The Huntington University Core Curriculum challenges students to integrate knowledge, values and skills into a coherent worldview that equips them for a life of faithfulness to God through service in the world. As an integrated program in the liberal arts, the core courses are the foundation of the Huntington educational experience upon which a student’s major builds to develop specific knowledge and skills for professional life. Courses in the core curriculum are designed to help students integrate the following thematic areas:

Liberal Arts Knowledge

Taking courses that emphasize liberal arts knowledge, students are challenged to

  • explore the central fields of human inquiry and thought
  • develop critical thinking abilities
  • confront questions that challenge established points of view

Faith-Informed Values and Perspectives

Taking courses that emphasize faith and values, students are challenged to

  • identify values that give meaning and purpose to their lives
  • interpret and respond to issues in ways that reflect their values
  • integrate the Christian faith into their worldview

Multidisciplinary Skills

Taking courses that emphasize development of skills, students are challenged to

  • hone skills that will enable them to contribute to their professions and to society
  • develop the capacity to lead, follow and work cooperatively in communities
  • engage in creative expressions

Cross-Cultural Understanding and Service

Taking courses that emphasize cultural understanding, students are challenged to

  • value diversity and constructively engage people from different cultures
  • apply knowledge, values and skills in socially responsible action

Core Curriculum Requirements

The core program consists of a minimum total of 61 hours for the bachelor of arts degree and 49 hours for the bachelor of music, the bachelor of science, the bachelor of science in nursing and the bachelor of social work degrees (the difference being the 12 hours in the foreign language requirement for the bachelor of arts degree).

Courses that emphasize

Artistic Appreciation (choose 2 hours)

AR 115 Introduction to Art 2 hours
DM 115 Introduction to Digital Media Arts 2 hours
MU 115 Introduction to Music 2 hours
TH 115 Introduction to Theatre 2 hours


HS 115 Historical Perspectives on Culture & Civilization I  3 hours
HS 116 Historical Perspectives on Culture & Civilization II 3 hours

Literature (3 hours)

EN 151 Perspectives on Literature 3 hours

Mathematical Science (choose at least 3 hours)

CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science 4 hours
MA 115 Mathematics for Society and the Liberal Arts 3 hours
MA 151 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4 hours
MA 171 Calculus I 4 hours

(Other mathematics courses may be taken if required in major, such as MA 111-112 for elementary education majors; a minimum math competency must be demonstrated before enrolling in math courses)

Natural Science (choose 8 hours)

BI 111/L Biology in the Modern World 4 hours
CH 111/L Chemistry and Contemporary Society 4 hours
PH 111/L Physics and the Modern World  4 hours

(BI 161/L-222/L-241/L or CH 161/L-162/L or PH 211/L-212/L may be taken if required in major; CH 141/L may be taken in place of CH 111/L)

Philosophy (choose 3 hours)

PL 220 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PL 260 Ethics 3 hours

Social Science (choose 6 hours)

EB 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hours
PS 111 Public Policy 3 hours
PY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
SO 111 Principles of Sociology 3 hours
SO 141 Cultural Anthropology  3 hours

(SO 141 may not be taken by sociology majors to fulfill the social science core requirement)

Courses that emphasize

Bible (choose 3 hours)

BR 111 Biblical History and Literature 3 hours
BR 231 Old Testament Introduction 3 hours
BR 251 New Testament Introduction 3 hours

(BR 231 or 251 must be selected by Bible majors; BR 231 and 251 has a prerequisite of BR or MI major, BR minor, or consent)

Christian Faith (choose 3 hours)

MI 285 Understanding the Christian Faith  3 hours

Religious Perspectives (choose 3 hours)

BR 311 Topics in Biblical Studies 3 hours
BR 331 Religions of the World 3 hours
BR 333 Topics in Theological Studies 3 hours
BR 341 History of Christianity  3 hours
BR/PL 440 Religion and Scientific Thought 3 hours
BR/PL 460 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours
Other approved non-introductory BR course 3 hours

Courses that emphasize

Creative Studio Arts (select one course)

Creative studio arts courses must be taken for a letter grade (unless the course permits only S/U). For some courses, students must audition, demonstrate competency or show prerequisite coursework. Some advanced courses that require one or more courses as prerequisites are not listed but may be counted toward the requirement by petition to the Academic Concerns Committee. January Term courses approved as creative studio arts may also count for this requirement.

