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Core Curriculum

We've educated over 17,000 students in programs which blend a focus on the liberal arts with practical, hands-on professional preparation.  The Core Curriculums ensure students are exposed to a variety of disciplines, enhancing interdisciplinary and critical thinking, improving written and oral communication, and honing the ability to make and critique academic arguments.  Students take coursework in religion, philosophy, language, literature, science and quantitative reasoning, history, society, and global awareness.


Core Area I - The Freshman Component

Take one course from each A, B, and C.

A. Integrative Courses
IDST 110 - Interdisciplinary Studies
(course options change annually
B. Research & Writing
ENG 120 - Research & Writing
ENG 126 - English Seminar
C. Literary Classics
ENG 140 - Western Classics
ENG 150 - British Classics
ENG 155 - American Classics
FSAT 140 - Western Classics

Core Area II - Religious & Philosophical Inquiry

Take one course from each A and B.

A. Religious Traditions
FSAT 190 - Religious Traditions
RLST 100 - Intro to Religious Studies
B. Philosophy
FSAT 130 - Philosophy
PHIL 100 - Philosophical Inquiry
PHIL 150 - Philosophical Studies

Core Area III - Language & Literature

Take one course from either A and B.

A. Language
ARAB 101 - Intro to Arabic I
ARAB 102 - Intro to Arabic II
CHNS 101 - Intro to Mandarin I
CHNS 102 - Intro to Mandarin II
CHNS 110/JPNS 110 Far Eastern Ideographs
FREN 102 - Intro to French II
FREN 203 - Intermediate French I
FREN 210 - Conversation/Composition I
ITAL 102 - Intro to Italian II
JPNS 101 - Intro to Japanese I
JPNS 102 - Intro to Japanese II
LATN 102 - Latin II
RUSS 102 - Intro to Russian II
SPAN 102 - Intro to Spanish II
SPAN 203 - Intermediate Spanish I
TURK 102 - Intro to Turkish II
B. Literature
COMM 292 - Film Narrative & Theory
ENG 292 - Film Narrative & Theory
ENG 200 - Literary Studies
FREN 132 - French Theater in English Translation
FREN 135 - Topics in French & Francophone Lit
FSAT 175 - Literature
JPNS 130 - Japanese Literature
PHIL 200 - Philosophy & Literature
RLST 390 - Apocalyptic Literature: Apocalypse to Zombie
RUSS 130 - Golden Age of Russian Literature
RUSS 131 - Later 19th Century Russian Literature
SPAN 130 - Latin American Literature

Core Area IV - Civic Responsibility & Historical Understanding

Take one course from each A and B.

A. U.S. History/American Government
HIS 101 - US History to 1865
HIS 102 - US History since 1865
HIS 211 - Colonial America
HIS 212 - Revolutionary America
HIS 216 - Civil War & Reconstruction
HIS 217 - Making Modern America 1877-1920
HIS 220 - America Since 1945
HIS 221 - US Environmental History
POLI 229 - US Environmental History
POLI 100 American Government
B. European/World History
FSAT 120 - European/World History
HIS 145 - European History to the Renaissance
HIS 146 - European History Since the Renaissance
HIS 170 - World History I: Agriculture to Zheng He
HIS 171 - World History II: Exploration to the Atomic Age
HIS 245 - Ancient Greece
HIS 246 - Ancient Rome
HIS 270 - 20th Century World History
HIS 280 - Gendering World History I: Sex & Power in the Ancient World
HIS 281 - Gendering World History II: Sex & Power in the Modern World
PHIL 260 - History of Philosophy to the Renaissance
PHIL 261 - History of Philosophy Since the Renaissance

Core Area V - Scientific Quantitative & Critical Reasoning

Take one course from each A and B.

