The University Studies Component of an Undergraduate Degree

To graduate with either an associate or bachelor degree, Spalding University requires undergraduate students to fulfill a specific number of credit hours in the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, religious studies, and communication. These general education requirements comprise the University Studies component for all undergraduate degree programs.

In keeping with Spalding University's long tradition, rigorous study across and within academic disciplines fosters a commitment to life-long learning, service, and the promotion of peace and justice among students and faculty. University Studies courses are designed to give students opportunities to practice habits of mind and heart that emphasize the joy of discovery, animate the creative intellect, and promote the development of personal and intellectual competencies needed for success in any chosen profession.

To this end, students will evidence the ability to

For all baccalaureate degrees, the minimum number of University Studies hours required is 49. Depending on the major, University Studies requirements may range from 49 hours to 58 hours. Of these University Studies courses, there are 5 specific required courses that must be completed by all bachelor degree programs. These courses are: US 100, ENG 109, ENG 110, COM 201, and MATH 113, or MATH 115 for Natural Science majors. Students in all majors must also complete the following minimum number of hours in these required disciplines: 3 hours in Fine Arts/Theater Arts, 3 hours in Literature, 3 hours in Philosophy, 3 hours in Natural Science, 6 hours in Religious Studies, 3 hours in History, and 6 hours in Social Sciences (which includes Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, and Social Sciences). Beyond these prescribed minimum hours in these disciplines, students are required to take from 9 to 18 additional hours in University Studies depending on the studentís major. The additional hours are prescribed according to the major to come from these disciplines: Communication/Foreign Language, Fine Arts/Theater Arts, Philosophy, English, Humanities, Natural Science, Mathematics, Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, or Social Sciences. Courses from a University Studies discipline must be recommended by the faculty in that discipline and approved by the Curriculum Committee. Individual major programs may, with the approval of the Curriculum Committee, specify that certain University Studies requirements must be met by designated courses from the required University Studies discipline.

For all associate degrees, the minimum number of University Studies hours required is 32. Depending on the major, University Studies requirements may range from 32 hours to 34 hours. Of these University Studies courses, there are 4 specific required courses that must be completed by all associate degree programs. These courses are: US 100, ENG 109, COM 201, and MATH 113. Students must also complete the following minimum number of hours in these required disciplines: 3 hours in Literature, 3 hours in Philosophy, 3 hours in Religious Studies, 3 hours in History, and 6 hours in Social Sciences (which includes Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, and Social Sciences). Beyond these prescribed minimum hours in these disciplines, students are required to take from 4 to 6 additional hours in University Studies depending on the studentís major. The additional hours are prescribed according to the major to come from these disciplines: Fine Arts/Theater Arts, Philosophy, English, Natural Science, Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, or Social Sciences.


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