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.

Students who have taken English Composition at Misericordia University or at another college/university and have received a grade of "C" or better in that course are exempted from the two writing intensive course requirements.

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

Calculus I

MTH 160

Discrete Mathematics

Mathematics Bank II

Specified by Program

MTH 115

Statistics

MTH 151

Calculus I

MTH 152

Calculus II

MTH 160

Discrete Mathematics

Core Areas

Required Credits

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Behavioral Science

6

PSY 123

Introduction to Psychology

3

Select any two

 

SOC 101

Comparative Sociology

3

 

 

BUS 207

Contemporary Economics

3

English

Select any two

6

ENG 101C

Literature of Values: Ancient and Medieval

3

 

ENG 102M

Literature of Discovery: Modern/Early Modern

3

 

 

ENG 104M

Literature of Discovery: American Literature

3

 

 

ENG 108G

African American Literature

3

 

 

ENG 109G

Modern World Literature

3

 

 

ENG 111G

Literature of American Immigrants

3

 

 

ENG 185

Core-Special Topics

3

Fine Arts

Take FA 102C and

FA 104M, or take

either of the above

plus one "G" course

6

FA 102C

Cultural Synthesis in Ancient World

3

 

FA 104M

Art, Self, Community in the Modern World

3

 

FA 205G

Jazz Age Culture

3

 

FA 206G

Voices of Liberation

3

 

 

FA 207G

World Music

3

History/Political Science

Select one sequence

6

HIS 101C

Western Civilization I

3

 

HIS 102M

Western Civilization II

3

 

 

or

 

 

 

 

HIS 103M

US History I

3

 

 

HIS 104G

US History II

3

 

 

or

 

 

 

 

POL 100M

American National Government

3

 

 

POL 103G

Global Politics

3

Mathematics

6

see above

Mathematics Bank I

3

 

 

see above

Mathematics Bank II

3

Philosophy

6

PHL 100C

Introduction to Philosophy

3

Take PHL 100 and

 

PHL 102M

Introduction to Ethics

3

select one other

 

PHL 105M

Introduction to Logic

3

 

 

PHL 111M

Makers of the Modern Mind (Honors)

3

 

 

PHL 202G

Environmental Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 205C

Medieval Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 210M

Philosophy of Person

3

 

 

PHL 220M

Philosophy and Literature

3

 

 

PHL 223M

Social Ethics

3

 

 

PHL 257M

Philosophy of Religion

3

 

 

PHL 261G

Philosophy of Women

3

 

 

PHL 270M

Social and Political Philosophy

3

 

 

PHL 285

Core-Special Topics

3

Religious Studies

6

RLS 100C

Biblical Studies

3

Select any two

 

RLS 104G

World Religions

3

 

 

RLS 106M

Theology and Human Experience

3

 

 

RLS 107G

Women and Spirituality

3

 

 

RLS 113M

Theology of the Church

3

 

 

RLS 114C

Introduction to Christian Thought

3

 

 

RLS 115M

Religion in America

3

 

 

RLS 116M

American Catholicism

3

 

 

RLS 120G

Mayan Religion and Culture

3

 

 

RLS 185

Core-Special Topics

3

 

 

RLS 215G

Death and Dying

3

 

 

RLS 285

Core-Special Topics

3

Natural Sciences

6-8

BIO 103-104

General Biology I and II

6-8

Select one sequence

 

BIO 111-112

Evolution, Genetics and Ecology & Cell and Molecular Biology

8*

 

 

CHM 101-102

Chemistry in Context I & II

8

 

 

CHM 104-105

General Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry

8*

 

 

CHM 133-134

Chemical Principles

8*

 

 

PHY 117-118

Physics Introduction I & II

8

 

 

PHY 221-222

General Physics

8*

Free Elective Credits

 

 

 

9

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

Distribution

Students are required to choose among the American History, Western Civilization, or political science sequences. Students must take 6 credits in each of the humanities disciplines: history/political science, literature, fine arts, philosophy and religious studies. Credits must also be distributed as follows: 6 credits of courses designated ancient and medieval (C); 6 credits of modern (M); and 6 credits designated global/multicultural (G). The designation will appear in the schedule of classes offered each semester.

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 Proficiency Requirement

The writing proficiency requirement is a non-credit graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University. Transfer students who have taken an English composition course prior to matriculating at Misericordia University and who received a grade of "C" or better are exempted from this requirement. The requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:

  1. Students may take Composition (ENG 103), and achieve a grade of "C" or better.
  2. Students may pass the Writing Proficiency Examination, administered four times each academic year in October, November, March and April. In addition, two dates are available during the summer session.

Students are eligible to sit for the writing proficiency examination after completion of 30 credits, provided that they have completed at least one writing intensive course in the past or are currently enrolled in a writing intensive course. If they do not pass the examination the first time, students may take the examination a second time during the second semester of their sophomore year (or after the completion of 45 credits). Students who have not passed the examination by the beginning of their junior year (after 60 credits) must attend mandatory workshops sponsored by the Writing Center and the Student Success Center during the first half of the first semester of their junior year before they can sit for the examination that semester. Students who fail the examination a third time will be required to take Composition (ENG 103), and receive a grade of "C" or better before they may graduate from Misericordia University.

Non-traditional students participating in Expressway and online course programs whose first semester of enrollment will be Spring 2012 or later can plan on sitting for the writing proficiency exam at their site campus arranged through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Specific information regarding their requirement for the writing proficiency exam will be detailed in the student's formal admissions letter.

For questions regarding the writing proficiency exam, please contact the Coordinator of Writing at 570-674-6191.

Technical Competency Requirement

The technical competency requirement is a non-credit online course designed to provide all incoming students with core technology competence for application throughout the academic experience and beyond.

All entering, full-time, matriculating students will automatically be registered for this course. The course should be completed within the first three (3) semesters or 45 credit hours. Successful completion of the technical competency requirement is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University.

The course will consist of four (4) modules, as follows:

  • Information literacy
  • General computer operation
  • Computer communications and networks
  • Office management and productivity

The technical competency requirement will use a grading system of "S" or "U." If the student does not complete the courses in the first semester, they will receive an "IP" (which WILL NOT rollover to an "F"). The student who does not complete this competency 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.