Core Curriculum Requirements

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are required to complete a minimum of 49 credit hours of core courses, as listed below:

Written Communication Requirement

All students must complete:

  1. The University Writing Seminar (3 credits). A course designated with a course number of 151 is the University Writing Seminar. See the core requirements listed below for where specific departments offer 151 courses within their curriculum. Successful completion of the University Writing Seminar course is required prior to beginning the writing intensive courses.
  2. At least two courses identified as writing intensive (at least 6 credits). Sections that are writing intensive will be indicated with a “W” following the course number on the course schedule. These courses may be offered and taken as part of the core requirements listed below and/or within individual majors/minors.

Behavioral Science: Select any two (6 course credits required)

PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

SOC 101 Comparative Sociology (3 credits)

BUS 205* Macroeconomics (3 credits)

BUS 206* Microeconomics (3 credits)

BUS 207* Contemporary Economics (3 credits)

(*Only one Economics course may count towards core)

English: Select any two (6 course credits required)

ENG 101 Literature of Values: Ancient and Medieval (3 credits)

ENG 102 Literature of Discovery: Modern/Early Modern (3 credits)

ENG 104 Literature of Discovery: American Literature (3 credits)

ENG 108 African American Literature (3 credits)

ENG 109 Modern World Literature (3 credits)

**ENG 151 University Writing Seminar (3 credits)

ENG 185 Special Topics-Core (3 credits)

ENG 207 British Literature (3 credits)

ENG 216 Italy in Literature & Film (3 credits)

**NOTE: This course will meet the University Writing Seminar requirement in addition to English core requirements. It should not be taken by someone who has successfully completed a University Writing Seminar in a different department, as it will not count toward the Writing Intensive course requirement. It may NOT be used to grade replace a University Writing Seminar taken in another department.

Fine Arts: Select any two (6 course credits required)

FA 102 Cultural Synthesis in the Ancient World (3 credits; for Expressway and Transfer students only)

FA 104 Art, Self, and Community in the Modern World (3 credits; for Expressway and Transfer students only)

FA 203 Subjects and Symbols (3 credits)

FA 204 Beauty and Ugliness (3 credits)

FA 207 World Music (3 credits)

FA 208 Pop Music: Diversity and Identity (3 credits)

FA 209 Themes in Art (3 credits)

FA 211 Global Contemporary Art (3 credits)

History/Political Science: Select one course from Group A and one course from Group B (6 course credits required)

History Group A:

HIS 103 US History I (3 credits)

HIS 104 US History II (3 credits)

HIS 105 Turning Points in American History (3 credits)

HIS 110 Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs (3 credits)

HIS 115 Introduction to U.S. Environmental History (3 credits)

HIS 120 The U.S. in a World at War (3 credits)

HIS 125 Modern U.S. History through Popular Culture (3 credits)

**HIS 151 University Writing Seminar (3 credits)

POL 100 American National Government (3 credits)

History Group B:

HIS 101 Western Civilizations I (3 credits)

HIS 102 Western Civilizations II (3 credits)

**HIS 151 University Writing Seminar (3 credits)

HIS 155 Nineteenth Century Europe (3 credits)

HIS 160 Contemporary Europe (3 credits)

HIS 165 The History of Human Rights (3 credits)

HIS 170 The Holocaust: History, Memory, and Legacy (3 credits)

HIS 175 Introduction to Middle Eastern History (3 credits)

POL 103 Global Politics (3 credits)

**NOTE: This course will meet the University Writing Seminar requirement in addition to History core requirements. It should not be taken by someone who has successfully completed a University Writing Seminar in a different department, as it will not count toward the Writing Intensive course requirement. It may NOT be used to grade replace a University Writing Seminar taken in another department.

NOTE: The History and Government Department will continue to offer the survey sequences (HIS 101/102, HIS 103/104, POL 100/103). Students may complete a sequence to fulfill their core requirements or they may select one course from Group A and one course from Group B. Transfer students entering the University during the 2013-14 academic year can fulfill their history core requirements by taking any two history core courses. These options will facilitate transfers to MU, allow secondary education majors to meet PDE requirements, and enable students to meet requirements for the history major.

Mathematics: All students are required to take two mathematics courses: one from Group A and one from Group B (minimum of 6 course credits required).

