Core Breadth Requirements
Ethics & Justice
The Ethics & Justice breadth requirement builds on the living legacy of the Marist Brothers and reflects the strong sense of community found here at the College. Courses in Ethics, Applied Ethics, and Religious Studies provide students with the chance to develop their understanding of philosophical and religious traditions and to engage actively with ethical and spiritual questions.
Please note: (1) A cross-listed course can only satisfy ONE breadth requirement within the Core. For example, REST 214 Religious Themes in Literature can fulfill either the Ethics & Justice or the Literature Breadth requirement, but not both of these; (2) Some specialtopics courses might fulfill the Ethics & Justice requirement; (3) Many Religious Studies courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Ethics & Justice breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.
Courses that will fulfill the Ethics & Justice breadth requirement
PHIL 200 Ethics
Any REST course
CMPT 305 Technology, Ethics, & Society
The study of fine arts is the study of cultural and personal expression. It is through such media as painting, theatre, sculpture, architecture, creative writing, film, dance, photography, and music that artists have expressed emotion and spirituality, as well as confronted and commented upon social and political issues. Courses in the fine arts study the creation, history, or analysis of an artistic form and in doing so encourage students to investigate the aesthetic dimension of their environment. Through the study of fine arts, students develop the critical skills, vocabulary, and creativity necessary to analyze and operate within this environment, and assess the important concerns that artists have always addressed in society.
Please note: (1) Some, but not all, courses focused on student artistic production/performance count toward the Fine Arts Breadth requirement. You should carefully consult the list below to determine whether or not a course fulfills this requirement. (2) Some special-topics courses might fulfill this requirement. (3) Some of the courses listed below might work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Fine Arts requirement.
Courses that will fulfill the Fine Arts Breadth requirement
Art and Art History
ART 110 Basic Drawing
ENG 150 Introduction to Theatre
ITAL 308 Italian Cinema
MDIA 120 Art of Film
MUS 105 Introduction to Music
PHIL 237 Aesthetics
SPAN 330 Themes in Spanish Cinema
The study of history is fundamentally concerned with understanding how and why societies change over time. The historical method encourages the development of a sense of context, perspective and coherence, while also identifying complexity and ambiguity. The discipline provides a framework for understanding the human condition, and it exposes students to different values and societies. Core history courses emphasize the diversity of interpretations in the study of the discipline.
Please note: (1) A cross-listed course can only satisfy ONE Breadth requirement within the Core. For example, HIST 217 Catholics in the U.S. can fulfill the History or the Social Science or the Ethics & Justice Breadth requirement, but not all three at once; (2) Some specialtopics courses might fulfill the History Breadth requirement; (3) Many history courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling this Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.
|Discipline||Courses that will fulfill the History breadth requirement|
|History||Any 100- or 200-level history course. 300-level history courses may also be used to fulfill this requirement, but you must have earned six history credits before taking a 300-level history course.|
Literature acquaints us with those images, symbols, and stories that are of enduring value for a particular culture. Core courses in literature seek to enhance students’ abilities to derive pleasure and significance from literary work. These courses also orient students to the properties and conventions of literary language so that they may participate more fully in the ongoing creation of meanings and values within their culture. Attention to literature enhances students’ interpretive and analytical skills, as well as their ability to make evaluative judgments.
Please note: (1) Not all courses offered by the English Department fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement. Writing and theatre workshops do not fulfill this requirement. Also, if you are not an English major but are interested in taking a 300-level English course for Core credit, you may request permission to do so from the faculty member teaching the course; (2) Some special-topics courses might fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement; (3) Many literature courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling this Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.
|Discipline||Courses that will fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement|
ENG 201 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 202 The Art of Poetry
ENG 205 Modern Speculative Fiction
ENG 210 American Literature I
ENG 211 American Literature II
ENG 212 English Literature I
ENG 213 English Literature II
ENG 214 Religious Themes in Literature (cross-listed as REST 214. This course may fulfill one Breadth requirement either in Literature or in Ethics & Justice. It cannot fulfill both.)
ENG 220 Literature and Gender
ENG 221 Themes in Shakespeare
ENG 231 Literature of the Hudson River Valley
ENG 240 American Short Fiction
ENG 255 Introduction to Literature
ENG 261 Spanish Literature in Translation: The Novel (cross-listed as SPAN 222)
ENG 264 Latin American Literature in Translation
ENG 266 Italian-American Experience (cross-listed as HIST 266 and POSC 266. This course fulfills one Breadth requirement in History or Social Science or Literature.)
ENG 270 Classics of Western Literature
Note: Any foreign-language literature course (e.g. FREN 305 Studies in French Film and Literature; FREN 315 French Literature of Africa and the Caribbean; or SPAN 315 The Experience of Hispanic Literature) also fulfills the Literature Breadth requirement.
