2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Core Curriculum


The University of New Haven is a student-centered comprehensive university with an emphasis on excellence in liberal arts and professional education. Our mission is to prepare our students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society by providing the highest-quality education through experiential, collaborative, and discovery-based learning.

An educated person at the University of New Haven demonstrates a balance of liberal arts, professional, and experiential education.  General education is addressed through the University Core Curriculum (as outlined below) and discipline education is addressed through the major requirements within each program. The University of New Haven experience also includes two additional core skills that fully round out the general education program: experiential learning and writing across the curriculum.

Experiential Education

All University of New Haven undergraduates complete a minimum of two courses or experiences that are recognized as designated high impact practice (HIP) that offer experiential learning opportunities. Colleges or programs may designate specific courses that fulfill all or part of this requirement. A designated high impact practice can be in one of the following five categories (1) study abroad courses, (2) courses with a community-based project such as a service learning course or S.L.I.C.E course (3) courses or fellowships with a faculty-mentored research project (4) internships, practicums, or clinical field placements (5) courses/experiences designated by departments as meeting the High Impact Practice Requirement that do not clearly fit with the previous four categories.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

"W" designated courses indicate a writing-intensive course.  Every University of New Haven undergraduate must take at least one "W" course, whether as part of the Core or through a major's requirements and electives, prior to graduation.  This requirement applies to all bachelor and associate degrees.

University Core Curriculum Overview

The Core encourages interdisciplinary interaction; establishes competency-based outcomes throughout the institution; provides flexibility in achieving those outcomes; and allows for a standardized campus-wide assessment of the general education requirements.  The University of New Haven's Core Curriculum strives to develop nine basic competencies among its undergraduate students so they may better understand and relate to diverse people, succeed in their chosen careers, and pursue lifelong learning after completing their education.

The design of the core is inspired greatly by the American Association of Colleges and Universities' "LEAP Model"-Liberal Education for America's Promise. The LEAP initiative seeks to make excellence inclusive by providing essential learning outcomes, high-impact educational practices, and authentic assessments.  This LEAP model was adapted to create a University Core that fits with the unique mission, purposes, and identity of the University of New Haven.

The University Core aims to graduate students who:

  • communicate effectively, both in writing and orally,
  • apply quantitative techniques to derive useful information from data,
  • think critically and solve real world problems,
  • appreciate scientific exploration of the natural world,
  • realize their role and responsibilities within a larger society,
  • embrace the diversity of cultural differences,
  • participate effectively as citizens of their own country and the world, and
  • appreciate the aesthetic value of artistic works.

Each of the nine competency categories possesses two tiers of expectations.  Tier 1 provides breadth through a fundamental set of outcomes that every student will complete, whereas Tier 2 provides depth through higher-level learning outcomes related to more focused content. Tier 2 courses can be selected by the student if not prescribed by the student's major program.  In consultation with a faculty adviser, and based on degree requirements, each student will select core courses from the nine categories as outlined below:


Degree Core Credit Hour Breakdown Total Core Hours
Bachelor Tier 1        1 course per category 28 credit hours At least 40 credit hours
Tier 2        3 or 4 courses from various
12 credit hours

Tier 1         1 course each from:
                   Written Communication,
                   Oral Communication,
                   Mathematical Literacy, and
                   Critical Thinking.

12 credit hours At least 20 credit hours

Tier 1
or              2 or 3 courses from
Tier 2        additional categories

8 credit hours


  1. The adviser and student are cautioned to take note of the prerequisites for courses and plan core choices accordingly.
  2. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one category of the core.
  3. An academic program may require certain choices within both Tier 1 and Tier 2 core categories. Program requirements may not limit core course choices without the approval of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
  4. The university will determine the appropriate placement level for students in English, Mathematics and certain specialized disciplines, indicating remedial work may be required.  As with any course, a core course may be satisfied through approved transfer credit from another institution, or other types of credit (e.g., an Advance Placement exam) as noted elsewhere in the catalog.
  5. If a student places out of Tier 1 in Mathematical & Quantitative Literacy based on a proctored exam administered by the Mathematics Department, they will proceed to a Tier 2 course as required by their major program or, if no higher math course is required, they will take any other core course chosen in consultation with their major advisor.

University Core Curriculum Course Inventory

The sections below provide the Tier 1 and Tier 2 learning outcomes for each of the nine core competencies, as well as the courses by which students can fulfill the requirements for that competency.

