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Undergraduate degree chart with majors/minors and links to requirements

 

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

WOU’s general education curriculum is designed to introduce students to the content and methodology of the principal areas of knowledge – the humanities and creative arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences. The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) is the central aspect of WOU’s general education program. Math, computer science, cultural diversity and writing intensive course requirements, where applicable, are tailored to the various bachelor’s degrees offered at WOU. The learning outcomes for WOU’s general education can be found in the Institutional Aspirations for Learning.

 

Mission Statement
The LACC provides all matriculated students with a general education core experience. The LACC prepares students for advanced study in their academic majors and helps students develop a foundation of basic knowledge necessary for a more healthy and successful personal and professional life.

 

Goals

  1. Develop an appreciation of the liberal arts and their role in a diverse society.
  2. Use oral, written and computational languages effectively.
  3. Work effectively with others.

 

The LACC is a required part of all B.A., B.S. and B.F.A. programs and comprises 55 of the 180 credit hours necessary for graduation. It has been designed by faculty to prepare students for advanced study in their academic majors and to help students develop a foundation of basic knowledge necessary for a more successful personal and professional life.

 

The LACC is designed to help students: learn independently; make mature judgments; solve problems in a systematic and logical manner; use language effectively; understand global problems and issues, appreciate past and present contributions to thought and culture; work effectively with others; cope with political, social, economic, technological and environmental changes and problems; sustain an active, balanced life through the development of a sound mind and body; be creatively expressive and aesthetically sensitive; as well as achieve institutional aspirations for learning.

 

It is critical that students consult with the Academic Advising and Learning Center or their academic adviser as they select LACC courses to avoid mistakes that may prolong their time in college. Many majors and minors have prerequisites or suggestions for course work within the LACC.

 

Courses completed as part of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and/or B.A./B.S./B.F.A. requirements may also be used to fulfill requirements within a student’s major or minor program (i.e. be double counted).

 

Standard LACC components

Communication Studies
3
Creative Arts
9
Health and Physical Education
4
Laboratory Science
12
Literature/Modern Language
8
Philosophy or Religion
3
Social Science
12
Writing
4
Total
55

 

Standard LACC course selections

Creative Arts (9)
Choose at least one course in three of the four academic disciplines listed below:

Art
A 100 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
A 115 Beginning Design: 2D (3)
A 116 Beginning Design: 3D (3)
A 117 Beginning Design: Color (3)
A 130 Beginning Drawing (3)
A 131 Beginning Drawing Systems (3)
A 204 Art History: Prehistoric-Romanesque (4)
A 205 Art History: Gothic-Rococo (4)
A 206 Art History: Neoclassicsm-Contemporary (4)

 

Theatre
TA 110 Introduction to Theatre (3)
TA 112 Introduction to Film (3)
TA 210 Oral Expression Through Theatre (3)
TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft (3)
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting (3)
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming (3)
TA 247 Technical Theatre: Sound (3)
TA 250 Basic Movement and Vocal Development (3)
TA 251 Elements of Acting (3)
TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)
TA 253 Production Workshop (1-3)

 

Music
MUEN 100 Pep Band (1)
MUEN 101 Concert Choir (1)
MUEN 102 Chamber Singers (1)
MUEN 111 Western Oregon Symphony (1)
MUEN 112 Wind Ensemble (1)
MUEN 113 Early Music Consort (1)
MUEN 120 Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUEN 121 Brass Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUEN 122 String Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUEN 123 Woodwind Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUEN 124 Piano Chamber Ensemble (1)
MUEN 141 Percussion Ensemble (1)
MUEN 142 New Music Ensemble (1)
MUEN 143 Guitar Ensemble (1)
MUEN 151 Opera Scenes: Vocal (1-3)
MUEN 152 Opera Scenes: Instrumental (1-3)
MUEN 153 Musical Theatre: Vocal (1-3)
MUEN 154 Musical Theatre: Instrumental (1-3)
MUEN 161 Soulstice Vocal Jazz (1)
MUEN 162 Western Hemisphere Orchestra (1)
MUEN 170 Combo (1)
MUEN 171 Jazz Repertoire Combo (1)
MUEN 172 Hemisphere Combo (1)
MUEN 173 Singer/Songwriter Combo (1)
MUEN 174 Brazilian Combo (1)
MUEN 190 Ensemble (1)
MUS 111 Beginning Musicianship (3)
MUS 181 Voice Class (2)
MUS 182 Voice Class (2)
MUS 201 Introduction to Music and Its Literature (3)
MUS 202 The Music of Broadway (3)
MUS 203 Jazz History (3)
MUS 204 Music of the World (3)
MUS 205 Music of Black Heritage (3)
MUS 206 Introduction to Music and MIDI (3)
MUS 207 Song Writing (3)
MUS 208 Popular Music in America (3)
MUS 209 Rock Music: A Social History (3)
MUS 210 Music Today (3)

 

Dance
D 170, 171, 172 World Dance I, II, III (1 each)
D 177, 178, 179 Beginning Hip Hop (1 each)
D 180, 181, 182 Beginning Modern I, II, III (1 each)
D 185, 186, 187 Beginning Ballet I, II, III (1 each)
D 188, 189, 190 Beginning Jazz, I, II, III 1 each)
D 196, 197, 198 Beginning Tap, I, II, III (1 each)
D 251 Introduction to Dance (3)
D 280, 281, 282 Intermediate Modern I, II, III (2 each)
D 285, 286, 287 Intermediate Ballet I, II, III (2 each)
D 288, 289, 290 Intermediate Jazz, I, II, III (2 each)

 

Communication Studies (3)
COM 111 Principles of Public Speaking (3)

 

Health and Physical Education (4)
PE 131 Individual Health and Fitness (required of all students)
Choose one additional 100 level physical education activity course (2).

