The college requires all students to complete an English writing requirement, a reasoning proficiency requirement, area requirements, and cultural diversity, oral communication, and global awareness requirements. Assuming that a student does not test out of the writing and reasoning requirements, the total number of credit hours needed to complete the college general education requirements is 45. This requirement is in addition to the University Compass Curriculum requirement of 24 credit hours. There may be courses that can satisfy multiple requirements. Consult the Campus Wide Requirements: Compass Curriculum page and an advisor to determine the full extent of your requirements.
The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences will accept transfer courses from the community college “general education core” and substitute these credits for credits required within the 120 hours needed for the BA or BS degree in whatever manner is most advantageous to the student. The College will also accept non-core academic courses in transfer, i.e., courses that are not considered to be vocational or technical in nature.
Students with diagnosed disabilities that hinder their ability to fulfill LAS General Education Requirements should contact Disability Services and the LAS Dean’s office.
English Rhetoric and Writing and Writing Portfolio Requirements
To qualify for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, a student must complete C01 and C02 core writing requirements and demonstrate writing portfolio competency. See English First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program for details.
Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning Proficiency Requirement
Well-educated people should be able to think at a certain level of abstraction and to manipulate symbols. The quantitative and qualitative reasoning proficiency requirement has two principal objectives. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools used in core curriculum courses and in their major areas of study. The second is to help students acquire the reasoning skills necessary to assess adequately the problems that confront them in their daily lives.
Students completing this requirement should be able to do the following:
- Construct a logical argument based on the rules of inference
- Analyze and interpret numerical data
- Obtain exact results when appropriate
- Apply mathematical methods to solve problems in their university work and in their daily lives.
Four Ways to Fulfill Requirement
1. Pass the UCCS Reasoning Skills Test (RST). This RST is offered by the University Testing Center, which can be reached at (719) 255-3554. The RST requires a fee to be paid in advance, and credit hours are not awarded to those who meet the requirement by passing the RST.
2. Successfully complete one of the following:
3. Successfully complete both of the following:
4. Successfully complete one of the following pairs (A&C: math course and statistics/logic course or B&C: the required test scores and a statistics/logic course):
- EITHER: a) Complete MATH 1040 - College Algebra (or a mathematics course that has college algebra as a prerequisite) OR b) Score 87% or higher on the College Algebra placement test AND score 50% or higher on the Business Calculus placement test
- AND c) Complete one of the following courses.
Area Requirements: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences
A liberal arts degree provides students with a breadth of experiences, and the Area Requirements are designed to help fulfill that goal. Consequently, each student must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences lists.
- Courses in your major will not count toward the Area Requirements.
- Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not count toward the Area Requirements.
- Do not take more than two courses from any one department to satisfy the Area Requirements.
- Courses may have prerequisites or co-requisites, so be sure to check their descriptions for details.
- Prospective teachers may have additional restrictions; see an advisor before selecting courses.
- Any crosslist for a course on the lists will satisfy the requirement (unless the crosslist is within the student’s major). A crosslisted course, if taken twice under different subjects, will only count once toward any requirement.
- No more than two courses from any one discipline may be applied to the area requirements.
- With the exception of Distributed Studies, courses in a student’s primary major may not be applied to the area requirements.
- Courses may not be taken pass/fail.
Humanities Courses—9 Credit Hours
The humanities course requirement must be satisfied in part by successful completion of one UCCS 3000 level humanities courses. The remaining six hours may be selected from the list below or may be satisfied by community college humanities courses that are equivalent or similar in content to those listed below.
Languages and Cultures
Any crosslisted course will satisfy the requirement unless taken within the major. A crosslisted course taken twice under two subjects will only count toward the requirement once.
Women's and Ethnic Studies
Social Science Courses—9 Credit Hours
The 9-hour social science area requirement may be met by the lower and upper division courses that are listed below. Students who transfer to UCCS from community colleges may fulfill this area requirement by substituting courses that are equivalent or similar in content to those listed below.
Geography and Environmental Studies
Museum Studies and Gallery Practice
Women's and Ethnic Studies
Natural Science Courses-9 Credit Hours
The 9-credit hour natural science area requirement may be satisfied by the lower and upper division courses listed below, including at least one laboratory science course. (Laboratory science courses are indicated by *.) Community college students transferring to UCCS may fulfill this requirement by substituting courses that are equivalent or similar in content to those listed below.
Geography and Environmental Studies
Physics and Energy Science
Oral Communication Requirement
LAS students are required to take a course with a substantial component involving oral communication. This course may be within a student’s major department, as an elective, or as an approved general education (area requirements) course. Approved courses for the oral communication requirement are as follows:
Cultural Diversity Requirement
While fulfilling their general education requirements, LAS students are required to take a course which also increases their awareness of cultural diversity in the United States. Approved courses for the cultural diversity requirement are as follows:
- AH 3430 - African American Art
- ANTH 3250 - Native Peoples of the Southwest
- ANTH 3420 - North American Indians
- ASL 4000 - Contrastive Linguistic Analysis: ASL/English
- COMM 3280 - Intercultural and Global Communication
- ENGL 3320 - Born in the USA: Masterpieces of American Literature
- ENGL 4060 - Diversity Topics in Professional and Technical Writing
- FCS 3360 - U.S. Latina/o Literature
- FCS 4210 - Hispanic Heritage of Colorado
- GES 4680 - Inequality USA
- HIST 3520 - History of Latinos in the U.S.
