Core Curriculum The mainstay of the general education requirements is the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The core curriculum requirements are divided into two parts: skills acquisition and content areas of study



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Core Curriculum
The mainstay of the general education requirements is the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The core curriculum requirements are divided into two parts: skills acquisition and content areas of study. The following sections provide descriptions of the individual requirement areas, their underlying educational philosophies and goals, and the list of approved courses. The updated list of approved core courses is located on the college’s website.
Exemptions

Selected majors and the ecology and evolutionary biology minor are exempt from portions of the core curriculum, as core course work is considered equivalent to course work in the major. Students who graduate with more than one exempt major may apply their exemptions cumulatively.


Skills Acquisition

These requirements are designed to assure that each student has attained a minimum level of competency in each of the areas listed: foreign language, quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills, and written communication.


Although a single course may appear in several areas, students may use it to meet only one core requirement.
Foreign Language

All students are required to demonstrate, while in high school, third-level proficiency in a single modern or classical foreign language. Students who have not met this requirement at the time of matriculation will have a MAPS deficiency. They may make up the deficiency only by passing an appropriate third-semester college course or by passing a CU-Boulder approved proficiency examination. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.


Students who are under the core curriculum, but not subject to MAPS, must complete the foreign language requirement to meet degree requirements.
Questions about placement should be referred to the appropriate foreign language department. The goal of the language requirement is to encourage students to confront the structure, formal and semantic, of another language, significant and difficult works in that language, and one or more aspects of the culture lived in that language. This enables students to understand their own language and culture better, analyze texts more clearly and effectively, and appreciate more vividly the dangers and limitations of using a translated document. The language requirement is a general education requirement and so concentrates on reading. In some languages other abilities may be emphasized as well. Understanding what it means to read a significant text in its original language is essential for general education according to the standards of this university.
CU-Boulder courses that satisfy this requirement include the following:
*ARAB 2110-3 Second Year Arabic 1

CHIN 2110-5 Intermediate Chinese 1

*CLAS 2114-4 Intermediate Latin 1

CLAS 3113-3 Intermediate Classical Greek 1

*FREN 2110-3 Second-Year French Grammar Review and Reading 1

FRSI 2110-4 Intermediate Farsi 1 (formerly FRSI 2010)

*GRMN 2010-4 Intermediate German 1

GRMN 2030-5 Intensive Intermediate German

*HEBR 2110 (3-4) Intermediate Hebrew I

HIND 2110-5 Intermediate Hindi 1 (formerly HIND 2010)

INDO 2010-4 Intermediate Indonesian 1

*ITAL 2110-3 Intermediate Italian Reading, Grammar, and Composition 1

JPNS 2110-5 Intermediate Japanese 1

KREN 2110-5 Second-Year Intermediate Korean 1

*NORW 2110-4 Second-Year Norwegian Reading and Conversation 1

*PORT 2110-3 Second-Year Portuguese 1

*RUSS 2010-4 Second-Year Russian 1

SLHS 2325-4 American Sign Language 3

*SPAN 2110-3 Second-Year Spanish 1

*SPAN 2150-5 Intensive Second-Year Spanish

SWED 2010-4 Intermediate Swedish 1 - DILS
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills (QRMS)

(3–6 semester hours)

Liberally educated people should be able to think at a certain level of abstraction and to manipulate symbols. This requirement has two principal objectives. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools used in core curriculum courses and in their major areas of study. The second is to help students acquire the reasoning skills necessary to assess adequately the data which will confront them in their daily lives. Students completing this requirement should be able to: construct a logical argument based on the rules of inference; analyze, present, and interpret numerical data; estimate orders of magnitude as well as obtain exact results when appropriate; and apply mathematical methods to solve problems in their university work and in their daily lives.
Students can fulfill the requirement by passing one of the courses or sequences of courses listed below or by passing the CU-Boulder QRMS proficiency exam. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
ECEN 1500-3. Sustainable Energy

ECON 1078-3 Mathematical Tools for Economists 1

*MATH 1012-3 Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills (same as QRMS 1010)

MATH 1110-3 and 1120-3 The Spirit and Uses of Mathematics 1 and 2

MATH 1130-3 Mathematics From the Visual Arts (same as QRMS 1130)

*MATH 1150-4 Precalculus Mathematics

MATH 1310-5 Calculus, Stochastics and Modeling

*MATH 1410-3 Mathematics for Secondary Educators

*MATH 2380-3 Mathematics for the Environment (same as QRMS 2380)

PHYS 1010-3 Physics of Everyday Life 1

PHYS 1020-4 Physics of Everyday Life 2

PHYS 1220-3 Physics for Future Presidents

PSCI 2075-3 Quantitative Research Methods

PSCI 3105-3 Designing Social Inquiry

Any 3-credit math module: MATH 1011-3, MATH 1071-3, or MATH 1081-3.

Any 3 credits of mathematics courses numbered *MATH 1300 and above or applied mathematics courses numbered *APPM 1350 and above.


