Approved Core for BA, BFA, BS and BSAS Degrees

Start by clicking here to look at a downloadable PDF containing a comprehensive list and short summary of each Common Course (CC) and Distribution List (DL) in the approved Arts & Sciences core.

Below are lengthier summaries of all Common Courses and Distribution Lists.

Common Courses (CC)

Distribution Lists (DL)

  • Communication and Media Literacy -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • CSS 1301, Fundamentals of Public Communication
      • CSS 1302, Speech for Business and Professional Students
      • CSS 1304, Argumentation, Discussion and Debate
      • FDM 1303/JOU 1303, Introduction to Mass Communication
      • FDM 4340, Media and Society
      • JOU 3387, International Communication
      • JOU 4305, Gender, Race & Media
      • JOU 4380, Law and Ethics of Journalism

  • Contemporary Social Issues -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • ANT 1306, Cultural Anthropology in the Global Context
      • ANT 1325, Introduction to Global Health
      • ANT 3320/ENV 3320, Environment and Social Behavior
      • ECO 1305, Issues in Economics for Non-Business Majors
      • ENV 2376, Environment and Society
      • ENV 4310/ANT 4311, World Food Problems
      • LING 1305, Language in Society
      • PHI 1308, Contemporary Moral Problems
      • PSC 3300/ENV 3300, The Environment and Political Processes
      • REL 3390, Christian Ethics
      • REL 3394, War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
      • REL 3397, Gender, Feminism and Theology
      • REL 4349, The World's Religions and Violence
      • REL 4393/ENV 4393, Environmental Ethics
      • SOC 1305, Introduction to Sociology
      • SOC 3311, The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
      • SWO 2320, Human Diversity and Leadership

  • Fine Arts and Performing Arts -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • ART 1300, Introduction to Art (for non-art majors only)
      • ART 2302, Survey of Western Art I
      • ART 2303, Survey of Western Art II
      • CLA 3315, Ancient Drama in Performance
      • ENG 3304, Creative Writing: Poetry
      • ENG 3306, Creative Writing: Prose
      • FDM 1309, Introduction to Film
      • MUS 1321, Engaging with Music
      • MUS 3321, Music in World Cultures
      • MUS 3322, Popular Musics
      • MUS 3323, History of Jazz
      • MUS 4364/LAS 4364, Traditional Music and Culture in Latin America
      • THEA 1301, Acting 1: Realism
      • THEA 1306, Introduction to Theatre

  • Foreign Languages and Culture -- see requirement for more information
    • Modern Foreign Languages* 1301 (* includes: ARB, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, KOR, POR, RUS, SPA, SWA)
    • Modern Foreign Languages* 1302 (* includes: ARB, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, KOR, POR, RUS, SPA, SWA)
    • Modern Foreign Languages* 1412 (* includes: GER, SPA)
    • Modern Foreign Languages* 2412 (* includes: GER, SPA)
    • Modern Foreign Languages* 2310 (* includes: ARB, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, KOR, POR, RUS, SPA, SWA)
    • Classical Languages* 1301 (* includes: GKC, HEB, LAT)
    • Classical Languages* 1302 (* includes: GKC, HEB, LAT)
    • Classical Languages* 2310 (* includes: GKC, HEB, LAT)
    • All students must demonstrate proficiency through the 2310 level in a modern or classical language or through the 1302 level in two Classical Languages (Greek, Latin, Hebrew) or complete GER, SPA 1412 & 2412. For those who already have credit for 2310 (pre-Baylor) or place into a higher level, the following options are available:

