Undergraduate Course Catalog

University Core Curriculum

The University Core Curriculum (UCC) program is required of all undergraduate students regardless of the academic majors they choose. Consisting of 39 credits, the UCC program is designed to help all Ball State students realize from their college educations these core benefits:

Knowledge—those facts, concepts, and principles from the humanities; the social, behavioral, and natural sciences; and from other disciplines that are deemed important for understanding and solving the common problems of living.
Skills—key intellectual abilities such as communicating, quantifying, analyzing, and synthesizing.
Values—preferred patterns of behavior, including respect for individual dignity, concern for group welfare, and trust in human intelligence.

The central purpose of the University Core Curriculum is to enable women and men to live rich, satisfying lives and to undertake the broad responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. Although it seeks to discover and nurture individual talents, the core curriculum’s primary emphasis is on preparation for roles that people share in common as human beings as well as members of family and community groups.

The University Core Curriculum program consists of more than the requirement that students have contact with the major fields of knowledge. Program suggests concern for direction, organization, spirit, appropriate instruction, and the objectives of component courses. The spirit of the core curriculum emerges from the kinds of intellectual attitudes the university strives to develop in students. Through their core curriculum courses, students will be able to:

  • engage in lifelong education by learning to acquire knowledge and to use it for intelligent ends.
  • communicate at a level acceptable for college graduates.
  • clarify their personal values and be sensitive to those held by others.
  • recognize and seek solutions for the common problems of living by drawing on a knowledge of historical and contemporary events and elements of the cultural heritage surrounding those events.
  • work with others to solve life’s common problems.
  • assess their unique interests, talents, and goals and choose specialized learning experiences that will foster their fulfillment.

All students graduating from Ball State with baccalaureate degrees must complete the 39 credit-hour core curriculum requirement. The UCC program consists of core requirements (a series of five or six foundation courses) and distribution requirements (groups of courses from which students may choose among several disciplines).

Writing Competency Examination. All students must take the Writing Competency Examination before graduation. Students take the examination, which is designated as ENG 392, after completing 60 but before completing 90 semester hours. Students who fail to pass the examination after two attempts will be required to take ENG 393, the writing competency course. They will satisfy the writing competency requirement by successfully completing ENG 393, but the credit hours in the course will not apply toward any graduation requirement.

Students with baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions who are pursuing a second degree are exempt from the Writing Competency Examination.

TIER 1 Foundation
One course required from each category:

PREFIX     

NO    

SHORT TITLE                

CR HRS

Written Communication

ENG

104
114

Comp Resrch (3)
Comp Res Hon (3)

3

Oral Communication

 

COMM

210

Fund Pub Com (3)

3

History

 

HIST

150
151
152

West World (3)
World Civ 1 (3)
World Civ 2 (3)

3

Mathematics

 

MATHS

125
136
161
165
201
207

Math Applic (3)
Business Mth (4)
Appl Calc 1 (3)
Calculus 1 (4)
Num Alg Prob (4)
Math Ex Ln (4)

3-4

Physical Wellness

 

PFW

100
101
102
103
104
105
117
148
160
217

Phys Cond (2)
PFW Activity (1)
PFW Lecture (1)
Walking (2)
Jogging (2)
APFW (2)
Watr Arobics (2)
Aerobics (2)
IPFW (1-2) 
Swimming (2)

2

Personal Finance

 

FIN

FCS

101
110
135

Fiscal Well (1)
Pers Finance (3)
Fin Literacy (1)

1-3


TIER 1 Domain
One course required from each category:

PREFIX     

NO    

SHORT TITLE                

CR HRS

Fine Arts

AED
AHS

DANCE
MUHIS

THEAT

200
100
101
100
100
330
100

Underst Art (3) 
Intro Art (3) (I)
Art Survey 1 (3) (I)
In Dnce Hist (3) 
Intro Music (3) (I)
Music Histry (3)
Intro Theat (3)

