Core Curriculum (Bachelor's Degree)

Stevenson University requires all bachelor's degree-seeking students to complete a minimum of 16 academic courses in the liberal arts and sciences and 1 course in physical education. In order to fulfill this requirement, all students must complete the following:

Skills Courses

  • Three writing courses (9 credits)
    • ENG 151 (Note: A grade of "C-" in ENG 151 is required to meet the University writing competency requirement and to proceed to other English courses);
    • ENG 152;
    • an additional writing course, 200-level or higher,which may be in the major.
  • One communication course (3 credits). This course may be in the major.
  • One physical education course. May also be fulfilled by a life skill or wellness learning course. (1 course, 1 credit). Completion of one season of a Stevenson team sport will also satisfy this requirement. Only one credit may be counted in a student's total credit count. PE courses are pass/fail.
  • Computer Literacy Requirement. All students entering the University are required to successfully complete IS 134—MS Windows and Office Applications, unless specifically exempted. Students do not need to take IS 134 if they have demonstrated computer literacy by one of the following methods:
    • Achieve a passing score on the Computer Literacy Assessment.
    • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in an equivalent course at another institution.
    • Achieve a grade of "C" or better in an equivalent course as required by majors in Visual Communication Design, Nursing, and Film, Video and Theatre.

Distribution Courses

Note: All these courses must be outside of the discipline of the major, but they may fulfill secondary program requirements for the major.

  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
    • Art
    • Film
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Theatre
  • Social Science (2 courses, 6 credits, from two different disciplines)
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Human Services
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • Mathematics and Science (3 courses, 10–12 credits, at least one lab science and one math at the level of Math 121 or higher, not including Math 132. (Math 201, however, may only be used as a second math course in this requirement.)
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physical Science
    • Physics
  • Humanities (4 courses, 12 credits, from at least three different disciplines)
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Religion

Core Electives (2 courses, 6 credits) These two courses may be selected from any of the distribution disciplines or from foreign language courses, communication (CM) courses, English writing and language courses, or interdisciplinary courses that include one of the distribution disciplines. Both of these courses must be outside of the discipline of the major, and they cannot be used to fulfill any additional Core requirements, but they may fulfill secondary program requirements for the major.

Foreign Language
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete six credits of foreign language at the 200-level. They may use their two Core Electives (see above) to fulfill this requirement.