*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Written Communication

(3 lower-division and 3 upper-division semester hours)

Writing is a skill fundamental to all intellectual endeavors. While some college courses require more writing than others, good writing is recognized as a necessary means of communication in every scholarly discipline. The core curriculum promotes the principle that ideas do not exist apart from language, and thus content cannot be isolated from style. For ideas to flourish, they must be expressed clearly and gracefully, so that readers take pleasure while taking instruction. Students may meet the lower-division component of this requirement by first passing one of the approved lower-division courses or by receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the English Language and Composition Advanced Placement exam. Students may then complete the upper-division component of this requirement by passing one of the approved upper-division courses or by passing the written communication proficiency exam. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
Lower-division Courses

ARSC 1080-4 College Writing and Research

*ARSC 1150-3 Writing in Arts and Sciences

CLAS 1020-3 Argument from Evidence: Critical Writing about the Ancient World

EBIO 1950-3 Introduction to Scientific and Academic Writing

ENGL 1001-3 Freshman Writing Seminar

IPHY 1950-3 Introduction to Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology

PHIL 1500-3 Reading, Writing, and Reasoning

*WRTG 1100-4 Extended First-Year Writing and Rhetoric

*WRTG 1150-3 First-Year Writing and Rhetoric

*WRTG 1250-3 Advanced First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Upper-division Courses

ARSC 3100-3 Multicultural Perspective and Academic Discourse

CHIN/JPNS 3200-3 Advanced Writing on Topics in Chinese and Japanese Literature and Civilization

EBIO 3940-3 Written Communication in the Sciences

ENVS 3020-3 Advanced Writing in Environmental Studies

GEOL 3090-3 Developing Scientific Writing Skills

HIST 3020-3 Historical Thinking and Writing

*HONR 3220-3 Advanced Honors Writing Workshop

IPHY 3700-3 Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology

ITAL 3025-3 Advanced Composition 2: Introduction to Literary Writing

PHIL 3480-3 Critical Thinking and Writing in Philosophy

*PHYS 3050-3 Writing in Physics: Problem Solving and Rhetoric

RLST 3020-3 Advanced Writing in Religious Studies

SOCY 3010-3 Sociology Capstone Course: Professional Writing

SPAN 3010-3 Advanced Rhetoric and Composition

WMST 3800-3 Advanced Writing in Feminist Studies

*WRTG 3007-3 Writing in the Visual Arts

WRTG/NRLN 3020-3 Topics in Writing

*WRTG 3030-3 Writing on Science and Society

*WRTG 3035-3 Technical Communication and Design

WRTG 3040-3 Writing on Business and Society
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Content Areas of Study
Historical Context

(3 semester hours)

Courses that fulfill this requirement enable students to study historical problems or issues and to develop an understanding of earlier ideas, institutions, and cultures. Courses explore the times and circumstances in which social, intellectual, artistic, or other developments occurred. The purpose of this exploration is to analyze subjects in their context, that is, to investigate both the processes and the meanings of change. Among the educational aims of these courses are the following: to contribute to historical perspectives that may help to clarify issues that arise today or will arise tomorrow, to arouse the curiosity of students concerning historical conditions that may be relevant to subjects studied in other courses, and to expand the imagination by generating an awareness of the diverse ways in which our common humanity has expressed itself.
Students may choose to meet this 3-hour requirement by passing any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
ANTH 1180-3 Maritime People: Fishers and Seafarers

ANTH 1190-3 Origins of Ancient Civilizations

ANTH/CLAS 2009-3 Modern Issues, Ancient Times

ARAB 3230-3 Islamic Culture and Iberian Peninsula

ARTH/CLAS 1509-4 Trash and Treasure, Temples and Tombs: Art and Archaeology of the Ancient World

ARTH/CLAS 2019-3 Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius

*CEES /HIST 2002-3 Introduction to Central and East European Studies

CLAS 1030/*PHIL 1010-3 Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ancient

CLAS/*HIST 1051-3 The World of Ancient Greeks

CLAS/*HIST 1061-3 The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome

*CLAS 1140-3 Bread and Circuses: Society and Culture in the Roman World

ECON 4514-3 Economic History of Europe

ENGL 3164-3 History and Literature of Georgian Britain

ENGL 4113-3 History and Culture of Medieval England

GRMN 2301-3 Inside Nazi Germany: Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Third Reich

*HIST 1010-3 Western Civilization 1: Antiquity to the 16th Century

HIST 1018-3 Introduction to Early Latin American History to 1810

*HIST 1020-3 Western Civilization 2: 16th Century to the Present

HIST 1028-3 Introduction to Modern Latin American History since 1800 (formerly HIST 1038)

HIST 1113-3 Introduction to British History to 1660 (formerly HIST 2103)

HIST 1123-3 Introduction to British History since 1660 (formerly HIST 2123)

HIST 1218-3 Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History to 1800 (formerly HIST 1208)

HIST 1228-3 Introduction to Sub-Saharan African History since 1800

HIST 1308-3 Introduction to Middle Eastern History

HIST 1518-3 Introduction to South Asian History to 1757

HIST 1528-3 Introduction to South Asian History since 1757 (formerly HIST 1408)

HIST 1618-3 Introduction to Chinese History to 1644 (formerly HIST 1608)

HIST 1628-3 Introduction to Modern Chinese History

*HIST 1708-3 Introduction to Japanese History

HIST/JWST 1818-3 Introduction to Jewish History, Bible to 1492

HIST/JWST 1828-3 Introduction to Jewish History since 1492 (formerly HIST/JWST/GSLL 1108)

HIST 2100-3 Revolution in History

HIST 2170-3 History of Christianity 1: To the Reformation

HIST 2112-3 Early Modern Societies (1450–1700)

HIST 2220-3 History of War and Society (formerly HIST 2222)

HIST 2629-3 China in World History

HIST 4190/IAFS 3500-3 French Connections: Contemporary France and America in Historical Context

HONR 2251-3 Introduction to the Bible

IAFS/JWST 3650-3 History of Arab-Israeli Conflict

JWST/RLST 3100-3 Judaism

LIBB 1700-3 The History of Communication from Caves to Cyberspace

*PHIL 1020-3 Introduction to Western Philosophy: Modern

PHIL 3000-3 History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 3010-3 History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 3410-3 History of Science: Ancients to Newton