3

Humanities
ANTH
CC

CH


ENG

FR


GEOG
GER


GRK


HIST


HONRS
JAPAN


LAT


PHIL
RELST
SP

111
101
105
102
201
202
206
213
102
201
202
121
102
201
202
102
201
202
198
201
202
201
102
201
202
102
201
202
100
160
102
201
202
Anth Cul Glb (3) (IR)
Word Origins (3)
Classic Wrld (3) (IR)
Beginning 2 (4) (IR)
Intermed 1 (4) (IR)
Intermed 2 (4) (IR)
Reading Lit (3)
Intr Dig Lit (3) (T)
Beginning 2 (4) (IR)
Intermed 1 (3) (IR)
Intermed 2 (3) (IR)
Cultural Env (3)
Beginning 2 (4) (IR)
Intermed 1 (3) (IR)
Intermed 2 (3) (IR)
Beginning 2 (3) (IR)
Intermed 1 (3) (IR)
Intermed 2 (3) (IR)
Non West Civ (3) (IR)
US 1492-1876 (3) (A)
US 1877-Pres (3) (A)
Inq Anc Wrld (3)
Beg Jpn 2 (4) (IR) 
Intermed 1 (4) (IR)
Intermed 2 (4) (IR)
Beginning 2 (3) (IR)
Intermed 1 (3) (IR)
Intermed 2 (3) (IR)
Introduction (3)
Rel & Cultur (3)
Beginning 2 (4) (IR)
Intermed 1 (3) (IR)
Intermed 2 (3) (IR)
3-4
Natural Sciences
ANTH
ASTRO

BIO


CHEM


GEOG
GEOL
HSC
NREM
PHYCS
105
100
120
100
111
112
100
101
111
101
101
160
101
100
101
110
120
Int Bio Anth (3)
Astronomy (3)
Sun & Stars (3)
Bio Modern (3) (E)
Princ Bio 1 (4)
Princ Bio 2 (4)
People Chem (3)
Biochem HSc (5)
Gen Chem 1 (4)
Erth Sea Sky (3)
Planet Earth (3) (E)
Human Health (3)
Env & Socy (3) (E)
Cncept Phycs (3)
Sci Concp Te (1-3)
Gen Phycs 1 (4)
Gen Phycs 1 (5)
3-5
Social Sciences
ANTH

CJC

COMM

ECON


GEOG
HONRS
POLS

PSYSC
SOC
101
103
101
102
240
290
116
201
247
150
189
130
293
100
100
224
242
260
Intr Culturl (3) (IR)
Archaeology (3)
Crim Jus Sys (3)
Intro Crim (3) 
Human Comm (3)
Intercul Com (3)
Survey Ideas (3) (R)
Elem Micro (3) (R)
Econ-Media (3)
Global Geog (3)
Global St (3) (I)
Amer Nat Gov (3)
Intl Relatns (3) (I)
General (3)
Principles (3)
Family Soc (3)
Problems (3)
Society Indv (3)
3

TIER 2
One course required from any 2 categories:

PREFIX     

NO    

SHORT TITLE                

CR HRS

Fine Arts/Design

AHS

ARCH
HONRS
ITDPT
ITEDU
ITGRA

ITMFG
MUHIS

MUMET
MUSED

200
201
229
203
280
102
184
286
105
105
331
100
265

Crit Persp (3) (I)
Art Critcsm (3) (W)
Hist Arch 1 (3) (WRT)
19/20/21 Cnt (3)(W)
3D Prototyp (3) (T)
Design Techn (3) (T)
Comp App G A (3) (T)
Dig Photo 1 (3) (T)
Tec Dsgn Gra (3) (T)
Mus Pop Cul (3) (A)
Music Histry (3) (WI)
Mus Industry (3) (T)
Bsc Mu Clsrm (3) (W)

 

Humanities

ENG







FR


GER
HIST
HONRS
JAPAN
PHIL



SP

402
405
490
491
492
493
494
498
334
335
360
361
310
202
334
202
203
230
315
334
335
360

