Stephen F. Austin State University

Academic Units

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Mission

In its Core Curriculum, Stephen F. Austin State University seeks to equip students with the broad intellectual foundations needed to live satisfying lives, to ready themselves for advanced study, to contribute significantly to society and to succeed in a diverse global community. In the service of these objectives, the mission of the Core Curriculum is to develop students' abilities to think in disciplined, critical, quantitative, and creative ways and to communicate effectively.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42-48 hours)*

  1. Communication (12-14 Hours)
    1. Six hours from: English rhetoric/composition: ENG 131, 132, 133H
    2. Six to eight hours from communication: BCM 247; COM 111, 170; ENG 273; FRE 131, 132; GER 131, 132; GRK 131, 132; ILA 111, 112; LAT 131, 132; SPA 131, 132; SPH 172, 272
  2. Mathematics (3-5 Hours)
    1. Three to five hours from: MTH 110, 127, 133, 138, 143, 220, 233
  3. Natural Sciences (6 to 8 hours) (Lab Required)
    1. Six to eight hours from: BIO 121, 123, 131, 133, 225, 238; CHE 111, 112, 125**, 133, 134; ENV 110; GOL 131, 132; PHY 101, 102, 110, 118, 125**, 131, 132, 241, 242; AST 105
  4. Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts (3 Hours)
    1. Three hours from visual and performing arts: ART 280, 281, 282; MUS 140; MHL 245**; THR 161, 370; DAN 140, 341
    2. Three hours from: other ENG 200 - 233, 300; PHI 153, 223; HIS 151, 152
  5. Social & Behavioral Sciences (15 Hours)
    1. Six hours from: U.S. history HIS 133, 134
    2. Six hours from political science: PSC 141, 142
    3. Three hours from: social/behavioral science: AEC 261**; ANT 231; ECO 231, 232; EPS 380**; FOR 435**; GEO 131, 230; PSY 133, 153; SOC 137, 139

*Please note: Specific degree programs may direct core curriculum choices due to accreditation requirements or other considerations. Please see core requirements for specific degree programs.

**These courses are approved for core curriculum credit in a limited number of degree programs. Please see an academic adviser to verify that these courses will apply to your degree program.

Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate Degrees

Degree Abbreviations