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Degree Requirements

All students, regardless of major, must complete a minimum of 120 credits and the University Core Curriculum in order to graduate - with the final 30 credits at Duquesne.

Please see school pages in the general transfer guide for program-specific information.


University Core Curriculum (34 credits)
Critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, honesty, integrity and services to others... these are the hallmarks of a Duquesne education. They lay the intellectual and ethical foundation students need to succeed and grow as individuals throughout life.

The Core consists of 12 courses or 34 credits from a variety of disciplines. These requirements are:

English Composition: 6 credits
Satisfied by: First-year Composition and First-Year Literature

Mathematics: 3 credits
Satisfied by: Calculus or Fundamentals of Statistics or Intro to Biostatics or Problem Solving with Creative Math

Science: 3 credits
Satisfied by: Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Earth Science or Astronomy or other approved Science course

Philosophy: 3 credits
Satisfied by: Basic Philosophical Questions or Introduction to Philosophy

Theology: 3 credits
Satisfied by: Biblical and Historical Perspectives or Theological Views of the Person or Global and Cultural Perspectives of Theology

Ethics: 3 credits
Satisfied by: Philosophical Ethics or Theological Ethics or Medical Ethics or Health Care Ethics

Information Literacy: 1 credit
Satisfied by: Research and Information Skills

Theme Area Courses: 12 credits
Satisfied by taking 3 credits from each of the following Theme Areas:

  • Creative Arts
  • Faith and Reason (must be taken at Duquesne)
  • Global Diversity
  • Social Justice

Sample courses often transferable for the Theme Areas include:
Creative Arts: Art Appreciation, Art History, Creative Writing, Painting, Computer Art, Music Performance, Creative Dramatics
Global Diversity: Intercultural Communication, Global Economics, Global Literature, Global Geography, African History, World Cinema, World Music, Cultural Anthropology, Global Sociology,
Social Justice: Art and Politics, Race and Literature, Native American History, International Law, Social Justice in Education, Perspectives on the Holocaust, Women and Politics, Survey of Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

NOTE: One Theme Area must represent a History or Art History discipline and one Theme Area must represent the Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology)

In addition to the Core Curriculum, each school has degree requirements.