed) either Basic Computer Technology (BUS 105) or Educational Technology (TED 121) with a "C" or higher automatically meet the technology competency requirement.

The Misericordia University Guidelines for Appropriate Computing Behavior will be applicable.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally