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Students: You must declare and complete two courses in an approved Core Focus theme or discipline. Please return the completed form below to Enrollment Services, Harkins Hall, Room 310.

Approved Disciplines


Important message for students and advisors:

* Please note that only one AP course can be used toward fulfilling a Core Focus

* A declared double major where one major is in a department that offers a Core Focus in Discipline will be declared as the Core Focus and will satisfy the requirements.*

* A declared minor or certificate program requiring two courses that may be used toward an approved Core Focus in Discipline should be declared as the Core Focus and will satisfy the requirements. [Dropping a second major, minor, or certificate program may require declaring a new Core Focus to satisfy this requirement for graduation.]

* Liberal Arts Honors program students fulfill the Core Focus requirement through successful completion of the Liberal Arts Honors curriculum. Students enrolled in the 3-2 engineering and 3-4 NECO optometry programs fulfill the Core Focus by virtue of completing the degree program.  All secondary education and music education majors are considered double majors for this purpose and may fulfill the Core Focus through completion of appropriately designated courses in the second (Core Foundation area) major.

Anthropology
Arabic** 
Art
Art History
Biology
Black Studies****
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chinese**
Dance [specific course choices are below]
Dramatic Writing [specific course choices are below]
Economics
English ***
Engineering-Physics-Systems
Film [specific course choices are below]
French**
German**
Global Studies
Greek**
History
Italian**
Latin**
Mathematics
Music
Political Science
Psychology
Sign Language
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish**
Speech [specific course choices are below]
Theater [specific course choices are below]
Women's Studies

Dance: Any two of the following:

111 (Intro to Dance)
212 (Modern Dance)
214 (Ballet)
216 (Jazz Dance)
313 (Intermediate Modern Dance)
314 (Intermediate Ballet)
315 (Dance Composition)
316 (Intermediate Jazz Dance)
319 (History of Dance)
370 (Special Topics in Dance)
410 (Children’s Dance)

Dramatic Writing

321 (Screenwriting)
405 (Principles of Playwriting)

Film: Any two of the following:

120 (History of Film: Silent Era)
121 (History of Film: Classic Era)
220 (The Catholic Imagination of Four American Filmmakers)
226 (Analyzing Film)
321 (Screenwriting)
322 (Film Theory)
323 (Women in Film)
328 (Film/Video Production)
428 (Advanced Video Production)
472 (Special Topics in Film/Video: Studio)
473 (Special Topics in Film/Video: Text)

Speech: Any two of the following:

107 (Oral Interpretation)
109 (Acting)
203 (Public Speaking)
204 (Voice and Diction)

Theatre: Any two of the following:

103 (Intro to Theatrical Design)
105 (Stagecraft)
107 (Oral Interpretation)
108 (Script Analysis)
109 (Intro Acting)
201 (History of Fashion and Costuming)
202 (History of Theatre)
204 (Voice and Diction)
205 (Theatrical Production)
206 (American Musical Theatre)
301 (Western Drama in Performance)
304 (Acting: Realism)
305 (Acting: Improvisation)
306 (Acting: Presentational Styles)
309 (Principles of Directing)
320 (Women in the Arts)
405 (Principles of Playwriting)
407 (Children’s Theatre and Creative Drama)
470 (Special Topics in Theatre/Studio)
471 (Special Topics in Theatre/Text)

*Additional departments will be added to this list based on the approval of two or more courses for foundational Core requirements (except for Philosophy or Theology, per the Core Curriculum legislation).

** Students who elect to satisfy the Core Focus through the completion of modern or classical language courses must choose two courses in the same language.

*** Students who chose English as their Core Focus discipline cannot use ENG 101 to satisfy a requirement.

****Students who chose Black Studies as their Core Focus discipline must take BLS 101

​Core Focus Themes & Disciplines

Approved Themes

[Please note that only one AP course can be used toward fulfilling a Core Focus]


Africa

ARH 103 (Tribal and Village Art)
BLS 210 (Topics in African and African-American History)
BLS 225 (The African World View)
HIS 344 (History of Africa Since 1850)

Ancient Greece
HIS 337 (Ancient World I: Near East and Greece)
PHL 206 (The Wisdom of Socrates)
HIS 360 (Greek and Roman Warfare)

Antiquity
ARH 200 (Art of the Ancient Classical World: Crete, Greece, and Rome)
ARH 307 (From Abraham to Alexander: The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East)
CLA 201/202 (Classics in Translation)
HIS 337 (Ancient World I: Near East and Greece)
HIS 338 (Ancient World II: Rome)
PHL 300 (Ancient Philosophy)
PSC 341 (Classical Political Theory)

Asia
ARH 104 (Asian Art)
ARH 211 (The Arts of Southeast Asia)
HIS 298 (East Asian History I) (Formerly HIS431)
HIS 299 (East Asian History II) (Formerly HIS432)
HIS 368 (Modern China)
HIS 369 (Modern Japan)
HIS 482 (Seminar: The Samurai)
PSC 320 (Comparative Asian Politics)
PSC 321 (Chinese Politics)
PHL 325 (Asian Philosophy)
THL 358 (The Church and the Major World Religions)

