The Core Curriculum

As a liberal arts institution, UIW has made a deliberate and concerted effort to support the concept of "liberal" learning through the creation of the Core Curriculum. Without apology, we require all of our graduates to complete a Core rich in the liberal arts tradition, grounded in the Catholic tradition, and appreciative of others and other cultures. We also recognize that many of our students transfer to UIW having completed all or most of our Core and as such, we accept those credits, where applicable, to ensure graduation in a timely manner. All students must complete the following Core Curriculum requirements.

Composition and Rhetoric (6 Hours)

ENGL 1311 Composition I
ENGL 1312 Composition II

Literature and Art (6 hours)

ENGL 2310

World Literature

Fine Arts

Three hours of a performance or history course in Visual Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, or three hours of Creative Writing from ENGL 2375, ENGL 3375, or ENGL 4375.

(Computer Graphic Arts courses will not satisfy this requirement.)

Science and Mathematics (7 Hours)

4 Hour Lab Science
BIOL 1401 Diversity of Life and Lab
BIOL 1402 Unity of Life and Lab
BIOL 2321/2121 Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles I and Lab
CHEM 1405 Science in Everyday Life
ENSC 1410 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENSC 3420H Human Dominated Ecosystems (Honors Students Only)
GEOL 1401 Physical Geology with Lab
GEOL 1402 Historical Geology with Lab
GEOL 1415 Astronomy
GEOL 1420 Oceanography
METR 1430 Meteorology
NUTR 2400 Environmental Nutrition
PHYS 1301/1101 General Physics I and Lab
PHYS 2305/2105 Physics I and Lab
PHYS 2308/2108 Physical Science and Lab
3 Hours Mathematics
MATH 1304 College Algebra
MATH 1306 College Geometry
MATH 1308 Finite Math
MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or an appropriate higher level math course

History and Behavioral Science (6 Hours)

3 Hours History
HIST 1311 World History I
HIST 1312 World History II
HIST 1321 The United States to 1865
HIST 1322 The United States since 1865
HIST 3310H Inquiries into the Modern World
(Honors Students Only)
3 Hours Behavioral Science
PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 1311 Introduction to Sociology
ANTH 1311 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
POLS 1315 American Politics
POLS 1316 State and Local Government

Philosophy and Religion (9 Hours)

3 Hours Religion (First course options)
RELS 1305 Introduction to Theology and Ethics
RELS 1315 Origins of Christianity
RELS 1325 The Religious Quest (Either 1325 or 1335)
RELS 1335 Spirituality and Prayer (Either 1325 or 1335)
RELS 1327H Theological Anthropology (Honors Students Only)
3 Hours Philosophy
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy
3 Hours Religion or Philosophy
Any three hour advanced religion or advanced philosophy course

Modern Language (6 Hours)

Six semester hours in one modern language other than English. American Sign Language may substitute for the modern language requirement.

Wellness and Physical Education (3 Hours)

DWHP 1200

Dimensions of Wellness (Transfer students use DWHP 3200)

DWHP 1200H

Dimensions of Wellness (Honors Students Only)

FYES 1211

First-Year Experience Seminar

PEHP Activity Course

Any 1 hour activity course (listed as activity in the catalog)

Community Service

A total of 45 clock hours (non-credit) are required for all baccalaureate degrees. Associate degrees require 22 clock hours (non-credit) of community service. Students may satisfy this graduation requirement by:

  1. Selecting volunteer opportunities posted by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability:
  2. Taking courses designated in the University schedule as service-learning courses
  3. or a combination of volunteer opportunities and service-learning courses
Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisors, early in their university experience, the options for fulfilling the community service requirement and the method of documenting their service. Students should complete their community service hours by the end of the junior year. Community service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar's Office before you apply to graduate or documentation must be attached to the application for graduation.