Undergraduate Course Catalog

University Core Curriculum

A. Preamble: Core Goals for Undergraduate Education
Graduates of Ball State University are individuals who realize their intellectual potential, who seek to add breadth and depth to their perspectives, and who maintain their physical well-being.

Graduates of the university command extensive knowledge and a mature repertoire of cognitive, practical, and technological skills. They exhibit integrity and responsible action in their social, professional, and civic lives. They respect the histories, cultures, and needs of others. They inform their decisions through critical, creative, and scientific reasoning, and they discern the consequences of their decisions and actions at the local, national, and global levels. They acknowledge responsibility for environmental well-being and for the civic engagement that a diverse democracy requires. 

Employing scientific, critical, and creative thinking, Ball State graduates transform

  • Experience into information (isolate discrete, recognizable and usable facts),
  • Information into knowledge (analyze facts within an intellectual framework, discover meaning in experience),
  • Knowledge into judgment (reflect on knowledge gained to make choices and direct what they think, say and do), 
  • Judgment into action (take individual responsibility and contribute to the well-being of their communities).

B. Goals and Objectives
To achieve this vision and accomplish these transformations, student learning experiences are guided by a recursive, intellectual development process inherent in the following goals:

1. To transform experience into information, Ball State graduates are intentional learners who

  • accurately observe and measure elements of the natural and social worlds,
  • are alert to the importance of context,
  • explore diverse ways of knowing,
  • develop strategies for reflecting on experience.

2. To transform information into knowledge, Ball State graduates are informed, flexible thinkers who

  • analyze data to reveal existing patterns of information and to create new patterns;
  • understand the various ways that information is incorporated into branches of knowledge;
  • work independently as well as collaboratively to generate knowledge;
  • develop an intellectual framework with which to synthesize information from multiple sources;
  • adapt their intellectual framework to accommodate new information;
  • develop the art of communication—oral, visual, and written--in more than one language (natural and/or symbolic).

3. To transform knowledge into judgment, Ball State graduates are critical and creative thinkers who

  • use multiple sources of information and knowledge in forming judgments;
  • evaluate strengths and weaknesses of arguments and actions;
  • understand the ethical implications of possessing and using knowledge;
  • take an inquiring stance toward the world while appreciating the contributions of tradition;
  • consider and understand others’ values as well as their own;
  • value diversity in the social and natural world;
  • develop effective decision-making strategies based on an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • understand how their actions affect the complex, interrelated systems that compose our environment.

4. To transform judgment into action, Ball State graduates are responsible learners who

  • recognize the responsibilities of an educated person to self, family, community, country, and the world; 
  • accept the responsibility to act on their principles;
  • adapt to change;
  • work with others to overcome obstacles to communication, building consensus for action;
  • communicate effectively—in oral, visual, and written modes, and in more than one language (natural and/or symbolic);
  • adopt habits of mind for continuous inquiry about themselves, others, and the world;
  • act responsibly given the dangers to and the fragility of the natural environment;
  • make and act on a commitment to health and wellness.

C. Rationale for the Proposed University Core Curriculum for the 21st Century (UCC)
In keeping with the recursive nature of learning transformations and the goals stated in the Preamble and the Goals and Objectives, the core curriculum is designed to enable students to

  • realize their intellectual potential,
  • add breadth and depth to their educational experience,
  • increase their personal well-being, and
  • participate actively in their communities.

Moreover, the University recognizes its responsibility to ensure that students are conversant with ways of knowing, with criteria for judgment, and with types of information outside their majors. To succeed in the 21st Century, where work often requires a group effort by experts from multiple disciplines, university graduates will need to form, lead, or be members of problem-solving, brainstorming, or decision-making teams in a wide variety of professional settings. Thus the core curriculum requires students to engage disciplines outside the domains of knowledge in which their majors reside, to develop skills in written and oral communication, to become mathematically, scientifically, and historically literate, and to understand issues in the areas of physical wellness and personal finance. Any forward-looking curriculum must also address the mounting issues, problems, and opportunities in the areas of civic engagement, diversity, and international and environmental awareness.

