Religious Studies in the Core Curriculum
Religion or Philosophy
The Core Curriculum is an integrated and sequenced course of study that constitutes approximately 53 semester hours of a students degree plan. The Core is a common experience for all University of the Incarnate Word undergraduates. The content of the Core Curriculum is based on the traditional concept of liberal arts education. It includes a carefully planned study of rhetoric (the area of writing and speaking effectively), wellness, philosophy, religion, literature, fine art, mathematics, natural sciences, history, social science, and a second language.
ENGL 1311 Composition I
ENGL 1312 Composition II
Before a student can enroll in ENGL 1311 or ENGL 1312, all requirements in Academic Literacy courses
in reading and writing must be completed successfully. ENGL 1311 should be taken immediately following the completion of any requirements. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
DWHP 1200 or 3200 Dimensions of Wellness, and a 1-semester hour lifelong physical activity course.
DWHP is normally taken during the students first year of study. Transfer and adult returning students take DWHP 3200.
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy
RELS 1310, 1345, 1350, 1355, 1360, 1375, 3300, or 3322
The Core Curriculum requires 3 to 6 semester hours in Religious Studies. Religious Studies courses taken at a state institution, or theology courses taken before 1980 do not fulfill the required 3 hours in Religious Studies. The required course must be chosen from among the following foundational courses.
Recommended first course options:
RELS 1310 Introduction to Theology
RELS 1340 Understanding Catholicism
RELS 1345 Biblical Themes
RELS 1360 Christian Ethics
RELS 1355 History of Christianity
RELS 1375 Prayer and Spirituality
RELS 3300 The Religious Quest (recommended for but not limited to international and transfer students)
RELS 2345 World Religions (recommended for but not limited to
international and transfer students)
Recommended second course: Students may take any Religious Studies course, provided that they meet any prerequisites for the course.
Any three hour RELS or PHIL course.
ENGL 2310 World Literature Studies
Any three-hour Performance or History course in Visual Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre (Computer Art
courses will not satisfy this requirement).
MATH 1304 College Algebra or higher level
BIOL 1401, 1402, 2321 or 2121
CHEM 1301 or 1101
GEOL 1401, 1402, 1416, 1417, 1420,1430 or 2410
PHYS 1301/1101, 2305/2105
HIST 1311, 1312, 1321, or 1322
PSYC 1301, SOCI 1301, ECON 2301, POLS 1315 or POLS 1316
Six semester hours in one language (or American Sign Language) other than English
Students will select three courses from different disciplines from the choices listed below:
Any Fine or Applied Arts course in Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, or Dance
Communication Arts COMM 1301
Economics ECON 2301
English Any English course
Environmental Science 1410
Fashion FMGT 3325
Geology 1416, 1417
History Any History course
Introduction to Cultural Studies CLST 1311
Mathematics Any MATH course higher than College Algebra
Philosophy Any Philosophy course
Political Science Any course from the list above
Religious Studies Any course from the list above
Science Any course from the list above
Social Science Any course from the list above or ANTH 1311
Speech SPCH 1311
NOTE : Some majors at the University of the Incarnate Word require specific Core elective courses. Students should refer to their respective disciplines before enrolling in Core electives.
By the end of the second semester at the University of the Incarnate Word, students must also successfully test for computer competence or complete a Computer Literacy course. If the Computer Literacy course option is selected or required, it will satisfy general electives on the degree plan but will not satisfy the 9-10 hours of Core Electives required.
A total of 45 clock hours (non-credit) are required for all baccalaureate degrees. Associate degrees require 20 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service. Students may satisfy this graduation requirement by: (1) selecting volunteer opportunities posted by Campus Ministry, or (2) taking courses designated in the University schedule as service-learning courses, or (3) a combination of volunteer opportunities and service-learning courses. Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisors, early in their university experience, the options for fulfilling the community service requirement and the method of documenting their service. Community Service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar’s Office before you apply to graduate or be attached to the application for graduation.
Learning Communities are two or three linked courses that share common themes to create interactive learning partnerships between courses. Students enrolled in these grouped courses become a sharing community; and, along with their instructors, they collaborate and learn together. Learning Communities launch the educational career for entering first-year students at UIW. Typically, an entering first year student’s first semester schedule is built around a learning community cluster of two integrated courses. Learning community offerings, satisfy first semester General Education requirements, Honors Program tracks, and discipline-specific clusters for students who have already decided upon their majors.
The University offers courses in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing for students entering with a need to acquire competencies for success in mainstream college courses.