- HIST 3580 - Immigrant Histories
- MUS 2050 - Jazz History
- PHIL 3180 - Practical Ethics
- PHIL 3230 - Gender, Race, and Sexuality
- PHIL 4550 - Feminism, Sexuality, and Culture
- SOC 2200 - Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Groups
- SOC 2250 - Gender Images
- SOC 3220 - Urban and Community Sociology
- SOC 3250 - Power, Privilege and Social Difference
- SOC 3290 - Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations
- SOC 4240 - Sociology of Dis/Ability
- SOC 4290 - Sport, Film, and Society
- SOC 4390 - Diversity Issues
- SOC 4480 - Racial Storytelling: Montgomery Travel Course
- SOC 4530 - Advanced Privilege Studies
- SOC 4680 - Inequality USA
- SPAN 4210 - Hispanic Heritage of Colorado
- SPAN 4420 - Hispanic/Latino US Literature
- THTR 3240 - Women in Theatre
- WEST 1010 - Introduction to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, and Engagement
- WEST 2020 - Introduction to Diversity Issues
- WEST 3090 - Peep Show: Sexuality in Popular Culture
- WEST 3130 - Gender, Race, and Sexuality
- WEST 3250 - The Prehistory and History of Native American Cultures of the Southwest
- WEST 3290 - Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations
- WEST 3360 - U.S. Latina/o Literature
- WEST 3420 - North American Indians
- WEST 3520 - History of Latinos in the United States
- WEST 3580 - Immigrant Histories
- WEST 3760 - Social Justice and Sustainability: Living Mindfully
- WEST 4120 - Indigenous Views on Sustainability: All My Relations
- WEST 4280 - Native American Philosophical Thought
- WEST 4390 - Diversity Issues
- WEST 4480 - Racial Storytelling: Montgomery Travel Course
- WEST 4530 - Advanced Privilege Studies
- WEST 4550 - Feminism, Sexuality, and Culture
- WEST 4680 - Inequality USA
- WEST 4920 - Spiked: Spike Lee's Cinema
Global Awareness Requirement
While fulfilling their general education requirements, LAS students are required to take a course which increases their awareness of global issues. Approved global awareness courses are as follows:
- AH 3450 - Art of Japan
- AH 3460 - Islamic Arts
- AH 4450 - Meso-American Art and Architecture: Sacred Time and Space
- AH 4470 - Art and Ritual of the South Pacific
- ANTH 1040 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 3040 - Women Around the World
- ANTH 4270 - Landscape Archaeology: Sustainability and Collapse
- CHEM 1111 - Environmental Science
- CHEM 4521 - Environmental Chemistry
- ECON 3590 - Globalization
- ECON 3710 - Comparative Economic Systems
- ENGL 2600 - Literature: The Global Perspective I
- ENGL 2610 - Literature: The Global Perspective II
- ENGL 4065 - Intercultural Professional and Technical Writing
- EUST 3000 - Introduction to European/EU Culture
- FCS 3180 - German and Austrian Civilization and Culture
- FCS 3190 - 20th and 21st Century German and Austrian Civilization and Culture
- FCS 3250 - Contemporary France: Civilization and Culture
- FCS 3380 - Caribbean Literature, History, and Theory
- FCS 3690 - Topics in Hispanic Film
- FCS 3890 - Field Studies in Language and Culture
- FILM 2000 - Narrative Film
- FILM 3690 - Topics in Hispanic Film
- FR 3250 - Contemporary France: Civilization & Culture
- GER 3180 - German/Austrian Civilization and Culture from 1700-1918
- GER 3190 - 20th and 21st Century German and Austrian Civilization and Culture
- GES 1980 - World Regional Geography
- GES 1990 - Introduction to Human Geography
- GES 3070 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
- GES 3400 - Geopolitics
- GES 3820 - Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
- GES 3980 - Places and Faces: Geographic Issues in Film
- GES 4640 - Mega-Cities
- GRNT 3560 - Women and Aging International: Diversity, Challenges, and Contributions
- HIST 1110 - Asian History: Southeast Asia
- HIST 1120 - Asian History: The Indian Subcontinent
- HIST 1130 - Asian History: China
- HIST 1140 - Asian History: Japan
- HIST 1150 - Introduction to Modern Sub-Saharan Africa
- HIST 1400 - Latin America to 1810
- HIST 1410 - Latin America Since 1810
- HIST 1600 - Making of the Modern Middle East I
- HIST 1610 - Making of the Modern Middle East II
- HIST 3120 - The Panorama of World Civilizations to 1500
- HIST 3220 - Genocide: The Case of the Nazis and Jews
- HIST 3560 - Modern Mexico
- HIST 3570 - The City in Latin America
- HIST 3590 - Latin American History Through Film
- HIST 3680 - Islam and the West: Contacts, Representations, and Approaches
- HIST 4050 - From the Harem to the War Zone: Women Writers Encountering the Orient and Occident
- HIST 4060 - Middle East Women in Film
- HIST 4130 - Baghdad to Burgos: Jews, Christians, & Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean World (600-1500 C.E.)
