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Core Prior to Fall 2011

Core Curriculum for those entering before Fall 2011

The Core Curriculum, consisting of 42 credits, 14 courses, provides every Siena student with a common, coherent educational experience.  Through the core, students pursue courses in the traditional liberal arts and sciences.  They enter into dialogue with traditional and contemporary figures who have confronted fundamental questions about the universe and the place of humans in it. Core courses engage students in critical thinking, stress effective communication, and introduce students to the perspectives and modes of knowing specific to the arts and sciences.

Every course that meets Core Curriculum requirements has a coded notation attribute at the end of each course description listed in the departmental sections of the catalog.

The Core requirements are:

Foundations Sequence (ATTR: CFS) (2 courses, 6 credits to be taken by all First Year Students and Transfer Students with fewer than 24 credits) FOUN—100 and FOUN—105. Transfer students with 24 or more credits  will substitute two additional core courses from any two areas of the college Core with the attributes of CAA, CAS, CAN, CAQ, CAP, CAH, CAR, or CAL (3 credits each from any two areas).  Students who transfer in the spring semester with fewer than 24 credits will take Foundations 105 in the spring semester, but will not take Foundations 100 the following fall.  Instead, they will substitute any of the above- mentioned Core courses. 

Disciplinary Requirements (4 courses, 12 credits): English (ATTR: CDE) (ENGL—011 or ENGL—090), History (ATTR: CDH) (HIST—101 or HIST—190), Philosophy (ATTR: CDP) (PHIL—101), and Religious Studies (ATTR: CDR) (one of RELG—101, RELG—121, RELG—141, RELG—181).

Area Requirements: Area requirements must be taken in departments outside of the student’s major field of study. No more than two Area courses may be taken from any one department. Area courses introduce students to the ways in which disciplines construct knowledge.

Aesthetic Dimensions: (ATTR: CAA) (1 course, 3 credits) CLSS—240, CLSS—245, CREA—101, CREA—102, CREA—103, CREA—104, CREA—110, CREA—115, CREA—135, CREA—140, CREA—145, CREA—150, CREA—151, CREA—245, CREA—247, CREA—250, GERM-026 (taught in English).

Social Science Perspectives: (ATTR: CAS) (2 courses, 6 credits): ECON—101, ECON—102, POSC—100, POSC—140, POSC—150, PSYC—100, SOCI—101, SOCI—140, SWRK—100.

Natural World (ATTR: CAN) and Quantitative Reasoning: (ATTR: CAQ)  (3 courses, 9 credits) At least one of these courses (3 credits) must be taken from the natural sciences, and at least one course (3 credits) must be taken in quantitative reasoning. The natural science requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL—010 (topics: Principles of Evolution, Animal Behavior), BIOL—020 (topics:  Drugs and Human Body, Nutrition, Biology of Breast Cancer), BIOL—025, BIOL—110, BIOL—120, BIOL—130, BIOL—140, CHEM—010 (topic: Chemistry in the News), CHEM—110, CHEM—120, ENVA—015, ENVA—020, ENVA—025, ENVA—050, ENVA—055, ENVA—100, PHYS—010 (topics:  Astronomy, Historical Approach, Light, Color and Lasers, Atmosphere and Oceans, Structures), PHYS—070, PHYS—110, PHYS—120, PHYS—130, PHYS—140. The quantitative reasoning requirements may be fulfilled by CSIS—110, CSIS—120, MATH—010, MATH—030, MATH—110, MATH—120, QBUS—100, QBUS—110. The third course is selected by students in consultation with their academic advisors.

In addition, students must successfully complete 6 hours of course work  (3 hours in each of two Areas) from the following Areas:

Literature: (ATTR: CAL) CLSS—220, CLSS—225, ENGL—210, ENGL— 215, ENGL—235, ENGL—250, ENGL—253, ENGL—256, ENGL—259, ENGL—305, ENGL—310, ENGL—370, ENGL—374, ENGL—376, ENGL—490, FREN—025 (taught in English), FREN—026 (taught in English), GERM—025 (taught in English).

Human Past: (ATTR: CAH) CLSS—200, CLSS—205, CLSS—210,
CONV—100, CREA—160, CREA—161, CREA—170, CREA—171,
CREA—225, CREA—240, HIST—201, HIST—330, HIST—340, HIST— 343, HIST—345, HIST—350, HIST—411, HIST—415, HIST—425, HIST—465, RELG—320.

Philosophical Questions: (ATTR: CAP) PHIL—202, PHIL—210, PHIL— 220, PHIL—230, PHIL—240, PHIL—260, PHIL—270, PHIL—320, PHIL—330, PHIL—348, POSC—130.

Religious Dimensions: (ATTR: CAR) CLSS—260, RELG—210, RELG— 215, RELG—240, RELG—250, RELG—260, RELG—270, RELG—280, RELG—301,RELG—305,RELG—310,RELG—315,RELG—324,RELG— 330, RELG—335, RELG—340, RELG—355, RELG—360, RELG—365, RELG—370,RELG—375,RELG—380,RELG—385,RELG—400,RELG— 401, RELG—420.