PHIL 3430-3 History of Science: Newton to Einstein

RLST 3000-3 The Christian Tradition

RUSS 2211-3 Introduction to Russian Culture

RUSS 2221-3 Introduction to Modern Russian Culture

*RUSS 2471-3 Women in Russian Culture: From Folklore to the 19th Century

RUSS 3601-3 Russian Culture Past and Present

RUSS 4301-3 American-Russian Cultural Relations

SCAN 2202-3 The Vikings
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Human Diversity

(3 semester hours)

Courses fulfilling this requirement increase the student’s understanding of the world’s diversity and pluralism through the study of two broad and interrelated areas: (1) the nature and meaning of diversity and the experience of marginalized groups; and (2) cultures other than those of Europe and the United States. This requirement explicitly identifies an awareness and understanding of pluralism as essential to a liberal education.
(1) Gender, Ethnic, and Social Diversity. Courses in this area are designed to expand the range of each student’s understanding of the experience of individuals and groups who, because of such fundamental components of identity as race, ethnicity, gender, or other characteristics, have been historically marginalized by society and placed outside of the mainstream. Generally courses will explore the ways in which marginalization has occurred and the reasons for this marginalization. The intent is to expand understanding of these social groups with the goal of identifying the way social categories shape human thought and experience.
(2) Non-Western Cultures. These courses are designed to expand the range of the student’s understanding of cultures that are not derived principally from the western experience. A comparative perspective introduces students to the commonality and diversity of cultural responses to universal human problems. Each course seeks to cultivate insight into and respect for diversity by requiring students to explore a cultural world quite different from their own.
Courses satisfying this requirement are intended to portray culture in the most integrated sense, including aspects of material adaptation, social pattern, ideas and values, and aesthetic achievement. Students are required to pass 3 hours of course work from any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher. Students who graduate with a major in ethnic studies are exempt from completing the human diversity requirement.
*ANTH 1100-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils

ANTH 1105-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet

ANTH 1115-3 The Caribbean in Post-Colonial Perspective

ANTH 1120/ETHN 1123-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Hopi and Navajo (formerly AIST 1125/ANTH 1120)

ANTH 1135-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: TBA

ANTH 1140-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Maya

ANTH 1145-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Aztecs

ANTH 1150-3 Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Regional Cultures of Africa

ANTH 1160-3 The Ancient Egyptian Civilization

ANTH 1170-3 Exploring Culture and Gender Through Film

ANTH 4560/ ETHN 4563-3 North American Indian Acculturation (formerly AIST 4565/ANTH 4560)

ARAB 1011-3 Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations

ARSC 3001-3 Social Engagement and Human Rights: The South Africa Model

ARTH 3209-3 Art, Culture, and Gender Diversity, 1400–1600: Renaissance Art Out of the Canon

ARTH/CLAS 4269-3 Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

ARTH/WMST 4769-3 Gender Studies in Early Modern Visual Culture

ASTR 2000-3 Ancient Astronomies of the World

CHIN 1012-4 Introduction to Chinese Civilization

CHIN 1061-3 Boudoirs, Books, Battlefields: Voices and Images of Chinese Women

CLAS/WMST 2100-3 Women in Ancient Greece

*CLAS/WMST 2110-3 Women in Ancient Rome

*COMM 2400-3 Discourse, Culture, and Identities

COMM 3410-3 Intercultural Communication

ECON 4626-3 Economics of Inequality and Discrimination

EDUC 3013-(3-4) School and Society

ENGL/WMST 1260-3 Introduction to Women’s Literature

ENGL 1800-3 American Ethnic Literatures

ENGL/JWST 3677-3 Jewish-American Literature

ETHN 1022-3 Introduction to Africana Studies (formerly ETHN 2002)

ETHN 1023-3 Introduction to American Indian Studies (formerly ETHN 2003)

ETHN 1025-3 Introduction to Asian American Studies (formerly AAST 1015)

ETHN 2013-3 Critical Issues in Native North America (formerly AIST 2015)

ETHN 2215-3 The Japanese American Experience (formerly AAST 2210)

ETHN 2232-3 Contemporary African American Social Movements (formerly BLST 2200)

*ETHN 2242-3 African American Social and Political Thought (formerly BLST 2210)

ETHN 2432/HIST 2437-3 African American History (formerly BLST/HIST 2437)

ETHN 2536-3 Survey of Chicana and Chicano History and Culture (formerly CHST/HIST 2537)

ETHN 2546-3 Chicana and Chicano Fine Arts and Humanities (formerly ETHN 1036)

ETHN 3136/WMST 3135-3 Chicana Feminisms and Knowledges (formerly CHST/WMST 3135)

ETHN 3201/INVS/LDSP 3100 (3-4) Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles and Practices (formerly ETHN 3200/INVS 3100)

ETHN 3213/WMST 3210-3 American Indian Women (formerly AIST/WMST 3210)

ETHN 3671-3 People of Color and Social Movements (formerly ETHN 3675)

FILM 3013-3 Women and Film

*FREN/ITAL 1400-3 Medieval/Renaissance Women Writers in Italy and France

FREN 1950-3 French Feminisms

FREN 3800-3 France and the Muslim World

GEOG/WMST 3672-3 Gender and Global Economy

GEOG 3822-3 Geography of China

GRMN/JWST 3501-3 Jewish-German Writers: Enlightenment to Present Day

GRMN/WMST 3601-3 German Women Writers

GRMN/WMST 4301-3 Gender, Race, and Immigration in Germany and Europe

HEBR/JWST 2350-3 Introduction to Jewish Culture

HEBR/JWST 3202-3 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Jewish Texts and Traditions

