• FOUNDATIONAL CURRICULUM STUDENT CHOICE COURSES

    30 credit minimum. Students should consult individual degree plans.

    • Writing: Choose one 3-hour writing course, usually ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302 (3 credits / 1 course).
      Freshman-level writing courses are designed to strengthen and sharpen skills in written communication, critical reading, and analyses as well as rhetorical and bibliographic skills.
    • Sophomore Literature: Choose from ENGL 2301 World Literature, 2302 British Literature, or 2303 American Literature (3 credits / 1 course).
      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 and builds reading, thinking, and research skills in analyzing and evaluating literary works.
    • Fine Arts: Choose 3 credit hours from Art, Theatre, or Music.
      A deeper appreciation for any of these three areas in the fine arts enhances the student's efforts to interpret meaning in life, enriches his or her aesthetic experiences, and more clearly associates connections between historical events, cultural values, and creative expression.
    • Bible: Choose BIBL 1301 Old Testament or BIBL 1302 New Testament (3 credits / 1 course).
      In Biblical study, 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.
    • Fitness: Choose 2 additional single-credit hour FSSC activity courses (2 credits / 2 courses).
      FSSC activity courses teach skills necessary to promote good health throughout the student's entire life span.
    • Math: Choose 3 credit hours as defined by major, usually MATH 1310 College Algebra, but consult degree plan (3 credits / 1 course).
      Math courses at HSU explore mathematical models and principles, honing logical thinking.
    • Natural Science: Choose one course in Biology or Environmental Science (3 credits / 1 course).
      HSU science courses 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.
    • Physical Science: Choose a course in Physics, Geology, Chemistry, or Physical Science (3 credits / 1 course).
      HSU science courses 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.
    • Lab: Choose a 1-credit hour lab for either science.
      At least one of the science courses a student takes to fulfill the Foundational Curriculum science requirements should have an accompanying lab.
    • Social Sciences: Choose at least two courses from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and / or Sociology (6 credits / 2 courses; for BA & BBS must be from outside the major & minor; if degree calls for more than 2 courses, History may be used after the first 6 credits).
      Areas of Social Science offer students the opportunity to analyze human interaction, both historical and contemporary, individual and group, in diverse arenas, an essential dynamic in liberal arts education.
    • Technological Competency: (3 credits/ 1 course)
      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 many degrees, successfully completing CSCI 1303 will fulfill this requirement. Alternatively, students may use the departmental technological proficiency exam, offered by the Kelley College of Business, to show proficiency in this competency, although no course credit will awarded. Students still must complete a minimum of 124 hours.

      Exceptions include teacher certification programs, which require EDUC 1306; the Department of Art, which requires ART 2321 for Graphic Arts majors; Communication which may use COMM 1310; Criminal Justice, which may substitute CSCI 1306; Computer Science non-business degrees, which require CSCI 1320; the Psychology major which requires PSYC 4335; Music degrees, which require MUTC 2338; 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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