Liberal Arts Core

In keeping with the mission of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Liberal Arts Core captures the development of human capabilities, disciplinary knowledge, the application of knowledge to new settings, and creative solutions to increasingly complex problems. As an indication of our commitment to working together and to crossing disciplinary borders, the Liberal Arts Core conveys the sort of shared guidance possible when disciplines collaborate for the mutual benefit of students and faculty and the fulfillment of the university's mission. Such collaboration lies at the heart of the matter for a public liberal arts institution that "emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience" (UNC Asheville Mission Statement).

As students acquire critical thinking skills, inquire from a range of perspectives, hone effective communication and diverse forms of expression, and engage the local and global spheres, they become lifelong learners, ethical thinkers and practitioners of sustainability and invaluable society members whose transformative education enables them to flourish, responding to the world that lies before them and acting as responsible citizens and leaders.

Courses approved by the faculty to satisfy the specific requirements of the Liberal Arts Core may be found below. The course credit hours listed below for each requirement are stated as the minimum credit hours required. Descriptions of these individual requirements may be found in the academic catalog. Use the Liberal Arts Core Summary and Checklist to track your credit hours. 

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

First-Year Colloquium—3 semester hours

Introductory Colloquium designed for Freshmen and first year students with less than 25 hours of credit

  • LA 178 or departmentally prefixed 178

Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry—4 semester hours

  • LANG 120

 Humanities—12 semester hours

  • HUM 124
  • HUM 214
  • HUM 324

Laboratory Science—4 semester hours

A 4 credit course or courses from the list below. Note: the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the Laboratory Science and the Scientific Perspectives requirements.

  • ASTR 101 + 111
  • ATMS 111 + 113
  • BIOL 125 + 126, BIOL 136, BIOL 223
  • CHEM 109, CHEM 111 + 132, CHEM 145 + 231, CHEM 145 + 233, CHEM 222 + 232
  • ENVR 105
  • HWP 295
  • PHYS 101 + 121, PHYS 102 + 122, PHYS 131, PHYS 221
  • PSYC 362

Scientific Perspectives—3-4 semester hours

A 3 or 4 credit class from the list below.  Note: the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the Laboratory Science and the Scientific Perspectives requirements. 

  • ASTR 101
  • ATMS 103, 113
  • BIOL 107, 108, 110, 125, 135, 136
  • CHEM 109, 132, 323, 436
  • CSCI 107, 181, 182, 185
  • EDUC 322
  • ENVR 106, 130
  • HWP 225, 420
  • JEM 484
  • PHYS 101, 102, 131, 221
  • POLS 393, 394 (Note: these are 2-credit courses—both courses must be taken to fulfill the requirement)
  • SOC 362

Quantitative Perspective—4 semester hours

A 4 credit class in MATH or STAT

Social Science—3-4 semester hours

A 3 or 4 credit class from the list below.  Note: Introductory colloquium courses (DEPT 178) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.  

  • AFST 130, AFST 364, AFST 433
  • ANTH—any course
  • ASIA 100, ASIA 320, ASIA 330
  • ECON—any course
  • EDUC 210
  • ESI 101
  • HWP 250, HWP 333
  • INTS 201, INTS 301, INTS 320, INTS 330
  • MCOM 104
  • MGMT 300, MGMT 360, MGMT 361, MGMT 398
  • POLS—any course
  • PSYC—any course
  • SOC—any course
  • WGSS 100

Second Language—0-4 semester hours

Demonstrated proficiency, either by placement or course completion, through the first year (second semester) of a language.

  • ASIA 102
  • CLAS 102, CLAS 104, CLAS 106
  • FREN 120, FREN 130
  • GERM 120, GERM 130
  • PORT 120
  • SPAN 130

Arts and Ideas—3-4 semester hours

ARTS 310 or 3 credit hours of course work designated as fulfilling the ARTS requirement

Senior Capstone—4 semester hours

One course from HUM 414 or LA 478

Diversity Intensive—3-4 semester hours

A 3-4 credit class designated as Diversity Intensive

Competencies in Information Literacy and Writing

These competencies will be completed within each major.