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1012.     Introduction to the Liberal Arts.
Students will explore the aims and relevance of a liberal arts education.  Classical and contemporary readings from a broad range of disciplines will prepare students for further study in the CORE curriculum and guide them to discover connections between knowledge and a sense of purpose. Fall, Spring

1022.     Concepts of Wellness.
Students will examine their fitness needs, producing an exercise program and lifetime personal fitness goals. Fall, Spring

1023.     The Contemporary World.
Students will examine major issues in the current world, emphasizing the development of understanding to address these issues.  Fall, Spring

1033.     Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Students will engage in a study of mathematical ideas and thinking, learning to solve problems and make decisions using sound quantitative reasoning. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the mathematics requirement within their first four college semesters. Prerequisite: Official placement or a grade of C or better in ASKL 1013 or ASKL 1023.  Fall, Spring

1043.     Composition I.
Students will improve their ability to write clear, well-organized, and well-reasoned prose, observing the grammatical and mechanical conventions of Standard American English, through study of grammar and a variety of rhetorical modes and patterns of exposition. Students must pass a competency examination to complete the course.  Fall, Spring

1053.     Composition II.
Students will improve their ability to read, research, and write about texts, observing the conventions of formal prose.  Prerequisite: CORE 1043.  Fall, Spring

1113.     Survey of the Bible.
Students will survey the redemptive story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, emphasizing how that story shapes the Christian’s worldview and affects life decisions.   Fall, Spring

1123.     Interpreting the Bible.
Students will learn to recognize and develop valid interpretations and applications of the Bible.  Fall, Spring

2113.     American Civilization.
Students will examine North American culture from pre-Columbian times to the present, emphasizing the historical-cultural context of institutions and intellectual movements. This course also highlights the ideas, individuals, and events from which modern American culture emerged.  Fall, Spring

2123.     American Letters.
Students will examine the literary and philosophical currents of American culture, focusing on primary source material from a diverse range of authors and perspectives.   Fall, Spring

2213.     Western Civilization.
Students will survey the diversity of Western human experience in historical-cultural context, sketching as well the West’s entwining with global culture.  Fall, Spring

2223.     Western Letters.
Students will survey the diversity of Western literary and philosophical currents in historical-cultural context, sketching as well the West’s entwining with global culture.  Fall, Spring

2314.     Physical Science.
Students will survey key concepts in the physical sciences and how these concepts influence daily life. Includes laboratory.  Suggested prerequisite: CORE 1033 or higher mathematics.  Fall, Spring

2324.     Life Science.
Students will survey key concepts in the life sciences and how these concepts influence daily life. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CORE 2314.  Fall, Spring

2413.     Intellectual Traditions.
Students will survey the development of humans as thinkers in cultural context from prehistory to the present. Fall.

2433.     Personal Finance.
Students will survey the management of personal and family finances, including budgeting, consumer buying, personal credit, savings and investment, home ownership, insurance, and retirement.  Fall, Spring

2443.     Social Science Survey.
Students will survey the web of human culture and interaction, emphasizing the structures and tensions inherent in human diversity and the lines of power therein. Spring.

3113.     Fine Arts: Art.
Students will examine visual expression and its cultural context from prehistory to the present. Students also will develop the analytic skills needed to confront art and architecture, fostering the awareness needed to appreciate museums, galleries, and everyday life.   Fall, Spring

3123.     Fine Arts: Music.
Students will examine musical expression and its cultural context from prehistory to the present. Students will also survey the major musical stylistic periods, enhance their listening skills, and acquire an understanding of musical elements and forms.  Fall, Spring

3133.     Fine Arts: Theatre.
Students will examine theatrical expression and its cultural context from prehistory to the present. Students will also survey the literary dimensions of play-writing and the technical, literary, and performance aspects of theatre.  Fall, Spring

4001.     Senior Seminar.
This seminar encourages students to integrate knowledge and skills from their major field of study with the broader liberal-arts experience provided by the CORE curriculum.  Reflecting distinct disciplinary approaches in each school, the course provides a conceptual basis for life-long learning, meaningful work, and service to humans in a diverse and interconnected world.  Fall, Spring

4801-4893. Special Studies.
This course permits students to pursue independent research or creative work within the interdisciplinary studies domain. On Demand.

Information Resources.
These educational opportunities, taught in concert with specific content courses, provide instruction in the assessment, retrieval, and ethical use of information. Students will learn how to choose research topics, produce scholarly papers, and use academic style manuals.