HIND 1011-3 Introduction to South Asian Civilizations

HIND 3811-3 The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature (formerly HNDI 3811)

*HIST 2616-3 U.S. Women’s History

HONR 1810-3 Honors Diversity Seminar

HONR/WMST 3004-3 Women in Education

HONR 3270-3 Journey Motifs in Women’s Literature

HONR 4025-3 Heroines and Heroic Tradition

HUMN 2145-3 African America in the Arts

HUMN/ITAL 4150-3 “The Decameron” and the Age of Realism

HUMN/ITAL 4730-3 Italian Feminisms: Culture, Theory, and Narratives of Difference

IAFS/JWST 3600-3 Global Secular Jewish Societies

INVS/EDUC 2919-3 Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools

ITAL 4300-3 Multiculturalism in Italy

JPNS 1012-4 Introduction to Japanese Civilization

KREN 1011-3 Introduction to Korean Civilization

*LGBT 2000/WMST 2030-3 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

*LIBB 1600-3 Gender and Film

LING 1020-3 Languages of the World

*LING 2400-3 Language and Gender

LING 3220-3 American Indian Languages in Social-Cultural Context

MUEL 2772-3 World Musics

PHIL 2270-3 Philosophy and Race

PHIL/WMST 2290-3 Philosophy and Women

PSCI 3101-3 Black Politics

PSCI 3301/WMST 3300-3 Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Law

PSCI 4131-3 Latinos and the U.S. Political System

PSYC/WMST 2700-3 Psychology of Contemporary American Women

*RLST 2700-3 American Indian Religious Traditions

*RLST/WMST 2800-3 Women and Religion

RUSS/WMST 4471-3 Women in 20th Century Russian Culture

SCAN 3206-3 Nordic Colonialisms

SCAN/WMST 3208-3 Women in Nordic Society: Modern States of Welfare

*SOCY/WMST 1016-3 Sex, Gender, and Society 1

SOCY/WMST 3012-3 Women and Development

SPAN 3270-3 Barcelona: Understanding Local and Immigrant Cultures

WMST 2000-3 Introduction to Feminist Studies

WMST 2020-3 Femininities, Masculinities, and Alternatives

WMST 2050-3 Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

WMST 2200-3 Women, Literature, and the Arts

WMST 3670-3 Immigrant Women in the Global Economy
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
United States Context

(3 semester hours)

Courses fulfilling the United States Context requirement explore important aspects of culture and society in the United States. They stimulate critical thinking and an awareness of the place of the United States in the world by promoting an understanding of the world views that the environment, culture, history, and values of the United States have fostered. They are required to include some discussion of the realities and issues related to matters of ethnic and racial diversity that characterize the nation’s ongoing experience. These courses familiarize students with the United States and enable them to evaluate it critically.
These courses teach an appreciation of United States culture while inviting students to ask probing questions about values and ideals that are understood to be an integral part of the United States. Some of the questions that might be addressed in these courses are: How have citizens and other residents of the United States derived a sense of identity from geography, language, politics, and the arts? How do people in the United States view and influence the world beyond the nation’s borders? How have the rights and responsibilities of citizenship changed over time? How have U.S. citizens and residents in the United States dealt with opposing values? Completing this requirement, students will develop both a better understanding of the United States, present and past, and a considerable interest in the nation’s future.
This 3-hour requirement may be fulfilled by passing any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
ANTH 3170-3 America: An Anthropological Perspective

ARTH 3509-3 American Art

BAKR 1500-3 Colorado: History, Ecology, and Environment

*CAMW 2001-3 The American West

ECON 4524-3 Economic History of the U.S.

ECON 4697-3 Industrial Organization and Regulation

EDUC 2125-3 History of American Public Education

ENGL 2115-3 American Frontiers

ETHN 2004-3 Themes in American Culture 1 (formerly AMST 2000)

ETHN 2013-3 Critical Issues in Native North America (formerly AIST 2015)

ETHN 2014-3 Themes in American Culture 2 (formerly AMST 2010)

ETHN 2432/HIST 2437-3 African American History (formerly BLST/HIST 2437)

ETHN 2536-3 Survey of Chicana and Chicano History and Culture (formerly CHST/HIST 2537)

ETHN 3015-3 Asian Pacific American Communities (formerly AAST 3013)

ETHN 4504-3 Ethnic-American Autobiography (formerly AMST 4500)

*HIST 1015-3 History of the United States to 1865

*HIST 1025-3 History of the United States since 1865

*HIST 2015-3 The History of Early America

HIST 2126-3 Modern U.S. Politics and Diplomacy

HIST 2166-3 The Vietnam Wars

HIST 2516-3 America through Baseball

*HIST 2636/WMST 2400-3 Women of Color and Activism

HUMN 2145-3 African America in the Arts

*INVS 1523-3 Civic Engagement: Democracy as a Tool for Social Change

ITAL 4350-3 Wops and Dons to Movers and Shakers: The Italian-American Experience

LIBB 2800-3 Horror Films and American Culture

LING 1000-3 Language in U.S. Society

MUEL 2752-3 Music in American Culture

*PHIL 1200-3 Philosophy and Society

PHIL 2220-3 Philosophy and Law

*PSCI 1101-3 American Political System

PSCI 3011-3 The American Presidency

PSCI 3021-3 U.S. Campaigns and Elections

PSCI 3054-3 American Political Thought

PSCI 3061-3 State Government and Politics

PSCI 3071-3 Urban Politics

PSCI 3163-3 American Foreign Policy

PSCI 3171-3 Government and Capitalism in the U.S.

