2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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CU Denver Core Curriculum

The following represents the CU Denver Core Curriculum as approved by the faculty on the Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (CCOC). The Core Curriculum is a total of 34-40 semester hours.

Intellectual Competencies                                       9-10 Total Semester Hours


A minimum letter grade of C- (1.7) ins required for English Composition and Mathematics courses. Pass/Fail grading is not an option.

Core English Composition

Both courses are required.

ENGL 1020Core Composition I3
ENGL 2030Core Composition II3

Core Mathematics

Select one of the following:3-4
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Finite Mathematics
Stretch College Algebra-Part 2 1
College Algebra 1
College Trigonometry 1
Precalculus Mathematics 1
Calculus I 1
Calculus II
Calculus III
Introductory Statistics
Fundamental Mathematics: Algebra, Probability and Data Analysis

Knowledge Areas                                                       19-24 Total Semester Hours


While not formally approved for general CU Denver Core credit, CCOC has authorized new freshmen to apply one (only one) First-Year Seminar course for credit in the Knowledge Area section of the Core.  Please see the First-Year Seminar website for a complete listing of FYS courses approved by CCOC for Core credit; www.ucdenver.edu/fye → FYS Courses → FYS Core Curriculum Table.

Core Arts

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Creative Writing
Fostering Creativity
Introduction to Art
Visual Culture: Ways of Seeing
Fundamentals of Film and Television
Introduction to Theatre & Arts in the Community
Horror in Western Culture and Cinema
Engaging Landscapes for Wicked Change
Music Appreciation

Core Humanities

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Cultures of the Arabic-Speaking World
China and the Chinese
Storytelling: Literature, Film, and Television
Literary Classics
African American History
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Introduction to Cultures of the French- Speaking World
French Language III
French Language 4: Introduction to Advanced Studies
Germany and the Germans
U.S. History to 1876
U.S. History Since 1876
The History of Now
Controversies in History
Rebels, Villains, & Superheroes: How Children's Literature Shapes Our Identities
Introduction to Philosophy: Relationship of the Individual to the World
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning
Introduction to Religious Studies
World Religions
Introduction to Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World

Core Behavioral Sciences

Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Archaeology
Culture and the Human Experience
Fundamentals of Communication
Introduction To Media Studies
Sex, Human Development and Family Systems
Foundations of Linguistics
Introduction to Psychology I
Introduction to Psychology II
Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Schools and Communities

Core Social Sciences

Select one of the following:3-4
Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview
Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
Equality, Rights & Education
Environment, Society and Sustainability
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
World Regions Global Context
Urban Studies and Planning
Hazards to Disasters: Perception and Management
Lifespan Issues in Family Violence
Love, Family and Human Development
#Learning: Digital Spaces and Far Out Places
Race, Gender, Class, & Health
Introduction to Public Health
Introduction to Political Science: The Quest for Freedom and Justice
American Political System
Introduction to Leadership and Public Service
Spirituality and Ecology in Global Societies
Foundations in Social Justice
Understanding the Social World
Introduction to Social Psychology

Core Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics

Students must complete two science courses, one of which must have an associated lab component.

Nat & Phys Science Courses w/Labs intended for Non-Science Majors
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Basic Biology: Ecology and the Diversity of Life 1
Basic Biology: From Cells to Organisms 1
Core Chemistry: Chemistry for Everyday 2
Forensic Chemistry 2
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
and Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory
Physical Geology: Surface Processes
and Physical Geology: Surface Processes Laboratory
Physical Geology: Internal Processes
and Physical Geology: Internal Processes Laboratory
General Astronomy I
Nat & Phys Science Courses w/Labs intended for Science Majors
Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)
and Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio) 3
Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)
and Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio) 3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I 3
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II 3
College Physics I
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab I
College Physics II
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab II
General Physics I: Calculus-Based
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab I
General Physics I: Calculus-Based
and Applied Physics Lab I 4
General Physics II: Calculus-Based
and Intro Experimental Phys Lab II
General Physics II: Calculus-Based
and Applied Physics Lab II 4
Nat & Phys Science Courses WITHOUT Labs 5
Introduction to Computing in Society
Introduction to Physical Geography
Foundations of Physics
Biological Basis of Behavior

International Perspectives                                             3 Total Semester Hours


Core International Perspectives¹

Select one of the following:3
Globalization, Migration and Transnationalism
Language, Identity, & Power: International Perspectives
International Perspectives in Literature and Film
International Dimensions of Technology and Culture
Indigenous Studies
Global Media
International Perspectives through Animation
Asian Art, 1850 to Now
Contemporary World Cinema
World Theatre
The Francophone World in the Post-Colonial Era
Globalization and Regional Development
Current German Society and Culture
Global Human Development & Learning
Families in Global Perspectives
The World at War, 1914-1945
Globalization in World History Since 1945
Global Perspectives
International Marketing
Foundations of International Studies
International Marketing
Global Demography and Health
Asian Philosophies and Religions
Political Systems of the World
Introduction to International Relations
Islamic Traditions
Global Perspectives on Social Issues

Cultural Diversity                                                               3 Total Semester Hours


Core Cultural Diversity

Select one of the following:3
Cultural Diversity in the Modern World
Communication and Diversity
Economics of Race and Gender
Undocumented Mexican Immigration
Food Justice in City & Schools
Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
Technology and Culture
American Indian Cultural Images
Culture, Racism and Alienation
Through the Lens: Photography and Diversity
Drama of Diversity
Black and Latino Children in Families and Schools
Immigration and Ethnicity in American History
Social Movements in 20th Century America
Once Upon a Time: Family Literacies in Culturally Diverse Communities
Language in Society
Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Business
Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism
US Music: Social & Political Impact
Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
Political Movements: Race and Gender
Psychology of Cultural Diversity
Religion and Cultural Diversity
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Gender, Sexuality and Race in American Popular Culture

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the CU Denver Core Curriculum requirements listed above, students must complete a major and fulfill all additional School/College requirements. More information on these requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog in the following locations: