Outline of CORE

(See also The CORE Worksheet to print requirements in worksheet format.)

Fundamental Studies
9 credits, 3 courses

  • Academic Writing (one course)
  • Professional Writing (one course)
  • Mathematics (one course)
Distributive Studies
Humanities and the Arts
at least 9 credits, 3 courses

  • Literature (HL) (one course)
  • The History or Theory of the Arts (HA) (one course)
  • One other HL, HA, or Humanities (HO) course
Science and Mathematics
at least 10 credits, 3 courses

  • Physical Science(PL, PS) (at most two courses)*
  • Life Sciences(LL, LS) (at most two courses)*
  • Mathematics and Formal Reasoning (MS) (at most one course)

*At least two science courses are required; one must be accompanied by or include a laboratory.

Social Sciences and History
at least 9 credits, 3 courses

  • Social or Political History (SH) (one course)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) (two courses)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (IE)
0 or 1 courses, 0 or 3 credits

This is an optional category, effective beginning Fall 2005.

Students may complete CORE Requirements without an IE course.

Students make take one IE course in place of one of the following:

  • The third course in the Humanities and the Arts category (one HL and one HA must be taken), OR
  • The third course in the Sciences and Mathematics category (two science courses chosen from PL, PS, LL, or LS including at least one course from the LL or PL must be taken), OR
  • One SB course in the Social Sciences category (one SH and one SB must be taken)

See the CORE website for details on how to use the IE option.


  • IE is an optional CORE distributive studies category; Students may fulfill CORE requirements without taking an IE course.
  • All students under the CORE requirements (continuing and incoming) have this new option.
  • Only one IE course may be counted toward fulfilling CORE Distributive Studies requirements.
  • Whether a student takes an IE course or not, total CORE Distributive Studies course and credit requirements remain the same: at least 9 courses and 28 credits.
Advanced Studies
6 credits, 2 courses

  • One course, outside the major, at the 300-400 level
  • Another course, outside the major, at the 300-400 level, or an approved CORE Capstone (CS) course, or an honors or senior thesis.

(Some additional options and restrictions apply. See the Advanced Studies section.)

Human Cultural Diversity
3 credits, one course

  • One course from the CORE Human Cultural Diversity (D) list.

(Some Diversity courses also satisfy a Distributive or Advanced Studies requirement.)

43-46 credits, 14-15 courses

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