Tier Two Degree Requirements
The second level of General Education Requirements (known as "Tier Two") differs from one degree program to the next. Before selecting any courses for Tier Two requirements, determine whether a degree program specifies what must be taken. If given a choice of courses to satisfy a Tier Two requirement, consult the following section. Students may not double-apply Common Core courses elsewhere; students may double-apply courses in Tier Two to the major or the minor.
Fine Arts Courses
Fine Arts courses include survey courses, which examine the monuments and major figures of a visual or performing art, examine the social and cultural contexts and influences on this visual or performing art, and provide sufficient study of and exposure to the visual or performing art to enable the student to begin to comprehend the aesthetic and to offer an informed response to the aesthetic. Fine Arts requirements also can be satisfied by studio art courses that include instruction in history and theory.
CMU's faculty designated these as "Fine Arts" courses:
- AR116 Basic Photography (3)
- AR121 Basics of Design (3)
- AR130 Studio Art (3)
- AR186 Art History I (3)
- AR188 Art History II (3)
- EN212 Introduction to Cinema (3)
- MU145 History of Jazz (3)
- MU188 Music Appreciation (3)
- MU201 Opera Literature on Video (3)
- TA103 Basic Principles of Theatre (3)
- TA111 Acting I (3)
- TA113 Script Analysis (3)
- TA211 Acting II (3)
- TA245 Oral Interpretation (3)
- TA250 Stage Makeup (3)
- TA384 Theatre History I (3)
- TA386 Theatre History II (3)
Foreign Language Requirement
The BA degree requires six to eight hours of a single foreign language. Students whose native language is other than English who seek a degree requiring foreign language have the following options: (1) fulfill the foreign language degree requirement stated by the degree, (2) take six hours of 300-level literature in their native language if that language is offered at CMU, (3) take six hours in oral and written communications in addition to EN110/111 or EN 120, EN305 or 306, and CT 101.
Some degree programs designate which course(s) a student must take to fulfill the Humanities courses for Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core but instead must select courses from the following:
- ENGLISH (EN): EN212 (or satisfies "Fine Arts" requirement), EN216, EN224, EN234, EN312, EN323, EN324, EN329, EN331, EN335, EN340, EN342, EN347, and EN348. EN190/ 290/390/490 satisfy Tier Two requirements unless otherwise indicated. EN160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
- PHILOSOPHY (PL): PL105, PL225 (cross-listed with RL225), PL311, PL303, PL304, PL306, PL310, and PL314 (cross-listed with RL314). PL190, 290, and 390 satisfy Tier Two requirements unless otherwise indicated. PL 160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
- RELIGION (RL): RL201, RL202, RL203, RL225 (cross-listed with PL225), RL301, RL302, RL303, RL310, RL314 (cross-listed with PL314), RL331, RL332, RL333, and RL336. Unless otherwise indicated, RL190/290/390/490 satisfy Tier Two requirements. RL160/260/360/460 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
- SPANISH (SP): SP203 and SP204. Unless otherwise indicated, SP190/290 satisfy Tier Two requirements. SP160/260 do not satisfy Tier Two requirements.
- THEATRE (TA): TA388
To fulfill Mathematics requirements, students must take courses with the MA (Mathematics) prefix.
Analytical Skills Requirements
Some degree programs designate which course(s) a student must take to fulfill Analytical Skills courses for Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. Unless otherwise designated, students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must select from these courses:
- BU225 Computer Applications in Business
- PL101 Introduction to Logic
- a course in Research Methods (CJ/HI/PS/PY/SO 331 and PS/PY/SO 334 have been designated for students majoring in the Social Sciences.)
- a Math above MA103
- an Applied Computer Skills course
Students may not apply any SC160/260/360/460 courses for the Analytical Skills requirement. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.
Some degree programs designate which course(s) students must take to fulfill Science requirements in Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students must take courses with the AS (Astronomy), BI (Biology), CH (Chemistry), ES (Environmental Science), GL (Geology), or PH (Physics) prefix or SC101 and SC103 (but no other SC courses unless specified)—excluding courses numbered 160/260/360/460. Students must have met all prerequisites for these courses. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.
Social Sciences Requirements
Some degree programs designate which course(s) students must take to fulfill Social Sciences requirements in Tier Two of the General Education curriculum. If no such designation exists, students must take courses with the CJ (Criminal Justice), CT (Communication), EC (Economics), HI (History), PS (Political Science), PY (Psychology), or SO (Sociology) prefix—excluding any Social Science 190/290/390/490, 160/260/360/460, and 268/368/468. Students may not count courses taken as part of the Common Core.