• Foundational Curriculum
    Discipline-Focused Courses

    The Foundational Curriculum Discipline-Focused Courses are designed to acquaint students with ideas, information, and modes of inquiry to draw upon in every area of their lives; to perceive relationships between different fields of study; and to enhance abilities in reading, writing, mathematics, and information technology. These courses recognize parallels between and among disciplines and apply knowledge, skills, or abilities learned in one discipline to another. Includes courses in Fitness, Fine Arts, Literature, Biblical Studies, Humanities, Science, and the Social Sciences.

    • Chapel

      All undergraduate students have the opportunity and are expected to attend chapel services in Behrens Auditorium. (Minimum requirement: 80 for 4-­‐year degree, minimum of 10 credits per long term for entire term to be valid)

    • Fitness Education

      FSSC 1170 plus two additional one-­‐hour activity courses teach skills necessary to promote good health throughout the student's entire life span. (3 hours / three 1-hour courses)

    • Fine Arts and Literature (6 hours / 2 courses)
      • Visual Arts, Music, or Theatre: A deeper appreciation for any of these three areas in the fine arts will enhance the student's efforts to interpret meaning in life, will enrich his or her aesthetic experiences, and will more clearly associate connections between historical events, cultural values, and creative expression. (3 hours /1 course)
      • Literary Studies: Sophomore literature survey reads a wide variety of materials within Western culture to further develop understanding of the aesthetic and cultural dimensions of the human experience. This course builds reading, thinking, and research skills in analyzing and evaluating literary works. (3 hours / 1 course)
    • Biblical Studies

      Students examine the roots and principles of Christianity in order to probe the spiritual nature of being and understand the spiritual context in which we live. (6 hours / 2 courses)

    • Humanities

      Humanities in HSU's Foundational Curriculum require a three-­‐hour course which "…explores issues of morality and value…[and] provides a venue in which the expression of differing interpretations and experiences can be recognized and areas of common interest explored" (White* 263). Humanities courses in HSU's Foundational Curriculum encourage multi-­‐disciplinary and / or multi-­‐cultural approaches to the study of areas such as arts (music, drama / theater, visual arts [painting, sculpture, etc.]), literature, architecture, religion, philosophy, economics, and government. (3 hours / 1 course)
      *White, Lyn Maxwell. "The Humanities," in Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide to Purposes, Structures, Practices, and Change. Eds. Jerry G. Gaff, James L. Ratcliff, et. al. San Francisco: Jossey-­‐Bass, 1997. 262-­‐279.

      NOTE: No course taken for Humanities credit may be counted toward any other part of the Foundational Curriculum.


    • Natural & Physical Sciences

      One three-­‐hour course and one four-­‐hour (lab) course in any two fields from the Natural & Physical Sciences provide insights into the nature of life, into the universe, and into human relations to the earth, sources of significant concepts which have impacted other areas of human thought and endeavor. In addition, students experience using scientific technology to confront problems of global concern. Majors in the sciences should consult academic area of the catalog for specific course requirements. (7 hours / 2 courses)

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences

      Analyzing human interaction, both historical and contemporary, individual and group, in diverse arenas is an essential dynamic in liberal arts education. Thestudent chooses, from at least two fields outside the major, four or more courses (depending on degree) from the following areas, with two of these courses in the same area to reflect a year's study in that field.
      (Usually 12-18 hours / 4-6 courses, depending on degree sought)

      • Social Sciences:
        • Economics: BUSI requires three courses
        • Political Science: EDUC requires 1302 or 2301
        • History: EDUC requires 1301 and 1302
        • Sociology
      • Behavioral Sciences:
        • Psychology: EDUC requires 3333

    • Technological Competency

      All HSU students are required to meet HSU's Technological Competency. In order for a student at HSU to be considered technologically competent, he or she must have familiarity with the basic terms, tools, and concepts of information technology and operating systems and have ability to use applications software such as Internet browsers, word processing software, presentation software, spreadsheets, and other applications appropriate to the student's field of study. In most degrees, successfully completing CSCI 1303 will fulfill this requirement, and students may use the departmental technological proficiency exam offered by the Kelley College of Business to receive credit for this competency.

    Exceptions include teacher certification programs which require EDUC 1306; any major in the Department of Art, which requires Art 2303 for Art majors and Art 2321 for Graphic Arts majors; Criminal Justice, which may substitute CSCI 3332; all areas of Business, which require BSAD 3367; Computer Science non-­‐ business degrees, which require CSCI 1320; Criminal Justice, which may substitute CSCI 3332; the Psychology major which requires PSYC 4355; Music degrees, which require MUTC 2338; most Science majors, which may use BIOL 3335; and Fitness and Sport Sciences major which requires FSSC 1301. Other exceptions may exist; consult specific program areas to determine the appropriate course in each major for meeting this competency.

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