 

Laboratory Science (12)

Students must take three laboratory science courses with at least two courses from the same sequence. Early Childhood, Early Childhood/Elementary and Elementary/Middle Level education majors should take BI 101, ES 104 and ES 106 as their science sequence. Students should check this catalog for any prerequisites for the following science courses. Students must register for both a lecture and a lab section for the following courses, i.e., BI 101 and BI 101L.

Earth Science
ES 201 Principles of Geology (4)
ES 202 Principles of Geology (4)
ES 203 Principles of Geology (4)

 

Biology
BI 101 General Biology (5)
BI 102 General Biology (5)
BI 103 General Biology (5)

 

Earth System Science
ES 104 Earth System Science I (5)
ES 105 Earth System Science II (5)
ES 106 Earth System Science III (5)

 

Chemistry
CH 104 Introduction to Chemistry (4)
CH 105 Introduction to Chemistry (4)
CH 106 Introduction to Chemistry (4)

 

Physics
PH 201 General Physics (4)
PH 202 General Physics (4)
PH 203 General Physics (4)

 

Intermediate Biology
BI 211 Principles of Biology (4)
BI 212 Principles of Biology (4)
BI 213 Principles of Biology (4)

 

Intermediate Chemistry
CH 221 General Chemistry (5)
CH 222 General Chemistry (5)
CH 223 General Chemistry (5)

 

Physics with Calculus
PH 211 General Physics With Calculus (4)
PH 212 General Physics With Calculus (4)
PH 213 General Physics With Calculus (4)

 

Literature/Modern Language (8)

Choose one course from ENG 104-109, FR 110 or GL 110. Choose another course from ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110, LING 210 or by a 3-4 credit hour course in a modern language. English majors and language arts secondary teaching majors should take ENG 107 and ENG 108; ENG 109 is also recommended. Education majors seeking authorizations in Early Childhood, Early Childhood/Elementary, or Elementary/Middle Level teaching should take LING 210 as the second course.

Introduction to Literature
ENG 104 Introduction to Literature: Fiction (4)
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature: Drama (4)
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature: Poetry (4)

 

Literature of the Western World
ENG 107 Literature of the Western World (4)
ENG 108 Literature of the Western World (4)
ENG 109 Literature of the Western World (4)

 

Linguistics
LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

 

Literature in Translation
FR 110 Introduction to French Literature in Translation (4)
GL 110 Introduction to German Literature in Translation (4)

 

Modern Language
One 3-4 credit hour course in a foreign language)

 

 

Philosophy or Religion (3)

Select one course from either area listed below:

Philosophy
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (3)
PHL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Personal Morality and Social Justice (3)
PHL 103 Introduction to Logic (3)
PHL 251 Ethics (3)
PHL 252 Medical Ethics (3)
PHL 255 Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 261 Metaphysics: Theory of Being (3)
PHL 262 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (3)
PHL 263 Philosophy of Mind (3)
PHL 282 Philosophy of Art (3)
PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion (3)

 

Religion
R 201 Introduction to the World’s Religions: Eastern (3)
R 204 Introduction to the World’s Religions: Western (3)

 

Social Science (11-12)
Choose one 8 or 9 hour sequence from the following list and any additional 3 or 4 credit hour social science course for a total of 11-12. The additional 3 or 4 credits may be in any Social Science course, including Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Anthropology
Choose two of the following as a sequence or three for 12 hour total requirement:
ANTH 213 Language and Culture (4)
ANTH 214 Physical Anthropology (4)
ANTH 215 Archaeology (4)
ANTH 216 Cultural Anthropology (4)

 

Economics
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)

 

Geography
Choose two of the following as a sequence or all three for 12 hour total requirement:
GEOG 105 Introductory Physical Geography (4)
GEOG 106 Introductory Economic Geography (4)
GEOG 107 Introductory Cultural Geography (4)

 

Western Civilization
Choose two of the following as a sequence or all three for 12 hour total requirement:
HST 101 History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 102 History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 103 History of Western Civilization (4)

 

World History
Choose two of the following as a sequence or all three for 12 hour total requirement:
HST 104 World History (4)
HST 105 World History (4)
HST 106 World History (4)

 

US History
Choose two of the following as a sequence or all three for 12 hour total requirement:
HST 201 History of the United States (4)
HST 202 History of the United States (4)
HST 203 History of the United States (4)
Or choose the following for 8 credit hours:
HST 211 American History Survey (4)
HST 212 American History Survey (4)

 

Political Science
PS 201 American National Government (3)
PS 202 State and Local Government (3)
PS 203 International Relations (3)

 

Sociology
SOC 223 Introduction to Sociology: Theory (3)
SOC 224 Introduction to Sociology: Research (3)
SOC 225 Social Problems (3)

 

Writing (4)
WR 135 College Writing II (4)
Note: This course, or its transfer equivalent, must be passed with a grade of C- or better to meet the LACC requirement. Transfer 3-hour writing classes meet this requirement.

 

 

Bachelor of Music general education requirements

Total (42 credits)

 

Skills

WR 135 College Writing II (4)
MUS 419 Music and Technology (4)
PE 131 Individual Health and Fitness (2)

 

Distribution

Creative Arts non-Music * + ~ (8)
Humanities + ~ (8)
Social Science + ~ (8)
Natural Sciences ~ (8)

 

* These credits may not be used to satisfy any major requirement.
+ Modern language courses can substitute for hours in one of these areas.
~ As approved for LACC

 

Undergraduate degree chart with majors/minors and links to requirements

 

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