    • ARB 2320, Arabic Popular Culture
    • AST 2380, The Peoples and Culture of Asia
    • AST 4388, Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
    • CHI 2320, Communication in Intermediate Chinese
    • CHI 3305, Chinese for Business I
    • CHI 3306, Chinese for Business II
    • CHI 3310, Chinese Language and Culture Through Film
    • CLA 3301, Roman Civilization
    • CLA 3302, Greek Civilization
    • FRE 1412, Accelerated Elementary French
    • FRE 2320, Passport to the French-Speaking World
    • FRE 3301, Advanced French Grammar
    • FRE 3302, Conversational French
    • FRE 3308, French and Francophone Pop Culture
    • FRE 3310, Introduction to French Literature
    • FRE 3330, Introduction to French Cinema
    • GER 2320, German for Modern Life
    • GER 3301, German Conversation and Composition
    • GER 3341, Introduction to German Culture: Germany in the Making
    • GER 3345, Introduction to German Film: German Culture from Berlin to Hollywood
    • GKC 2320, Intermediate Greek Poetry
    • HEB 2320, Intermediate Hebrew II
    • ITA 2320, Pathways in Italian Culture
    • ITA 3301, Advanced Italian Grammar
    • ITA 3302, Italian Conversation, Reading, and Composition
    • ITA 3310, Introduction to Italian Literature
    • ITA 3330, Italian Through Film
    • JPN 2320, Explore Japan
    • JPN 3301, Advanced Japanese I
    • JPN 3302, Japanese Culture through Reading
    • JPN 3305, Japanese for Business
    • KOR 2320, Intermediate Korean II
    • LAS 2301, An Introduction to Latin American Studies
    • LAT 2320, Intermediate Latin Poetry
    • MES 2301, Introduction to the Middle East
    • POR 2320, Exploring the Portuguese-Speaking World
    • RUS 2320, Russian Culture in Context
    • RUS 3301, Russian Conversation and Composition
    • SPA 2304, Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • SPA 2320, Exploring the Spanish-Speaking World
    • SPA 2321, Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professions
    • SPA 2322, Spanish for Christian Ministry
    • SPA 2324, Spanish for Business
    • SPA 3302, Conversation and Composition
    • SPA 3309, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
    • SWA 2320, Intermediate Swahili II
    • THEA 3352/JPN 3352, Japanese Theatre and Culture

  • Formal Reasoning -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • MTH 1301, Ideas in Mathematics
      • MTH 1320, Pre-calculus Mathematics
      • MTH 1321, Calculus I
      • PHI 1306, Logic
      • STA 1380, Elementary Statistics

  • Literature in Context -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • CLA 2301, Literature of Ancient Greece
      • CLA 2302, Literature of Ancient Rome
      • CLA 2306, Greek and Roman Mythology
      • ENG 2301, British Literature
      • ENG 2306, World Literature
      • FRE 3312, Children's Literature in French
      • GTX 2301, Intellectual Traditions of the Ancient World: Literature and Thought
      • GTX 2302, Medieval Intellectual Traditions: Literature and Thought in Context
      • GTX 3341/THEA 3341, Master Works in Drama
      • PHI 2303, Philosophy in Literature
      • REL 3301, Psalms and Wisdom Literature
      • REL 3308, The Literature of the Pentateuch: Narrative, Poetry, Genealogy and Law
      • SPA 3305, Introduction to Hispanic Literature

  • Research Writing -- one course
    • Select 3 hours from the following choices:
      • CLA 1304, From Ancient Rhetoric to Modern Research Writing
      • ENG 1310, Writing and Academic Inquiry Seminars
      • ENV 43C2, Environmental Capstone
      • PHI 1301, Introductory Topics in Philosophy
      • PHI 2305, Philosophy and Religion
      • PSC 3301, Scope and Methods of Political Science
      • REL 3305, Interpreting the Old Testament

  • Scientific Method I: Course with Laboratory Experience -- one 4-hour course with included lab OR 3-hour lecture and matching 1-hour lab course
    • Select 4 hours from the following choices:
      • ANT 1404, Introduction to Human Evolution
      • ANT 1407, Introduction to Archaeology
      • BIO 1305 & BIO 1105, Modern Concepts of Bioscience & Lab
      • BIO 1306 & BIO 1106, Modern Concepts of Bioscience, continued, & Lab
      • BIO 1401, Current Issues in Human Biology
      • BIO 1403, Exploring the Living World
      • BIO 1405, Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts I
      • BIO 1406, Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts II
      • CHE 1301 & 1101, Basics Principles of Modern Chemistry I
      • CHE 1302 & 1102, Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry II
      • ENV1301 & ENV 1101, Exploring Environmental Issues & Lab
      • ENV 1303 & ENV 1103, Wildlife Ecology & Lab
      • GEO 1401, Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters
      • GEO 1402, World Oceans
      • GEO 1405, The Dynamic Earth
      • GEO 1410, Gems and Minerals
      • NSC 1306 & NSC 1106, Introduction to Neuroscience & Lab
      • PHY 1404, Light, Vision and Optics
      • PHY 1405, Everyday Physics
      • PHY 1407, Sound and Acoustics
      • PHY 1408, General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences I
      • PHY 1409, General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences II
      • PHY 1420, General Physics I
      • PHY 1430, General Physics II
      • PHY 1455, Descriptive Astronomy
      • PHY 2455, Foundations of Astronomy