VSU Core Curriculum

 

Classes in the Core Curriculum are designed to present a unified learning experience for all undergraduates, regardless of major, that teaches students to read, write, and think critically while acquiring a basic understanding of human society.  Students will synthesize information to make connections across disparate fields of knowledge and disciplines.  The Valdosta State University Core Curriculum complies with all University System of Georgia learning requirements.

60 Semester Hours Required

Area A1 - Communication

Learning Goals:

  • Students will communicate effectively in writing by using appropriate conventions of correctness, style, tone, and organization and by adapting writing to audience and context.

  • Students will find, evaluate, and make inferences from a variety of sources and incorporate this information accurately, correctly, and effectively into their written work.

In Area A1, students must take the six hour composition sequence below:

  • ENGL 1101/1101H

  • ENGL 1102/1102H

Area A2 - Quantitative

Learning Goal:        

  • Students will demonstrate mathematical proficiency by analyzing a variety of functions and solving various equations.

In Area A2, students will select one 3 hours math course from the following:

  • MATH 1101

  • MATH 1111

  • MATH 1113/1113H

  • MATH 2261/2261H

  • MATH 2262

MATH 1113/1113H (or higher) is required of all students majoring in (or intending to transfer within the University System of Georgia with a major in) architecture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, technology, geology, geography (B.S.), forestry, pharmacy, mathematics, physical therapy, physics, or secondary education (biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics). Math 2261 (or higher) is required of all students intending to transfer within the University System with a major in engineering.

Area B - Perspectives (4 hours)

Learning Goal:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and regional perspectives in areas such as the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Area B is satisfied by completing two different courses from the seven different areas in Perspectives.

1. Perspectives on Ethics/Values (2100s)
2. Perspectives on Tradition and Change (2200s)
3. Perspectives on Human Expression (2300s)
4. Perspectives on the Environment/Physical World (2400s)
5. Perspectives on Race/Gender (2500s)
6. Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Understanding/Expression (2600s)
7. Perspectives on the World of Work (2700s)

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)

Learning Goal:

  • Students will analyze, evaluate, and interpret diverse forms of human communication.

Area C is satisfied by completing one world literature course from the following:

  • ENGL 2111/2111H

  • ENGL 2113/2113H

  • ENGL 2112/2112H

One course from the following, or any of the world literature courses not taken in the required column:

  • ART 1100/1100H

  • MUSC 1130

  • COMM 1100

  • MDIA 2000

  • COMM 1110

  • THEA 1100

  • DANC 1500

  • PHIL 2010/2010H

  • MUSC 1100

  • PHIL 2020/2020H

  • MUSC 1110

  • REL 2020

  • MUSC 1120

  • WMST 2010

  • FREN, GRMN, JAPN, LATN, RUSS, or SPAN 1001*

  • FREN, GRMN, JAPN, LATN, RUSS, or SPAN 1002

  • FREN, GRMN, JAPN, LATN, RUSS, or SPAN 2001

  • FREN, GRMN, JAPN, LATN, RUSS, or SPAN 2002

*Students who elect to continue the study of their high school foreign language in order to meet requirements for the major may not take the 1001 course in that same language for credit. They should begin their foreign language requirement with 1002.

Area D - Natural Science, Math, and Technology

Learning Goal:

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the physical universe and the nature of science, and they will use scientific methods and/or mathematical reasoning and concepts to solve problems.

D. 1. - 11 hours

Any two lab sciences courses from the following (8 hours):

  • ASTR 1010K

  • CHEM 1212/1212L

  • ASTR 1020K

  • GEOG 1112K

  • BIOL 1010/1020L

  • GEOG 1113K

  • BIOL 1030/1040L

  • GEOL 1121K

  • BIOL 1951H

  • GEOL 1122K

  • BIOL 1952H

  • PHYS 1111K

  • CHEM 1010

  • PHYS 1112K

  • CHEM 1151K

  • PHYS 2211K

  • CHEM 1211/1211L

  • PHYS 2212K

  • CHEM 1152K

Any one course from the following:

  • ASTR 1000

  • MATH 1261
  • BIOL 1050
  • ENGR 1010

  • MATH 2620

  • GEOG 1110
  • MATH 2261
  • GEOL 1110
  • MATH 2262
  • BIOL 1080

  • MATH 1112

  • PHSC 1100

D. 2. a. - 11 hours (Required of majors in astronomy, biology, chemistry computer science, environmental geosciences, mathematics, physics, secondary biology education, secondary chemistry education, secondary mathematics education, secondary physics education, and all students in the pre-engineering program).

