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UCOR Student Guide

Student Guide

1. What is the University Core Curriculum?

The University Core Curriculum (UCOR) is a set of general education requirements that all undergraduate students must complete before graduation. UCOR is composed of 33-40 credit hours in specific discipline and theme areas and three writing-intensive courses. 

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Discipline Specific Courses*

6 Credits - Core English Attribute

3 Credits - Core Math Attribute

3 Credits - Core Science Attribute

3 Credits - Core Philosophy Attribute

3 Credits - Core Theology Attribute

3 Credits - Core Ethics Attribute

Theme Area Courses*

Courses that have two Theme Area attributes may count for both attributes. Students may exercise this option for one course only.

3 Credits - Creative Arts Attribute

3 Credits - Faith and Reason Attribute

3 Credits - Global Diversity Attribute

3 Credits - Social Justice Attribute

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)***

Information Literacy*

1 Credit - Information Literacy Attribute

Writing-Intensive Courses (3 Courses)*

Students must complete a total of three courses with a 'W' designation. These could fulfill other major or University Core requirements. At least one of the courses must be in the student's major field, with a second strongly encouraged.

*Note: Some University Core attribute courses only count for the University Core for students of certain majors (e.g., only students pursuing a B.S. in Athletic Training may take ATHT 120 for the University Core Information Literacy requirement), and some majors require certain University Core courses to be taken in order to fulfill both University Core and major requirements. Please see your advisor (or admissions representative) with questions pertaining to your specific major.

**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.

2. Why do I have to take the University Core in addition to my major?

The University Core Curriculum supplements and complements your major course of study. It builds and refines skill sets that employers want - such as critical thinking and communication skills. It broadens your knowledge base in ways that enhance your professional preparation and form you as a moral agent and responsible citizen. It introduces you to ideas and passions that you otherwise might not have discovered. It provides the common educational experience for Duquesne Undergraduates.

The University Core Curriculum is "Duquesneable." It delivers Duquesne's distinctive Catholic and Spiritan Mission through learning outcomes that emphasize understanding and knowledge, intellectual inquiry and communication, ethical and spiritual development, diversity and global mindedness, and leadership and service.


3. How do I know if I am completing the University Core?

Students can track their progress on the Core using the RAPP (Review Academic Program Progress) system in DORI.

To access RAPP through DORI go to: Self-Service Banner > Student Information > Registration > Review Academic Program Progress (RAPP). 

4. How do I find courses that count for the University Core?

When you register in DORI, search results for courses indicate whether the course has a Core attribute, i.e., whether it counts for the Core. You can also specifically search in DORI for courses that count for the Core. Please see below for instructions on how to do that. 

Please also see our Master List of Approved UCOR Courses.

5. How do I search for courses that count for the University Core when I register in DORI?

Using just one search, you can identify all of the courses belonging to a particular University Core attribute - for example, all Creative Arts theme area courses - that will be offered during a given semester.

1.While using "Look Up Classes" in DORI, choose "Advanced Search."

2. Under "Attribute Type," choose the attribute you would like to search for.

3. Select/highlight the first subject in the "Subject" list.

 4. Scroll to the bottom of the "Subject" list.

5. Hold down the shift key, and while holding down shift, click the last subject in the "Subject" list. This should select all subjects.

6. Click "Section Search."