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Core Curriculum

EY:100 Introduction to the Science of Ecology fulfills the Science and Technology Core.

JS:113 Introduction to Judaism, RE:102 Applied Biblical Ethics, and RE:110 Introduction to Religious Studies fulfill the Values Core.

The Futures requirement has been dropped from the Susquehanna University Core Curriculum, effective in the 2004-05 academic year. Some of the courses listed under the Futures heading in the 2003-05 catalog will remain as part of the university curriculum, but they will no longer satisfy a Core requirement.

Beginning with the Class of 2008, all students at Susquehanna will be required to complete a capstone experience, valued at a minimum of two semester hours, as part of the Core. Normally completed in the student's senior year, the capstone experience advances on and arises from the lessons and activities offered by a concentrated course of study in the curriculum of a major or an interdisciplinary program. Every major program will offer a capstone experience for its students, who will have the opportunity to express individual intellect, creativity, and/or academic accomplishment through their capstone work. Departments will identify their capstone experiences by the 2006-2007 academic year.

The Core is required of all Susquehanna students, and forms the broad liberal arts base for specialized study in any field. All Core courses emphasize:
  • the interconnectedness of knowledge, encouraging students to cross boundaries between disciplines;
  • critical thinking, preparing students to draw sound conclusions from observation and research, and to apply both logic and insight in seeking creative solutions to problems;
  • education for citizens of the world, developing in students an understanding of the diverse human community; and
  • integration of the learning experience, cultivating each student’s whole mind, talents and capabilities.

The Core is organized in three major segments, with choices in each area shown below. Honors Program students complete Core requirements through specially designed courses shown in italics. Course descriptions are found in departmental sections of the catalog.

I. Personal Development. These courses introduce two important aspects of lifelong learning: wellness/fitness and career planning. They are included in the Core requirements to help students adjust to college life and to prepare for healthy and effective futures.

Personal Development

.5 semester hour PD:101 Wellness (University Experience)
.5 semester hour PD:102 Fitness
1 semester hour PD:103 Career Planning

University Experience is taken in the first seven weeks of study; the Fitness component may be taken at any time prior to the completion of the second year. Students who participate for one semester in a varsity sport are considered to have completed the Fitness requirement.

The Career Planning course is taken in the fall or spring of the second year.

II. Intellectual Skills. This area of the Core ensures that each student has the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the skills important to success in college: critical thinking and writing; mathematics and logic; foreign language competency; and computer literacy.

A. Transition Skills. Placement tests in mathematics and foreign language determine the beginning level of study for each student; those who can demonstrate mastery may earn exemption from the first three skill requirements.

Computer Literacy
2 semester hours
IS:100 Using Computers
Foreign Language
8 semester hours
Completion of 102, 104 or 150
in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin or Spanish
Mathematics or Logic Management MG:202 Business Statistics
4 semester hours Mathematics MA:111 Calculus I
MA:141 Introduction to Statistics
Philosophy PL:111 Introduction to Logic
Psychology PS:123 Elementary Statistics
Critical Thinking/Writing
4 semester hours English EN:100 Writing and Thinking
Honors HO:100 Thought

B. Continuing Skills Development. To develop their intellectual skills across the curriculum, all students complete eight semester hours in writing-intensive courses identified in each semester’s registration schedule. Honors Program students complete this requirement partly through HO:290 Sophomore Essay and HO:500 Senior Honors Research. Research-intensive courses develop information retrieval skills utilizing the library and tools for electronic access, including the Internet. These skills are introduced in Using Computers and continue to be developed in the Writing and Thinking (or Thought); each academic department then offers a research-intensive course for majors, which focuses on the tools and techniques important to that specific area of study.

III. Perspectives on the World. Courses in this section of the Core explore the past, present and future of civilization. They include the experience and contributions of women, minorities and non-Western cultures. They also continue to develop the basic academic skills.

A. Heritage. Great ideas, creations, events and people that have shaped history.

History Classics CL:260 Ancient History
4 semester hours History HS:111 U.S. History to 1877
HS:112 U.S. History Since 1877
HS:131 Europe, 800-1648
HS:132 Europe, 1648-Present
HS:151 Traditional East Asia
HS:152 Modern East Asia
HS:171 African Civilization
HS:172 Early Modern Africa
HS:180 Latin America, 1492-1825
Honors HO:340 Medieval People and Culture or other history course with Honors designation
Fine Arts
4 semester hours Art AR:101 Intro. to Art History I: Prehistoric-Late Middle Ages
AR:102 Intro. to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
AR:305 Ancient Art
AR:306 Renaissance Art History
AR:309 19th-Century Art History
Theatre Arts TH:133 British Theatre
TH:152 Introduction to Theatre
TH:252 Theatre History I: Beginnings to Shakespeare
TH:253 Theatre History II: Moliere to Present
Music MU:101 Introduction to Music
MU:102 A Study of Jazz
MU:130 Rock Music and Society
MU:193 Women in Music
MU:250 Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras
Film Studies FM:150 Introduction to Film
FM:220 International Film
FM:230 American Film and Culture
Honors fine arts course with Honors designation
4 semester hours English EN:200 Literature and Culture
EN:205 Literature Studies
EN:220 American Literature to 1865
EN:225 American Literature, 1865 - Present
EN:230 British Literature to 1789
EN:235 British Literature, 1789 - Present
EN:245 Comparative American Literatures
EN:250 World Literature
Comm. and Theatre Arts TH:200 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
Honors HO:200 Thought and Civilization

