Core Curriculum

The hallmark of a liberal arts education is that it entices a student to examine the tree of knowledge, to see both the distinction and interdependence of its branches. Through its programs, the College of Communication and the Arts offers students the opportunity to examine areas of the communication and the arts in depth, while exposing them to the breadth of related disciplines.

The College of Communication and the Arts Core Curriculum focuses on the following nine categories:

Social and Political Engagement—To cultivate a sense of meaningful citizenship, students will study the ways in which humans engage social and political issues through civic actions and cultural expressions.

Historical Contexts—To appreciate the way historical analysis helps us understand the world, students will take a course in the History Department that offers a broad investigation of social, political, cultural, and/or ideological forces shaping society over a long period of time and a course in Communication and the Arts that offers a history of a specific topic taught within the college.

Aesthetics—To cultivate an understanding of how visual and other forms of cultural production both reflect and affect the societies that produce them, students will learn about the aesthetic, cultural, social, and political implications of various art forms over the ages.

Identity and Difference—To develop an awareness of the ways that identities work and to understand the importance that identities play in society, students will study how identities are shaped by historical moments; how identities are predicated on differences of race, class, gender, nation, region, etc.; and/or how scholarly studies have theorized the construction of identities.

The Creative Process/Digital Cultures—To cultivate a sense of how creativity operates, students will learn how people make cultural works in historical periods, institutional settings, communicative modes, and/or artistic practices. To develop a meaningful understanding of our participation in the contemporary world, students will study how cultures work, circulate, and are accessed in digital environments.

Oral Communication—To understand the range of public discourse and prepare to contribute to and lead social groups, students will learn and practice presentations and other forms of spoken communication.

World Languages and Cultural Studies—To increase awareness of cultural roots and traditions in countries other than the United States, students will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of classical language, modern language, or world cultures.

Math and Science—To sharpen abilities to use and interpret quantitative information and use mathematical reasoning to solve problems, students will learn mathematical methodologies, models, and their applications; and to better understand the natural and physical world, including the challenges and impacts of discovery, students will examine scientific principles and practices.

Ethics—To examine what it means to lead a good and just life, students will use the principles of sound reasoning to make well-informed decisions about moral issues.

A course taken to fulfill one core requirement may not be used to fulfill another core requirement. In addition, a course taken to fulfill a core requirement may not be used to fulfill a program requirement.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Core Curriculum

The following outlines the requirements of the 16-credit University Core and the Core Curriculum of the College of Communication and the Arts. To obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, students within the College are required to complete both the University- and College Core Curriculum and declare a major to earn a minimum of 120 credits.

University Core

All students must demonstrate college-level competence in the following courses:

CORE 1001University Life1
CORE 1101Journey of Transformation3
CORE 2101Christianity and Cult in Dial.3
CORE 3XXXEngaging the World3
ENGL 1201Core English I3
ENGL 1202Core English II3
Total Hours16

College Core 

As of Fall 2016, all incoming freshmen and transfer students with 29 or fewer credits who are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the College of Communication and the Arts must demonstrate college-level competence in the following areas.


  1. a course taken to fulfill one core requirement may not be used to fulfill another core requirement;
  2. a course taken to fulfill a core requirement may not be used to fulfill a program requirement unless the student has a minor or a double major in a program offered by the College of Communication and the Arts only. In this case, a student with a minor can count two courses (6 credits) from their minor/major into the Core; and
  3. for students with a double major, three courses (9 credits) can be applied to both the major(s) and Core. 
Social and Political Engagement
Select one course from each of the following categories:6
Category A
Media Law
COJR 2330
COJR 3001
Women and the Media
Literary Journalism
Dynamics-Human Comm
Intercultural Communication
Communication Ethics
History of Rhetoric
Team Building and the Group Process
Persuasive Speaking
Rhetorical Criticism
Moral Argumentation and Debate
Category B
History of the Civil Rights Movement
Black Politics
Political Economy of Racism
AFAM 3311
Intell Trad-Global African Exp
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
United States Politics
West Political Thought I
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems and Solutions
Social Change
Introduction to Social Work
Historical Contexts
Select at least two courses; one from each of the following categories:6
Category A
Art and Human Needs
Art of the Western World
American Art
ARTH 3201
Introduction to Television and Radio History
Sound, Technology and Culture
History of American Journalism
History of Rhetoric
Theater History
Catholic Liturgical Music
Music and Civilizations
Music of America
MUHI 1119
MUHI 1133
Music of Broadway
Category B
History of African Civilization I
History of African Civilization II
World History I
World History II
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
American History I
American History II
History of Latin America I
History of Latin America II
History of Traditional Asia
History of Modern Asia
Women-Culture and Society
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 2109
Art and Human Needs
Art of the Western World
History of Photography
Introduction to Visual Theory
Film Criticism
Literary Journalism
Rhetorical Criticism
Catholic Liturgical Music
Music and Civilizations
Music of America
MUHI 1119
MUHI 1133
Music of Broadway
Music and Cultural Dialogue
Music in Film
Identity and Difference
Select at least two courses; one from each of the following categories:6
Category A
American Art
ARTH 3201
Digital Media Studies
Reality Television
Sports, Media and Culture
COJR 2330
Women and the Media
Dynamics-Human Comm
Intercultural Communication
Non-Verbal Communication
Moral Argumentation and Debate
Theatre As Cultural Dialogue
Category B
Introduction to African-American Studies
AFAM 2328
Early African-American Literature
AFAM 2412
Psych. of the Black Experience
Peoples and Culture-America I
Peoples and Culture-America II
Philosophy and Classical Mind
Philosophy and Modern Mind
Feminist Theories
Introduction to Psychology
International Psychology
Psychology of Religion
Religions of the World
History of Asian Relig Reflect
The Black Church
Jewish Beliefs and Practices
Intro to Islam
Women-Culture and Society
The Creative Process/Digital Cultures
Select one of the following:3
Drawing I
Painting I
Intro to Multimedia Comm
Brand Evolution - Logo Design
Drawing as Design
Digital Art and Design I
Web Design I
Digital Painting
ADIM 3313
Introduction to Digital Media Production
Writing for the Media
Performing Literature: Story-Telling and the Narrative Process
Introduction to the Theater
Acting I
Songwriting - Music Fundamentl
Oral Communication
COST 1600Oral Communication3
World Languages and Cultures
Select a sequence of two (2) courses from one of the following:6
Math and Science
Select one course from each of the following categories:6
Category A - Math
Stat Concepts and Methods
Mathematical Perspective
MATH 1202
Stats Models for Soc Science
Calculus I
Calculus I - Math - Phys Sci
Category B - Science
Introduction to Biology
Biology in the World Around Us
Human Structure-Function I
Human Structure-Function II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Phys I Lab
Human Anatomy and Phys II
and Human Anatomy and Phys II Lab
General Biology- Organisms
and General Biology-Organisms Lab
General Biology-Cell
and General Biology-Cell Lab
Chemistry and the World Around Us - An Integrative Approach
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Elements of Organic and Biochemistry
Intro to Physical Science
Intro to Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Select one of the following:3
Business Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
PHIL 2250
Contemporary Moral Issues
Christian Ethics
RELS 1504
Buddhist World Thought-Culture
Total Hours42

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