Core Competency 1 - Written Communication

In Tier 1, the student will be able to produce effective writing that demonstrates an understanding of the relationships among audience, purpose, and voice; craft a written response to multiple texts that puts the student's ideas into conversation with those in the texts; and develop a writing process that incorporates invention, research, drafting, sharing with others, revision, editing, and reflection. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC1 - Written Communication

Tier 1
Number Title

ENGL 1112  
ENGL 1113  
ENGL 1114  

Academic Inquiry and Writing
Academic Inquiry and Writing - Intl Students
Academic Inquiry and Writing with Lab

In Tier 2, the student will be able to communicate within the writing conventions of a specific discipline through attention to tone, format, and style; compose written work that demonstrates mastery of concepts in the discipline; and craft a written response to professional writing that puts the student's ideas into a disciplinary conversation. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC1 - Written

Tier 2
Number Title

ARTS 3301  
ARTS 3336  
ENGL 2220  
ENGL 2225  
ENGL 2270  
ENGL 3342  
ENGL 3343  
HLTH 2250  

Writing for Designers
Narrative Photography
Writing for Business and Industry
Technical Writing and Presentation
Advanced Essay Workshop
Grant Writing
Writing for Digital Environments
Health Sciences Research Design and Writing I


Core Competency 2 - Oral Communication and Presentation

In Tier 1, the student will be able to deliver an oral presentation appropriate to the audience and purpose; explain the fundamental principles of communication theory; and adapt oral communication to various interpersonal contexts, such as group discussion, leadership, and conflict situations. This can be accomplished in the following course:

CC2 - Oral Communication and Presentation

Tier 1
Number Title
COMM 1130   Principles of Communication

In Tier 2, the student will be able to apply communication principles to team building; adapt communication to intercultural contexts; and integrate methods of persuasion into an oral presentation or interaction. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC2 - Oral Communication and Presentation

Tier 2
Number Title

COMM 2200  
DGAD 2001  
ENGL 2230  

Small Group Communication
Multimedia Communication
Public Speaking and Group Discussion


Core Competency 3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy

In Tier 1, the student will be able to apply mathematical concepts and principles to solve problems; differentiate among multiple representations of mathematical information; and assess mathematical reasonableness and consistency. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy

  Tier 1
Number Title

MATH 1104 
MATH 1107   
MATH 1108  
MATH 1110  
MATH 1115  
MATH 2228  


Quantitative Reasoning
College Mathematics with Embedded Review
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Elementary Statistics

In Tier 2, the student will be able to generate mathematical models based on abstract concepts; justify the correctness of a solution based on assumptions made and known limitations of methods used; and solve complex mathematical problems involving multiple mathematical forms and techniques or draw appropriate conclusions as the result of performing quantitative data analysis based on sound assumptions regarding estimation and modeling. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy

  Tier 2

Number Title

BANL 1100  
FINC 1123 
HLTH 2240   
MATH 1117  
MATH 1118  
MATH 2203 
MATH 2221   
PSYC 3301  


Intro to Business Analytics
Personal Finance
Statistics for Health Sciences
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Foundations of Mathematics
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences


Core Competency 4 - Scientific Exploration

In Tier 1, the student will be able to articulate structural and/or functional aspects of elements of a portion of the natural world; use discipline-specific methodologies and technologies to draw conclusions about natural phenomena; and illustrate the effects of scientific knowledge and progress on societal issues. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC4 - Scientific Exploration

Tier 1

Number Title

BIOL 1121 /3
BIOL 1125 /6
BIOL 2253 /5
CHEM 1105 /6
CHEM 1115 /7 
ENVS 1101 /2
PHYS 1100 /1
PHYS 1115 /6 
PHYS 1103 /13 
PHYS 1104 /14 
PHYS 1130 /1 
PHYS 1150 /1
PHYS 2205 /6 

Intro to General and Human Biology I with Lab
Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab
Biology I for Science Majors with Lab
Intro to General & Organic Chemistry with Lab
General Chemistry I with Lab
Intro to Environmental Science with Lab
Introductory Physics with Lab
Physics of Sports with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
General Physics II with Lab
Physics of Color and Light with Lab
Calculus-Based Physics I with Lab
Calculus-Based Physics II with Lab

In Tier 2, the student will be able to evaluate the conduct and/or design of scientific inquiry; and apply advanced methods/techniques in conducting scientific inquiry or assess the potential implications of scientific inquiry. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC4 - Scientific Exploration

Tier 2
Number Title

BIOL 2250 /1
BIOL 3311 /13
BIOL 4461 /2 
DIET 2200 /1 
ENVS 4500  
MARN 2200 /1
PHYS 2211  

Invertebrate Zoology with Lab
Molecular Biology with Lab
Biochemistry with Lab
Food Science & Preparation with Lab
Environmental Geoscience with Lab
Oceanography with Lab
Modern Physics