Cult Stu (3) (W)
Sp Top Cr Wr (3) (W) 
Lit & Gender (3) (WR)
Aft Am Lit (3) (WRA)
Nat Am Lit (3) (WRA)
Am Ethnc Lit (3) (WRA)
QueerLitThry (3) (WR)
Post-Col Std (3) (WR)
Civ Cult Old (3) (IR) 
Civ Cult Mod (3) (IR)
Int Fr Lit R (3) (IR) 
Intro Lit 1 (3) (IR)
Int Hist Bus (3) (A)
Mdl/Ren/Enlt (3) (W)
Culture Civ (3) (IR)
Ethics (3) (W)
Social Phil (3) (RA)
Envir Ethics (3) (WSE)
African Amer (3) (WRA)
Civ Cult Sp (3) (IR)
Civ Cult L A (3) (IR)
In Hisp Read (3) (IR)

 

Natural Sciences

ASTRO
BIO



CHEM
CS
GEOG
GEOL

HONRS

124
102
113
216
220
112
200
265
201
206
296
297
298

Solar System (3) (T)
Bio Concepts (3) (E)
Microbio HSc (5) (I)
Ecology (3) (IE)
Ecol Issues (3) (E)
Gen Chem 2 (4) (T)
Comp & Soc (3) (AT)
Intro G I S (3) (T)
Earth Time (3) (AT)
Oceans Natns (3) (IE)
Physical Sci (3) (E/T)
Earth Sci (3) (E/T)
Life Sci (3) (E/T)

 

Social Sciences

ANTH

CJC

ECON




EDFON
EDMUL



EDTEC
HONRS
HSC


ITDPT
NREM
PSYSC


SOC

301
311
311
329
202
279
311
348
351
420
205
302
370
400
355
199
180
261
471
406
205
324
325
424
228
333
380
425

History Anth (4) (W)
Ethnicity (3) (R)
Race Gender (3) (R) 
Decision Mak (3) (R)
Elem Macro (3) (RA)
Prob Em Nats (3) (IR)
Environ Econ (3) (WIE)
Health Econ (3) (RA)
Internat Eco (3) (I)
Fnds of Educ (3) (RA)
Multi Educ (3) (R)
Self & Soci (3) (R)
Rep & Multi (3) (R)
Top Seminar (3) (R)
Emerge Tech (3) (T)
Cnt US Issue (3) (A)
Prn Com Hlth (3) (S)
Health Sex (3) (R)
Death Dying (3) (R)
Tech Dec-Mak (3) (T)
Intl NR Cons (3) (IER)
Psych Women (3) (R)
Prej&Discrim (3) (R)
Diversity (3) (R)
Global (3) (IE)
Media (3) (A)
Research (3) (W)
Law (3) (A)

6


TIER 3 Course/Experience
One course required:

PREFIX     

NO    

SHORT TITLE                

CR HRS

ACR

ADS
AFA



ANTH
ART

AT
BIO
CJC


COMM



CS

EXSCI
FCS
ENG
GEOG
HONRS
HSC
ISOM

ITCMP
ITCST
ITGRA
ITMFG

MUMET
MUSPE
MUSTH
PHIL
POLS


PSYSC
SOC
SOCWK

SPTAD
THEAT

418
428
442
487
489
491
493
459
480
490
492
217
369
471
479
369
412
465
479
496
498
479
403
444
448
499
479
369
490
466
460
480
460
465
495
498
495
400
369
479
499
492
492
460
462
479
434

Ceram Sr Prj (3)
Metal Sr Prj (3)
Vis Com 4 (3)
Sr Prj Draw (3)
Sr Prj Paint (3)
Sr Prj Sculp (3)
Sr Pjr Print (3)
Ethno Method (3)
Sr Prj Photo (3)
Sr Prj EAAV (3)
Pract 2 A T (1-3)
Ecology Meth (2) (W)
Prof Exp (12 or 15)
Practicum (3-6)
Prac Exp (12 or 15)
Professional (1-6)
Rhetorc Crit (3) (W)
Comm Inquiry (3) (W)
Prac Exper (1-6)
Soft Eng 2 (3) (W)
Soft Eng 2 S (3) (WS)
Ex Sc Int (12)
FCS Practice (3) (W)
Sr Seminar (3) (W)
GIS Sys Desg (3)
Hnrs Project (3)
Prac Exp (3-9)
Intrn ISOM (1-6)
I S Int Proj (3)
Cap Cmp Tech (3) (ST)
Cap Const (3)
Cap Gr Art (3) (W)
Prjct Cam 1 (3)
Six Sig Intr (3)
MET Proj/Rec (3)
Sr Recital (2)
Compos Recit (1-3)
Immerse/Exp (1-6)
Prof Exp (3)
Pract Exp (3)
Senior Sem (3)
Research Sem (1-2)
Capstone (3) (S)
Practicum (12)
Pract Sem (3)
Spt Ad Inter (12)
Immersion (1-12)