The UCC has six distinguishing features:

  • Intellectual development: As indicated in the Preamble and Goals and Objectives, UCC courses must have intellectual development goals, not simply content area requirements.
  • Exposure to multiple domains: The UCC ensures that students will be able to distinguish among domains of knowledge based on their specific epistemologies and methods, as well as on the basis of content.
  • Integration of 21st Century skills: In addition to developing writing skills beyond those of the required course in English composition, the UCC asks students to engage issues related to civic life, diverse cultures, and the environment, not in separate courses for each of these areas, but in courses that address one or more of these areas either inside or outside the major, inside or outside the UCC.
  • Integration of Core courses and the major: The UCC allows course work in the major to count for as many as six hours in the Core as long as the courses in the major meet learning transformation requirements.
  • Experiential/immersion experience or similar learning experience: The UCC envisions that students will demonstrate the ability to work successfully in the major (and related areas, as appropriate) through experiences that are cumulative and integrative, that include individual or collaborative reflective components, and that provide an opportunity to communicate, both orally and in writing, at a level expected of a college graduate.
  • Learning outcomes: The UCC encourages participation by any department in the university because the acceptability of courses for the core depends on learning outcomes, as well as course content. 

Writing Proficiency Program. All students must take the Writing Proficiency Examination before graduation. Students take the examination, which is designated as WPP 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 WPP 393, the writing proficiency course. They will satisfy the writing proficiency requirement by successfully completing WPP 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 Proficiency Examination.

Foundations
One course required from each category except two courses are required for Written Communication: 

PREFIX

NO

SHORT TITLE

CR HRS

Written Communication 

ENG

103
104
or
114

Rhetoric & Writing (3)
Composing Research (3)

Composing Research (HC) (3)

6

ENG 101 and 102 substitute for ENG 103.


Oral Communication   

COMM

210

Fundamentals of Public Comm (3)

3

Mathematics      

MATH




125
132
161
165
201
207

Mathematics Applications  (3) 
Brief Calculus  (3) 
Applied Calculus 1  (3)
Calculus 1 (4)
Num Alg Prog Elem Teach (4)
Mathematics Exceptional Learn (4)

3-4

History    

HIST

150
151
152

The West in the World (3) 
World Civilization 1 (3)
World Civilization 2 (3) 

3

HIST 151 and 152 substitutes for HIST 150, which will satisfy the core foundation history requirement.

 
Physical Wellness   

PFW

100
101
102
103
104
105
117
148
160
217

Physical Conditioning (2)
Physical Fit and Well Activity (1)
Physical Fit and Well Lecture (1)
Walking (2)
Jogging (2)
Adapted Physical Fit and Well (2)
Water Aerobics (2)
Aerobics (2)
Ind Physical Fit and Wellness (1-2) 
Swimming (2)

2

Personal Finance   

FCS
FIN

135
101
110

Financial Literacy (1)
Pers Fin for Fiscal Wellness (1)
Personal Finance (3)

1-3

TIER 1 Domain
One course required from each category:

Fine Arts

AHS

DANC
MUHI

THEA

100
101
100
100
330
100

Introduction to Art (3) 
History of Art Survey 1 (3) 
Intro to Dance History (3) 
Introduction to Music (3) 
Music History (3) 
Intro to Theatre (3)

3

Humanities

ANTH
CC

CH


ENG

FR


GEOG
GER


GRK


HIST

HONR
JAPA


LAT


PHIL
RELS
SP

111
101
105
102
201
202
206
213
102
201
202
121
102
201
202
102
201
202
201
202
201
102
201
202
102
201
202
100
160
102
201
202