Competency 5 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

In Tier 1, the student will be able to compose analytical and/or argumentative essays that address a specific question; discern the relevance of available information as it pertains to supporting a chosen position; and develop a reasoned proposal that addresses a particular issue. This can be accomplished in the following course:

CC5 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Tier 1
Number Title
BUSA 1000 
EASC 1125  
EASC 1126  
HLTH 1141   
UNIV 1125 
UNIV 1141   
Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Societal Issues in the Cyberworld
Entrepreneurial Concepts Engr and Science
Pandemics and Public Health Threats
The UNCommon Course
Intro to Academic Research and Project Mgmt

In Tier 2, the student will be able to synthesize information from multiple sources to solve a problem; follow a process to develop an effective solution to a problem; and assess the effectiveness of a proposed solution to a problem. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC5 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Tier 2
Number Title

BUSL 2201  
CSCI 1110  
DHYG 2240  
DHYG 3325  
EASC 2211  
ECON 1134  
ECON 3370  
ENVS 4540  
GRDE 1110  
HIST 3310  
HLTH 2230  
HUMN 3300  
ILLU 3355  
LSTD 4440  
MARA 3204  
PHIL 2210  
PHIL 2250  
PSCI 1125  
PSCI 2250  
PSCI 3308  
PSCI 3309  

International Business Law
Intro to Programming/C
Dental Hygiene Concepts II with Lab
General and Oral Pathology
Intro to Modeling of Engineering Syst
Intro to Microeconomics
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Intro to Geographical Info Systems
Applications of Graphic Design Production
Environmental History
Nature of Science
Illustration III
Law and Policy
Global Change
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Public Policy
Political Conflict Resolution
Legislative Process
The American Presidency


Competency 6 - Historical Perspectives

In Tier 1, the student will be able to explain the historical interplay of transformational events and movements in one or more broad regions; evaluate primary and secondary historical sources for their perspective and credibility; and examine the impact of different political, economic, socio-cultural, or religious systems on the historical development of civilizations. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC6 - Historical Perspectives

Tier 1
Number Title

HIST 1000  
HIST 1100  
HIST 1101  
HIST 1102  
HIST 1108  
HIST 1120  
HIST 1121  
HIST 1122 
HIST 2207   
HIST 2240  
HIST 2241 
HIST 2260 
HIST 2500    
HIST 3314   
HIST 3381 -5


Thinking Historically About ...
Inventing our Modern World
Early Societies: Being Human in Antiquity
Modern Societies: Being Human in Modern Times
History of Science
African-American History
The Making of Early America
The Meaning of Modern America
World History Since 1945
Making Colonial Latin America
Making Modern Latin America
Great Power Rivalries in Asia
Humanity by the Numbers
Black History through Film
Special Topics

In Tier 2, the student will be able to examine the historical interplay of transformational events and movements in a specific context; evaluate trends and inconsistencies in historical interpretations and/or assessments of events; and synthesize historical data from primary and secondary sources into coherent analytical arguments that address questions about the past. This can be accomplished in the following courses: 

CC6 - Historical Perspectives

Tier 2
Number Title

HIST 2208 
HIST 2400  
HIST 3300    
HIST 3304  
HIST 3305  
HIST 3312 
HIST 3313  
HIST 3315  
HIST 3352  
HIST 3360  
HIST 3361  
HIST 3362 
HIST 3363 
HIST 3367 
HIST 3370    
HIST 3386 -9 
HIST 3430  
HIST 3440  
HIST 4040  
THEA 2241  
THEA 2242  


Military History
Digital Projects in History
Medieval Crime & Punishment
Gaming the Past
Self & Other in the Renaissance
Modern U.S. History
Poverty in America
Black Activism: Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
Empires: Conquest & Identities
England: Restoration and Empire
Modern & Contemporary Britain: 1815 - Present
Russia: Tsars & Serfs
Russia: Empire & Communism
Revolutions: Values & Power
US-China and the 21st Century
Special Topics
Becoming Latinx
Sport in Latin America
Race/Ethnicity Latin America
Theatrical Roots and Rituals
Theatrical Manifestos and Movements


Competency 7 - The Individual and Society

In Tier 1, the student will be able to relate theories or perspectives on thought, behavior, and decision-making to personal and social awareness; articulate various theories or perspectives of social interaction; and reflect upon group or organizational membership as it relates to ethical conduct. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC7 - The Individual and Society

