University Curriculum

Mission Statement

A Quinnipiac education fosters in-depth learning, the gaining of disciplinary expertise (the major), and promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of the expertise in local and global contexts (the University Curriculum). In addition, a QU education inspires students to learn how to work independently both in and outside the classroom to gain a closer and more complex sense of themselves as citizens, intellectuals and human beings. Through the University Curriculum, intentional learning is fostered by studying human cultures, artistic and literary expressions, the physical and natural worlds, and the forces that have shaped and continue to shape our world. Students develop a flexible and open mind, the capacity to learn from others, effective communication skills and the ability to influence potential solutions to global problems. Students demonstrate their abilities through classroom and civic engagement, in both their local and global communities. A student’s education at Quinnipiac University is a single, reciprocal process with specialized education in the major integrated with general education, with each providing dimension to the other. In the way that the major leads a student to deep, disciplinary knowledge, general education leads a student to broad knowledge gained from multiple perspectives and in concert, they support the students’ achievement as measured by the Essential Learning Outcomes. A Quinnipiac University graduate is a well-rounded individual who demonstrates knowledge of science, cultures, numeracy, the arts, history and society as well as an ability to apply learning to complex problems and challenges.

The requirements of the University Curriculum assure that all students receive a broad education that exposes them to different perspectives and ways of knowing, producing lifelong learners who can, upon graduation, become leaders in their professions, in the communities where they live, and in their role as informed citizens. The University Curriculum also contributes significantly to the development of the Essential Learning Outcomes for the 21st Century that are expected for graduates of Quinnipiac University.

Statement of Purpose for the Breadth Component

As a consequence of personal inquiry and a balanced, purposeful selection of courses representing diverse perspectives, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of science, cultures, numeracy, history, arts and society.

  • Develop the skills, knowledge and diverse perspectives necessary to address the complexity of their guiding questions.

  • Acquire the scientific and cultural literacy necessary to be an informed and ethical citizen who can contribute to local and global society.

  • Reflect on and continue to develop meaning in their own lives and to see meaning in the lives of others.

This will be accomplished through a process whereby students:

  • Practice and compare a balanced mix of disciplinary perspectives across the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, math and fine arts.

  • Progress toward achievement of the essential learning outcomes.

  • Examine multiple perspectives, environments and cultures ranging from the local to the global.

  • Interpret complex problems and challenges in novel ways, engendering and nurturing the habit of a flexible and open mind that seeks new opportunities and conceives new solutions.

University Curriculum for Bachelor's Degree Candidates

For all bachelor’s degree candidates entering Quinnipiac University during or after Fall 2016, the University Curriculum consists of 46 credits as outlined in the following curriculum structure:

Foundations of Inquiry (4 classes = 12 credits)

FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Math Course3
Total Credits12

Disciplinary Inquiry (4 classes = 13 credits)

In the “Disciplinary Inquiry” phase of the University Curriculum, students will make their first encounters with specific knowledge and methodologies in the disciplinary areas. This phase will familiarize students with the kinds of knowledge produced in these disciplinary areas and thus inform their choices as they undertake their “Personal Inquiry.” Additionally, students will be proceeding upon their Personal Quest as they take these and all breadth courses, including reflection upon their Guiding Question.

Students will select one course from each of the disciplinary areas:

  • Natural Sciences: 4 credits

  • Humanities: 3 credits

  • Social Sciences: 3 credits

  • Fine Arts: 3 credits

Personal Inquiry (6 classes = minimum 18 credits)

The “Personal Inquiry” (PI) phase requires 18 credits with at least three Disciplinary Inquiry areas represented. This allows students significant flexibility in the selection of course work as they pursue their Guiding Questions. The Personal Inquiry requirement has two parts:

Part 1: In addition to those selected under Disciplinary Inquiry above, students will select three courses from three different disciplinary areas:

  • Natural Sciences

  • Humanities

  • Social Sciences

  • Fine Arts

Part 2: The remaining three courses can be from disciplinary areas in Part 1 and/or UC Breadth Electives. Students can combine Disciplinary Inquiry areas and UC Breadth Electives in any pattern that totals 9 to 12 credits. [Note: natural science courses that are treated by the Registrar as two separate courses (lecture and lab) shall be treated as one course for the purposes of the PI requirement. Students could thus take up to four lecture-lab pairings in the PI).

Integrative Capstone Experience (1 course = 3 credits)

If the Integrative Capstone is offered in the student’s major or school, then the student selects an additional unrestricted course in the University Curriculum.

Intercultural Understanding (2 courses = minimum 6 credits)

As students purposefully select courses and progress through the Breadth part of the curriculum, it is imperative that all students develop the skills, knowledge and diverse perspectives necessary to address the complexity of their Guiding Questions, and to acquire the understanding necessary to be informed and ethical citizens who can contribute to the local and global society.

To achieve this goal, within their 31 breadth component credits students are required to take at least 6 credits in classes marked as “I” (Intercultural Understanding). The classes with “I” designation can be chosen from any area in Disciplinary and/or Personal Inquiry. 

University Curriculum Breadth Electives (formerly called UC “Electives”)

University Curriculum (UC) Breadth Electives are courses with generalizable and transferrable knowledge that are based in a single academic discipline outside of the four Disciplinary Inquiry areas (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts) or that reflect nationally established interdisciplinary areas. Such courses increase the disciplinary, methodological and cultural perspectives available to students in the University Curriculum, thereby extending the breadth of their knowledge to navigate successfully a complex and dynamic world.

Natural Sciences

AN 102Bones, Genes, and Everything In Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AT 450Administration and Management in Athletic Training3
BIO 101General Biology I3
BIO 101LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 102General Biology II3
BIO 102LGeneral Biology Lab II1
BIO 105Introduction to the Biological Sciences I3
BIO 105LIntroduction to Biological Science Lab1
BIO 106Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues3
BIO 106LScience and Society: Concepts And Current Issues Lab1
BIO 120The Biology of Beer3
BIO 121Human Genetics from ACTG to XY3
BIO 128LGlobal Health Challenges Lab1
BIO 128Global Health Challenges: A Human Perspective3
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 150LGeneral Biology for Majors Laboratory
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
BIO 151LMolecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
BIO 161Introduction to the Biological Aspects of Science and Society3
BIO 205Bioethics3
BIO 208Introduction to Forensic Science3
BIO 208LIntroduction to Forensic Science Laboratory1
BIO 282Genetics3
BIO 282LGenetics Lab1
BMS 110The World of Microbes3
BMS 117The Human Organism3
BMS 162Human Health3
BMS 200Biology of Aging3
CHE 101Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I3
CHE 101LFundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 102Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II3
CHE 102LFundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 110General Chemistry I3
CHE 110LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 111General Chemistry II3
CHE 111LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
PHY 101Elements of Physics3
PHY 101LElements of Physics Lab1
PHY 110General Physics I3
PHY 110LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PHY 111General Physics II3
PHY 111LGeneral Physics II Lab1
SCI 102Earth Sciences3
SCI 102LEarth Sciences Lab Lab1
SCI 161Nutrition: An Investigative Experience3

