In Fall 2007 Duquesne University began the implementation of its new general education curriculum for all undergraduate students. This is an overview of the structure of the University Core Curriculum (UCOR).

Discipline Specific Courses
Students are required to complete twenty-one (21) credit hours in the following areas:

6 credits in English Composition:

  • Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing

3 credits in Mathematics (one of the following):

  • Problem Solving with Creative Mathematics
  • Another course approved for a specific program

3 credits in the Natural Science (one of the following):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Astronomy
  • Energy and the Environment

3 credits in Philosophy:

  • Basic Philosophical Questions

3 credits in Theology (one of the following):

  • Biblical and Historical Perspectives
  • Theological Views of the Person
  • Theology: Global and Cultural Perspectives

3 credits in Ethics (one of the following):

  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Theological Ethics
  • Another course approved for a specific program
Theme Area Courses

College departments and any school that has baccalaureate programs may propose courses for the Theme Area component of UCOR. NOTE: Courses that have two Theme Area attributes may count for both attributes. Students may exercise this option for one course only.
Students are required to complete twelve (12) credit-hours in the following areas:

3 credits in Creative Arts
3 credits in Faith and Reason
3 credits in Global Diversity
3 credits in Social Justice

Social Sciences and History Requirements*

Students must complete six (6) credit hours in the following disciplinary areas:

3 credit hours in a Social Science discipline (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology) **
3 credit hours taken from either the History Department (HIST) or the Art History Program (ARHY)**

*NOTE: Students may fulfill the Social Sciences/History requirements in conjunction with completing the Theme Area requirement. For example, a 3 credit PSYC course with a Social Justice Theme Area attribute may count as fulfilling both the Social Science requirement and the Social Justice theme area.

**NOTE: Some courses outside these departments may be designated with the Social Sciences or History attribute and fulfill the Social Studies or the History requirement. See your advisor/admissions counselor with any questions.

Additional Requirements:
Information Literacy: 1 credit course

(If not embedded in a course);
Emphasis: Finding, evaluating, and using information.

Writing-Intensive: 0 credit hours

Embedded in three courses (designated as W);
Emphasis: Development of writing abilities.