A. Natural Science & Lab
ANTH 130/131 - Archaeology & Lab
BIO 110/111 - Plant Science & Lab
BIO 120/121 - Human Biology & Lab
BIO 126/127 - Aquatic Ecology & Lab
BIO 130/131 - Functional Human Biology & Lab
BIO 142/143 - Cellular & Molecular Biology & Lab
BIO 146/147 - Ecology/Evolutionary Bio of Organisms & Lab
BIO 180/181 - Microorganisms & Lab
CHEM 101/102 - Chemical Principles & Lab
EASP 104/105 - Meteorology & Lab
EASP 118/119 - Astronomy & Lab
ENVS 100/101 - Environmental Problem Solving & Lab
FSAT 182/183 - Natural Science & Lab
GEOL 100/102 - Physical Geology & Lab
GEOL 110/111 - Historical Geology & Lab
GEOL 112/113 - Voyages to the Terrestrial Planets & Lab
GEOL 124/125 - Cataclysmic Geology & Lab
GEOL 225/226 - Science on Display & Lab
GEOL 235/236 - Paleoclimatology: Science of Global Warming & Lab
PHYS 101/103 - Principles of Physics I & Lab
PHYS 201/203 - General Physics I & Lab
SCI 170 - Energy Science & Lab
Mathematics & Computer Systems
FSAT 180 - Math/MIS
MATH 109 - Introduction to Statistics
MATH 110 - Math Applications
MATH 111 - College Algebra
MATH 118 - Math for the Natural Sciences
MATH 139 - Statistics for the Sciences
MATH 170 - Calculus I
MATH 171 - Calculus II
MIS 120 - Intro to Programming with 3D Animation
MIS 130 - 3D Modeling & Animation
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Logic
POLI 330 - Intro to Social Statistics
SOC 330 - Intro to Social Statistics
PUBH 240 - Biostatistics

Core Area VI: Arts Encounter

Take one course.

ART 110 - Art Appreciation
ART 122 - Ancient/Medieval Art History
ART 123 - Renaissance to 20th Century Art History
ASIA 126 - Chinese Culture through the Martial Arts
COMM 174 - Film Appreciation
DANC 100 - Dance: Creative Discipline & Cultural Expression
ENG 294 - Popular Music & Culture
FSAT 110 - Arts Encounter
MUS 100 - Music in Society
THEA 101 - Theater Appreciation
THEA 110 - Acting I

Core Area VII: Analysis of Individuals & Society

Take two courses.

ANTH 112 - World Cultures
SOC 112 - World Cultures
CRJS 101 - Justice in America
ECON 105 - Macroeconomics
FSAT 150 - Analysis Individuals & Society
HIS 225 - Exploring American Culture 1920-Present
HIS 232 - African Americans in Films
POLI 201 - Catholic Political & Social Thought
POLI 202 - Contemporary Environmental Issues
POLI 246 - Political Cinema
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
PUBH 101 - Foundations of Public Health
RLST 325 - Religion, Enculturation & Pluralism in America
SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOC 101 - Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 108 - Human Growth & Development
WL 314 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Core Area VIII: Global Awareness, Responsibilities, Religions, Cultures & Politics

Take two courses.

ANTH 352 - Ethnological Perspectives
ASIA 125 - Asian Cultures
CST 200 - Exploring Catholicism
CST 250 - Theology of Church
CST 325 - Catholic Moral Theology
DANC 107 - Global Perspectives Through Yoga
ECON 250 - Economics of Poverty
ECON 260 - Environmental Economics
ENG 144 - World Literature & Global Issues
FREN 126 - Francophone Cultures
FSAT 145 - World Lit & Global Issues
FSAT 210 - VIII-Religions
FSAT 230 - Global Aware, Resp, Relig, Cult, Poli
HIS 352 - Anti-Semitism before the Holocaust
PHIL 270 - Foundations of Catholic Philosophy
POLI 236 - World Politics
POLI 240 - Comparative Politics: Africa
POLI 241 - Comparative Politics: Asia
POLI 242 - Comparative Politics Europe
POLI 243 - Comparative Politics: Latin America
POLI 244 - Comparative Politics: Countries at Crossroads
POLI 280 - Global Environmental Politics
POLI 303 - Geopolitics
POLI 362 - Global Issues
SOC 362 - Global Issues
RLST 205 - Western Christian Heritage
RLST 210 - New Testament & Christian Origins
RLST 255 - Religious Perspectives on Human Relationships
RLST 260 - Catholic Symbols and Sacraments
RLST 275 - Liberation, Religion, Society
RLST 285 - World Religions
RLST 330 - Hinduism
RLST 360 - Buddhism
RLST 370 - Intro to Islam
RLST 380 - Christology
RUSS 125 - Russian Cultures
SOC 342 - Human Needs and Social Problems
SPAN 125 - Latin American Cultures

Core Area IX: Core Choice

Students should work with their advisor to take an extra class from Core Areas II through Core Areas VII.


Core Area X: Mercyhurst Senior Capstone

Take one course.

FSAT 400 - Ethics
PHIL 400 - Political Theory
POLI 400 - Political Theory
PHIL 401 - Applied Ethics
PHIL 405 - Ethics & the Professions
RLST 405 - Social Ethics