Student Teaching

EDALG
EDEL





EDJHM
EDSEC

SPCED

470
400
401
402
463
464
465
465
460
465
466
489
491
492

St Tch (6-7)
St T Pre Kin (6)
St T Kinderg (6)
St T Primary (6)
St Tch Elem (3)
St Tch Elem (6)
St Tch Elem (3)
Elec St Tch (3 or 5)
St Tch Secon (6-7)
Elec St Tch (3 or 5)
St Tch H I (1-12) 
St Tch M D (1-12)
St Tc Sec Md (1-12)
St Tch S D (6-12)


Wiser + Courses

PREFIX     

NO    

SHORT TITLE                

CR HRS

Writing
One course required:

AHS
ANTH
BIO
COMM

CS

ECON
ENG





FCS
FR
HONRS

ISOM

ITGRA
MUHIS
MUSED
NREM
PHIL



SOC

201
301
217
412
465
496
498
311
230
285
402
405
444
491
403
302
202
203
249
341
480
331
265
331
202
230
315
415
380

Art Critcsm (3)
History Anth (4)
Ecology Meth (2)
Rhetorc Crit (3)
Comm Inquiry (3)
Soft Eng 2 (3)
Soft Eng 2 S (3)
Environ Econ (3)
Read Wr Lit (3)
Intr Cr Wr (3)
Cult Stu (3)
Sp Top Cr Wr (3)
Sr Seminar (3)
Afr Am Lit (3)
FCS Practice (3)
Composition (3)
Mdl/Ren/Enlt (3)
19/20/21 Cnt (3)
Fnds Bus Com (3)
Bus Mgl Comm (3)
Cap Gr Art (3)
Music Histry (3)
Bsc Mu Clsrm (3)
Enrg Min Res(3)
Ethics (3)
Envir Ethics (3)
African Amer (3)
Pro Prac Eth (3)
Research (3)

3-4

One course required from any category below:

American Institutions

CS
ECON

EDEL
EDFON
ENG
HIST


HONRS

MUHIS
PHIL

SOC

200
202
348
100
420
491
201
202
310
199
390
105
203
315
333
425

Comp & Soc (3)
Elem Macro (3)
Health Econ (3)
Ed Dem Soc (3)
Fnds of Educ (3)
Afr Am Lit (3)
US 1492-1876 (3)
US 1877-Pres (3)
Int Hist Bus (3)
Cnt US Issue (3)
Hon Colloq (1-3)
Mus Pop Cul (3)
Social Phil (3)
African Amer (3)
Media (3)
Law (3)

Environment

ANTH

BIO



ECON
FCS
GEOL

HONRS



NREM


PHIL
SOC

312
455
100
102
216
220
311
103
101
206
296
297
298
390
101
205
331
230
228

Ecology (3)
Primatology (3)
Bio Modern (3)
Bio Concepts (3)
Ecology (3)
Ecol Issues (3)
Environ Econ (3)
Intro to FCS (3) (SE)
Planet Earth (3)
Oceans Natns (3)
Physical Sci (3)
Earth Sci (3)
Life Sci (3)
Hon Colloq (1-3)
Env & Socy (3)
Intl NR Cons (3)
Enrg Min Res (3)
Envir Ethics (3)
Global (3)

International

AHS


ANTH

BIO

CC
CH


COMM
ECON


ENG
FR





GEOL
GER



GRK


HIST
HONRS

JAPAN



LAT


MUHIS

NREM

POLS
SOC
SP

100
101
200
101
111
113
216
105
102
201
202
290
279
311
351
205
102
201
202
334
335
360
206
102
201
202
361
102
201
202
198
189
390
102
201
202
334
102
201
202
100
331
205
309
293
228
102
201
202
334
335
360

