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University Core Curriculum

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(Current Core Curriculum Requirements- Students should consult their University Catalog for requirements in place upon matriculation)
All undergraduate students at BW pursue a course of study sufficiently varied to acquaint them with a broad spectrum of human knowledge and to provide them a strong foundation in core academic skills. The knowledge and skills that students utilize and develop through their core courses are essential to their success in academic work as well as in their personal and professional lives. The core requirements include course work in the following areas: foundation courses in Mathematics, English Composition, and Liberal Arts and Science (LAS 200); breadth courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences; wellness courses in Health and Physical Education; coursework in International Studies; and coursework in Diversity Studies. Completion of a minor adds depth in a particular area of study, to balance the breadth provided by distribution requirements across the major disciplinary areas in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Each core course provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills in at least two of the following areas: written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, quantitative literacy, computer/information literacy, and teamwork. 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Core - Total semester hour credits: 43

Mathematics - 3 credit hour minimum
MTH 135 or higher depending on major and minor.* Students majoring in Early Childhood Education take MTH 111 (4 credits) and MTH 113 (2 credits.)  Mild/Moderate Educational Needs majors take MTH 111 (4 credits) and MTH 112 (4 credits) for core.  Prerequisite: Registration into these courses (except for MTH 137) requires students to have scored at least 22 on the quantitative portion of the ACT or at least 520 on the quantitative portion of the SAT. For students with both ACT and SAT scores, the higher placement will be used. Students who wish to challenge their ACT- or SAT-based placement, or students entering Baldwin Wallace University without ACT or SAT test scores, must take a mathematics placement test in order to take their MTH core course. Students should complete their MTH core requirement during their first two semesters at BW if they meet the prerequisite upon entry, or within their first three semesters if the prerequisite must be completed first. 

*Exception to Requirement:  Students who received credit for AP Statistics or AP Calculus are exempt from the Math core requirement and will receive credits as follows:

Score Exam Credit Hours Course Equivalent
3, 4, 5 AP Statistics 4 MTH 135
3, 4, 5 AP Calc AB 4 MTH 141
3, 4, 5 AP Calc BC 8 MTH 141, 142


English Composition - 3  credit hours
ENG 131 - Workshop in Exposition and Argument (3 credit hours.) Prerequisite: ENG 111 or placement. Students placing into ENG 131 should take it within their first two semesters at BW.  Students required to take ENG 111 should take it during their first semester at BW, and should take ENG 131 no later than their third semester at BW.
English Composition placement determined by ACT and SAT scores as follows:

Placement Placement Scores
ENG 131 ACT 24 or above - SAT 550 or above
ENG 111 ACT 23 or below - SAT 540 or below


Students may challenge their placement in ENG 111 or ENG 131 by taking the English challenge exam, in which they write an essay under supervised conditions.  Students exempted from ENG 131 satisfy core requirements by fulfilling 40 hours rather than 43.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Foundation Course (LAS 200) - 3 credit hours
Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) 200 - Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World (3 credit hours.) Prerequisites: ENG 131 and ONE of the following Math stipulations: SAT MATH 520+, ACT MATH 22+, ALEKS 40%+, MTH core transfer credit OR AP credit OR completion of MTH 137.  Students should complete LAS 200 within their first two semesters at BW if they meet the prerequisites upon entry, and no later than their third semester if prerequisites must be completed first.   

Humanities -
14 credit hours of core-designated coursework taken from the following areas:
Fine Arts - 4 hours from selected courses in: Art; Broadcasting; English, French, German, or Spanish Literature; Dance; Music; Philosophy; Theatre (course with "F" designation in the course number).
Cultural Heritage - 6 hours from at least two areas; History, Philosophy, Religion
General Humanities -  4 additional hours from any Humanities area listed above as well as Communication Studies, Communication Disorders, Chinese, Italian or courses with HUM-prefix

Natural Sciences - 7 credit hours of core-designated coursework, one of which must include a lab (indicated by an 'L' in the course number) from at least two of the following areas:
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Geology
Physics

Social Sciences - 8 credit hours of core-designated coursework from at least two of the following areas:
Asian Studies
Criminal Justice 
Economics 
International Studies
Political Science 
Psychology 
Sociology

Liberal Arts and Sciences electives - 3 additional credit hours of core designated coursework in Humanities, Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.

Health and Physical Education - 2 credit hour minimum
Students are required to take HPE 110W (Personal Wellness .5 credit hours) and to fulfill the remaining HPE requirement with core-designated (W) activity, technique, or health and wellness courses.

International Studies
Students must fulfill one of the following three options:*
Foreign Language:  One year of one foreign language excluding Foreign Languages & Literature courses taught in English.
Study Abroad: This requirement can be fulfilled by one of the following:
1.  Earning academic credit for at least three courses in an approved study abroad program.
2.  Earning the equivalent of 15 credit-hours in an accredited college abroad.
3.  Living abroad and attending a non-U.S. elementary or secondary school for at least one academic year.
4.  Other experiences abroad as approved by the Core Curriculum Committee.

Coursework in International Studies (courses with 'I' designation):  Three courses with no more than two from the same department. Courses that fulfill the International Studies requirement meet at least one of the following criteria:
1.  Explore international culture/cultures, past and/or present.
2.  Explore current global problems.
3.  Develop competencies in international communications.
4.  Explore international aspects of political and economic systems.

*International Studies core requirement does not apply to Music Education majors.

Diversity Studies (courses with a 'D' designation)
Students must complete one course designated as meeting the domestic diversity requirement. Courses that fulfill the Diversity Studies requirement have a significant amount of course content devoted to the analysis of domestic diversity, such as culture, race, religion, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, and social class. Courses that fulfill the Diversity Studies requirement meet at least one of the following criteria:
1.  Help students understand the historical or contemporary experiences of underrepresented groups in U.S. society.
2.  Introduce students to the ways in which diversity in America enriches our intellectual, social and cultural lives.
3.  Assist students in their preparation for both professional and civic life, by providing them perspective and insight on the diversity they will encounter in their workplaces and communities.
4.  Provide students the foundation for asking and answering insightful questions about the ways in which diverse peoples interact with each other and the consequences of these interactions.

Letter Designations:

  • D= Diversity Studies
  • F = Fine Arts
  • H = Honors Course
  • = International Studies
  • L =  Lab Science
  • W = HPE Core Course

 

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