The three-part structure of the curriculum comprises the Common Core, the Flexible Core, and the Experiential Core. The Common Core introduces students to Ouachita’s mission, provides a shared intellectual experience for incoming students, and develops skills and frameworks essential for further study. The Flexible Core ensures breadth of knowledge and allows students to choose among courses that develop analytical skills; cultivate artistic, linguistic, and cultural appreciation; foster civic engagement; and promote healthy living. The Experiential Core engages students outside the classroom, prompting them to connect learning with practical experience and encouraging them to participate constructively in the community.
COMMON CORE Credit Hours All students take the following courses. CORE 1002 OBU Connections† 2 CORE 1023 The Contemporary World 3 CORE 1043 Composition I 3 CORE 1113 Survey of the Bible 3 CORE 1123 Interpreting the Bible 3 CORE 2213 Western Civilization in Global Context 3 CORE 2233 World Literature 3 CORE 2334 Scientific Inquiry* 4 CORE 3023 Scientific Connections** 3 * Prerequisite: Completion of the Analytic & Quantitative Reasoning Menu ** Prerequisite: CORE 2334 Common Core Total Hours 27 FLEXIBLE CORE Credit Hours Choose as indicated from each of the seven categories. Analytic & Quantitative Reasoning (One course*) 3 MATH 1003 College Algebra MATH 1033 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts PHIL 1003 Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 1023 Logic * Students with ACT math score of 22 or less (SAT 530 or less) must choose one of the MATH courses. Applied Skills (One course) 3 COMM 1003 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FINN 2003 Personal Finance Artistic Engagement (One course**) 3 FINA 3113 Fine Arts: Art FINA 3123 Fine Arts: Music FINA 3133 Fine Arts: Theatre **Prerequisite: Documented participation in Arts Engagement Series. For more information, see www.obu.edu/finearts/arts-engagement/ Civic Engagement in America (One course) 3 PSCI 2013 American National Government HIST 2003 United States History to 1877 HIST 2013 United States History Since 1877 Intercultural Appreciation and Communication (Two courses) 6 Two semesters of credit in the same foreign language (CHIN, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, LATN, JAPN, SPAN). May also be satisfied by approved language-intensive study-abroad experience. Physical Well-being (One course) 2-3 KIN 1002 Concepts of Wellness KIN 2073 Health and Safety LST 2013 Outdoor Leisure Pursuits Flexible Core Total Hours 20-21 EXPERIENTIAL CORE Credit Hours CHAP 1000 Chapel (7 credits required†) 0 FINA 4011 Arts Engagement Series 1 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 48-49 UNIVERSITY WRITING AND ORAL COMMUNICATION College Writing 1 – Composition I or equivalent College Writing 2 – Composition II or approved course in major College Writing 3 – Approved upper-level course in major Oral Communication – Satisfied by approved course(s) in major