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In Fall 2007 Duquesne University began the implementation of its new general education curriculum for all undergraduate students. This is an overview of the curriculum’s structure.

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
  • The Big Bang and Beyond

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 the University CORE. NOTE: At least one of the four Theme Area courses must be a History Department or Art History Program course, and one must be a Social Science course (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology). The remaining two courses may be taken in the College or in the other Duquesne University schools. 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

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.