Intro Art (3)
Art Survey 1(3)
Crit Persp (3)
Intr Culturl (3)
Anth Cul Glb (3)
Microbio HSc (5)
Ecology (3)
Classid Wrld (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (4)
Intermed 2 (4) 
Intercul Com (3)
Prob Em Nats (3)
Environ Econ (3)
Internat Eco (3)
Wrld Litertr (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Civ Cult Old (3)
Civ Cult Mod (3)
Int Fr Lit R (3)
Oceans Natns (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Intro Lit 1 (3)
Beginning 2 (3)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Non West Civ (3)
Global St (3)
Hon College (1-3)
Beg Jpn 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (4)
Intermed 2 (4)
Culture Civ (3)
Beginning 2 (3)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Intro Music (3)
Music Histry (3)
Intl NR Cons (3)
Globl Change (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Global (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Civ Cult Sp (3)
Civ Cult L A (3)
In Hisp Read (3)

Respect

ANTH


CC
CH


CJC

COMM
ECON




EDEL
EDFON
EDMUL



ENG
FR





GER



GRK


HIST
HONRS
HSC
ISOM
JAPAN



LAT


NREM
PHIL

PSYSC


SOCWK
SP

101
111
311
105
102
201
202
311
329
290
116
201
202
279
348
244
420
205
302
370
400
491
102
201
202
334
335
360
102
201
202
361
102
201
202
198
390
471
249
102
201
202
334
102
201
202
205
203
315
324
325
424
230
102
201
202
334
335
360

Intr Culturl (3)
Anth Cul Glb (3)
Ethnicity (3)
Classic Wrld (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (4)
Intermed 2 (4)
Race Gender (3)
Decision Mak (3) 
Intercul Com (3)
Survey Ideas (3)
Elem Micro (3)
Elem Macro (3)
Prob Em Nats (3)
Health Econ (3)
Ed Soc Just (3)
Fnds of Educ (3)
Multi Educ (3)
Self & Soci (3)
Rep & Multi (3)
Top Seminar (3)
Afr Am Lit (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1(3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Civ Cult Old (3)
Civ Cult Mod (3)
Int Fr Lit R (3) 
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Intro Lit 1 (3)
Beginning 2 (3)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Non West Civ (3)
Hon Colloq (1-3)
Death Dying (3)
Fnds Bus Com (3)
Beg Jpn 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (4)
Intermed 2 (4)
Culture Civ (3)
Beginning 2 (3)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Intl NR Cons (3)
Social Phil (3)
African Amer (3)
Psych Women (3)
Prej&Discrim (3)
Diversity (3)
Behav Envr 1 (3)
Beginning 2 (4)
Intermed 1 (3)
Intermed 2 (3)
Civ Cult Sp (3)
Civ Cult L A (3)
In Hisp Read (3)

Service

CS


EDEL
ENG
FCS
FL
HONRS
HSC
PHIL
SOC

269
369
498
100
409
103
395
390
180
230
492

Service Lrn (3)
Profes Exper (1-4)
Soft Eng 2 S (3)
Ed Dem Soc (3)
Cr Wrt Comm (3)
Intro to FCS (3) (SE)
Tch For Lang (3)
Hon College (1-4)
Prn Com Hlth (3)
Envir Ethics (3)
Capstone (3)

Technology

ASTRO
CHEM
CS



EDTEC
ENG
FL
HONRS



ISOM
ITDPT

ITEDU
ITGRA

ITMFG

MUMET
NREM

124
112
104
110
120
200
355
213
396
296
297
298
390
125
280
406
102
184
286
105
161
100
335

Solar System (3)
Gen Chem 2 (4)
Intro Comp (3)
Intro C S (3)
Comp Sci 1 (4)
Comp & Soc (3)
Emerge Tech (3)
Intr Dig Lit (3)
Tech Assess (3)
Physical Sci (3)
Earth Sci (3)
Life Sci (3)
Hon Colloq (1-3) 
Micro App (3)
3D Prototyp (3)
Tech Dec-Mak (3)
Design Techn (3)
Comp App G A (3)
Dig Photo 1 (3)
Tec Dsgn Gra (3)
Int Mfg Idus (3)
Mus Industry (3)
Renew Energy (3)

3-4

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