Social Sciences

AN 101HHonors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
AN 101Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
AN 102Bones, Genes, and Everything In Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AN 103Dirt, Artifacts, and Ideas: Introduction to Archaeology3
AN 240Ethnographic Theory and Practice3
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 111HHonors Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 112HHonors Principles of Macroeconomics3
ED 250(uc) Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism3
GT 263Sociology of the Aged (SO 263)3
IB 105International Business Environment3
IB 201Globalization and International Business3
PO 101Issues in Politics3
PO 131Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PO 205Public Policy and Administration3
PO 206Ethics and Public Leadership3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
PO 215Political Theory3
PO 216American Political Thought3
PO 219Women in Political Thought (WS219)3
PO 221Introduction to Latin America3
PO 227The Politics of Intimacy3
PO 231Elections and Political Parties (SL: Service Learning)3
PO 245International Political Economy3
PO 247Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy3
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 232The Concept of Personality and Its Development3
PS 261Social Psychology3
PS 262Psychology of Women (WS 262)3
PS 272Abnormal Psychology3
SO 101HHonors Introduction to Sociology3
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
SO 201Sociological Theory3
SO 225Social Problems3
SO 241Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SO 244Social Stratification3
SO 255Sociology of Families (WS 255)3
SO 260Social Control and Deviance3
SO 263Sociology of the Aged (GT 263)3
SO 264Social Welfare Institutions3
SO 266Population and Society3
SO 272Education and Society3
SO 280Illness and Disability3
WS 219Women in Political Thought (PO 219)3
WS 255Sociology of Families (SO 255)3
WS 262Psychology of Women (PS 262)3
WS 285Protest and Change (SO285)3


ED 260Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
EN 208HHonors Greek Tragedy3
EN 208Greek Tragedy3
EN 210The Art of Poetry3
EN 212The Personal Essay3
EN 213The Nature Essay3
EN 215The Travel Essay3
EN 220The Short Story as a Genre3
EN 223Hippies, Punks and Rude Boys3
EN 235Literature by Women (WS 235)3
EN 240Survey of English Literature I3
EN 250HHonors Survey of English Literature II3
EN 250Survey of English Literature II3
EN 260Survey of American Literature I3
EN 265Survey of African-American Literature3
EN 270Survey of American Literature II3
EN 276Literature of the Global South I: Africa and South Asia3
EN 277Lit of the Global South II: The Americas3
EN 280The European Tradition in Literature I3
EN 281The European Tradition in Literature II3
HS 111The Rise of the West3
HS 112HHonors The West and The World3
HS 112The West in the World3
HS 122Modern World History3
HS 131U.S. History to 18773
HS 132U.S. History Since Reconstruction3
HS 208Twentieth-Century World History3
HS 209Twentieth-Century Europe3
HS 210HHonors Contemporary America3
HS 210Contemporary America3
HS 228Twentieth-Century Russia3
HS 230The Rise of Modern Science3
HS 231The World of Tudor/Stuart Britain3
HS 232The Rise and Fall of the British Empire3
HS 274History of India3
HS 275History of the Middle East3
IRST 101Introduction to Irish Studies3
IT 210Italy: a Journey Through Its Food, History and Culture (in Eng.)3
IT 212Florence and the Making of Modernity (in Eng.)3
LE 101Introduction to the American Legal System3
MSS 220Media, History and Memory3
PL 101HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
PL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PL 202Logical Reasoning3
PL 220HHonors Ethics and Human Values3
PL 220Ethics and Human Values3
PL 236Philosophy of Language3
PL 238Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation3
PL 240Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)3
PL 250Philosophy of Art3
PL 265Living Religions of the World3
PL 266Diverse Global Philosophies3
PL 267Philosophy of Religion3
PL 332Ancient Philosophy3
PL 333Modern Philosophy3
PL 334Medieval Philosophy3
PL 335Contemporary Philosophy3
PL 338Paradoxes3
WS 101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WS 235Literature by Women (EN 235)3