*RLST 2500-3 Religion in the United States

RLST 3050-3 Religion and Literature in America

RUSS 4301-3 American-Russian Cultural Relations

*SOCY 1021-3 U.S. Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCY/WMST 3016-3 Marriage and the Family in U.S. Society

SOCY 3151-3 Self in Modern Society

WMST 3900-3 Asian American Women
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Literature and the Arts

(6 semester hours, 3 of which must be upper division)

These courses promote a better understanding of fundamental aesthetic and cultural issues. They sharpen critical and analytical abilities so that students may develop a deeper appreciation of works of art. The goal of this requirement is to enhance the student’s ability to read critically, to understand the elements of art, and to grasp something of the complex relations between artist and public, and between art work and cultural matrix. The emphasis in courses which fulfill this requirement is on works that are generally recognized as central to and significant for one’s cultural literacy and thereby enhance the student’s understanding of our literary and artistic heritage.  
Courses stress literary works as well as the history and criticism of literature and the arts. They may utilize creative projects as a means of arriving at a better understanding of the art form, but students may not use studio or performance classes to satisfy this requirement.
Students are required to pass 6 hours of course work in literature and the arts, of which at least 3 hours must be upper division. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
If students graduate with a major dealing in depth with literature and the arts (Chinese, classics, dance, English, fine arts, French, Germanic studies, humanities, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or theatre), they are exempt from this requirement.
Courses offered at CU-Boulder that satisfy this requirement include the following:
Lower-division Courses

*ARTH 1300-3 History of World Art 1

*ARTH 1400-3 History of World Art 2

ARTH/CLAS 1509-4 Trash and Treasure, Temples and Tombs: Art and Archaeology of the Ancient World

ARTH 1709-3 Freshmen Seminar: Critical Introduction to Art History

*ARTH 2409-3 Introduction to Asian Arts

CHIN 1051-3 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation

*CHIN 2441-3 Film and the Dynamics of Chinese Culture

CLAS 1100-3 Greek Mythology

CLAS 1110-3 Muses and Man-Eaters (1): The Literature of Ancient Greece

CLAS 1115-3 Honors - Masterpieces of Greek Literature in Translation

*CLAS 1120-3 Muses and Man-Eaters (2): The Literature of Ancient Rome

COMR 1800-3 Visual Literacy: Images and Ideologies

DNCE 1017-3 Dance and Popular Culture

DNCE 1027-3 Introduction to Dance and Culture (formerly DNCE 1029)

ENGL 1500-3 Masterpieces of British Literature

ENGL 1600-3 Masterpieces of American Literature

FARR 2002-3 Literature of Lifewriting

FREN 1200-3 Medieval Epic and Romance

FREN 1610-3 How to Be French 1: “The Ancient Regime”

FREN 1620-3 How to Be French 2: “Modernity”

FREN 1900-3 Modern Paris in Literature, Photographs, Paintings, and Movies

GRMN 1602-3 Metropolis and Modernity

GRMN 2501-3 20th Century German Short Story

*GRMN 2503-3 Fairy Tales of Germany

*GRMN/HUMN 2601-3 Kafka and the Kafkaesque

HEBR/JWST 2551-3 Jewish Literature: Jews Coming of Age

HONR 2860-3 The Figure of Socrates

HUMN 1010-6 Introduction to Humanities 1

HUMN 1020-6 Introduction to Humanities 2

HUMN 2100-3 Arts, Culture, and Media

ITAL 1600-3 Strategies of Fear: Introduction to Italian Fantastic Literature

JPNS 1051-3 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature in Translation

MUEL 1832-3 Appreciation of Music

MUEL 2852-3 Music in the Rock Era

MUEL 2862-3 American Film Musical, 1926–1954

*RUSS 2231-3 Fairy Tales of Russia

RUSS 2241-3 The Vampire in Literature and the Visual Arts

SCAN 1202-3 Tolkien’s Nordic Sources and The Lord of the Rings

*SPAN 1000-3 Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature

*THTR 1009-3 Introduction to Theatre

*THTR 1011-3 Development of Theatre 1: Global Theatre Origins

WMST 2200-3 Women, Literature, and the Arts
Upper-division Courses

ARTH/CLAS 3039-3 Greek Art and Archaeology

ARTH/CLAS 3049-3 Roman Art and Architecture

ARTH 4329-3 Modern Art 1

ARTH 4759-3 17th Century Art and the Concept of the Baroque

CHIN/HUMN 3341-3 Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China

CHIN 3351-3 Reality and Dream in Traditional Chinese Literature

CLAS/HUMN 4110-3 Greek and Roman Epic

CLAS/HUMN 4120-3 Greek and Roman Tragedy

CLAS/HUMN 4130-3 Greek and Roman Comedy

DNCE 4017-3 History and Philosophy of Dance

DNCE 4037-3 Looking at Dance (formerly DNCE 3027)

