The Manchester Core: A Program in the Liberal Arts

Manchester University seeks to develop in each student an appreciation for learning through an academic foundation grounded in the disciplines and in-depth study in specific majors. This combination prepares students for graduate school, the professions, and positions of leadership in all areas of society. A broad-based, flexible General Education curriculum in the liberal arts provides the most appropriate formal preparation to:

  • meet contemporary challenges,
  • fulfill career goals,
  • lead a purposeful, healthy and rewarding life, and
  • serve society as a responsible citizen.

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Core courses are identified by these categories:

C-1F   First-Year Seminar C-4H   Human Behavior Institutions
C-1O   Oral Communication   C-4HD Education
C-1Q   Quantitative Reasoning   C-4HE Economics
C-2   Physical Activity and Wellness   C-4HH History
  C-2LA Lifetime Activity   C-4HP Political Science
  C-2FA Fitness and Wellness Activity   C-4HS Sociology
C-3   Integration Into the World   C-4HY Psychology
  C-3RC Responsible Citizenship C-4N   Natural World
  C-3GC Global Connections   C-4NB Biology
C-4   Ways of Knowing   C-4NC Chemistry
  C-4RL Religion   C-4NE Earth/Space
  C-4PH Philosophy   C-4NN Environmental Science
  C-4AR Visual and Performing Arts   C-4NP Physics
  C-4LT Literature C-5   Synthesis and Critical Connections
        C-5CC Critical Connections

Approved Core courses

COURSE SKILL CORE CORE CATEGORY BEGINNING DATE
ART 201 Art and Life W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 251 Art in Context W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 342 Hist of Anc & Med Art W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 344 Hist of Renaiss & Baroque Art  W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 346 Hist of Mod & Contemp Art W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 348 History of World Art W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
BIOL 101 General Biology W 4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL 102 Human Biology: Stages of Life W 4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL 106 Princ of Biology I Q 4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL 108 Princ of Biology II Q 4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL 204 Fundamentals of Human Physiology   4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL 214 Field Ecology O 4NB Nat Wrld: Biol Fall 2009
BIOL T24 Science & Culture in Australia W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2012
BUS T21 Selling: Sun, Surf & Speeches O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2012
BUS T32 Principles Leadership O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2012
BUS 202 Exploring International Business O 3GC Global Connections Fall 204
CHEM 101 Chemical Science Q 4NC Nat Wrld: Chem Fall 2009
CHEM 105 Intro to Inorganic Chem Q 4NC Nat Wrld: Chem Fall 2009
CHEM 111 General Chem I Q 4NC Nat Wrld: Chem Fall 2009
COMM 110 Fnd of Human Communication O 1O Foundational Skills Fall 2009
COMM 212 Small Group Communication O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
COMM 415 Rhetoric of War O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
ECON 115 Economic Concepts Q 4HE Hum Beh: Econ Fall 2009
ECON 221 Princ of Microecon Q 4HE Hum Beh: Econ Fall 2009
ECON 222 Princ of Macroecon Q 4HE Hum Beh: Econ Fall 2009
ECON 240 Topics in Social Economics W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2011
ECON 234 Economics & the Ideal Society O 4PH Philosophy Fall 2011
EDUC 216 Building Communities in Schools W 3RC Resp Citizenship Fall 2012
EDUC 230 Educational Psychology Q 4HD Hum Beh: Educ Fall 2009
EDUC 237 Educational Psychology Q 4-HD Hum Beh: Educ Fall 2014
ENG 111 College Writing W 1W Foundational Skills Fall 2009
ENG 214 Classical & Medieval Lit W 4LT Literature Fall 2009
ENG 238 World Literature W 4LT Literature Fall 2009
ENG 242 African Amer Lit W 4LT Literature Fall 2009
ENG 250 Literary Passport W 3GC Gobal Connect Fall 2009
ENG 361 Women in Literature W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
ENVS 130 Intro to Environmental Studies O 4-NN Nat Wrld: Envirn Sci Fall 2009
FIN 204 Financial Responsibiltiy W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
FREN 110 Inside France W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 111 Elem French 1 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 112 Elem French 2 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 201 Intermed French 1 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 202 Intermed French 2 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 301 Adv French 1 W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
FREN 315 Intro to French Literature W 4LT Literature Fall 2009
GER 201 Intermed German 1 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
GER 202 Intermed German 2 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
GNST 125 Intro to Gender Studies W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
HIST 104  Intro European Hist Anc to 1500 W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 105 Intro European Hist 1500 to Pres W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 121 Comparative Wrld Hist to 1500 W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 123 ComparativeWrld Hist from 1500 W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 205 Ancient Europe W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 210 East Asia in the World: Past/Pres W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HIST 214 American History: Col-1865 W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 215 American History: 1865-Pres W 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2009
HIST 220 African History W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HIST 226 Empire W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2011
HIST 227 Race & Ethn in Amer Hist W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
HIST 236 Aspectes of Amer Social History W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
HIST 241 Topics in Japanese History O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HIST 244 Topics in Chinese History W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HIST 250 Hist of Holocaust W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
HIST 252 Comparative Civilization W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HIST 255 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
HUM 130 Experiencing the Arts   4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
IDIV 200 Entrepreneurial Thinking W 3RC Resp Citizen