Using generalization, abstraction, and deduction, mathematicians create models of all types of physical and social phenomena. For that reason, mathematics is the language used to express concepts and to facilitate analysis in the natural and social sciences. The study of mathematics promotes critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and deductive reasoning, essential skills in an ever-changing world.
Please note that (1) MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra and MATH 180N Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers do not fulfill the mathematics Breadth requirement; (2) Many Mathematics courses work in particular Pathways as well as fulfilling the Mathematics Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.
|Discipline||Courses that will fulfill the Mathematics Breadth requirement|
Most 100-level MATH courses numbered “110” or above, or any 200- level MATH course
Courses commonly taken by non-mathematics majors include:
MATH 110 Excursions in Mathematics: Classical Models
MATH 111 Excursions in Mathematics: Modern Models
MATH 115 Calculus with Management Applications
MATH 130 Introductory Statistics I
MATH 241 Calculus I
We all exist in a physical world. The discoveries of scientists constantly change our understanding of the universe, while on a more personal level, these discoveries constantly alter the way we live. In order to be a well-educated individual and in order to make responsible decisions, one must have a basic understanding of how scientists ask and answer questions, and how scientific theories are formed and modified. While focusing on a specific subject area, classes in the Natural Sciences will address some of the following questions:
- How do scientists make decisions?
- What is a scientific theory and why do theories change?
- What does it mean when the media uses the phrase “according to scientists?”
- What is the relationship between scientific information and ethical decision-making?
To answer these questions, one must gather information and engage in analytical thinking and problem-solving. Then, in order to have conversations with other scientists and the broader community, one must be able to effectively communicate the conclusions derived from this process. Thus, while gaining an understanding of a specific field, the students in Natural Science classes will develop their science literacy while practicing the basic academic skills of gathering information, analyzing information, and communicating.
Please note that many courses work in particular Pathways as well as fulfilling the Natural Science Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.
|Discipline||Courses that will fulfill the Natural Science Breadth requirement|
|Anthropology||ANTH 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology|
BIOL 101 Topics in Biology
BIOL 120 Agents of Biowarfare
BIOL 214 Life on Earth
BIOL 232 Sex, Evolution, and Behavior
BIOL 237 Human Biology
|Chemistry||CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry|
ENSC 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues
ENSC 210 Introduction to Geology
ENSC 306 Environmental Health (ENSC 101 is a pre-requisite)
|Health||HLTH 225 Topics in Nutrition|
PHYS 108 Introduction to Cosmology
PHYS 193 Physics of Modern Technology
The social and behavioral sciences bring particular perspectives and broad and diverse bodies of knowledge and use a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the nature and functioning of human beings and the varied social systems in which they operate. Courses in the social and behavioral sciences inform the student of what is known about the human condition and encourage questions about that knowledge. They explore questions about individual development, the multiple cultures that form society, specific institutions that organize social interactions (such as the economic and political systems) the family, education and religious systems. Please note that many courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Social Science Breadth requirement. See the Marist Core website for additional information.
|Discipline||Courses that will fulfill the Social Science Breadth requirement|
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 120 An Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 230 American Culture I
ANTH 231 American Culture II
ANTH 232 Religion and Culture (cross-listed as REST 232)
ANTH 233 Native Americans
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 104 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 150 Economics of Social Issues
ECON 200 Economies of Gender
ECON 210 Innovation in the Hudson Valley
POSC 102 Introduction to Law (cross-listed as PRLG 101)
POSC 103 Introduction to Global Issues (cross-listed as GBST 103 & CSCU 103)
POSC 105 Origins of the American Legal System (cross-listed as PRLG 105)
POSC 110 American National Government
POSC 111 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POSC 113 International Relations
Any 200-level Political Science course
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (pre-req. for all 200-level Psychology courses)
PSYC 201 Personality Development
PSYC 202 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 203 Theories of Personality
PSYC 206 Psycho-Biological Sex Differences
PSYC 207 The Exceptional Child
PSYC 208 Educational Psychology
PSYC 210 The Psychology of Sleep
PSYC 211 Sports and Exercise Psychology
PSYC 215 Psychology of Interpersonal Communication
PSYC 220 Social Psychology
PSYC 222 Community Psychology
PSYC 301 Biopsychology and Lab
PSYC 302 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Lab
PSYC 303 Developmental Neuropsychology and Lab
PSYC 304 Psychopharmacology and Lab
PSYC 305 Neurobiology and Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities and Lab
PSYC 315 Human Factors Psychology
PSYC 317 Child Development
PSYC 318 Psychology of the Adolescent
PSYC 321 Adult Development
PSYC 330 Culture and Psychology
PSYC 332 Fundamentals of Counseling
PSYC 342 Learning and Cognition
PSYC 348 Psychological Perspectives on Criminal Behavior
PSYC 385 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 392-393 Special Topics in Psychology I-II
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Any 200-level SOC course. SOC 101 is a prerequisite for all 200-level Sociology courses.