Fine Arts

AR 101Introduction to Art3
AR 102Art History: Ancient Through Medieval3
AR 102HHonors Art History I3
AR 103HArt History: Renaissance Through Contemporary3
AR 103Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary3
AR 104Survey of Non-Western Art3
AR 105American Art3
AR 140Basic Visual Design3
AR 158Photography I3
AR 175Special Topics in Art History3
AR 210The Creative Process3
AR 240Graphic Design3
AR 241Color Theory3
AR 242Cartooning3
AR 250Studio Art: Special Topic3
AR 251Studio Art: Drawing (AR303)3
AR 252Studio Art: Painting (AR304)3
AR 253Studio Art: Sculpture3
AR 254Studio Art: Printmaking3
AR 255Studio Art: Introduction to Darkroom Photography3
AR 257AP Studio Art Introduction to Studio Methods3
AR 258Photography II3
AR 262Studio Art: Watercolor3
AR 263Studio Art: Collage3
AR 280History of Modern Design3
AR 300Special Topics in Art History3
AR 303Studio Art: Advanced (AR251) Drawing3
AR 304Studio Art: Advanced (AR304) Painting3
AR 305Special Topics in Studio Art3
AR 317Art of the Italian Renaissance3
AR 325Women Artists (WS 315)3
AR 335Digital Photography3
AR 342Illustration3
AR 360Innovation in the Arts and Sciences(PL 360)3
AR 380Interactive Art (PL 380)3
DR 101Understanding Theater3
DR 140Stagecraft3
DR 150Performance Fundamentals3
DR 160Acting I3
DR 181Improvisational Acting3
DR 200Special Topics3
DR 210Hands On: An Introduction to Puppetry3
DR 220Voice and Movement3
DR 230Directing for the Theater3
DR 257Design for the Theater3
DR 260Acting for Film/TV3
DR 270World Theater History & Dramatic Literature I3
DR 275World Theater History & Dramatic Literature II3
DR 286Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis3
DR 290Acting for Classical Stage3
DR 300Special Topics3
DR 305Theater for Young Audiences (ED 362)3
DR 307Drafting & Rendering for Theater3
DR 310Laboratory in Theater and Community3
DR 320Advanced Voice and Movement3
DR 325Theater Seminar3
DR 330Advanced Directing3
DR 335Musical Theater Performance3
DR 340Scenic Design3
DR 341Lighting Design for the Theater3
DR 342Costume Design3
DR 345Dance for the Musical Theater3
DR 350Playwriting3
DR 360Advanced Acting3
DR 375History and Dramatic Literature of the Contemporary Theater3
DR 380Theater Administration3
FTM 102Understanding Film3
IT 211Italian Cinema (in Eng.)3
MU 110Private Music Lessons1
MU 130HHonors Understanding Music3
MU 130Understanding Music3
MU 150American Popular Music: From the Blues to Hip Hop3
MU 190Quinnipiac University Singers1
MU 191Hamden Symphony Orchestra at Quinnipiac1
MU 194Jazz Ensemble1
MU 200Special Topics3
MU 210History of Musical Drama: from Opera to Broadway3
MU 211History of Jazz3
MU 213Music of the 20th Century3
MU 230Music Theory I3
MU 250Music and Disabilities3

University Curriculum Electives

ARB 101Elementary Arabic I3
ARB 102Elementary Arabic II3
ARB 201Continuing Elementary Arabic III3
CN 101Elementary Chinese I3
CN 102Elementary Chinese II3
CN 201Intermediate Chinese I3
CN 202Intermediate Chinese II3
COM 150Public Speaking: Principles and Practice3
COM 250Song and Dance3
FR 101Elementary French I3
FR 102Elementary French II3
FR 201Intermediate French I3
FR 202Intermediate French II3
FR 301Advanced French I3
FR 302Advanced French II3
GR 101Elementary German I3
GR 102Elementary German II3
GR 201Intermediate German I3
GR 202Intermediate German II3
HBR 101Introduction to Modern Hebrew3
HBR 102Introduction to Elementary Modern Hebrew II3
IT 101Elementary Italian I3
IT 102Elementary Italian II3
IT 201Intermediate Italian I3
IT 202Intermediate Italian II3
IT 301Advanced Italian I3
IT 302Advanced Italian II3
JP 101Elementary Japanese I3
JP 102Elementary Japanese II3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I3
MA 141HHonors Calculus of a Single Var I3
MA 142Calculus of a Single Variable II3
MA 151Calculus I4
MA 152Calculus II4
SP 101Elementary Spanish I3
SP 102Elementary Spanish II3
SP 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SP 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SP 301Advanced Spanish I3
SP 302Advanced Spanish II3
SP 312Advanced Conversation3

Policy for Students Who Fail FYS 101

Freshmen entering the University in the fall semester who withdraw from or fail to receive a passing grade for FYS 101