ENGL 3000-3 Shakespeare for Nonmajors

ENGL 3060-3 Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors

FILM/RUSS 3211-3 History of Russian Cinema

FILM 3402-3 European Film and Culture

FILM/HUMN 3660-3 The Postmodern

FILM/HUMN 4135-3 Art and Psychoanalysis

FREN 3200-3 Introduction to Literary Theory and Advanced Critical Analysis

FREN 4300-3 Theatre and Modernity in 17th Century France

GRMN 3502-3 Literature in the Age of Goethe

GRMN/HUMN 3702-3 Dada and Surrealist Literature

GRMN/HUMN 3802-3 Politics and Culture in Berlin, 1900–1933

GRMN/HUMN 4504-3 Goethe’s Faust

HEBR/JWST 4203-3 Israeli Literature: Exile, Nation, Home

HEBR/JWST 4301-3 Venice: The Cradle of European Jewish Culture

HUMN/ITAL 4140-3 The Age of Dante: Readings from The Divine Comedy

HUMN/ITAL 4150-3 “The Decameron” and the Age of Realism

HUMN/RUSS 4811-3 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation

HUMN/RUSS 4821-3 20th Century Russian Literature and Art

ITAL 4145-3 The Age of Dante in Italian

ITAL 4147-3 Visualizing Dante’s Inferno: A Global Seminar in Florence, Italy

ITAL 4600-3 Once Upon a Time in Italy

MUEL 3822-3 Words and Music

MUEL 3832-3 Music in Literature

RUSS 4831-3 Contemporary Russian Literature

SCAN 3202-3 Old Norse Mythology

SCAN 3203-3 19th and 20th Century Nordic Literature

SCAN 3204-3 Medieval Icelandic Sagas

SCAN 3205-3 Scandinavian Folk Narrative

SCAN 3506-3 Scandinavian Drama

SPAN 3260-3 Late 19th and 20th Century Argentine Narrative

SPAN 3800-3 Latin American Literature in Translation

THTR 3011-3 Development of American Musical Theatre


*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Natural Science

(13 semester hours, including a two-course sequence and a laboratory or field experience)

These courses study the nature of matter, life, and the universe. They enhance literacy and knowledge of one or more scientific disciplines, and enhance those reasoning and observing skills that are necessary to evaluate issues with scientific content. Courses are designed to demonstrate that science is not a static list of facts, but a dynamic process that leads to knowledge. This process is one of subtle interplay between observation, experimentation, and theory, enabling students to develop a critical view toward the conclusions and interpretations obtained through the scientific process.
Through a combination of lecture courses and laboratory or field experiences, students gain hands-on experience with scientific research. They develop observational skills of measurement and data interpretation and learn the relevance of these skills to the formation and testing of scientific hypotheses.
The goal of this requirement is to enable students to understand the current state of knowledge in at least one scientific discipline, with specific reference to important past discoveries and the directions of current development; to gain experience in scientific observation and measurement, in organizing and quantifying results, in drawing conclusions from data, and in understanding the uncertainties and limitations of the results; and to acquire sufficient general scientific vocabulary and methodology to find additional information about scientific issues, to evaluate it critically, and to make informed decisions.
The natural science requirement, which consists of passing 13 hours of approved natural science course work, includes one two-semester sequence of courses and at least 1 credit hour of an associated lab or field experience. No more than two lower-division courses may be taken from any single department (1-credit-hour lab/field experience courses are excepted). Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
Students who graduate with a major in the natural sciences (astrophysical and planetary sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, geology, integrative physiology, molecular, cellular and developmental biology, or physics) or students who graduate with a minor in ecology and evolutionary biology are exempt from completing the natural science requirement.
Courses offered at CU-Boulder that satisfy this requirement include the following:
Two-semester Sequences

(Note: Although not recommended, the first semester of a sequence may be taken as a single course. Also, some sequences have included, corequisite, or optional laboratories.)


*ANTH 2010-3 and *2020-3 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 1 and 2 (optional labs *ANTH 2030, *2040)

ASTR 1000-3 and 1020-4 The Solar System, and Introductory Astronomy 2 (sequence does not include a lab) (ASTR 1000 formerly ASTR 1110)

ASTR 1010-4 and 1020-3 Introductory Astronomy 1 and 2 (lab included in ASTR 1010)

*ASTR 1030-4 and *1040-4 Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1 and 2 (lab included in ASTR 1030)

*ATOC 1050-3 and 1060-3 Weather and the Atmosphere and Our Changing Environment: El Niño, Ozone, and Climate (optional lab *ATOC 1070)

*CHEM 1011-3 and 1031-4 Environmental Chemistry 1 and 2 (lab included in CHEM 1031)

CHEM 1113-4 and 1133-4 General Chemistry 1 and 2 (corequisite labs CHEM 1114 and 1134)

CHEM 1251-5 and 1271-5 General Chemistry 1 and 2 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors (lab included)

CHEM 1351-5 and 1371-5 Honors General Chemistry 1 and 2 (lab included) (formerly CHEM 1151 and 1171)

EBIO 1030-3 and 1040-3 Biology: A Human Approach 1 and 2 (optional lab EBIO 1050)

*EBIO 1210-3 and *1220-3 General Biology 1 and 2 (optional labs EBIO 1230, 1240)

*GEOG 1001-4 and *1011-4 Environmental Systems 1 and 2: Climate and Vegetation, Landscapes and Water (lab included)

*GEOL 1010-3 and *1020-3 Introduction to Geology and Introduction to Earth History (optional lab *GEOL 1030)

*GEOL 1010-3 and 1040-3 Introduction to Geology and Geology of Colorado (optional lab *GEOL 1030)

*GEOL 1010-3 and 1060-3 Introduction to Geology and Global Change—An Earth Science Perspective (optional lab *GEOL 1030)

*MCDB 1030-3 and *1041-3 Molecules, Plagues, and People, and Fundamentals of Human Genetics (corequisite lab MCDB 1042)

*MCDB 1150-3 and *2150-3 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, and Principles of Genetics (optional labs MCDB *1151, *2151)

*PHYS 1010-3 and *1020-4 Physics of Everyday Life 1 and 2 (lab included in PHYS 1020)