Anth, Culture, and Globalization (3)  
Word Origins and Vocab Dev (3) 
Intro to the Classical World (3)
Beginning Chinese 2 (4)  
Intermediate Chinese 1 (4) 
Intermediate Chinese 2 (4)  
Reading Literature (3) 
Intro to Digital Literacies (3)  
Beginning French 2 (4)  
Intermediate French 1 (3) 
Intermediate French 2 (3)  
Geog of Cultural Environment (3) 
Beginning German 2 (4)  
Intermediate German 1 (3) 
Intermediate German 2 (3)  
Beginning Greek 2 (3)  
Intermediate Greek 1 (3) 
Intermediate Greek 2 (3)  
American History, 1492-1876 (3)  
US History, 1877 to Present (3)  
Inquiries in the Ancient World (3) 
Beginning Japanese 2 (4)    
Intermediate Japanese 1 (4)  
Intermediate Japanese 2 (4)  
Beginning Latin 2 (3)
Intermediate Latin 1 (3) 
Intermediate Latin 2 (3)  
Introduction to Philosophy (3) 
Intro to Religion in Culture (3) 
Beginning Spanish 2 (4)  
Intermediate Spanish 1 (3) 
Intermediate Spanish 2 (3)



3-4

Natural Sciences 

ANTH
ASTR

BIO


CHEM


GEOG
GEOL
HSC
NREM
PHYC

 

105
100
120
100
111
112
100
101
111
101
101
160
101
100
101
110
120

Introduction Biological Anth (3)
Intro Astro: Sol Sys & Bey (3)
The Sun and Stars (3)
Biology for a Modern Society (3) 
Principles of Biology 1 (4)
Principles of Biology 2 (4)
People and Chemistry (3)
Gen, Org, Biochem/Hlth Sci (5)
General Chemistry 1 (4)
Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)
Planet Earth Geol Environment (3) 
Fundamentals of Human Health (3)
Environment and Society (3) 
Conceptual Physics (3)
Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)
General Physics 1 (4) 
General Physics 1 (5)

3-5

Social Sciences

ANTH

CJC

COMM

ECON


GEOG
HONR
POLS

PSYS
SOC

 

101
103
101
102
240
290
116
201
247
150
189
130
293
100
100
224
242
260

Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)  
Archaeology and Culture (3) 
Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
Introduction to Criminology (3) 
Introduction to Human Comm (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Survey of Economic Ideas (3)  
Elementary Microeconomics (3)  
Econ & Stats for the Media (3) 
Global Geography (3) 
Inquiries in Global Studies (3)  
American National Government (3) 
International Relations (3)  
Intro to Psychological Science (3) 
Principles of Sociology (3) 
Family and Society (3) 
Social Problems (3) 
Social Interaction (3)

3

TIER 2
One course required from each of 2 categories:

Fine Arts/Design/Humanities

AHS

ANTH
ARCH
CAP
CC


COMM    
DANC
EDRD
ENG







FR


GER
HIST


HONR

JAPA
LA

MMP
MUHI

MUSE
PHIL





RELS





SP
TDPT
TEDU
TGRA

THEA

TMFG

200
201
463
229
200
201
202
205
322
302
320
402
405
490
491
492
493
494
498
334
335
360
361
198
310
370
202
203
334
221
270
100
105
331
265
102
202
203
230
304
315
201
206
210
250
280
290
335
280
102
184
286
207
317
105

