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The Core Curriculum

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As a liberal arts institution, UIW has made a deliberate and concerted effort to support the concept of "liberal" learning through the creation of the Core Curriculum. Without apology, we require all of our graduates to complete a Core rich in the liberal arts tradition, grounded in the Catholic tradition, and appreciative of others and other cultures. We also recognize that many of our students transfer to UIW having completed all or most of our Core and as such, we accept those credits, where applicable, to ensure graduation in a timely manner. All students must complete the following Core Curriculum requirements.

Composition and Rhetoric (6 Hours)

ENGL 1311 Composition I
ENGL 1312 Composition II

Literature and Art (6 hours)

ENGL 2310

World Literature

Fine Arts

Three hours of a performance or history course in Visual Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre

Science and Mathematics (7 Hours)

4 Hour Lab Science








BIOL 1401
BIOL 1402
BIOL 2321/2121
CHEM 1301/1101
CHEM 1405
ENSC 1410
ENSC 3420H

GEOL 1401
GEOL 1402
GEOL 1415
GEOL 1420
METR 1430
NUTR 2400
PHYS 1301/1101
PHYS 2305/2105
PHYS 2308/2108

Diversity of Life and Lab
Unity of Life and Lab
Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
Chemical Principles I and Lab
Science in Everyday Life
Introduction to Environmental Science
Human Dominated Ecosystems (Honors Students Only)
Physical Geology with Lab
Historical Geology with Lab
Environmental Nutrition
General Physics I and Lab
Physics I and Lab
Physical Science and Lab

3 Hours Mathematics

MATH 1304
MATH 1306
MATH 1308
MATH 2303
or an appropriate higher level math course

College Algebra
College Geometry 
Finite Math
Introduction to Probability and Statistics

History and Behavioral Science (6 Hours)

3 Hours History

HIST 1311

HIST 1312

HIST 1321

HIST 1322

HIST 3310H

World History I

World History II

The United States to 1865

The United States since 1865

Inquiries into Human Stories of the Modern World

(Honors Students Only)

3 Hours Behavioral Science



PSYC 1301
SOCI 1311
ANTH 1311
ECON 2301
GOVT 1315
GOVT 1316

Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
American Politics
State and Local Government

Philosophy and Religion (9 Hours)

 3 Hours Religion



 First course options:

RELS 1305

RELS 1315

RELS 1325

RELS 1335

RELS 1327H

Introduction to Theology and Ethics

Origins of Christianity

The Religious Quest or

Spirituality and Prayer

Theological Anthropology (Honors Students Only)

3 Hours Philosophy

PHIL 1381

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Hours Religion or


Any three hour religion or advanced philosophy course

Foreign Language (6 Hours, Second Language)

Six semester hours in one language other than English. American Sign Language may substitute for the second language requirement.

Wellness and Physical Education (3 Hours)

DWHP 1200

Dimensions of Wellness (Transfer students use DWHP 3200)

PEHP Activity Course

Any 1 hour activity course (listed as activity in the catalog)

Community Service

A total of 45 clock hours (non-credit) are required for all baccalaureate degrees. Associate degrees require 22 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service. Students may satisfy this graduation requirement by: (1) selecting volunteer opportunities posted by Campus Ministry, or (2) taking courses designated in the University schedule as service-learning courses, or (3) a combination of volunteer opportunities and service-learning courses. Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisors, early in their university experience, the options for fulfilling the community service requirement and the method of documenting their service. Students should complete their Community Service hours by the end of the junior year. Community Service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar's Office before you apply to graduate or documentation must be attached to the application for graduation.



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