- HIST 4150 - Astrolabes, Arms, & Azulejos (Tiles): Medieval Science, Technology, Material Culture (600-1500 C.E.)
- HIST 4160 - A Crossroads of Civilizations: Medieval Spain and North Africa (600-1500 C.E.)
- HIST 4280 - Beyond the Pillars of Hercules: The Trans-Atlantic Empires of Spain and Portugal (1450-1750 C.E.)
- HIST 4860 - Research Seminar: Mexico and U.S. Borderlands
- ID 3579 - Fifty Years of Great Films
- ID 3700 - Art and Culture of Equatorial Africa
- ID 3710 - Great European Film Directors: A Historical View 1945-Present
- ID 3720 - Russian Avant-Garde Cinema: A Historical View, 1915-Present
- ID 3730 - Russian Art Cinema Today: A Historical View
- ID 3740 - Andrzej Wajda and Cinema of Poland
- ID 3750 - Cinema of Denmark
- ID 3760 - Kurosawa Akira and Post World War II Cinema of Japan
- ID 3770 - Michelangelo Antonioni and Post World War II Cinema of Italy
- ID 3780 - Yuri Norstein and the Great Art of Animation
- ID 3790 - Pier Paolo Pasolini and Post World War II Cinema of Italy
- ID 3800 - Cinema of Ingmar Bergman and the Arts of Scandinavia
- MUS 3150 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology
- PHIL 1300 - Introduction to Philosophies of Asia
- PHIL 1400 - Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 3000 - Cosmology and Culture
- PHIL 3100 - World Religions
- PHIL 3240 - Images of War and Terrorism
- PHIL 3345 - Philosophy of the Body: Western and Indian Perspectives
- PHIL 3400 - Holocaust
- PHIL 3480 - Philosophies of India
- PHIL 3490 - Philosophies of China
- PHIL 3500 - Buddhist Philosophy
- PSC 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics
- PSC 2070 - Might and Right Among Nations
- PSC 2080 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
- PSC 2090 - Political Conflict
- PSC 3240 - War and Peace
- PSC 4170 - Mexican Political Development
- PSC 4190 - Politics of the Developing Areas
- PSC 4210 - International Politics
- PSC 4570 - Middle Eastern Politics
- PSC 4580 - African Politics
- PSC 4590 - Globalization
- PSY 3560 - Women and Aging International: Diversity, Challenges, and Contributions
- SOC 2220 - Communities in a Global Environment
- SOC 3340 - Food, Health, and Inequality
- SOC 4380 - Globalization and Development
- SOC 4420 - Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations
- SOC 4580 - Sociology of Disasters
- SOC 4600 - Critical Analysis of Capitalism
- SOC 4660 - Sociology of Medicine
- SOC 4700 - Global Feminisms
- SPAN 3690 - Hispanic Culture Through Film
- WEST 3380 - Caribbean Literature, History, and Theory
- WEST 3480 - Global Women's Issues
- WEST 3560 - Women and Aging International: Diversity, Challenges, and Contributions
- WEST 3680 - Islam and the West: Contacts, Representations, and Approaches
- WEST 4050 - From the Harem to the War Zone: Women Writers Encountering the Orient and Occident
- WEST 4060 - Middle East Women in Film
- WEST 4170 - The Empire Strikes Back: Postcolonial Literature, History, and Theory
- WEST 4380 - Globalization and Development
- WEST 4700 - Global Feminisms
Foreign Language Requirement
As of January 1, 1993, the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences no longer has a foreign language requirement. However, a variety of language classes will continue to be offered for students who wish to study a foreign language. Students contemplating graduate school should be aware that many graduate schools require proficiency in a foreign language.
Newly admitted freshmen are still required to have completed two units of foreign language at the high school level. Freshmen admitted who are deficient in this requirement may make up the deficiency as outlined in the beginning of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences section of this Catalog. The foreign language placement examination will continue to be administered for those students wishing to determine their level of placement in a foreign language course. For information, contact the Language Technology Center on the second floor of Dwire Hall at (719) 255-3691.
Students are urged to continue language study in a timely manner, as proficiency declines rapidly without application of skills.
Note: If coursework in a foreign language taken at other institutions is repeated at the same level at UCCS, academic credit for any hours duplicated will not be counted toward graduation.