Critical Perspect Contemp Art (3) 
Art Criticism and Meaning (3) (W) 
Theor & Meth Hist Arch (3) (W)
History of Architecture 1 (3) (W)
Design Thinking (3)
Cultural Life Ancient Greece (3) (W)
Cultural Life Ancient Rome (3) (W)
Mythologies of the World (3)
Comm and Popular Culture (3)
Dance History 2 (3) (W)
Content Area Reading (3)
Cultural Studies (3) (W)
Spec Topics Creative Writing (3) (W)
Literature and Gender (3) (W)
Lit of African American Trad (3) (W)
Native American Literature (3) (W)
American Ethnic Literature (3) (W)
Queer Lit/Queer Theory (3) (W)
Post-Colonial Studies (3) (W)
Civ and Culture Old Regime (3)
Civ and Culture Modern France (3)
Intro to French Lit Readings (3)
Intro to German Literature 1 (3)
Non-Western Civilizations (3)
Intro History of US Business (3)
Foundations Asian Civilization (3)
Middle Ages Renaiss Enlightnmt (3) (W) 
Inquiries 19th 20th 21st Cent (3) (W)
Japanese Culture and Civ (3)
LA History 2 (3)
Environmental Systems (3)
Survey of the Music Industry (3) 
Mus and Pop Culture in America (3) 
Music History (3) (WI)
Music Basics for the Classroom (3) (W)
Intro to Critical Reasoning (3) (W)
Ethics (3) (W)
Social Philosophy (3)
Environmental Ethics (3) (W)
Philosophy of Sport (3) (W)
African American Philosophy (3) (W)
Religion and Popular Culture (3) (W)
Sex and the Bible (3) (W)
Religion, Morality, Pub Debate (3) (W)
Intro Biblical Interpretation (3)
Topics in Religion in America (3)
Topics in Asian Religions (3)
Topics in Hispanic Cultures (3-6)
3D Prototyping (3) 
Design Techniques (3)  
Comp Applications-Graphic Arts (3)  
Digital Photography 1 (3) 
Design Awareness for Non-Major (3)
Pre-Modern Theatre History (3) (W)
Technical Design Graphics (3)

 3

Natural Sciences/Social Sciences 

ANTH


ASTR

BIO



CHEM

CJC

CS
ECON







EDFO
EDMU



EDTE
FCFC
GEOG

GEOL

HONR



HSC


NREM


PHYC
POLS


PSYS


SOC




SOCW
TDPT
WGS

231
301
311
124
151
102
113
216
220
112
200
311
329
200
202
279
309
310
311
331
348
351
420
205
302
370
400
355
250
265
270
201
206
199
296
297
298
180
261
471
205
211
221
151
431
432
433
324
325
424
328
333
380
421
425
230
406
210

Intro Native American Studies (3)
Hist Method/Theory in Anth (4) (W)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
The Solar System (3) 
The Universe and You (3)
Biol Concepts for Teachers (3) 
Microbiology for Health Sci (5) 
Ecology (3) 
Ecological Issues/21st Century (3) 
General Chemistry 2 (4) 
Society and Chemistry (3)
Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3)
Decision Making and Ethics (3)
Computers and Society (3) 
Elementary Macroeconomics (3)
Problems of Emerging Nations (3)
Amer Econ Hist 1: to Civil War (3)
Amer Econ Hist 2: 1860-1990 (3)
Environmental Economics (3) (W)
Labor Economics (3)
Health and Economics (3)
International Economics (3)
Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed (3)
Intro to Multicul Ed (3)
Self & Social Const of ID (3)
Repres & Multicul: Thry & Prac (3)
Top Sem in Multicul Stds (3)
Lrn/Tchng w/Emerging Tech (3)
Family Relations (3)
Intro Geographic Info Systems (3)
Geog of International Conflict (3) (W)
Earth, Life, and Time (3)
Oceans and Nations (3) 
Contemp American Civilization (3)
Inquiries in Physical Sciences (3) 
Inquiries in Earth Sciences (3) 
Inquiries in Life Sciences (3) 
Principles of Community Health (3)
Health, Sex, & Family Life (3)
Death and Dying (3)
Internatnl Natural Resources (3)
Water Resources (3)
Soil Resources (3)
Energy: Technology and Society (3)
Legislation (3)
The American Chief Executive (3)
The American Judical System (3)
Psychology of Women (3)
Psych Prejudice Discrimination (3)
Psychology of Diversity (3)
Global and the Social World (3)
Sociology of Media (3)
Sociological Research Methods (3) (W)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Sociology of Law (3)
Human Behav and Social Envr 1 (3)
Technical Decision Making (3) 
Intro Women’s & Gender Studies (3)

3-5

TIER 3 Course/Experience 

One course required:   