AR 101 Drawing for Non-Majors 3 hours
AR 107 Photography for Non-Majors 3 hours
AR 276 Ceramics I  3 hours
AR 356 Hand-built Ceramics 3 hours
FA 234 Fine Arts for the Elementary Educator 3 hours
MU A01-04 Class Piano I, II, III or IV 1 hour
MU A06 Class Voice I 1 hour
MU A08 Class Guitar I  1 hour
MU A10-49 Applied Instrument and Voice 1-2 hours
MU P12 Concert ChoirDelete Table 1 hour
MU P20 Symphonic Band  1 hour
MU P21 Chamber Orchestra  1 hour
MU P22 Jazz Improvisation 1 hour
MU P30 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 1 hour
TH 212 Beginning Acting 3 hours
TH 221 Stage Construction  3 hours
TH 222 Stage Lighting 3 hours
TH 223 Costume Construction 3 hours
TH 224 Makeup for the Stage 3 hours
TH 231 Scene Painting 2 hours
TH 331MT Musical Theatre Dance 3 hours
TH 331RP Religion and the Performing Arts 3 hours
TH 365 Techniques of Musical Theatre 2 hours
TH 391 Play Production: Technical  1 hour
TH 392 Play Production: Acting 1 hour
TH P30 Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 1 hour

Communication Skills (6 hours)

EN 121 Academic Writing and Research 3 hours

(Students must enroll in EN 121 every semester until they have earned credit for EN 121)

CO 215 Public Speaking 3 hours

Wellness (2 hours)

EX 101 Wellness for Life 2 hours

Courses that emphasize

Foreign Language (12 hours for bachelor of arts)

Two years of foreign language are recommended for all students but required only for those completing the bachelor of arts degree. The language requirement may be satisfied by completion of 12 hours in the same language at the undergraduate level or by receiving credit for the equivalent level by CLEP examination. Students in most bachelor of arts majors may also satisfy the requirement by completing at least six semester hours in the same foreign language and up to six additional semester hours in either another foreign language or in designated cultural enrichment courses (listed below under Cultural Enrichment courses). Other language specifications include: 

  • Students completing a bachelor of arts major in English must complete 12 hours in the same language to fulfill the language requirement.
  • Students completing a major in Bible complete GR 111, followed by either eight more hours of Greek or eight other credits in a foreign language and/or cultural enrichment courses (provided that six hours are in the same foreign language).
  • Students who have studied a foreign language in high school may wish to continue in the same language in college. Generally, two years of high school language study are equivalent to one year of the language at the undergraduate level. If the student has had less than two years in high school, the student is placed in the beginning semester of the language. Advanced placement in language courses requires that students take the CLEP test by early summer to allow time for scores to be processed.
  • The student whose native tongue is a major language other than English may be exempted from the foreign language requirement upon the recommendation of the Department of English and Modern Languages to the Academic Concerns Committee. A “major language” for these purposes is one used by a major population group and one in which a substantial body of written literature exists.
FR 111 Elementary French I 3 hours
FR 121 Elementary French II  3 hours
FR 211 Intermediate French I 3 hours
FR 221 Intermediate French II 3 hours
GM 111 Elementary German I 3 hours
GM 121 Elementary German II  3 hours
GM 211 Intermediate German I 3 hours
GM 221 Intermediate German II  3 hours
HE 111 Elementary Hebrew I  3 hours
HE 121 Elementary Hebrew II  3 hours
SN 111 Elementary Spanish I  3 hours
SN 121 Elementary Spanish II  3 hours
SN 211 Intermediate Spanish I  3 hours
SN 221 Intermediate Spanish II  3 hours
GR 111 Elementary Greek I 4 hours
GR 121 Elementary Greek II  4 hours
GR 211 Intermediate Greek  4 hours
GR 421 Exegetical Greek 4 hours

Cultural Enrichment Courses

These courses fulfill the remaining credit hours of the language requirement (for up to six hours) for those not completing all 12 hours in a foreign language. They are intended to broaden one’s cultural understanding of another people’s concepts of life and human relationships. Some January Term courses may also be approved as cultural enrichment courses, but no courses may be counted that otherwise are part of the student’s major or the Core Curriculum.

AR 371 Art History I 3 hours
AR 373 Art and Archaeology of Angkor 3 hours
AR 381 Art History II 3 hours
BR 331 Religions of the World 3 hours
BR 333CCT Contemporary Christian Theology 3 hours
BR 333ORT Eastern Orthodox Christianity 3 hours
CO 322 Intercultural Communication 3 hours
EN 337 Multicultural Literature of the United States 3 hours
EN 374 World Masterpieces I  3 hours
EN 375 World Masterpieces II 3 hours
HS 261 The British Empire  3 hours
HS 322 Seminar in Early Modern Europe 3 hours
HS 337 Seminar on Britain and the End of Empire 3 hours
HS 346 Cambodia: Revolution and Genocide 3 hours
HS 373 Art and Archaeology of Angkor 3 hours
HS 411 Medieval Europe 3 hours
HS 455 Modern Totalitarianism: Stalin and Hitler 3 hours
HS 456 America and Vietnam 3 hours
MI 321 Intercultural Communication  3 hours
MI 365 History and Theology of Missions 3 hours
MU 241 English/German Diction and Literature 2 hours
MU 242 Latin/Italian/French Diction and Literature 2 hours
MU 341 Music History and Literature I 3 hours
MU 342 Music History and Literature II  3 hours
PL 311 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  4 hours
PL 321 History of Modern Philosophy  4 hours
PS 171 Development and Sustainability 3 hours
PS 346 Cambodia: Revolution and Genocide 3 hours
PS 373 Art and Archaeology of Angkor 3 hours
PS 455 Modern Totalitarianism: Stalin and Hitler 3 hours
PS 456 America and Vietnam 3 hours
SE 111 American Sign Language 3 hours
SO 141 Cultural Anthropology 3 hours
SO 421 Population Studies 3 hours
SO 485 Sociological Theory 3 hours
TH 311 History and Literature of the Theatre I 3 hours
TH 312 History and Literature of the Theatre II  3 hours

