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.

Click here to review the The Manchester Core document.

Click here to view the LARC to CORE Equivalency Chart for current students.


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 230 Intro to Visual Art w 4ARVis/Perf Arts Fall 2016 
ART 251 Art in Contextw 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2009
ART 253 Women in the Visual Arts w 4AR Vis/Perf Arts Fall 2015
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 o4NB 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
BUS 371 International Sport Governance 3GCGlobal Connections Fall 2016 
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 0 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2009
COMM 314 Language and Thought 0 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2015
COMM 415 Rhetoric of War 0 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 309 Contemporary Literature w 4LTLiterature Fall 2016 
ENG 338 Culture Through Literature w4LT Literature Fall 2016 
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
ESAT 313 International Sports Medicine o 3GCGlobal Connections Fall 2016 
FIN 204 Financial Responsibility 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 111 Elem German 1 o 3GC Global Connect Fall 2015
GER 112 Elem German 2 o 3GC Global Connect Fall 2015
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
GNST 201 Intro to Queer Studies w 3RC Resp Citizen Fall 2015
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 201 Medieval Europe w 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2015
HIST 202 Renaissance & Reformation w 4HH Hum Beh: Hist

Fall 2015

HIST 203 Early Modern Europe w 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2015
HIST 204 Modern Europe w 4HH Hum Beh: Hist Fall 2015
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
removed beginning
Fall 2016
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

Fall 2009
removed beginning
Fall 2014

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 345 Religion & Ideological Power w 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2015
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 423 Law & Philosophyw 5CCCritical Connect Fall 2017 
INTD 425 Environmental Philosophy w 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD 427 International Women's Rights 5CCCritical Connect Fall 2016 
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 447 Medieval Foundations w 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2015
INTD 450 Adv Studies in Gerontology w 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD T31 Codes, Ciphers & Society   5CC Critical Connect Fall 2009
INTD T32 Making Progress in Chicago w5CC Critical Connect Fall 2017 
INTD T33 Computers & Culture w 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2011
INTD T41 Road to the White House o 5CC Critical Connect Fall 2012
expired beginning
Fall 2016
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
PEAC 250 Peacemaking in Practice Abroad o 3GC Global Connect Fall 2015
PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy w 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHIL 215 Ethical Decision Making w 4PH Philosophy Fall 2009
PHIL 219 Business Ethics w 4PHPhilosophy Fall 2017 
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 201 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 Racial, Ethnic,& Group Inequality 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 o3GC Global Connect Fall 2009
SPAN 315 Intro to Literary Analysis w 4LT Literature Fall 2015
THTR 201 Theatre & Society w 4AR Visual & Perf Arts Fall 2011
THTR T21 Theatre in England o 4AR Visual & Perf Arts Fall 2011