Develop a Foundation to Excel

The University of New Haven’s Core Curriculum challenges you to think critically and teaches you how to live and work as global citizens. You’ll develop the soft skills employers are seeking – outside of your expertise in your major – enabling you to differentiate yourself once you start your job search.

Become a Lifelong Learner

The University of New Haven’s robust core curriculum was designed to foster interdisciplinary interactions that enable students to develop as educated individuals who better understand and relate to diverse people, succeed in their chosen careers, and become lifelong learners.

What makes the Core Curriculum so valuable and meaningful? It was developed around the central goal of instilling in students the key attributes that employers value – communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the ability to analyze data, and intercultural awareness, among the primary ones – that are essential to success in any career path and to being an engaged citizen.

What You Could Study

  • Writing for Business and Industry

    Intensive practice in the various types of writing required of executives, business people, engineers, and other professionals, with emphasis on business letters, memos, résumés, internal and external reports, evaluations and recommendations, descriptions of procedures and processes.

  • Physics of Sports

    This course covers basic mechanics concepts of introductory physics and applies these concepts to a variety of sports and sports-related activities. The course integrates lectures with data collection activities conducted outside of class and data analysis in the physics lab. No previous physics background will be assumed.

  • International Business Law

    This course will provide an overview of the legal concepts relevant to the operation of all businesses, such as contracts, business entities, employment law, and business crimes and torts, with emphasis on how these apply to multinational business enterprises. Detailed coverage will be given to legal principles of special importance to global businesses, such as environmental protection, competition/antitrust law, international sales, and intellectual property. This course will also analyze the decision-making challenges presented by cross-cultural ethical issues

  • History of African Americans

    This course provides an overview of the contributions and experiences of people of African descent and the many historical changes that have both shaped and been influenced by African Americans. This course will focus on the significance of race and ethnicity in American politics, economic and social development. Topics will include the development of slavery, slave cultures and resistance, Reconstruction and the meaning of freedom, the Great Migration, and the Civil Rights movement.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy

    An examination of the global foreign policy of the United States and of the process of policy making involving governmental and non-governmental actors. A review of the political, economic, military, and cultural tracks of policy.

Click here to view the entire University Core Curriculum in the University of New Haven Academic Catalog. 

The University of New Haven's Core Curriculum strives to develop six basic competencies among all University of New Haven undergraduate students so that they may better understand and get along with other people, succeed in their chosen careers, and pursue lifelong learning after completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree. The core aims at graduating students who are:

  • Good thinkers, speakers, and writers
  • Skilled at analysis and problem solving
  • Skilled at using computer technology
  • Effective citizens of their own country and the world
  • Aware of cultural similarities and differences
  • Sensitive to artistic accomplishments

In consultation with a faculty advisor, the student will select at least 40 credit hours of core courses from among the six categories below. Individual interests are to be encouraged as are also a breadth and depth of knowledge through traditional and contemporary areas of study.

Note well:

  • Courses with prerequisites are followed by an asterisk.
  • The advisor and student are cautioned to note the prerequisites for some courses and plan core choices accordingly.
  • A student may not use a single core course to satisfy more than one category of the core.
  • An academic worksheet may prescribe or proscribe certain choices within core categories but, in general, must allow the advisor and student the widest choice possible. Program worksheets may not limit core course choices without the approval of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
  • For students who place out of E 105, E 110 will be the beginning English requirement. One course must be selected from Competency 1.2 to replace E 105. That 1.2 course may not be used to also satisfy the 1.2 competency.


Bachelor’s Degree Core Requirements

Competency 1 - Communication (9 credits) - Ability to develop ideas from critical reading and general observation and to express ideas effectively through writing and speaking.

CC 1.1 Required:
          Composition and Literature*

CC 1.2 Select one of the following:
          Human Communication
          Intercultural Communication*
          Writing for Business and Industry*
          Technical Writing and Presentation*
          Public Speaking
          Criminal Investigation, Forensic Science & Society (Honors)
          Foreign Language
          Any Literature (E) course*

Competency 2 - Analysis and Problem Solving (10-11 credits) - Ability to dissect and explain concepts, data, actions, and events in order to understand their meaning, value, and relationship to the whole.

CC 2.1 Select one of the following:
           General & Human Biology with Lab I
           General & Human Biology with Lab II*
           Contemporary Issues in Biology
           Biology for Science Majors with Lab I
           Biology for Science Majors with Lab II*
           Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I*
           Anatomy & Physiology with Lab II*
           Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry with Lab
           General Chemistry & Lab I*
           General Chemistry & Lab II*
           Chemistry with Applications to Biosystems*
           Introduction to Environmental Science & Lab
           Introduction to Physics with Lab*
           General Physics with Lab I*
           General Physics with Lab II*
           Mechanics, Heat & Waves with Lab*
           Electromagnetism and Optics with Lab*      

CC 2.2 Select one of the following:
          Quantitative Reasoning*
          College Math*
          College Algebra*
          Finite Mathematics*
          Any more advanced math or quantitative analysis course*

CC 2.3 Select one of the following options:

          Option A - one of the following courses:
          Scientific Methods in Criminal Justice*
          Introduction to Engineering*
          Global Solutions for Sustainability
          Principles of Economics II
          History of Science
          Nature of Science*
          Philosophy of Science and Technology

          Option B - three laboratory science courses (4 credits each) representing at least two of the following disciplinary groups:
          Biology and Environmental Science
Courses used to satisfy this option cannot be simultaneously used to satisfy Competencies 2.1, 4.2, or 5.3.

