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Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

The liberal arts include the knowledge and skills (artes, in Latin) needed by free people (liberales, in Latin). They include what we now call the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

The McAnulty College's liberal arts core curriculum gives students a good grounding in these exciting human fields. While it consists of a set of requirements, it also allows for lots of choice in meeting those requirements. We invite you to be adventuresome. Choose whatever appeals to your fancy to make your experience with the core curriculum one of the most enjoyable aspects of your college experience.

There are different core curriculums for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees.

B.A. Core Curriculum

  • modern or classical foreign language: proficiency at the advanced intermediate level (equivalent to taking course 202 in any language)
    If you have studied a foreign language in high school you will take a language placement test when you first come to Duquesne. If you place above the first level you will earn 3 extra credits for the knowledge you brought with you to Duquesne after successfully completing your first language class.
  • 3 credits of literature
  • 3 credits of history or literature
  • 3 credits of mathematics, computer science or natural science
  • 6 credits of social science in two of the following: economics, political science, psychology, or sociology
  • 3 credits of communication, etymology, grammar or linguistics
  • 3 credits of philosophy
  • 3 credits of philosophy or theology

B.S. Core Curriculum

  • modern or classical foreign language: proficiency at the advanced beginning level (equivalent to taking course 102 in any language)
    If you have studied a foreign language in high school you will take a language placement test when you first come to Duquesne. If you place above the first level you will earn 3 extra credits for the knowledge you brought with you to Duquesne after successfully completing your first language class.
  • 6 credits of liberal arts electives from art history, classics, communication, economics, English, foreign language, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology or theology