ACR


ADS
AFA



AHS
AHSC
ANTH




AQUA
ARCH
ART

AT
BIO
CHEM
CJC


COMM



CS

ECON

ENG
EXSC
FCPM
FCS
FL
FR
GEOG


GEOL
GER
HIST


HONR
HSC
ISOM


JAPA
JOUR

LA
MATH

MGT
MMP
MUSP
MUST
NREM
NUR
PHIL
PHYC
PLAN
POLS


PSYS

SOC
SOCW

SP

SPAA
SPTA
TCMP
TCOM
TCST
TGRA
THEA
TMFG

WGS

418
428
438
442
487
489
491
493
480
485
369
445
450
459
479
479
401
480
490
492
217
400
369
471
479
369
412
465
479
496
498
369
424
444
479
400
403
470
470
369
448
479
383
470
300
369
440
499
479
369
480
490
470
369
479
404
496
498
491
495
498
495
369
430
400
482
401
369
479
499
492
499
492
460
462
403
404
319
479
466
408
460
480
434
460
465
499

Ceramics: Senior Project (3)
Metals: Senior Project (3)
Senior Project in Glass (3)
Visual Communication 4 (3)
Senior Project in Drawing (3)
Senior Project in Painting (3)
Senior Project in Sculpture (3)
Senior Project in Printmaking (3)
Art History Senior Thesis (3)
Respiratory Care Practicum 4 (6)
Paid Intern in Anth (1-6)
Archaeological Field School (6)
Ethnographic Field School (3-12)
Ethnographic Methods (3)
Unpaid Internship (1-6)
Aquatics Internship (12)
Architectural Design (5)
Senior Proj Photo Intermedia (3)
Senior Project in Animation (3)
Practicum 2 in Athletic Train (1-3)
Methods in Ecology (2) (W)
Chemical Communications (1) (W)
Paid Internship in CJC (12 or 15)
Practicum in CJC (3-6)
Unpaid Internship in CJC (12 or 15)
Professional Experience (1-6)
Rhetorical Criticism (3) (W)
Human Communication Inquiry (3) (W)
Practical Experience (1-3)
Software Engineering 2 (3) (W)
Soft Eng 2 (service) (3) (W)
Internship in Economics (1-6)
Introduction to Econometrics (3) (W)
Senior Seminar (3) (W)
Exercise Science Internship (12)
Housing & Society (3)
FCS in Practice (3) (W) 
Immersive Study Abroad (1-3)
French Immersive Study Abroad (1-3)
Professional Experience (3-6)
Geog Information System Design (3)
Practical Experience (3-6)
Field Geology (6)
German Immersive Study Abroad (1-3)
Internship (3-12) (W)
Paid Internship (3-12) (W)
Senior Research Project (1) (W)
Senior Honors Project (3)
Practical Experience (3-9)
Industry Internship (3-6)
Supply Chain Mgt Integ Project (3)
Info Sys Integ Project (3) 
Japan Immersive Study Abroad (1-3)
Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)
LA Comprehensive Project (5) (W)
Capstone Math Teaching (3)
Senior Seminar (2) (W)
Bus Policy and Strategy Mgt (3)
MMP Project/Recital (3)
Senior Recital (2)
Composition-Project Recital (1-3)
Professional Practice (1-3)
Adult Health 4 (4)
Immers/Experiential Learning (1-6)
Independent Studies in Physics (1-3) (W)
Field Studio (4)
Pd Prof Exp in Amer Gov & Law (3)
Pract Exp/Amer Gov & Law (3)
Sr Seminar in Gov & Pols (3)
Research Seminar (3)
Dept Honors in Psychology (1-2)
Capstone Course in Sociology (3) 
Practicum (12)
Practicum Seminar (3)
Seminar in Cultural/Lit Studies (3-9)
Seminar in Lang/Ling (3-9)
Clinical Practicum (3)
Sport Admin Internship (12)
Capstone Computer Technology (3)
Med Ethics/Soc Responsibility (3)
Capstone in Construction (3)
Capstone in Graphic Arts (3) (W)
Immersion Experience (1-12)
Project in CAM 1 (3)
Advanced Six Sigma (3)
Women/Gender Studies Capstone (3)