*PHYS 1110-4 and *1120-4 General Physics 1 and 2 (optional lab *PHYS 1140)

*PHYS 2010-5 and *2020-5 General Physics 1 and 2 (lab included)


Nonsequence Courses

ANTH 3000-3 Primate Behavior

ANTH 3010-3 The Human Animal

AREN 2110-3 Thermodynamics

ASTR 1200-3 Stars and Galaxies (formerly ASTR 1120)

ASTR 2000-3 Ancient Astronomies of the World

ASTR 2010-3 Modern Cosmology: Origin and Structure of the Universe

ASTR 2020-3 Introduction to Space Astronomy

ASTR 2030-3 Black Holes

ASTR/GEOL 2040-3 The Search for Life in the Universe

ATOC/GEOL 3070-3 Introduction to Oceanography

ATOC 3300/GEOG 3301-3 Analysis of Climate and Weather Observations

ATOC 3500/CHEM 3151-3 Air Chemistry and Pollution (formerly ATOC/CHEM 3500)

ATOC/ENVS 3600/GEOG 3601-3 Principles of Climate

ATOC 4700-3 Weather Analysis and Forecasting

ATOC 4750-3 Desert Meteorology and Climate

*CHEM 1021-4 Introductory Chemistry (lab included)

CHEN 1000-3 Creative Technology

EBIO 3180-3 Global Ecology

ENVS 1000-4 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVS/PHYS 3070-3 Energy and the Environment

ENVS/GEOL 3520-3 Energy and Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach

GEOG 3511-4 Introduction to Hydrology

GEOG/GEOL 4241-4 Principles of Geomorphology (lab included)

GEOL 2100-3 Environmental Geology

GEOL 3040-3 Global Change: The Recent Geological Record

GEOL 3500-3 Earth Resources and the Environment

GEOL 3720-3 Evolution of Life: The Geological Record

GEOL 3950-3 Natural Catastrophes and Geologic Hazards

IPHY 2420-3 Nutrition for Health and Performance

IPHY 3660-3 The Dynamics of Motor Learning

MCDB 3150-3 Biology of the Cancer Cell

MCDB 3330-3 Evolution and Creationism

*PHIL 1400-3 Philosophy and the Sciences

PHIL 3410-3 History of Science: Ancients to Newton

PHIL 3430-3 History of Science: Newton to Einstein

PHYS 1230-3 Light and Color for Non-Scientists

*PHYS 1240-3 Sound and Music

PHYS 1300-3 Experiment in Physics

*PSYC 2012-3 Biological Psychology 1

SLHS 2010-3 Science of Human Communication
One-credit-hour Lab/Field Courses

(NOTE: Each course below has a prerequisite or corequisite.)

*ANTH 2030-1 Lab in Physical Anthropology 1

*ANTH 2040-1 Lab in Physical Anthropology 2

*ATOC 1070-1 Weather and the Atmosphere Laboratory

CHEM 1114-1 Lab in General Chemistry 1

CHEM 1134-1 Lab in General Chemistry 2

EBIO 1050-1 Biology: A Human Approach Lab

EBIO 1230-1 General Biology Lab 1

EBIO 1240-1 General Biology Lab 2

*GEOL 1030-1 Introduction to Geology Lab 1

MCDB 1043-1 Exploring Genetics Laboratory

*MCDB 1151-1 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

*MCDB 2151-1 Principles of Genetics Lab

*PHYS 1140-1 Experimental Physics 1
*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Contemporary Societies

(3 semester hours)

All individuals function within social frameworks. Courses in contemporary societies introduce students to the study of social groups, including social institutions and processes, the values and beliefs shared by their members, and the forces that mold and shape social groups. They prepare students to approach social phenomena of all kinds in an informed and critical way, and to describe, analyze, compare, and contrast them. Such study also provides students with new vantage points from which to view their own socio-cultural assumptions and traditions.
These courses, which treat contemporary societies, study an individual society or compare several societies. All explicitly attempt to deepen the students’ understanding of the cultural, political, economic, or social contexts that shape people’s lives. Their scope may be global or specific, but all courses that fulfill this requirement address social processes, institutions, values, forces, and beliefs.
Students who graduate with a major in anthropology, economics, international affairs, political science, psychology, or sociology are exempt from the contemporary societies requirement. Students may satisfy this 3-hour requirement by passing any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
ANTH 1200-3 Culture and Power

ANTH 4560/ETHN 4563-3 North American Indian Acculturation (formerly AIST 4565/ANTH 4560)

BAKR 1600-3 Creating a Sustainable Future

COMM 1210-3 Perspectives on Human Communication

ECON 2010-4 Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 2020-4 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 3403-3 International Economics and Policy

ECON 3535-3 Natural Resource Economics

ECON 3545-3 Environmental Economics

EDUC 3013 (3-4) School and Society

ETHN 1025-3 Introduction to Asian American Studies (formerly AAST 1015)

ETHN 2232-3 Contemporary African American Social Movements (formerly BLST 2200)

*ETHN 2242-3 African American Social and Political Thought (formerly BLST 2210)

ETHN 3015-3 Asian Pacific American Communities (formerly AAST 3013)

GEOG 3742-3 Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture

GRMN 1601-3 Germany Today

HIST 2126-3 Modern U.S. Politics and Diplomacy

HIST 2166-3 The Vietnam Wars

HUMN 4835-3 Literature and Social Violence

*IAFS 1000-4 Global Issues and International Affairs

IAFS/JWST 4302-3 Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy in Israel

INVS 3000 (3-4) Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Issues through Service Learning

