Core Requirements


CollegeWide Requirements

All Dowling students must demonstrate competence in writing and quantitative reasoning by meeting the following three course requirements:

ENG 1001A Principles of Writing                                       3 credits

MTH Any Mathematics course or CSC 1009N                  3 credits

FYE First Year Experience Seminar (Freshmen Only)       3 credits

Note: The appropriate mathematics course to fulfill this requirement will usually be dictated by the student’s major. In those cases in which a major makes no such requirement, the student will fulfill this requirement by completing an appropriate mathematics or quantitative skills course. Students who are candidates for Teacher Certification will be advised by the Office of Enrollment Services in consultation with the School of Education.

Core Requirements

In order to ensure that each Dowling student graduates with a foundation in the liberal arts and develops a broad range of both skills and knowledge beyond a major specialization, each Dowling graduate must complete 33 credits of core curriculum. Students are required to take two 3-credit core courses in each of five study areas: World Civilizations, Modes of Artistic Expression, Dynamics of Contemporary Societies, Nature of the Universe, and Varieties of Human Experience, as well as a 3-credit Senior Seminar or Internship.

Students may take core courses in any order or sequence, with the exception of the Senior Seminar/internship and courses in a foreign language. The Senior Seminar requires the completion of 90 credits in order to register, the internship requires the completion of 60 credits, and foreign language courses must be taken in sequence. There is a wide range of course offerings within each study area, with well over 100 courses available to satisfy core requirements. These courses may count toward major, minor, and certificate requirements, as well. Also, core courses may be used to satisfy a prerequisite for non-core courses.

Core courses may be found in the list of course descriptions at the end of this catalog, or in the attached PDF. Core courses are indicated by a “C” following the 4-digit course number. Please note that some core courses have prerequisites.

Students should consult the schedule of classes for course availability.

World Civilizations:  6 credits

Any courses in English, French, History, Italian, Mandarin, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Spanish whose 4-digit course number is followed by a “C.” Please note that if more than one foreign language course is selected, the courses must be taken in sequence. A student may opt, however, to take one foreign language course and combine that course with a HST, PHL, or REL course.

Modes of Artistic Expression:  6 credits

Any courses in Dance, Dramatic Arts, Media Studies, Music, Speech, and Visual Arts whose 4-digit course number is followed by a “C.”

Dynamics of Contemporary Societies:  6 credits

One course from among the following:

ECN 2103C    Great Ideas in Economics

POL 2101C     Modern Political Thought

POL 2102C     American Political Thought

SOC 2101C     Self and Society I: Foundations of Social Theory

Additionally, any course in Economics, Political Science or Sociology whose 4-digit course number is followed by a “C” and that has not already been taken to satisfy the requirement indicated above.

Nature of the Universe:  6 credits

Any courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Marine Studies, Natural Science, and Physics whose 4-digit course number is followed by a “C.”

Varieties of Human Experience:  6 credits

Any courses in Anthropology and/or Psychology whose 4-digit course number is followed by a “C.”

Senior Seminar or Internship:  3 credits

Any ASC XXXXC course

Any 3 credit internship, practicum, or student teaching placement.

Every student is required to take a Senior Seminar after having completed 90 credits. Students must have completed 60 credits and met minimum GPA requirements (varies by discipline) to be eligible for an internship. Please consult the schedule of classes for seminar availability.

Core Curriculum Requirements          Total: 33 Credits


Transfer Students:

At the time of admission to the College, a transfer student‘s transcript will be evaluated and a special Core Program developed for that student. The resulting personalized requirements will provide a general education program that meets the College‘s goals for the transfer student as they relate to the five areas of the Core curriculum. This will include a Senior Seminar and whatever Core courses are required to meet the core curriculum goals.

First Year Experience Program

All freshmen (i.e., students admitted with fewer than thirty college credits) are required to complete a three-credit First Year Experience (FYE) content-based course. Topics are offered in a wide range of subject areas. The course provides academic guidance helping students make the transition from high school to college.

The program encourages students to develop reading, writing, and research skills.

The course enhances the benefits of a liberal arts education by preparing students to become critical thinkers.