Core Curriculum Requirements – 1983-1998

Applicable to Students Who Began Their College Career Fall 1983 to Summer 1998.

  • To achieve a general education while pursuing a specific concentration in a chosen field of study, each undergraduate student will construct a curriculum that includes the following:
    • Six semester hours in freshman composition (FC).
    • At least six semester hours in 300- and 400-level courses preferably in the student's major which are approved for the writing (W) designation. The W designation indicates that one of the conditions for a passing grade is that students write coherent, logical, and carefully edited prose in a minimum of two papers, at least one of which will be graded and returned before mid-semester. All W designated courses are taught and graded by instructors who have at least the Master's degree, preferably in classes not exceeding thirty-five students. The W requirement must be satisfied in courses taken on this campus.
    • Six semester hours in courses approved for the mathematics (M) designation. The M designation indicates that the course meets one of the following criteria; (a) The course requires substantial application of mathematical skills at or above the level of intermediate algebra. (b) The course deals primarily with and illustrates modern mathematical ideas beyond the level of intermediate algebra. The course should be of a general nature and not an advanced course designed primarily for majors. (c) The course deals primarily with modern symbolic logic. All M courses require Intermediate Algebra (MATH 100) or a higher level mathematics course as a prerequisite. Intermediate Algebra does not have an M designation. Students who score high enough on The University of Alabama mathematics placement exam can take a course with the M designation without taking MATH 100. Effective fall 1998 MATH 100, Intermediate Algebra, replaced MA 109.
    • Eighteen semester hours in a combination of humanities (H) and social sciences (SS) courses, including at least six semester hours in humanities (H) courses and at least six semester hours in social sciences (SS) courses. An H designation indicates that the course deals primarily with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in works of art, philosophy, theology, history (including Western Civilization), and literature (including sophomore English). The SS designation indicates that the course deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social structures, or economics.
    • Eight semester hours in courses approved for the natural science (NS) designation, including two semester hours of laboratory experience. The NS designation indicates that the course applies quantitative or inductive reasoning to a subject within the natural sciences.
    • Students must complete either of the following two requirements:
      • Six semester hours in courses that either substantially integrate the application of appropriate software or require writing computer programs. Students must make extensive use of the computer as a condition for passing the course. Courses approved for C credit assume that students have a working knowledge of the computer. Check the prerequisites to ensure that you are eligible to enroll in a specific course.
      • Two semesters in one foreign language (FL). A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in the first-semester course of the two-semester sequence that fulfills the requirement before the student will be allowed to enroll in the second semester course. Students with two or more high school units of a foreign language will be assigned to foreign language courses by the foreign language advisers on the basis of placement test scores. Students placed into FR 103, SP 103 or intermediate courses (FR 201, SP 201) will satisfy this requirement in one semester.
  • A course carrying more than one designation may be counted toward fulfilling more than one requirement by the students who take that course.
  • A student may satisfy some core curriculum requirements by demonstration of competence on a proficiency examination such as the CLEP subject examination.
  • Review of courses for the core curriculum is an ongoing process. New courses may be approved and added to the list of those that meet core curriculum requirements. The core designation for existing courses may be discontinued. A course carries core curriculum credit if the course is approved at the time the course is taken. The student must consult the core curriculum supplement in the appropriate schedule of classes to ensure that the core designation is in effect at the time the course is taken.
  • Except for courses that carry the writing (W) designation, core curriculum credit can be earned for a course taken at another institution provided the course transfers as the equivalent of a course that has been approved for the core curriculum credit at The University of Alabama. Courses, which are approved for transfer credit as equivalents of courses carrying core curriculum designations, shall fulfill those core requirements. If a course is accepted for academic credit, but the University does not have an equivalent course approved for the core curriculum, the course cannot be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.