Academics

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.

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