Tier 1
Number Title

ARHS 2250  
CJST 1100  
CSCI 3316  
EASC 2215  
HLTH 1100  
LSTD 1105  
LSTD 2220  
LSTD 3340  
PHIL 1101  
PHIL 2215  
PHIL 2222  
PHIL 2251  
PSCI 1101  
PSCI 1121  
PSCI 1122  
PSYC 1111  
PSYC 1112  
SOCI 1113  

Modern Art, Modernity, and Modernism
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Professional Issues in Computing Technology
Sustainability, Ethics, and Professional Issues
Introduction to Health Professions
Justice in America
Equality and Law
Introduction to Philosophy
Nature of Self
Philosophy of Race
Introduction to Politics
American Government and Politics
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology for Majors

In Tier 2, the student will be able to evaluate the decisions and interactions of individuals and/or groups; compare and contrast various theories/perspectives regarding the individual and society; and express a personal philosophy or code of ethics in the context of social responsibility. This can be accomplished in the following courses: 

CC7 - The Individual and Society

Tier 2
Number Title

ECON 1133  
HLTH 2200  
PSCI 2222  
PSCI 3332  
SOCI 2210  
SOCI 2270  

Intro to Macroeconomics
Introduction to the US Healthcare System
US Foreign Policy
Constitutional Law
Social Challenges and Controversies in Gaming
Social Inequality


Competency 8 - Global and Intercultural Awareness

In Tier 1, the student will be able to interpret various aspects of another society's material and expressive culture; identify differences among the culture being studied and other cultures; and explain some of the cultural practices related to the formation of social identities. This can be accomplished in the following courses: 

CC8 - Global and Intercultural Awareness

Tier 1
Number Title

ARBC 1101  
ARBC 1102  
ARBC 2201  
CHIN 1101  
CHIN 1102  
CHIN 2201  
DIET 1175  
ENGL 2201  
ENGL 2202  
ENGL 2262  
FREN 1101  
FREN 1102  
FREN 2201  
GERM 1101  
GERM 1102  
GLBS 1100  
HTMG 3305   
HTMG 3307  
HTMG 3312  
ITAL 1101  
ITAL 1102  
ITAL 2201   
LSTD 3350  
MUSC 1112 
PHIL 2201   
PHIL 2230  
PRSN 1101  
PRSN 1102  
PSCI 1123  
PSCI 2241  
RUSS 1101  
RUSS 1102  
RUSS 2201  
SPAN 1101  
SPAN 1102  
SPAN 2201  


Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic I
Conversational Chinese I
Conversational Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Food, Nutrition, and Culture
Early World Literature
Modern World Literature
Immigrant Literature
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Introduction to Global Studies
Wine Appreciation
Cultural Understanding of Food and Cuisine
Unconventional Foods
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Intermediate Italian I
Global Legal Systems
Music and Global Cultures
Philosophies of the World
Introduction to Islam
Elementary Persian I
Elementary Persian II
Introduction to Comparative Politics
International Relations
Elementary Russian I
Elementary Russian II
Intermediate Russian I
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I

In Tier 2, the student will be able to interpret aspects of the material and expressive culture of a specific region and/or group; evaluate differences among the culture being studied and other cultures; and analyze the cultural practices of a specific region and/or group. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC8 - Global and Intercultural Awareness

Tier 2
Number Title

ARBC 2202  
ARBC 3301  
ARBC 4401  
ARBC 4403  
BUSL 2201  
CHIN 2202  
CHIN 3301  
CHIN 4401  
ECON 2200  
ENGL 2217  
ENGL 2218  
ENGL 3325   
FREN 2202  
GLBS 4401  
GLBS 4402  
GLBS 4403  
GLBS 4404  
HTMG 4405  
HTMG 4407  
ITAL 2202  
ITAL 2250  
ITAL 3301  
ITAL 4401  
ITAL 4410  
ITAL 4411  
LSTD 3370  
PSCI 2244  
PSCI 2246  
PSCI 2247  
PSCI 2281  
PSCI 2282  
PSCI 2285  
RUSS 2202  
RUSS 3301  
RUSS 3303  
RUSS 3304  
RUSS 4401  
SPAN 2202  
SPAN 3301  
SPAN 3302  
SPAN 4401  
SPAN 4402  
SPAN 4403  

Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Arabic
Arabic Culture-Lit & Media
Hispanoarabic Culture
International Business Law
Intermediate Chinese II
Advanced Chinese
Chinese Culture-Lit & Media
Global Economy
African American Literature I
African American Literature II
Irish Literature
Intermediate French II
Arabic Culture-Lit & Media
Chinese Culture-Lit & Media
Russian Culture Literature, Film, and Media
Latin Amer Culture-Lit & Media
Top Shelf High End Wines and Spirits
Food in America
Intermediate Italian II
Contemporary Italian Life and Culture
Advanced Italian
Italian Culture-Lit & Media
Italian Literature of Migration
Crime and Punishment in Italian Literature
Law and Culture: Study Abroad
Model United Nations
Global Frontier Africa
Politics of Globalization
Comparative Political Systems: Asia
Comparative Political Systems: Europe
Comparative Political Systems: Middle East
Intermediate Russian I
Advanced Russian
Adv Russian: Focus on Reading and Translation
Displaced Lives & Exiles Russia & Eastern Europe
Russian Culture-Lit & Media
Intermediate Spanish II
Advanced Spanish: Composition
Advanced Spanish: Conversation
Latin American Culture Through Literature Media
US Latino Literature and Culture
Spanish Culture-Lit & Media


Competency 9 - Perspectives on Creative Arts

In Tier 1, the student will be able to describe various forms of creative arts as expressive and material culture in social contexts; examine the respective roles of technique, process, and methodology needed to produce creative artworks in various media forms; and draw conclusions about the use and function of a creative art practice and/or specific artworks within historical and/or cultural contexts. This can be accomplished in the following courses:

CC9 - Perspectives on Creative Arts

Tier 1
Number Title

ARTS 1101  
ARTS 1102  
ARTS 2231  
ARTS 2232  
ARTS 2233 
DGAD 2250   
ENGL 2200  
ENGL 2201  
ENGL 2202  
ENGL 2211  
ENGL 2212  
ENGL 2213  
ENGL 2214 
ENGL 2215   
ENGL 2217  
ENGL 2218  
ENGL 2235  
ENGL 2250  
ENGL 2260  
ENGL 2262  
ENGL 2275  
ENGL 2281  
ENGL 3323  
ENGL 3325  
ENGL 3341  
ENGL 3350  
ENGL 3353  
ENGL 3356  
ENGL 3365    
ENGL 3385  
ENGL 3390  
ENGL 3392  
ENGL 3393  
ENGL 3394  
ENGL 3395   
ENGL 4481 -9
INTD 2209  
INTD 2210  
MUSC 1111  
MUSC 1112  
MUSC 2221  
MUSR 1105  
THEA 1131  
THEA 1132  


Introduction to Studio Art
Digital Photography (non-majors)
History of Art I
History of Art II
Art and Science of Renaissance Italy
Digital Fabrication Art
Studies in Literature
Early World Literature
Modern World Literature
Early British Writers
Modern British Writers
Early American Writers
Modern American Writers
Introduction to Literature
African American Literature I
African American Literature II
The Graphic Novel
Narrative Structure in Games
The Short Story
Immigrant Literature
Popular Lyrics
Science Fiction
Renaissance in England
Irish Literature
Video Games as Literature
Literature of the Romantic Era
Victorian Literature
The Bible as Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Novel in English
Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville
Mark Twain
American Humor
American Realism
Special Topics in Literature
History of Architecture and Interior Design I
History of Architecture and Interior Design II
Introduction to Music
Music and Global Cultures
Film Music
Listening to Videogames
Introduction to Theater
Introduction to Contemporary Performance

In Tier 2, the student will be able to analyze and/or produce one or more creative art forms and/or works of art; incorporate elements of technique, process, and methodology in the making and/or analysis of art; and employ reflection and/or revision in the appraisal or making of art. This can be accomplished in the following courses: 

CC9 - Perspectives on Creative Arts

Tier 2

Number Title

ARTS 1105  
ARTS 1110  
ARTS 3317  
ARTS 3320  
ARTS 3331  
ARTS 3333  
ARTS 3340 
DGAD 2255   
ENGL 2251  
ENGL 2267  
ENGL 2277  
ENGL 2287  
ENGL 3315  
ENGL 3345  
ENGL 3355  
ILLU 4460
MUSC 2211  
MUSR 2205 
MUSR 3341   
THEA 1150  
THEA 2241  
THEA 2242  


Drawing I
Digital Photography I
Design History Seminar
History of Photography
Contemporary Art
Survey of African American Art
Issues of Art & Environment
Virtual and Augmented Reality Design
Narrative Nonfiction
Intro to Creative Writing
Poetic Form & Formal Exper
Story Structure/Narrative Form
Production Dramaturgy
Adv Poetry Workshop
Adv Fiction Workshop
Sr Project: Illustration Part I
History of Rock
Creating Punk Videogames
Designing Music Technology
Introduction to Acting
Theatrical Roots and Rituals
Theatrical Manifestos & Movements