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Advising: Core Curriculum

General (BA, BS and BCS) core requirements

The list below does not include major or cognate requirements. Professional program requirements will vary from this list. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 102. Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141,180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101-119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120-159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160-189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203. High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take one religion course at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), then REL 211-214, 221-224. - or - If REL 121 (above), then REL 230-235, 237, 243, 244, 251. Students must take one religion course at Calvin.
Persons in Community one EDUC 202; GEOG 200; PHIL 211; POLS 110; PSYC 151; SOC/SOWK 250. Cannot be from the same department as Societal Structures in N. America course.
Societal Structures in N. America one CMS 151; ECON 151, 221, 232, 241; GEOG 241; IDIS 205; POLS 101, 102, 212; SOC 151, 210. Cannot be from the same department as Persons in Community course.
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200-234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236
Mathematics one MATH 100, 143, 145, 170, 171, 221; PSYC 255; SOC/SOWK 255
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223. Two course sequence options;
High school exemption also possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 111, 115, 123, 141. Two course sequence options;
High school exemption also possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one ARCT 397; ARTS 395; ARTH 397; BUS 360; BIOL 394-396; CAS 352, 399; CS 384; ECON 395; EDUC 398; ENGL 395; ENGR 339, 340; ENST 395; FREN 394-396; GEOG 380; GERM 395; HIST 395; IDIS 310, 394; IDS 395; KIN 332; MATH 380; MUSC 308; NURS 380; POLS 399; PSYC 399; PHIL 201-205, 207-209, 212, 215, 395, 396; RECR 310; REL 295; SOC 395; SOWK 381; SPAN 395; SPAUD 599. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.