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Foundations Curriculum

Students must have at least 42-43 hours of foundations curriculum (FC) courses in order to graduate.  There are six attributes of FC courses (listed below).  Depending on the major, certain classes may be required in each attribute (consult the first page of your checksheet for this info!) while other majors allow students to freely pick FC courses.  

  • English (6 hours) – ENGL 1100 and ENGL 1200 are required
  • Science (8 hours, with at least 1 lab course) – courses falling under this category are identified by FC:SC in the online university undergraduate catalog.
  • Social Sciences (12 hours, with courses from 3 different disciplines) – courses falling under this category are identified by FC:SO in the online university undergraduate catalog.
  • Mathematics (3 hours) – courses falling under this category are identified by FC:MA in the online university undergraduate catalog.
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (10 hours, with at least one course in Humanities and one course in Fine Arts) – courses falling under this category are identified by FC:HU and FC:FA in the online university undergraduate catalog.
  • Health and Exercise & Sport Science (3-4 hours) – HLTH 1000 is required.  EXSS 1000 or EXSS 1001 is required. 

Need Help Selecting Courses?

Students who need assistance selecting FC courses can easily find all of the classes available for each attribute by using Banner Self Service.

  • Go to Look Up Classes and select the appropriate term
  • Click on the first course subject (usually Accounting), hold down the mouse and highlight ALL subjects
  • At the bottom in Attribute Type click on the desired attribute you’d like to find (Writing Intensive, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science, etc.)
  • Search
  • ALL classes offered in that particular term with that attribute will come up.

What is the purpose of Foundations Curriculum courses?

The goal of the Liberal Arts Foundations curriculum is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and abilities essential to their living worthwhile lives. The curriculum is based on the faculty's belief that the best way to prepare students for living worthwhile lives is to provide them with a solid foundation in the core disciplines in the liberal arts (the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences), in conjunction with a multidisciplinary education in the specific areas of health promotion and physical activity and mastery of writing and mathematics competencies.