INVS 4302/PSCI 4732-3 Critical Thinking in Development

*ITAL 1500-3 “That’s Amoré”: Introduction to Italian Culture

ITAL 4290-3 Italian Culture through Cinema

LING 1000-3 Language in U.S. Society

*PRLC 1820-3 Community Issues in Leadership

*PSCI 1101-3 American Political System

*PSCI 2012-3 Introduction to Comparative Politics

*PSCI 2223-3 Introduction to International Relations

PSCI 3022-3 Russian Politics

PSCI 3032-3 Latin American Political Systems

PSCI 3074-3 Dimensions of Citizenship in the U.S. and the EU

PSCI 3082-3 Political Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa

PSCI 3143-3 Problems in International Relations

PSCI 4002-3 Western European Politics

PSCI 4012-3 Global Development

PSCI 4062-3 Emerging Democracies of Central and East Europe

PSCI 4272-3 The Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Democracies

*PSYC 2606-3 Social Psychology

RLST 1850-3 Ritual and Media

*RLST 2400-3 Religion and Contemporary Society

RUSS 2501-3 Russia Today

RUSS 4831-3 Contemporary Russian Literature

SCAN 2201-3 Introduction to Modern Scandinavian Culture and Society

SCAN 3201-3 Contemporary Nordic Society and Culture

SLHS 1010-3 Disabilities in Contemporary American Society

*SOCY 1001-3 Introduction to Sociology

SOCY 4024-3 Juvenile Delinquency

*WMST 2600-3 Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context


*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Ideals and Values

(3 semester hours)

Ideals and values have usually been determined by long-standing traditions and fixed social practices. In our modern world, the interaction of different cultures, movement from place to place, electronic media, and the rapidity of change, even within a given society, have combined to generate new constellations of ideals and hard choices among values.  
Courses meeting the ideals and values requirement inquire into some specific sphere of human value (e.g. moral, religious, intellectual, aesthetic, environmental, etc.). In these courses students are encouraged to reflect upon fundamental ideals and values, their own and others, and the sources from which those value orientations derive. Such inquiry demands the development of the critical skills which help students identifying the assumptions and ramifications of value structures. It also requires consideration of approaches by which value systems are constructed, justified, and applied, especially in regard to the personal, societal, and in some cases cross-cultural contexts.
Students may complete this 3-hour requirement by passing any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.
ARSC/NRLN 2000-3 Constructions of Knowledge in the Academy and Beyond

CLAS/PHIL 2610-3 Paganism to Christianity

CWCV 2000-3 The Western Tradition

ENGL 3310/JWST 3312-3 The Bible as Literature (formerly ENGL/JWST 3312)

ENVS/PHIL 3140-3 Environmental Ethics

FARR 2510/FILM 2613-3 Exploring Good and Evil through Film (formerly FARR/FILM 2510)

FARR 2660/HONR 2250-3 The Ethics of Ambition

FARR 2820-3 The Future of Spaceship Earth

FREN 4860-3 War, Trauma, and Memory (formerly FREN 4000)

GRMN/HUMN 1701-3 Nature and Environment in German Literature and Thought

GRMN/JWST 2502-3 Representing the Holocaust

GRMN 2603-3 Moral Dilemmas in Philosophy and Literature (formerly GRMN 1603)

GRMN/HUMN 3505-3 The Enlightenment: Tolerance and Emancipation

GRMN/HUMN 4502-3 Nietzsche: Literature and Values

HUMN 4155-3 Philosophy, Art, and the Sublime

*INVS 1000-4 Responding to Social and Environmental Problems through Service Learning

JWST/*RLST 2600-3 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

LDSP 1000-3 The Foundations of 21st Century Leadership

LIBB 1500-3 The Dialogue of Art and Religion

LIBB 2013-3 Film and the Quest for Truth (formerly FILM 2013)

*PHIL 1000-3 Introduction to Philosophy

*PHIL 1100-3 Ethics

PHIL 1160-3 Introduction to Bioethics

*PHIL 1200-3 Philosophy and Society

*PHIL 1600-3 Philosophy and Religion

PHIL 2200-3 Major Social Theories

PHIL 3100-3 Ethical Theory

PHIL/WMST 3110-3 Feminist Practical Ethics

PHIL 3160-3 Bioethics

PHIL 3190 (3-4) War and Morality

PHIL 3200-3 Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 3260-3 Philosophy and the International Order

PHIL 3600-3 Philosophy of Religion

PRLC 1810-3 Ethical Leadership

*PSCI 2004-3 Survey of Western Political Thought

PSCI 3054-3 American Political Thought

PSCI 3064-3 Environmental Political Theory

RLST 1620-3 The Religious Dimension in Human Experience

*RLST 2500-3 Religion in the United States

*RLST 2610-3 Religions of South Asia

*RLST 2620-3 Religions of East Asia

*RLST 2700-3 American Indian Religious Traditions

RUSS 3701-3 Slavic Folk Culture: Ideals and Values in the Contemporary World

RUSS 4221-3 Cultural Mythologies of Russian Communism

SCAN 3301-3 Radical Nationalism in Contemporary Northern Europe

SEWL 2000-3 America, the Environment, and the Global Economy

SLHS 1010-3 Disabilities in Contemporary American Society

*SOCY 1004-3 Deviance in U.S. Society

SOCY 1022-3 Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine

*SOCY 2031-3 Social Problems

SOCY 2077-3 Environment and Society

SOCY 3151-3 Self in Modern Society

SOCY 4121-3 Sociology of Religion

SSIR 1010-3 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability


*Note: This course is approved for the Colorado statewide guaranteed transfer program. Further information about the statewide guaranteed transfer program can be found at the website of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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