B. Contemporary World. The individual in modern society and the role and impact of science and technology.

Society and the Individual
4 semester hours
Diversity Studies DS:100 Introduction to Diversity Studies
Economics EC:105 Elements of Economics
EC:201 Principles of Macroeconomics
Education ED:100 Introduction to Human Geography
Political Science PO:111 American Government and Politics
PO:121 Comparative Governments and Politics
PO:131 World Affairs
Psychology PS:101 Principles of Psychology
PS:151 Drugs, Society and Behavior
Sociology SO:101 Principles of Sociology
SO:102 Social Problems
AN:162 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Women’s Studies WS:151 Introduction to Women’s Studies
Honors HO:240 Thought and the Social Sciences
Science and Technology
4 semester hours
Biology BI:010 Issues in Human Biology
BI:030 Field Biology
BI:101 Ecology, Evolution and Heredity
Chemistry CH:100 Chemical Concepts
CH:101 College Chemistry I
Geo./Env. Science GS:101 Environmental Geology
GS:102 Environmental Hazards
GS:103 Earth System History
GS:104 Weather and Climate
Physics PY:100 Astronomy and Classical Physics
PY:101 Introductory Physics I
PY:203 Physics of Music
Honors HO:250 Thought and the Natural Sciences

C. Values. Belief and behavior systems that influence culture and personal choices.

4 semester hours
Philosophy PL:101 Problems in Philosophy
PL:122 Resolving Moral Conflicts
PL:210 Philosophy of Religion
PL:241 Ancient Philosophy
PL:243 Modern Philosophy
Religion RE:101 The Old Testament
RE:103 The New Testament
RE:105 World Religions
RE:107 Faiths and Values
RE:109 Religions in the United States
RE:210 Philosophy of Religion

D. Futures. How history, contemporary trends and choices may affect our future.

2 semester hours
Biology BI:413 Future Trends in Biological Research
Communications CO:393 Leaders of Tomorrow
Diversity Studies DS:400 Diversity Encounters for a Changing World
Economics EC:305 Perspectives on the World Economy
Education ED:401 The Future of Education in Society
English EN:375 The Future of the Text
Geo./Env. Science GS:300 Sustainable Earth
Management MG:411 Scenarios for the Practice of Business in the Future
Math/Science MA:434 Artificial Life
Modern Languages FR:375, GR:375, SP:375 The Future of the Text
Political Science PO:336 Political Futures
Philosophy PL:365 Philosophy Futures: Utopias and Dystopias
Religion RE:300 Apocalypticism
Sociology SO:320 Society and the Future: American Perspectives
Women’s Studies WS:500 Women in the 21st Century

Sample Course Sequences. Susquehanna provides sample course sequences throughout this catalog to offer students a general timeline of courses and activities to fulfill major and Core curriculum requirements. All students consult with their major advisors to develop actual schedules based on requirements, course availability and individual needs. In many cases students may be exempt from certain Core or introductory level courses based on previous advanced course work in high school or performance on placement tests.

Sample Four-Year Sequence: Core Curriculum and Honors Core

Core Curriculum Honors Core Curriculum

First Year
University Experience
*Foreign Language
*Using Computers
Writing and Thinking
History, Social Science
or Natural Science
(Major and/or elective)
University Experience
*Foreign Language
*Using Computers
Thought and Civilization (Literature Core)
(Major and/or electives)

Second Year
History, Social Science
or Natural Science
Career Planning
Writing Intensive Course
(Major and/or electives)
Thought and the Social Sciences
or Thought and the Natural Sciences
Career Planning
Sophomore Essay
(Major and/or electives)

Third Year

History, Social Science
or Natural Science
Fine Arts
Writing Intensive Course
(Internship or study abroad
or major and/or electives)
Honors Values
Honors History

Honors Fine Arts
Writing Intensive Course
(Internship or study abroad
or major and/or electives)

Fourth Year
Writing Intensive Course
(Major and/or electives)
Honors Futures Seminar
Senior Honors Research
(Major and/or electives)

* Students who have mastered these skills may be exempt from these courses.

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