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 Core curriculum

Undergraduate students, regardless of major, complete a common Core Curriculum, consisting of five main areas of study: University Studies, Communication, Math and Science, Social Sciences and Humanities. The courses within the Core are designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts foundation and to equip them for further study in their major. Specific degree programs may require one course or another. The student should consult other sections of the Thomas University catalog and his/her advisor for specific requirements of each major.

Each academic program and course is guided by the four General Education learning outcomes of the University. Every course syllabus must indicate how each General Education outcomes are linked to course learning outcomes and course requirements. Further, what students acquire through their general education helps make the difference employers are expecting through critical thinking ability and communication skills when they seek to hire graduates for the responsibilities of a professional position.

The General Education outcomes distinguish graduates of Thomas University with the following characteristics and ability to:

Communicate Effectively
To transmit ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly through speech and writing

Think Critically
To engage in orderly, open-minded, informed inquiry that begins with a clear understanding of a problem or circumstance and yields a purposeful judgment or analysis

Discover Information
To have a clear understanding of an information need and involves collecting information from multiple sources for analytical and creative purposes

Foster Community
To take intentional action geared toward creating a sense of connection with, and between, faculty, students and cultures toward common values, activities and/or goals


Core Curriculum

University Studies: 4 Hours


UNV 101 Freshman Success Seminar*


UNV 103 Personal Wellness


UNV 201 Career Development


UNV 202 Introduction to Ethics


Communication: 12 Hours

CSC 120 Computer Applications


 ENG 101 Composition I


ENG 102 Composition II (Pre-requisite: "C" or better in ENG 101)


SPE 105 Oral Communication for Professionals




Science/Math: 14-15 Hours

MTH 120 Algebraic Modeling or MTH 140 College Algebra or

MTH 150 Pre-Calculus


Science I


Science II


Additional Math/Science Course


Social Science: 12 Hours

Students must complete six hours of US History:

Two of the following : HIS 201 US History and Government I , HIS 202 US History and Government II or HIS 203 US History and Government III


OR three one-credit hour HIS courses may be substituted for ONE

 of the History courses listed above

OR the student may take another 3 credit hour HIS class


Social Science Elective


Social Science Elective


Humanities: 6 Hours

Students must complete two of the following; at least one course must be a HUM.

HUM 200 Western/Non-Western Culture I

HUM 201 Western/Non-Western Culture II

HUM 202 Western/Non-Western Culture III

 HUM 203 Western/Non-Western Culture IV


ART 240 Art Appreciation

FLM 210 Introduction to Film

REL 210 Introduction to World Religion


Transfer students may substitute any survey course in literature, philosophy, fine arts, or religion for the above surveys.

Total Core Curriculum Hours: 48-49


*UNV 102, a two-hour course, is required for all developmental students in addition to UNV 101.


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