Placement into Mathematics Group A courses is determined by a student’s score in the mathematics section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT):

MTH 120: SAT Math scores of 440 and below

MTH 160: SAT Math scores of 450-490

MTH 165: SAT Math scores of 500 and above

MTH 171: Required Mathematics Bank A course for Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics majors.

Mathematics Group A

MTH 120 Mathematical Reasoning (3 credits)

MTH 160 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)

MTH 165 Survey of Calculus (3 credits) *

MTH 171 Calculus I (4 credits)

Mathematics Group B (May be specified by program)

MTH 115 Statistics (3 credits)

MTH 160 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)

MTH 165 Survey of Calculus (3 credits) *

MTH 171 Calculus I (4 credits)

MTH 172 Calculus II (4 credits)

*NOTE: This course may NOT be taken for credit by students who have previously received credit for MTH 151 or MTH 171.

Philosophy: Take PHL 100 and one of the following courses (6 course credits required).

PHL 105 Introduction to Logic (3 credits)

PHL 200 Ethical Theory (3 credits)

PHL 202 Environmental Philosophy (3 credits)

PHL 210 Philosophy of Person (3 credits)

PHL 215 Wisdom Traditions (3 credits)

PHL 220 Philosophy and Literature (3 credits)

PHL 223 Social Ethics (3 credits)

PHL 257 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

PHL 261 Philosophy of Women (3 credits)

PHL 270 Social and Political Philosophy (3 credits)

PHL 285 Special Topics-Core (3 credits)

* NOTE: PHL 100 is a prerequisite for every 200 level course.

Religious Studies: Select one course from Group A and one course from Group B (6 course credits required).

Group A

RLS 104 World Religions (3 credits)

**RLS 151 University Writing Seminar (3 credits; proposed for Spring 2014)

Group B

RLS 100 Biblical Studies (3 credits)

RLS 106 Theology and Human Experience (3 credits)

RLS 107 Women and Spirituality (3 credits)

RLS 113 Theology of the Church (3 credits)

RLS 114 Introduction to Christian Thought (3 credits)

RLS 115 Religion in America (3 credits)

RLS 116 American Catholicism (3 credits)

RLS 117 Christian Health Care Ethics (3 credits)

RLS 118 Catholic Social Teaching and Mercy Spirituality for the 21st Century (3 credits)

RLS 160 Marriage, Sexuality and Family (3 credits)

RLS 185 Special Topics-Core (3 credits)

RLS 215 Death and Dying (3 credits)

RLS 285 Special Topics-Core (3 credits)

**NOTE: This course will meet the University Writing Seminar requirement in addition to Religious Studies core requirements. It should not be taken by someone who has successfully completed a University Writing Seminar in a different department, as it will not count toward the Writing Intensive course requirement. It may NOT be used to grade replace a University Writing Seminar taken in another department.

Natural Sciences - Select one lab science course and one non-lab science course, or two lab science courses (minimum of 7 course credits required).

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

Lab courses:

BIO 105/105L Essential Biology with Laboratory (4 credits)

BIO 111/711-112/712 Evolution, Genetics and Ecology & Cell and Molecular Biology (4 credits each)

BIO 121/721 Human Structure and Function I (4 credits)

BIO 211/709 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

CHM 101/701-102/702 Chemistry in Context I & II (4 credits each)

CHM 104/704-105/705 General Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4 credits each)

CHM 133/733-134/734 Chemical Principles (4 credits each)

PHY 117/717-118/718 Physics Introduction I & II (4 credits each)

PHY 135/735 Introduction to Physical Science (4 credits)

PHY 145/745 Observational Astronomy (4 credits)

PHY 221/703-222/704 General Physics (4 credits each)

Non-lab courses:

BIO 105 Essential Biology (3 credits)

BIO 106 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 credits)

BIO 210 Biology of Aging (3 credits)

PHY 121 Energy in Our World (3 credits)

PHY 141 Introduction to Astronomy (3 credits)

PHY 142 Earth Science (3 credits)

Free Elective Credits: 9 credits.

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.

Technical Competency Requirement

The technical competency requirement consists of a test 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 (TC 000). Successful completion is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University.

The technical competency requirement uses a grading system of “S” or “U.” If a student does not pass the test 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