The Liberal Education Core

Union's vision for the academic experience states that "Union College helps students make learning connections, with a well-qualified faculty that collaborate and cooperate across traditionally separate disciplinary lines. Intellectual and ethical development, plus the ability to make meaningful choices and informed decisions, is nurtured through a variety of on- and off-campus learning experiences."

This vision guided the careful crafting of Union's core curriculum - a curriculum that challenges each student to develop a life philosophy, that enables members of the faculty to significantly improve student learning, and that intentionally seeks to produce graduates who see being educated as a quality of mind, not simply an accumulation of facts.

Union's core contributes toward the nurturing of a graduate whose personal integrity, intellectual aptitude and responsible citizenship mark him or her as a Union graduate.


Liberal Education Core

(43-45 hours)

Humanities  

(21 hours)                                                                                

Western Cultures in a World Context I

 

ENGL 100 or 101 Introduction to Freshman Composition and Literature

3

HIST 110 Civilization and Religions of the Ancient World

3

Western Cultures in a World Context II

 

ENGL 102 Freshman Composition and Literature

3

HUMN 112 Religion & Empire (14CE-1648CE)

3

Western Cultures in a World Context III

 

HUMN 211 Roots of Modernity: Revolutions in Literature, Arts and Society

3

HUMN 213 Roots of Modernity: Revolutions in Politics, Society and Thought (1648-1890)

3

Western Cultures in a World Context IV

 

HUMN 214 The Modern World in Crisis (or) HUMN 215 Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity

3

Cultural Studies

(3 hours)                                                                                   
Choose three hours from the following: 

ANTH 251 North American Indian Cultures
APST 202 Service Learning
APST 204 Appalachian Cultures
ENGL 252 Appalachian Literature

ENGL 262 African American Literature
*HIST 211 Topics in Global History
PSYH 275 Cross Cultural Psychology
*RLGN 231 Topics in World Religion
SLRN 102 Service Learning (1 hr-can be taken 3 times)
SOCI 241 Sociology of Appalachia
SOCI 271 Sociology of the Family
SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish 1 
*may be taken more than once if topic is different

Social & Behavioral Sciences

(6 hours)                                                     
The Power of Paradigms3

INSS 101 Introduction to the Social Sciences

 
Paradigms and Individual Disciplines3
Choose one 3-hour course from the following: 
ANTH 221 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
APST 104 Introduction to Appalachian Studies
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 204 Principles of Microeconomics
INSS 103 Cultural Geography
PSYH 200 Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 131 Introduction to Sociology
SWRK 120 Social Work and Human Services

Wellness, Human Performance & Recreation                             

(3 hours)
RECM 111 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure3
WELL 131 First Aid and Safety3
WELL 178 Life Choices I3

General Sciences Sequence

(7-8 hours)                                                      
Students must take two science courses from different areas, one of which must include a lab. 
Biology: 
BIOL 109 Elements of Biology3
BIOL 111 General Biology (includes lab)4
Environmental Science: 
ENVS 101 People and the Environment3
ENVS 110 Physical Systems of the Environment (includes lab)4
Physical Science: 
GNSC 105 Physical Science3
PHYS 111 College Physics3
PHYS 211 General Physics4
Chemistry: 
CHEM 121 General Chemistry (includes lab)4
Lab Experience: 
BIOL 110 Elements of Biology Lab1
GNSC 106 Physical Science Lab1
PHYS 113 College Physics Lab1
PHYS 213 General Physics Lab1

Mathematics Competency

(3-4 hours)                                                          

General College Mathematics: A revised MATH 110 course, which includes some basic statistics and probability. Or, MATH 131 (College Algebra) or MATH 241 (Calculus I).

Humanities Sequence

(21 hours)
The Humanities Sequence is a series of seven three-hour courses that chronologically and thematically examine the literature, history, philosophy, religion, and fine arts of western culture in their world context. Six of the courses are "conjoined"; that is, students will take two closely related courses during each of three semesters. Upon completing the sequence or designated portions of the sequence, students will:
  • Understand the basics of such academic discourse as speeches, written argumentation, and documented research papers (first year);
  • Comprehend the major topics and historical development of philosophy;
  • Understand the beliefs and historical development of such major religions as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and how each relates to the others;
  • Be familiar with the tools of literary analysis (first year);
  • Understand the development of canonical literature from its beginnings through the late Renaissance (first year);
  • And from the Enlightenment to the present (second year);
  • Be familiar with major trends in art (including architecture)
  • And music;
  • And understand the historical contexts of Western culture, from its prehistoric beginnings to the late Renaissance (first year)
  • And from the Enlightenment to the present day (second year)

**All course information can be found in the Course Catalog

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