Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2021 in the Arts and Sciences undergraduate program require a minimum of 128 credit hours of study. These credits are earned through a combination of degree
requirements and electives listed below. The degree requirements are comprised of the following components:
|Three (3) Courses or Demonstrated Competency|
|Writing communication skills:||ENGL1103 Introduction to Academic Writing or approved Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college transfer credit|
| Second language skills:||Two (2) semesters of the same foreign language or American Sign Language or demonstration of skill placing students out of the second semester of College language|
DOMAINS OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Maximum 44 credits
|One Course each, unless otherwise indicated|
AESTHETIC INQUIRY (AI-L and AI-A)
Two (2) Courses-one from each Aesthic Inquiry Domain
- Literature (AI-L)- One Course
- Art/Music/Theater (AI-A)- One Course
|Historical Consciouness (HC)|
Social Analysis (SA)
|Two (2) courses, with each course from a different discipline (department prefix)|
|Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Analysis (SI-L, QA, SI)|
Three (3) Courses:
- One Scientific Inquiry with Lab (SI-L)
- One Quantiative Analysis (QA)
- a second course of the student’s choice: (SI-L), (SI) OR (QA)
Religous Thought and Moral Reasoning
(R, RCT, M)
Three (3) Courses:
- Religious Thought- 2 Courses*
- One Religious Thought in the Christian Tradition (RCT), the second may be designated R or RCT
- *One religious thought course must be at the 2000 level or above
- Moral Reasoning (M)-1 Course
explanation of the Domains of Knowledge
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The knowledge, skills, and habits of the mind developed through the study of the liberal arts disciplines and their respective methods of inquiry, their concepts and vocabulary, their creative and critical processes, and their contributions to human knowledge are basic to the goal of developing the intellectual, aesthetic and moral sensibility assumed in a person liberally educated for life. Courses that fulfill these requirements are marked with the abbreviations noted in parentheses in the course descriptions section of this catalog.
Aesthetic Inquiry (AI-L; AI-A) Requirement: two courses (one from literature, one from the arts)
- The two-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that expose students to original works produced by writers, visual artists and musicians, and provides an opportunity to interpret, evaluate, analyze and understand these products of the creative imagination. Using the language, concepts, and criteria of the respective aesthetic disciplines, courses in American, British, world and foreign language literature, as well as historical surveys of art, music, theater, and performance/studio courses, will explore the relationship between aesthetic works and their historical and cultural contexts.
Historical Consciousness (H) Requirement: one course (a historical survey of a significant period of history or region of the world)
- The requirement in this domain consists of courses that provide students with a context for understanding relationships between historical events and the connection between past and present. The requirement in the historical consciousness domain will be drawn from courses that survey a period in history or a region of the world. These courses demonstrate the methods and theories with which historians deal with such issues as causation, the role of perspective and judgment in reconstructing the past, conflicting interpretations of historical events and processes, and the ways in which evidence is analyzed and evaluated as a tool for reconstructing the past.
Social Analysis (SA) Requirement: two courses from two different disciplines
- The two-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that present and apply the formal theoretical perspectives and empirical research methods that define those bodies of knowledge known as the social sciences: anthropology, economics, political, science, psychology and sociology. Courses in this domain have in common the aim of analyzing the interaction between individuals, states and cultures; and the institutions and ideas that organize social life within and between societies. Individual courses will vary according to their respective disciplinary emphasis on personality, economic systems, political institutions, social structures, and culture. Courses will provide an understanding of important elements of the intellectual tradition of social science inquiry and have application to issues of contemporary society.
Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Analysis (SI; SI-L; QA) Requirement: three courses (one laboratory science course, one quantitative analysis course, and one from either area, where the science course may be a non-laboratory science course.
- Laboratory science courses indicated by SI-L.) The three-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that deal with the scientific study of the natural world and with the logical systems of mathematics. The scientific inquiry component of the requirement consists of courses that demonstrate the methods used by scientists to obtain and evaluate information, consider the impact of scientific information on humanity and the environment, and provide experience in using scientific reasoning to investigate questions and develop and evaluate hypotheses. In so doing, such courses can provide a basis for scientific literacy for non-scientists. The quantitative analysis component of the requirement consists of courses that teach the logical structures of quantitative reasoning, the concept of probability, or the application of quantitative argument to everyday life. In so doing, the courses in this domain provide a basis for mathematical literacy for non-mathematicians.
Religious Thought and Moral Reasoning (R; RCT; M) Requirement: three courses (two in religious thought, one in moral reasoning)
- The three-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that provide an intellectual framework for the exploration of systems of religious belief and of moral concepts. Courses fulfilling the religious thought requirement will affirm the religious dimension of life as a central aspect of understanding human experience, address the interrelationship of religion with other social systems and cultures, and explore the multiplicity of expressions of belief both within and across religious traditions. Mindful of the College’s Catholic heritage and appreciating the theological foundations of a liberal arts and sciences education within the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are required to complete at least one of their religious thought (R) requirements from courses in which they encounter the Christian tradition, which inspires the mission of Emmanuel College. Courses that meet this requirement are designated RCT in the Academic Catalog. Students may take only one 1000-level course to fulfill the religious thought requirement. Courses fulfilling the moral reasoning requirement maybe those that address moral reasoning either in the narrow sense of determining right from wrong and good from evil, or in the broader sense in which the subject matter of moral reasoning is a good life itself, especially the virtues discussed by philosophers for centuries, in particular the virtue of wisdom.