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IDIV 221 Race, Power, & Marginalization in Schls O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2012
IDIV 240 Making or the Modern Mind W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
IDIV 350 The India Story W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
IDIV T22 Economic Development & Innovation W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2011
INTD 320 Narrative Eye: Film & Story W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 324 Feminist Theory W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 330 Ethnobotany W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 341 Rethinking God: Reality of the Virtual W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2013
INTD 401 Arts and Ideas  W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 405 Life and Death W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 407 Media and Religion O 5CC Critical Connect January 2013
INTD 410 Cinema for Social Change W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 413 The Fashion Police W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2012
INTD 417 Dispelling the Myths of the Wild West W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2013
INTD 421 Queen Elizabeth I W 5CC Critial Connect Fall 2012
INTD 425 Environmental Philosophy W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 430 Evolution: Hist & Cltr Significance W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 435 Biology and Society O 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 437 Science & Arch of Ancient Greece W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 441 Globalization W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 443 History of American Medicine O 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 445 Dev Scientific Thought in Gr Britain W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 450 Adv Studies in Gerontology W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD T31 Codes, Ciphers & Society   5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD T33 Computers & Culture W 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2011
INTD T41 Road to the White House O 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2012
INTD T49 Anarchist Encounters   5CC Critical Connect Fall 2014
LIB 210 Burned & Banned: Censored Chldrns Lit W 4LT Literature Fall 2014
MATH 113 Quantitative Reasoning Q 1Q Foundational Skills Fall 2009
MATH 115 Elem Prob & Stats Q 1Q Foundational Skills Fall 2009
MATH 121 Calculus I Q 1Q Foundational Skills Fall 2009
MATH 210 Statistical Analysis Q 1Q Foundational Skills Fall 2009
MATH T23 Mathematics in Culture Q 3GC Global Connect Fall 2011
MODL 201 European Literature W 4LT Literature Fall 2009
MODL 225 Legends Revisited O 4LT Literature Fall 2009
MODL 231 Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican/Andean
Cultures
W 3-GC Global Connect Fall 2014
MODL 241 US Latino Lit & Culture W 4LT Literature January 2013
MUS 119 World Musics W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
MUS 120 Introduction to Music W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
MUS 122 Jazz History W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts January 2011
MUS 220 Music for Stage and Film O 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
MUS 232 Music Hist & Analysis II W 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
NASC 103 Physical Science Q 4NP Nat Wrld: Physics Fall 2009
NASC 203 Descriptive Astronomy W 4NE Nat Wrld: Erth/Spc Fall 2009
NASC 209 Physical Geology   4NE Nat Wrld: Erth/Spc Fall 2009
NASC 211 Weather, Climate and Civilization   4HE Nat Wrld: Erth/Spc Fall 2009
PE 101   2LA Lifetime Activity Fall 2009
PE 105   2FA Fitness & Wellness Act Fall 2011
PEAC 110 Intro to Peace Studies W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy W 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHIL 215 Ethical Decision Making W 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHIL 235 Bioethics W 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHIL 330 Philosophy of Religion W 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHYS 111 College Physics I Q 4NP Nat Wrld: Physics Fall 2009
PHYS 210 General Physics I Q 4NP Nat Wrld: Physics Fall 2009
PHYS 220 General Physics II Q 4NP Nat Wrld: Physics Fall 2009
POSC 121 Amer Natl Politics W 4HP Hum Beh: Poli Sci Fall 2009
POSC 122 State & Local Politics O 4HP Hum Beh: Poli Sci Fall 2009
POSC 131 Intro to International Studies O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2012
POSC 140 International Politics W 4HP Hum Beh: Poli Sci Fall 2009
POSC 201 Political Concepts O 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
POSC 233 Comparative Politics W 4HP Hum Beh: Poli Sci Fall 2009
POSC 236 Comparative Foreign Policy W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
POSC 237 African Politics W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
PSYC 110 Intro to Psychology O 4HY Hum Beh: Psych Fall 2009
PSYC 241 Statistics & Research Design I Q 1Q Foundational Skill Fall 2011
PSYC 301 Social Psychology W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
PSYC 352 Culture & Psychology W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
REL 101 Introduction to Hebrew Bible   4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 102 Introduction to New Testament   4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 111 Christian Traditions W 4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 120 Intro to Religious Studies W 4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 131 Jewish Faith, Culture and People W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
REL 210 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam W 4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 228 Brethren Heritage W 4RL Religion January 2013
REL 222 Religions of East Asia W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2014
REL 223 Religions of India W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2014
REL 241 Jesus and the Gospels   4RL Religion Fall 2009
REL 266 Religious Classics W 4LT Literature Fall 2011
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology W 4HS Hum Beh: Soc Fall 2009
SOC 311 Cultural Anthropology W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SOC/SOWK 220 Social Gerontology W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
SOC/SOWK 228 Race, Ethnic, Gener Grp Rel W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
SOSC 102 Human Conflict W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
SOWK 110 Intro to Social Services W 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
SPAN 111 Elem Spanish 1 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 112 Elem Spanish 2 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 201 Intermed Spanish 1 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 202 Intermed Spanish 2 O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 230 Living the Spanish Lang O 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 315 Intro to Literary Analysis W 3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
THTR 201 Theatre & Society W 4AR Visual & Perf Arts Fall 2011
THTR T21 Theatre in England O 4AR Visual & Perf Arts Fall 2011