 

 

Student Teaching

EDAL
EDEL





EDJH
EDSE

SPCE

 

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

Student Teaching: All-Grade (6-7)
Student Teaching: Pre-K (6)
Student Teaching: Kindergarten (6)
Student Teaching: Primary (6)
Student Teaching: Elementary (3)
Student Teaching: Elementary (6)
Student Teaching: Elementary (3)
Elect Student Tchng: JH/MS (3 or 5)
Student Tchng: Sec Schl (6-7)
Elective Student Teaching (3 or 5)
Stud Teach: Hearng Impd (1-12) 
Stud Teach: Mild Disabilities (1-12)
Stud Teach: Sec Mld Int (1-12)
Stud Teach Children/Youth (6-12)


Writing
One course required:

AHS
ANTH

AQUA
ARCH
AT
BIO
CC

CHEM
COMM

CS

DANC
ECON

ENG










EXSC
FCS
FR
GEOG
GER
HIST


HONR

HSC

ISOM
JOUR
LA
MATH

MUHI
MUSE
NEWS
NREM
PHIL





PHYC
PSYS
RELS


SOC
SOCW
SP

TGRA
THEA

201
301
463
458
229
372
217
201
202
400
412
465
496
498
302
311
424
230
285
402
405
444
490
491
492
493
494
498
493
403
302
270
302
300
369
440
202
203
290
396
249
104
404
395
498
331
265
221
331
102
202
230
304
315
415
482
284
201
206
210
380
330
302
306
480
317

Art Criticism and Meaning (3)
Hist Method/Theory in Anth (4)
Theor & Meth Hist Arch (3)
Aquatic Leadership Development (3)
History of Architecture 1 (3)
Therapeutic Modalities in AT (3)
Methods in Ecology (2)
Cultural Life Ancient Greece (3)
Cultural Life Ancient Rome (3)
Chemical Communications (1)
Rhetorical Criticism (3)
Human Communication Inquiry (3)
Software Engineering 2 (3)
Soft Eng 2 (service) (3)
Dance History 2 (3)
Environmental Economics (3)
Introduction to Econometrics (3)
Reading & Writing About Lit (3)
Intro to Creative Writing (3)
Cultural Studies (3)
Spec Topics Creative Writing (3)
Senior Seminar (3)
Literature and Gender (3)
Lit of African American Trad (3)
Native American Literature (3)
American Ethnic Literature (3)
Queer Lit/Queer Theory (3)
Post-Colonial Studies (3)
Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
FCS in Practice (3)
Composition (3)
Geog of International Conflict (3)
Composition (3)
Internship (3-12)
Paid Internship (3-12)
Senior Research Project (1)
Middle Ages Renaiss Enlightnmt (3)
Inquiries 19th 20th 21st Cent (3)
Eval & Assess in Schl Hlth (2)
Health Comm Media Prod (2)
Foundations of Business Comm (3)
Strategic Writing (3)
LA Comprehensive Project (5)
Teach Mathematics Secondary (3)
Senior Seminar (2)
Music History (3)
Music Basics for the Classroom (3)
Storytelling: Covering Issues (3)
Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
Intro to Critical Reasoning (3)
Ethics (3)
Environmental Ethics (3)
Philosophy of Sport (3)
African American Philosophy (3)
Prof and Practical Ethics (3)
Independent Studies in Physics (1-3)
Research Methods in Psych Sci (4)
Religion and Popular Culture (3)
Sex and the Bible (3)
Religion, Morality, Pub Debate (3)
Sociological Research Methods (3)
Human Behav and Social Envr 2 (3)
Composition and Grammar (3)
Comp for Heritage Speakers (3)
Capstone in Graphic Arts (3)
Pre-Modern Theatre History (3)

3-5