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Core Curriculum

I. Personal Development. Perspectives courses allow students to assess the purpose and nature of a college education. This requirement is intended to help students have a smooth adjustment to college life, and it is taken in the first semester.

Personal Development

2 semester hours PRDV:104 Core Perspectives
4 semester hours MGMT:102 Global Business Perspectives

EENV:213 Oceanography has been added to the list of Science and Technology Core courses in the Contemporary World section.

Information Systems INFS:505 Capstone fulfills the capstone requirement.

Modern Languages LANG:400 no longer satisfies the capstone requirement, but any 400-level course offered in French, German or Spanish fulfills the capstone requirement.

Central Curriculum. The students who enter the university in the fall of 2009 will satisfy a new Central Curriculum rather than fulfilling the existing Core Curriculum. Susquehanna’s faculty are currently approving Central Curriculum courses, and a detailed description of the new requirements will appear in the 2009–11 University Bulletin. The structure for the Central Curriculum is as follows:

Section 1. Richness of Thought
4 semester hours in Analytical Thought
4 semester hours in Literary Expression
4 semester hours in Artistic Expression

Section 2. Natural World
4 semester hours in Scientific Explanations

Section 3. Human Interactions
4 semester hours in Social Interactions
4 semester hours in Historical Perspectives
4 semester hours in Ethics
0–12 semester hours (depending on placement) in a language other than English
4 semester hours in Ethics Intensive courses

Section 4. Intellectual Skills
2 semester hours in New Perspectives
4 semester hours in Writing and Thinking
4 semester hours in an Interdisciplinary course
8 semester hours in Writing Intensive courses
4 semester hours in Oral Intensive courses
4 semester hours in Team Intensive courses

Section 5. Connections
4 semester hours in Diversity
4 semester hours in Diversity Intensive courses
An off-campus cross-cultural experience that may or may not bear credit, depending on the specific experience selected by the student
2 semester hours in a cross-cultural seminar, to be taken after the student returns from his or her cross-cultural experience

Courses satisfying Central Curriculum requirements may also be counted toward majors and minors. The Interdisciplinary course may cross-count with any one course within the Central Curriculum, merging the requirements for both into a single course offering. Similarly, the diversity course may cross-count with any one course within the Central Curriculum. Any one course, including courses in the Central Curriculum, may provide one or two intensive requirements, as long as the course met all of the relevant criteria.

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. Core Perspectives allows students to assess the purpose and nature of a college education. This course is included in the Core requirements to help students have a smooth adjustment to college life, and it is taken in the first semester.

Personal Development

2 semester hours PRDV:104 Core Perspectives

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; and foreign language competency.

A. Transition Skills. Placement materials 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 two skill requirements.

Foreign Language
8 semester hours
Completion of 102, 104 or 150
in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian or Spanish
Mathematics or Logic Management MGMT:202 Business Statistics
4 semester hours Mathematics MATH:111 Calculus I
MATH:141 Introduction to Statistics
Philosophy PHIL:111 Introduction to Logic
Psychology PSYC:123 Elementary Statistics
Critical Thinking/Writing
4 semester hours English ENGL:100 Writing and Thinking
Honors HONS: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 HONS:290 Sophomore Essay and HONS: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 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 CLSC:260 Ancient History
4 semester hours History HIST:111 U.S. History to 1877
HIST:112 U.S. History since 1877
HIST:132 Europe, 1648-Present
HIST:151 Traditional East Asia
HIST:152 Modern East Asia
HIST:171 African Civilization
HIST:172 Early Modern Africa
HIST:180 Latin America, 1492-1825
Honors HONS:340 Medieval People and Culture or other history course with Honors designation
Fine Arts
4 semester hours Art ARTD:099 Theoretical and Applied Concepts of the Arts
ARTD:101 Intro. to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages
ARTD:102 Intro. to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
ARTD:305 Ancient Art
ARTD:306 Renaissance Art History
ARTD:309 19th-Century Art History
Theatre THEA:133 British Theatre
THEA:152 Introduction to Theatre
THEA:252 Western Theatre History
THEA:253 Non-Western Theatre History
Music MUSC:099 Theoretical and Applied Concepts of the Arts
MUSC:100 Music Fundamentals
MUSC:101 Introduction to Music
MUSC:102 A Study of Jazz
MUSC:105 Contemporary Musical Activism
MUSC:130 Rock Music and Society
MUSC:193 Women in Music
MUSC:250 Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras
Film Studies FILM:150 Introduction to Film
FILM:220 International Film
FILM:230 American Film and Culture
Women's Studies WMST:260 Women in Music
Honors fine arts course with Honors designation
4 semester hours English ENGL:200 Literature and Culture
ENGL:205 Literature Studies
ENGL:220 American Literature to 1865
ENGL:225 American Literature, 1865 to the Present
ENGL:230 British Literature to 1789
ENGL:235 British Literature, 1789 to the Present
ENGL:245 Comparative American Literatures
ENGL:250 World Literature
ENGL:255 Jewish Literature
Theatre THEA:200 Dramatic Literature
Jewish Studies JWST:255 Jewish Literature
Honors HONS: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 DIVS:100 Introduction to Diversity Studies
Economics ECON:105 Elements of Economics
ECON:201 Principles of Macroeconomics
Education EDUC:100 Introduction to Human Geography
Political Science POLI:111 American Government and Politics
POLI:121 Comparative Governments and Politics
POLI:131 World Affairs
Psychology PSYC:101 Principles of Psychology
PSYC:151 Drugs, Society and Behavior
Sociology and Anthropology SOCI:101 Principles of Sociology
SOCI:102 Social Problems
ANTH:162 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH:201 Public Culture
Women's Studies WMST:100 Introduction to Women's Studies
Honors HONS:240 Thought and the Social Sciences
Science and Technology
4 semester hours
Biology BIOL:010 Issues in Human Biology
BIOL:030 Field Biology
BIOL:101 Ecology, Evolution and Heredity
Chemistry CHEM:100 Chemical Concepts
CHEM:101 General Chemistry I
Earth/Env. Science EENV:101 Environmental Science
EENV:102 Environmental Hazards
EENV:103 Earth System History
EENV:104 Weather and Climate
Ecology ECOL:100 Introduction to the Science of Ecology
Physics PHYS:100 Astronomy and Classical Physics
PHYS:101 Introductory Physics I
PHYS:203 Physics of Music
Honors HONS:250 Thought and the Natural Sciences

