School of Humanities & Social Sciences

University Common Core and School Core for SHSS

The University Common Core provides students in all the schools with a strong basis in a variety of important disciplines including math and sciences, communication, writing, and the liberal arts.

The School Core complements the University Common Core and includes additional courses which are important for additional skills for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

 University Core Curriculum for SHSS Programs                                               40 SCH

Disciplines

Course Codes

 

 

SCH

 

 

 

 

Foundations for Academic

FAS 0210*, FAS 1220

 

 

2

Success

 

 

 

 

Arabic/French

 

ARB 1310, ARB 1320* or FRN 2310, FRN 3310

6

Communication 3

COM 1301

 

 

3

Computer Science

CSC 1400

 

 

4

English

ENG 1301 and ENG 2301

 

 

6

History or Political

HIS 1301, HIS 1302, HIS 2301, PSC 23011

 

 

3

Science

 

 

 

 

Humanities I2

HUM 2302, HUM 2303,

 

 

3

 

LIT 2301, LIT 2304, LIT 2305

 

 

 

Humanities II

HUM 2305, HUM 2306, PHI 2301, PHI 2302

 

 

3

Mathematics

MTH 1388, MTH 13053

 

 

3

Physical Sciences

BIO 1400, CHE 1400, PHY 1400

 

 

4

Social Sciences

GEO 13014, PSY 13015, SOC 1301, SSC 1310,

 

 

3

 

ECO 13006

 

 

 

           

1NOTE: International Studies majors must take a history course (HIS 1301, HIS 1302, or HIS 2301) as part of the University Common Core. PSC 2301 is taken as part of the INS Major Core.

²NOTE: SHSS students must take HUM 2302/2303, LIT 2301, LIT 2304, or LIT 2305 as part of the University Common Core. They take HUM 2301 in the School Core Curriculum.

3NOTE: Students majoring in HRD and SHSS students minoring in Business Administration must take MTH 1305 as part of the University Common Core. If they take MTH 1388 as a prerequisite to MTH 1305, the credits of the former will not count in the degree.

4NOTE: International Studies majors must take GEO 1301 as part of the Major Core. Only PSY 1301, SOC 1301, or SSC 1310 can be taken as part of the University Common Core.

5NOTE: HRD and Communication Studies majors must take PSY 1301 as part of the Major Core. Only GEO 1301, SOC 1301, or SSC 1310 can be taken as part of the University Common Core.

*FAS 0210 counts for 2 non-degree credits

*Note: Students holding a Moroccan baccalaureate are not required to take any Arabic language courses, i.e. no ARB courses.

6NOTE: ECO 1300 is designed only for students that are NOT majoring or minoring in Business Administration. Therefore, it cannot serve as a substitute for ECO 2301 or ECO 2302. However, students that are eligible to take this course can also take it as an elective course.

 

SHSS School Core Requirements

 

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Core Curriculum

19 SCH

Course Code

Course Names

 

COM 2301

Professional Communication

 

HUM 2301

Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

INT 4302

Internship

 

SSC 2401

Social Statistics

 

SSC 3303

Research Methods

 

SSC 4303

Senior Capstone II

 

 

 

Language Requirements

Arabic Courses for Non-Native Speakers of Arabic

All incoming students take a written placement test and sit for a proficiency interview. Placement into levels depends on a student’s performance on the tests. Proficiency guidelines used for placement are those set by The American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

International students in Social Sciences will have to meet the University Common Core language requirements by completing a minimum of one Arabic course – depending on the Arabic Placement Test – and one additional language course, other than their native language.

Course Code

Course Name

ARA 1300

Moroccan Colloquial Arabic I

ARA 1301

Moroccan Colloquial Arabic II

ARA 1311/1511*

Beginning Arabic 1

ARA 1312/1512

Beginning Arabic 2

ARA 2311

Intermediate Arabic 1

ARA 2312

Intermediate Arabic 2

ARA 2320

Media Arabic I

ARA 2321

Media Arabic II

ARA 3311

Advanced Arabic 1

ARA 3312

Advanced Arabic 2

ARA 4311/4611

Journalistic and Literary Arabic

ARA 4312

Arabic for Business

ARA 4313

Readings in Arab Culture

ARA 4399

Special Topics in Arabic Study

*NOTE: Beginning Arabic 1 & 2 (ARA 1311 & 1312) carry 3 credits each and are offered in regular semesters. During the summer intensive program, these two courses are coded ARA 1511 & 1512 and carry 5 credits each.

Arabic Courses Designed for Native Speakers of Arabic

Courses designed for students who score below 50% in the Arabic Language Placement Test:

Course Code

Course Name

ARB 1303/1304

Basic Standard Arabic Skills I, II

ARB 1309

Arabic for General Purposes

ARB 1310

Arabic for Academic Purposes

 

 

 

 

Courses designed for students who score above 50% in the Arabic Language Placement Test

Course Code

Course Name

ARB 1320

Arabic for Communication Purposes

ARB 2301

Arabic Translation

ARB 2302

Arabic Through the Mass Media

ARB 2303

Scientific and Professional Arabic

ARB 2304

Introduction to Arabic Literature

ARB 2305

Introduction to World Literature

Other Language Requirements

In addition to the English requirements, the University Core Curriculum (UCC) includes Arabic, French, and/or other foreign languages, as described below.

\Students Holding a Moroccan Baccalaureate

Students holding a Moroccan baccalaureate do not need to take any Arabic language courses, i.e. no ARB courses. They have to take one content course in Arabic, which counts for the humanities or social sciences requirements of the UCC (either History 1302, Humanities 3303, Literature 2304, or Literature 2305). They are also required to take TEF (a French placement test) and satisfy TEF’s upper B2 level and earn a 16 or more in the French writing component of GAT or take FRN 3310 as an exit requirement. Only 6 SCH count towards the degree if more than one French course is required.

The 6 SCH of language credits required for the UCC will be met by one of the following:

Two courses of French, if a student’s French placement test indicates that he or she needs at least two courses (additional courses beyond the two courses, may be required to reach the exit level of French 3310, but will not count to- ward the degree program), OR one course of French and a waiver for the second course, if the French placement test indicates that the student needs one course of French only, OR a waiver of two courses of French, if the placement test indicates that the student does not need any French courses

A note on waived French courses will appear on the transcript.

 

Students Holding a French International Baccalaureate (or OIB)

Placement test in Arabic and upper B2 level on TEF (and 16 or more in the French writing component of GAT) for French. Additional courses may be required to reach the level of Arabic 1320 or French 3310, but will not count to- wards the degree program.

Language placement is determined based on the educational system from which the student came, In case of conflict between the educational system and the nationality status, precedence goes to the system. Any language placement result must be signed by the Dean or the Language Center Director.

 

Students Holding a Baccalaureate with no formal Arabic instruction

French Non-OIB students

If placed out of French 3310, students in this category take 2 Arabic courses as per level of entry. If placed in French 3310, only one course of Arabic is to be taken.

Non-French system schools

Students with some formal Arabic instruction take Arabic and French by placement. Students with no formal Arabic instruction take 2 Arabic courses by placement or one Arabic course and one other language course (in French or Spanish).

 

Students holding a non-Moroccan diploma where Arabic is the language of instruction

Students holding a non-Moroccan high school diploma where Arabic is the language of instruction do not need to take any Arabic language courses. They take one content course in Arabic to satisfy the humanities or social sciences requirement (either History 1302, Humanities 2303, Literature 2304, or Literature 2305). The language requirement is met by taking two courses in either French or Spanish by placement, with no specific exit level. The 6 SCH must be completed in the same language.

Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the courses’ description.

 

 

 

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