EO 190/191: Engaging Other Cultures (core option for all students)

Before graduating from Huntington University, students may choose to provide evidence on their course transcripts that they have immersed themselves in an intensive participatory experience with members of a contemporary cultural group different from their own and have thoughtfully reflected on that experience.

The goal of the EO option is to help students grow in appreciation for another cultural group with its values and practices. The specific objectives are:

  • Listen and learn from those different than you.
  • Experience what it is like to be a minority within a cultural group.
  • Observe how faith is expressed in a different cultural group and reflectively compare it to evangelical expressions of Christian faith.
  • Develop and practice the skills needed to communicate effectively across cultural differences.
  • Adapt to the customs of another culture group while using moral discernment to know when particular cultural practices should or should not be adopted or condoned.

The cross-cultural engagement option can be completed in designated for-credit courses or independent studies. These two approaches are:

  1. Enroll in a course designated EO in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may include semester-long study-abroad courses, such as Semester in Spain; January or May terms that have an experiential cross-cultural component in them, such as the Multicultural Practicum in Fort Wayne, a course based with an inner-city ministry in Chicago, or overseas and domestic January Term courses which include interaction among a distinctive cultural group; certain internships, such as PRIME or student teaching assignments that involve clear cross-cultural exposure.
  2. Propose a for-credit EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 independent study (2 credits). EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 credits, graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, can be applied by a student one time toward the January Term requirement or one time toward cultural enrichment credit requirements, or toward both. (That is, the same credit can be used to meet both requirements simultaneously if taken during January Term). To complete an independent EO credit, a student must complete both (a) and (b):

(a) Submit for approval the appropriate EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 proposal form. (See description of courses below.) On it, the student outlines a plan that includes at least 20 contact hours of participatory cross-cultural experience within a single term or semester. Such a plan might include a Joe Mertz Center assignment serving the members of a cultural group different from the student’s, or participating in a pre-approved Spring Break or summer service or mission project which includes at least 20 hours of face-to-face interaction with the members of a cultural group different from the student’s. More detailed criteria for the plan are specified in the EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 proposal forms available from the Office of the Registrar and online.

  • EOJ 190 Engaging Other Cultures Independent Study Completed as a January Term fulfills both January Term and cultural enrichment requirements.
  • EO 191 Engaging Other Cultures Independent Study Completed Outside of January Term fulfills only cultural enrichment requirement but not January Term requirement.
  • EOJ 191 Engaging Other Cultures Independent Study Completed Outside of January Term fulfills January Term requirement but not cultural enrichment requirement.

(b) Submit a reflection paper, time log, and journal on the experience. The criteria for this paper are also given in the EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 proposal form.

Exemptions: Students who want the cross-cultural engagement documentation may be exempted from the experiential portion of the cross-cultural engagement requirement if they meet one of the following two conditions. Such students must, however, still complete the reflection paper. The two exceptions are for:

  • Those students who have lived for an extensive period of time in a cross-cultural setting before coming to Huntington University, such as children of missionary or overseas business parents.
  • International students whose exposure to the United States is a cross-cultural experience.

The EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 proposal form needs to be completed only by those students who are completing the option through an independent study. The EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 form must be submitted by mid-semester of the semester prior to the proposed plan. The EOJ 190/EO 191/EOJ 191 option should generally not be completed during a January Term while another January Term course is being taken. Exceptions are granted only by petition to the Academic Concerns Committee.

International Cross-Cultural Experiences

Students traveling outside North America (not with a university-sponsored group), who anticipate experiences that will give the student significant exposure to the culture or history of a non-North American society, may propose a self-directed overseas course that has as its objective either cross-cultural historical study or missions service. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty oversight committee and must include significant study and preparation for the cultures to be encountered, an outline of planned activities that are expected to cover several weeks and substantial documentation of the experience. Further details and a proposal form may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. The Cross-Cultural Practicum will satisfy a January Term requirement even if taken during summers or semesters, but regular tuition is charged for the term during which the practicum is completed.

IDJ 395 Cross-Cultural Practicum 1-2 hours