2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Core Curriculum

The University of New Haven’s Core Curriculum strives to develop six basic competencies among undergraduate students so that they may better understand and get along with other people, succeed in their chosen careers, and pursue lifelong learning after completing the requirements for the bachelor degree. The revised core aims at graduating students who are

  • good thinkers, speakers, and writers,
  • skilled at analysis and problem solving,
  • skilled at using computer technology,
  • effective citizens of their own country and the world,
  • aware of cultural similarities and differences, and
  • sensitive to artistic accomplishments.

In consultation with a faculty adviser, the student will select at least 40 credits of core courses from six categories. Individual interests are to be encouraged as is a breadth and depth of knowledge through traditional and contemporary areas of study.

Note well:

  1. Courses with prerequisites are followed by an asterisk.
  2. The adviser and student are cautioned to regard the prerequisites for some courses and plan core choices accordingly.
  3. A student may not use a single core course to satisfy more than one category of the core.
  4. An academic program may prescribe or proscribe certain choices within core categories but, in general, must allow the adviser and student the widest choice possible. Program requirements may not limit core course choices without the approval of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
  5. For students who place out of E 105 , E 110  will be the beginning English requirement. One course must be selected from Competency 1.2 to replace E 105 . That 1.2 course may not be used to also satisfy the 1.2 competency.

Bachelor’s Degree Core Requirements

Competency 1 — Communication (9 credits)

Ability to develop ideas from critical reading and general observation and to express ideas effectively through writing and speaking.

Competency 2 — Analysis and Problem Solving (10–11 credits)

Ability to dissect and explain concepts, data, actions, and events in order to understand their meaning, value, and relationship to the whole.

CC 2.2 Select one of the following:

CC 2.3 Select one of the following:

Option B

Three laboratory science courses (4 credits each) representing at least two of the following disciplinary groups:

  • Biology and Environmental Science (BI, EN, or MR prefixes)
  • Chemistry (CH prefixes)
  • Physics (PH prefixes)

Courses used to satisfy this option cannot be simultaneously used to satisfy Competencies 2.1, 4.2, or 5.3.

Competency 3 — Using Technology (3 credits minimum)

Ability to apply computer skills to academic endeavors.

Competency 4 — A Sense of History and Effective Citizenship (3–6 credits)

Ability to understand local, national, and international issues affecting one’s own nation and the world and to draw lessons from the experience of the past.

Competency 5 — Social Interaction and Global Perspective (6–9 credits)

Ability to understand, appreciate, and work well with others.

CC 5.3

  • Select a second course from 5.1 or 5.2 or, as directed by your program requirements, an additional course from Competency 2.

Competency 6 — Aesthetic Responsiveness (3 credits)

Ability to understand and appreciate artistic achievements.

Associate Degree Core Requirements

Students pursuing an associate degree must satisfy the following core curriculum competencies:

Communication (CC1) — 6 credits

Analysis and Problem Solving (CC2) — 3 credits

Using Technology (CC 3) — 3 credits

Social Interaction and Global Perspective (CC 5) — 3 credits

A Sense of History and Effective Citizenship (CC 4) — 3 credits

Aesthetic Responsiveness (CC 6) — 3 credits

These competencies are explained in detail above. All core requirements satisfied by the student for the associate degree will be applied toward the larger bachelor’s degree core if the student continues study.