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Core Curriculum

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

In the tradition of a liberal arts university, all undergraduate degree programs at UIW include a common core curriculum. With the content of the liberal arts and their integration, the Core Curriculum addresses itself to the major processes identified as requisites for success as an effective participant in the contemporary world, namely, critical thinking and learning, social interaction, wellness development, values formation, and ethical decision making. Because its mission, founded in the Catholic tradition, is based on the premise of a sound faith relationship between the creature and the Creator, the University of the Incarnate Word includes in its Core a study of religion.

The Core Curriculum constitutes 42-46 semester hours of a student's degree plan.

Rhetoric (6 hours)

ENGL 1311 Composition I (3)
ENGL 1312 Composition II (3)

Literature and the Arts (6 hours)

Literature (3)
Fine Arts (3)

Philosophy and Religion (9 hours)

RELS 1325 Religious Quest (3)
Upper Division Religious Studies (3)
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

History and Social Sciences (6 hours)

History (3)
Social Sciences (3) (ANTH, PSYC, SOCI)

Mathematics and Lab Science (7 hours)

Mathematics (3)
(Course selection based on degree requirements.)

Natural Science (3) or Natural Science with Lab (4)
BIOL 1401 Diversity of Life with Lab (UIW Online course that fulfills this requirement)

Second Language (6 hours)

SPAN 1311 Elementary Spanish I (UIW Online course that fulfills this requirement)
SPAN 1312 Elementary Spanish II (VUIW Online course that fulfills this requirement)

Wellness Development (3 hours)

DWHP 3300 Dimensions of Wellness (UIW Online course that fulfills this requirement)

Computer Literacy (3 hours or pass by competency exam)

COMP 1301 Computer Literacy (UIW Online course that fulfills this requirement)
(By the end of the second semester enrolled, students must test for computer competence or complete literacy course.) 

*A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation, with no less than 36 upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree are fulfilled as stated in the college catalog.

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