Liberal Arts Foundations Program
The Liberal Arts Foundations program consists of the freshman- and sophomore-level courses that satisfy the requirements in foundations curriculum for baccalaureate degrees. In some majors, notably music, art, and the sciences, sequence course work which must be taken in the freshman and sophomore years requires that some Liberal Arts Foundations requirements be postponed until the junior year. Suggested course sequences and other advising information may be found at www.ecu.edu/advising.
The Goals of the Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum
The overarching goal of the Liberal Arts Foundations curriculum is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and abilities essential to their living worthwhile lives both private and public. The curriculum is based on the faculty’s belief that the best way to prepare students for living worthwhile lives is to provide them with a solid foundation in the core disciplines in the liberal arts (the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences), in conjunction with a multidisciplinary education in the specific areas of health promotion and physical activity and mastery of writing and mathematics competencies. The foundations curriculum provides a common, unified knowledge and skills base to students who will major in different subjects and who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Foundations courses give students the shared knowledge and abilities necessary to integrate their foundational education with their major. Taken from the perspective of students’ personal, private interests, this foundation and its integration with specialized learning in the students’ majors enables students to live broadly informed, responsible, worthwhile lives. From the public perspective, this integration is essential to good citizenship in an increasingly global yet culturally diverse and conflicted world.
Fundamental Goal Areas
The foundations curriculum is divided into four basic, core disciplinary areas (humanities, arts, natural sciences, social sciences), one multidisciplinary area in health promotion and physical activity, and two areas of competence: writing and mathematics.
All foundations courses in the core liberal arts disciplines must meet the three fundamental goals of a foundational liberal arts education:
Students must learn the subject matter of one or more of the disciplines in each of the four core areas (humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences).
Students must learn the fundamental concepts and research methods utilized in one or more of the disciplines in each core area.
Students must learn the relevance of scholarship in the discipline and in its core area to the student’s overall education.
All courses in the required multidisciplinary area (health promotion and physical activity) and competency areas (writing and mathematics) must meet the goals specific to each of these areas.
Goals for the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, health promotion and physical activity, writing, and mathematics are available at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/as/liberalartsfoundation.cfm.
Courses that Carry Foundations Curriculum (FC) Credit
Many courses that carry foundations curriculum credit are identified in the course listings using the FC designation; however, there may be other courses that also carry foundations curriculum credit. Many majors have specific foundation course requirements (see listing in section). Students should check their intended degree requirements prior to selecting foundation courses. For example, some majors may require specific science, math, social science, fine arts, and/or humanities courses. Courses in the student’s major prefix area may not count toward foundations curriculum requirements.
ENGL 1100 , ENGL 1200 (FC:EN) - 6 semester hours
Health (FC:HL) and Exercise and Sport Science
(FC:EX) - 3 semester hours
(Select at least one course in each area.)
Humanities and Fine Arts
(FC:HU) (FC:FA) - 10 semester hours
Select at least one course in humanities and one course in fine arts from the following areas:
Literature (English or American)
Literature in a foreign language or in translation
(See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures . Foreign languages 1001-1004 will not meet this requirement.)
Selected Linguistics Courses
Fine Arts (FC:FA)
Communication (selected courses)
Mathematics (FC:MA) - 3 semester hours
Three hours of mathematics at least equivalent to MATH 1050 (not for some teacher education majors, consult advisor) or MATH 1065 or MATH 1066 or three hours of logic at least equivalent to PHIL 1500 (If logic is used to satisfy this requirement, it may not be used to satisfy the humanities requirement for the baccalaureate degree.)
Science (FC:SC) - 8 semester hours
At least one course must require laboratory work. Select one or more courses from the following departments:
Anthropology (ANTH 2015 , ANTH 2016 )
Geography (GEOG 1300 )
Social Sciences (FC:SO) - 12 semester hours
Select courses from at least three of the following areas:
Certain honors and interdisciplinary courses (CDFR, ETHN, INTL, RCLS, RUSI, and WOST) may be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements. For specific courses used to meet the foundations curriculum requirements see Section 9.