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Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Degrees

The College confers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students who complete a major program in art history, classics, communication, economics, English, history, international relations, modern languages and literatures, journalism and multimedia arts, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology receive the B.A. degree. Students majoring in mathematics or computer science can follow a curriculum leading to either a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the College of Liberal Arts, a student must complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours of course credits. The last 30 hours must be taken at the University
  • University Core Curriculum
  • University Writing Intensive requirement
  • College General Requirements, as described below
  • Major program (see departmental listings)
  • Minor program (see departmental listings)
  • An overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 both in the major and in the minor
  • Removal of I and F grades both in the major department and in required courses
  • Online submission of application for the degree before the deadline published in the current University calendar. No student is considered a degree candidate prior to submission of this form.

College General Requirements

Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts for the B.A. or B.S. degree are required to complete the University Core Curriculum, consisting of 33 credits, for graduation.

In addition to the University Core, students in the College are required to fulfill the following requirements for graduation:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Modern or Classical Language proficiency at the 202 level
  • Math/Science (mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, or physics) 3 cr.
  • Economics/Political Science/Sociology/Psychology (Two disciplines must be represented) 6 cr.
  • History/Literature (3 cr. must be literature) 6 cr.
  • Philosophy/Theology (3 cr. must be philosophy) 6 cr.
  • Communication 3 cr.

Bachelor of Science

  • Modern or Classical Language proficiency at the 102 level (coursework may be counted as liberal arts electives)
  • Liberal Arts electives (any College department except the major department) 12 cr.
  • Natural Science (two-semester sequence at major level) 8-10 cr.
  • Mathematics (114 and above) 10 cr.
  • Computer Science (150 and above) 3 cr.
  • Courses taken in major or minor programs may also be used to satisfy the College General Requirements.

Second Degree Liberal Arts Core

Students who have already earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree and come to Duquesne to earn a College of Liberal Arts Degree will fulfill at least 12 credits of University and/or College Core Requirements at Duquesne University so that students receive the distinctive Duquesne educational experience.

Students with an Associate or Bachelor's degree can double count some of their University Core requirements for the College Core. This allows for the potential double counting of the following courses:

  • The University Core requires 3 credits each of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics, 6 credits of which could satisfy the College Core requirement of 6 credits of Philosophy/Theology (the Ethics course would need to be taught in Philosophy or Theology to be counted for the College Core).
  • The University Core requires 3 credits of Mathematics and 3 credits of Natural Science, 3 credits of which could satisfy the College Core requirement of 3 credits of Math/Science.
  • Up to 12 credits of Theme Area University Core courses could satisfy other College Core requirements if taken strategically-especially in the areas of History/Literature, Economics/Political Science/Sociology/Psychology, and Communication.
  • In addition, students with an Associate or Bachelor's degree will fulfill a Modern or Classical Language proficiency at the 102 level.