Two lab science courses from the following:

  • BIOL1107

  • PHYS 2211K

  • CHEM 1211/1211L

  • PHYS 2212K

  • CHEM 1212/1212L

Three hours of mathematics above the level taken in Area A. For biology majors:

  • MATH 2261

  • MATH 2262

  • MATH 2620

For all other science or mathematics majors:

  • MATH 2261

  • MATH 2262

* The additional hour of calculus (MATH 2261 or 2262) counts in Area F of the major.

D. 2. b. 11 hours (Required of nursing majors)

Two semester laboratory sequences:

  • PHYS 1111K and PHYS 1112K

  • PHYS 2211K and PHYS 2212K

  • CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152K

  • CHEM 1211-1211L and CHEM 1212-1212L

  • BIOL 1010-1020L and BIOL 1030-1040L

One course from the following:

  • ASTR 1000

  • GEOG 1112K
  • PHYS 2211K

  • PHSC 1100

  • ASTR 1010K

  • BIOL 1080

  • GEOG 1113K

  • PHYS 2212K

  • ASTR 1020K

  • GEOL 1110
  • ENGR 1010

  • BIOL 1010/1020L

  • CHEM 1010

  • GEOL 1121K

  • MATH 1112

  • BIOL 1030/1040L

  • CHEM 1211/1211L

  • GEOL 1122K

  • MATH 2620

  • BIOL 1050

  • CHEM 1212/1212L

  • PHYS 1111K

  • MATH 2261

  • GEOG 1110
  • PHYS 1112K

  • MATH 2262

Area E - Social Sciences (12 hours)

Learning Goal:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of diversity in individual and social behavior, the structure and processes of the United States government, and the importance of historical changes over time.

Required: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H.

One required American history course from the following:

  • HIST 2111 or 2111H

  • HIST 2112 or 2112H

Any two courses from the following:

  • AFAM 2020/ WMST 2020

  • GEOG 1102

  • POLS 2401 or 2401H

  • ANTH 1102 or 1102H

  • GEOG 1103

  • POLS 2501

  • ECON 1500

  • HIST 1011 or 1011H

  • PSYC 2500 or 2500H

  • ECON 1500H

  • HIST 1012 or 1012H

  • SOCI 1101 or 1101H

  • GEOG 1100

  • HIST 1013 or 1013H

  • SOCI 1160

  • GEOG 1101

  • POLS 2101

Area F - Courses appropriate to the major (18 hours)

* Requirements vary according to the major program. See the requirements for Area F in the departmental section of your major in the college catalogue.

Additional Learning Goals for the Core Curriculum

Students must also meet three additional learning goals in VSU’s core curriculum:

LEARNING GOAL 1: US PERSPECTIVES

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the United States and its cultural, economic, political, and social development.

*Courses to Meet US GoalHIST 2111, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, or HIST 2112H (Required in Area E)

LEARNING GOAL 2: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, religious, or social dimensions of societies around the world.

*Courses to Meet GL GoalENGL 2110, ENGL 2110H, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2120H, ENGL 2130, or ENGL 2130H (Required in Area C)

LEARNING GOAL 3: CRITICAL THINKING

  • Students will identify, evaluate, and apply appropriate models, concepts, or principles to issues, and they will produce viable solutions or make relevant inferences.

*Courses to Meet CT GoalENGL 1101, ENGL 1101H, ENGL 1102, or ENGL 1102H and MATH 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1113H, MATH 2261, MATH 2261H, MATH 2262 (Required in Area A)