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

4 semester hours
Jewish Studies JWST:101 The Old Testament
JWST:113 Introduction to Judaism
Philosophy PHIL:101 Problems in Philosophy
PHIL:105 Philosophy of Love and Desire
PHIL:122 Resolving Moral Conflicts
PHIL:210 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL:241 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL:243 Modern Philosophy
Religion RELI:101 The Old Testament
RELI:102 Applied Biblical Ethics
RELI:103 The New Testament
RELI:105 World Religions
RELI:107 Faiths and Values
RELI:109 Religions in the United States
RELI:110 Introduction to Religious Studies
RELI:113 Introduction to Judaism
RELI:210 Philosophy of Religion

IV. Capstone.

2 semester hours

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.

Art ARTD:402 Senior Portfolio and Exhibition
ARTD:403 Senior Thesis
ARTD:451 Graphic Design Studio
Biology BIOL:501 Seminar in Biology
BIOL:510 Student Research I
BIOL:511 Student Research II
Chemistry CHEM:500 Problems in Chemistry
Communications COMM:435 Feature Writing
COMM:482 Television Documentary Production
COMM:491 Group Communication
COMM:411 Public Relations/Corp. Communications Management
Computer Science CSCI:472 Software Engineering: Practicum
CSCI:483 Compiler Theory
CSCI:500 Senior Colloquium
Ecology ECOL:511 Student Research II
Economics ECON:499 Applied Research Methods
Education EDUC:501-600 Student Teaching Block
Earth/Env. Sciences EENV:590 Environmental Internship
EENV:595 Research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
EENV:597 Field Program
English/Creative Writing ENGL:440 Senior Colloquium
WRIT:480 Senior Writing Portfolio
History HIST:410 Seminar in History
Management MGMT:400 Business Policy and Strategy
Mathematics MATH:500 Senior Colloquium
Modern Languages LANG:400 Modern Languages Capstone
Music MUED:400 Student Teaching
MUSC:500 Recital
MUSC:501 Independent Study in Music
Philosophy PHIL:500 Directed Reading and Research
Physics PHYS:550 Research Physics
Political Science POLI:501 Senior Seminar
Psychology PSYC:421 Directed Research
Religion RELI:500 Independent Study
RELI:502 Practicum
Sociology ANTH:500 Seminar
ANTH:501 Independent Study
SOCI:431 Seminar: Social Change
SOCI:500 Seminar
SOCI:501 Independent Study
Theatre THEA:505 Theatre Capstone

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
Core Perspectives
*Foreign Language
Writing and Thinking
History, Social Science
   or Natural Science
(Major and/or elective)
Core Perspectives
*Foreign Language
Thought and Civilization (Literature Core)

(Major and/or electives)

Second Year
History, Social Science
   or Natural Science
Writing Intensive Course
(Major and/or electives)

Thought and the Social Sciences and/or
   Thought and the Natural Sciences
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 Capstone Seminar
Senior Honors Research
(Major and/or electives)

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

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