Core Courses

To receive any undergraduate degree, a student (in addition to the general requirements) must complete the following core course requirements within the requisite semester hours for graduation.

Core Course Requirements

These core courses are incorporated into all the succeeding degree requirements.


determined by major

English - 9 hours

ENGL 1321Rhetoric & Composition I


ENGL 1322Rhetoric & Composition II


ENGL Literature


A grade of a "C" or higher must be obtained in ENGL 1321 and ENGL 1322.

Quantitative Reasoning - 3 hours

MATH only

MATH 1304Quantitative Reasoning




Lab Science - 4 hours

Scientific Inquiry or Natural Sciences - 3 hours

Fine Arts - 3 hours

Freshman Seminar - 1 hour

UMHB 1101Freshman Seminar


UMHB 1101: required for first-time freshmen with fewer than 12 semester hours of transfer credit only

Chapel - 1 to 4 credits

UMHB 1002Chapel


UMHB 1002: credits determined by admission classification

Christian Studies - 6 hours

CSBS 1311Engaging the Old Testament


CSBS 1312Engaging the New Testament


Social Science - 6 hours

two different subject areas outside of major

World Ideas or Philosophy or Non-US History - 3 hours

Global Issues or Social Science - 3 hours

Speech Communication - 3 hours

COMM 1320Public Speaking


Activity Courses - 2 courses

Fine Arts Experience - 2-8 hours

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience


UMHB 1005: credits determined by admission classification

Total Credit Hours: 46


Except where it is explicitly disallowed by the core requirements, courses taken in the major or minor may be used to meet a core requirement also. No course may be used by any one student to meet more than one core requirement. For example, if a literature course receives a CWI designation, it can be used by a student to meet either the core literature requirement or the CWI requirement, but that course cannot be used to meet both requirements.