Competency 3 - Using Technology (3 credits minimum) - Ability to apply computer skills to academic endeavors.

CC 3 - Select one of the following options:

Option A - one of the following courses:
          Computers and their Applications
          Introduction to Programming/C*
          Introduction to Multimedia
          Methods of Engineering Analysis*
          Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
          Applications of Graphic Design Production
          Calculus III*
          Differential Equations*
          Linear Algebra*
          Operations Management*

Option B - one of the following two-course sequences:

                                   Sequence I
         Elementary Statistics* or Statistics for Behavioral Sciences* or Quantitative Applications in Criminal Justice*
          Survey Research*

                                   Sequence II
          Statistics for Behavioral Sciences* or Elementary Statistics*
          Experimental Methods in Psychology*

Competency 4 - A Sense of History and Effective Citizenship (3-6 credits) - Ability to understand local, national, and international issues affecting one's own nation and the world and to draw lessons from the experience of the past.

CC 4.1 Select one of the following:
          Foundations of the Western World
          The Western World in Modern Times
Note: History majors will instead choose one course from CC 2.3, 4.2, or 5.1

CC 4.2 Select one of the following, or, as directed by your program worksheet, take an additional course from Competency 2:
          Criminal Justice System Study Abroad
          Criminal Investigation, Forensic Science & Society (Honors)
          American History since 1607
          History of African Americans
          United States in the Twentieth Century
          World War I: Passion and Desolation
          International Business Law
          Equality and Law
          Law and Policy
          American Government and Politics
          State and Local Government and Politics
          Constitutional Law*
          Oskar Schindler Humanities Course

Competency 5 - Social Interaction and Global Perspective (6-9 credits) - Ability to understand, appreciate, and work well with others.

CC 5.1 Select one of the following:
Social and Professional Issues in Computing*
          Principles of Economics I
          Introduction to Psychology
          Introductory Psychology for Majors
          Nature of the Self
          Professional Ethics*
          Introduction to Politics
          Contemporary Social Problems*
          Cultural Anthropology
          Oskar Schindler Humanities Course

CC 5.2 Select one of the following:
          Foreign Language (3-6 credits)
          Global Perspectives on Crime and Justice
          Criminal Justice System Study Abroad
          Food, Nutrition, and Culture*
          World Literature I*
          World Literature II*
          African-American Literature I*
          African-American Literature II*
          International Literature*
          Global Solutions for Sustainability
          Global Economy*
          Introduction to Global Studies
          World History since 1945
          Modern Asia
          Modern Chinese History
          Modern Japanese History
          Europe from Renaissance through Enlightenment
          Modern Technology and Western Culture
          Europe in the Nineteenth Century
          Modern Germany
          Globalization: 1848-1914
          Age of War: 1914-1945
          England: Restoration and Empire
          Modern and Contemporary Britain: 1815-Present
          Russia to 1861
          Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
          Selected Studies in History
          Europe in the Twentieth Century
          Cultural Understanding of Food and Cuisine
          International Business Law
          Global Legal Systems
          Law and Culture: Study Abroad
          Introduction to World Music
          United States Foreign Policy
          International Relations
          Comparative Governments
          Oskar Schindler Humanities Course         

CC 5.3 Select a second course from 5.1 or 5.2 or, as directed by your program worksheet, an additional course from Competency 2.

Competency 6 - Aesthetic Responsiveness (3 credits) - Ability to understand and appreciate artistic achievements.

CC 6 Select one of the following:
          Any Literature (E) course
          Visual Thinking: Art and Design Foundations
          Introduction to Studio Art I
          History of Art I
          History of Art II
          Contemporary Art
          Survey of African-American Art
          Contemporary Issues of Art and the Environment
          History of Architecture and Interior Design I
          History of Architecture and Interior Design II
          Introduction to Music
          Introduction to World Music
          Introduction to Music Theory (non-Music majors only)
          History of Rock
          Philosophy of Art
          Introduction to Theater
          Introduction to Contemporary Performance
          Theatrical Roots and Rituals
          Theatrical Manifestos and Movements

Associate Degree Core Requirements

Students pursuing an associate’s degree must satisfy the following core curriculum competencies:

Communication (CC 1)................................................6 credits

Analysis and Problem Solving (CC 2)...........................3 credits           

Using Technology (CC 3).............................................3 credits

Social Interaction and Global Perspective (CC 5).........3 credits

A Sense of History and Effective Citizenship (CC 4).....3 credits

Aesthetic Responsiveness (CC 6)................................3 credits

These competencies are explained in detail above. All core requirements satisfied by the student for the associate’s degree will be applied toward the larger bachelor’s degree core if the student continues study.