China
HIS 369 (Modern China)
PSC 320 (Comparative Asian Government and Politics)
PSC 321 (Chinese Politics)

Colonialism
ENG 370 (Global and Postcolonial Literature)
HIS 230 (Early Latin American History)
HIS 301 (History of American Involvement in Vietnam)

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
AMS480/HIS485 (The History and Culture of the Cold War)
HIS 301 (History of American Involvement in Vietnam)
HIS 321 (American Diplomatic History I)
HIS 322 (American Diplomatic History II)
PSC310 (American Foreign Policy)
PSC 361 (International Politics of the Middle East)
PSC 375 (International Conflict Resolution)

East Asia
APG 327 (Himalayan Cultural Studies)
ARH 104 (Asian Art)
ARH 211 (The Arts of Southeast Asia)
AST 200 (Asian Studies)
HIS 298 (East Asian History I)
HIS 299 (East Asian History II)
PHL 325 (Asian Philosophy)

France
FRN 212 (French Civilization)
FRN 304 (French Culture)
FRN 321 (Survey of French Literature I)
FRN 322 (Survey of French Literature II)
FRN 311 (Masterpieces of French Literature)
HIS 311 (Era of the French Revolution)
PHL 422 (Contemporary Existentialism)

Globalization
AMS/GST/SOC/WMS 318 (Globalization and Social Justice)
ECN 440 (Economics of Globalization)
ECN 365 (International Trade Theory and Policy)
GST 201 (Case Studies in Globalization)
HIS 352 (Global Feminisms in the Age of Empires and Beyond)
PHL/GST 337 (Philosophy and Globalization)
ENG 370 (Global and Postcolonial Literature)
GST/PSP 360 (Justice Across Borders)
GST 370 (Special Topics in Globalization)
HPM 315 (Issues in Global Health)

Ireland
ENG 360 (Modern Irish Literature)
HIS 414 (Twentieth-Century Ireland)

Italy
ARH 205 (Italian Renaissance Art)
ARH 306 (Baroque and Rococo Art)
HIS 323 (The Renaissance)
ITA 212 (Italian Civilization)
ITA 303 (Authors and Works of the Early Renaissance)
ITA 304 (Authors and Works of the Late Renaissance)
ITA 318 (Modern Italy)
ITA 321 (Survey of Italian Literature I)
ITA 322 (Survey of Italian Literature II)
ITA 401 (Risorgimento I)
ITA 402 (Risorgimento II)
ITA 403 (Modern Italian Literature: The Early 1900s)
ITA 404 (Modern Italian Literature: 1950-Present)
ITA 405 (Italian Cinema)

Latin America
APG 321 (Latin America: Mexico and Central America)
APG 322 (Latin America: South America)
HIS 230 (Early Latin American History)
HIS 231 (Modern Latin American History)
PSC 336 (Latin American Politics)
SPN 309 (Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture)
SPN 322 (Survey of Spanish-American Literature)
SPN 405 (Contemporary Hispanic Poetry)
SPN 408 (Contemporary Spanish-American Novel)
SPN 417 (Spanish-American Literature)
SPN 418 (Spanish-American Novel)

Medieval Europe
ARH 204 (Medieval Art and Architecture)
ENG 305 (Medieval Literature)
ENG 307 (Chaucer)
HIS 303 (Medieval England)
HIS 331 (Medieval Europe I)
HIS 332 (Medieval Europe II)
HIS 334 (Men and Women in Medieval Society)
MSC 214 (Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance)
PHL 310 (Medieval Philosophy)

Middle East
ARH 307 (From Abraham to Alexander: The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East)
HIS 342 (History of the Middle East to 1920)
HIS 345 (History of the Modern Middle East)
PSC 329 (Middle Eastern Politics)
PSC 361 (International Politics of the Middle East)

Modern Britain
ENG 353 (The Victorian Age)
ENG/WMS 354 (Nineteenth-Century British Novel)
ENG 363 (Twentieth-Century British Novel)
HIS 304 (Modern Britain)

Renaissance Europe
ARH 205 (Italian Renaissance Art)
ENG 308 (Sixteenth-Century Literature)
ENG 313 (Renaissance Drama)
HIS 323 (The Renaissance)
HIS 324 (The Reformation)
ITA 303 (Authors and Works of the Early Renaissance)
ITA 304 (Authors and Works of the Late Renaissance)
SPN 401 (Spanish Literature of the Golden Age: The Renaissance)
MSC 214 (Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Russia and Eastern Europe
HIS 312 (Nationalism and Independence in Eastern Europe)
HIS 313 (Eastern Europe Since World War I)
HIS 421 (History of Russia I)
HIS 422 (History of Russia II)
HIS 485 (Seminar: The History and Culture of the Cold War)
PSC 324 (Government and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union)

Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet Studies
HIS 421 (History of Russia I)
HIS 422 (History of Russia II)
HIS 313 (Eastern Europe Since World War I)
HIS 482 (Seminar: The Collapse of Communism)
PSC 324 (Government and Politics of Russia and Former Soviet Union)

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