Each student must satisfy the course requirements specified below. Nearly all of the courses are designed for the purposes of general education and are part of no major program. Students may satisfy the requirements by passing the course, or, in some cases, by demonstrating competence and knowledge through placement or special examination, or by meeting the condition specified for a waiver. The experiential education requirement may also be satisfied by a period of study abroad. The First-Year Seminar Sequence is required of all freshman students.

Experiential Education Requirement

The experiential education requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • A 3-credit-hour January experiential education course in the sophomore or junior year
  • Three credit hours (15 events) of Mountain Challenge 
  • A period of study abroad approved by the International Programming Committee

Experiential education courses are offered occasionally in an evening format and in summer school.

List of Core Curriculum Courses
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BIB130 Biblical Studies
Hebrew Bible World and Culture
 
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Code: BIB130

  • Title: Hebrew Bible World and Culture
  • Subtitle: Biblical Studies
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: An introduction to the Old Testament and its cultural context, this course examines the religion of ancient Israel as it developed in concert and rivalry with its ancient Near Eastern Neighbors.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Must be taken before the junior year
BIB140 Biblical Studies
The New Testament World and Culture
 
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Code: BIB140

  • Title: The New Testament World and Culture
  • Subtitle: Biblical Studies
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: An introduction to the New Testament and its cultural context, this course explores the development and growth of the early church's thought and community during the first two centuries C.E. The course pays particular attention to Christianity as a religion of the Greco-Roman world.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Must be taken before the junior year
CMP110 Composition
English Composition
 
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Code: CMP110

  • Title: English Composition
  • Subtitle: Composition
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: A writing course emphasizing clear communication through attention to content organization and development as well as grammar and effective sentence structure. Students write a variety of essays, with attention devoted to all stages of the writing process, including analysis of rhetorical situation, invention, drafting, peer conferencing, and revision. Students identified as needing additional support in grammar and mechanics will receive supplemental instruction in a mandatory grammar lab. This may take the form of small-group or individualized instruction or a fourth-hour meeting.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: na
CMP130 Composition
Advanced Composition
 
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Code: CMP130

  • Title: Advanced Composition
  • Subtitle: Composition
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description:An opportunity to develop more sophisticated strategies in library research, argumentation, and writing organized around the broad theme of “the common good.” The students will learn structures of argument, elementary logic, identification and prevention of logical fallacies, and skills in writing and thinking that build on skills introduced in CMP 110. Students will complete assignments including a research diary, periodic source reports, an extended analysis and critique of a scholarly source, an outline, an annotated bibliography, and a final research paper of at least 2500 words. The class will also offer a capstone experience for the first year in the form of an oral presentation of the student’s research at the end of the course.
  • Prerequisites: English Composition 110 or placement into the course
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: na
ETH490 Ethics
Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought
 
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Code: ETH490

  • Title: Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought
  • Subtitle: Ethics
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: A senior capstone, interdisciplinary course which considers the ethical dimension of the human experience, including historic and contemporary ethical frameworks designed to engage the students' ethical stances. Students reflect on general education, major courses of study and chosen vocation. Special concern to address service, global citizenship, and responsibility for the common good.
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Offered in the January Term, with limited offerings at other times
FNA140 Fine Arts
Introduction to the Fine Arts
 
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Code: FNA140

  • Title: Introduction to the Fine Arts
  • Subtitle: Fine Arts
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: Offered in separate sections, each emphasizing a single art, such as the visual arts, music, and theatre, while at the same time examining the interrelations between the arts. An exploration of the roles of art and artists in the world, the benefits of the arts, the materials, structures, and meanings of the arts, and some of the historic and cultural heritage. The course includes active participation and practice with the creative processes of the arts.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
FYS100 First Year Seminar 100
Introduction to the College
 
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Code: FYS100

  • Title: Introduction to the College
  • Subtitle: First Year Seminar 100
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Description: Introduction for first-year students to Maryville College and college life. Topics and activities include college policies, Maryville College history and traditions, college success strategies, campus life, and Mountain Challenge experiences.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
FYS110 First Year Seminar 110
Expectations and practices of a Liberal Arts College
 
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Code: FYS110

  • Title: Expectations and practices of a Liberal Arts College
  • Subtitle: First Year Seminar 110
  • Credit(s): 2
  • Description: Examining a selected theme from a variety of disciplinary approaches, this course introduces students to the academic expectations and practices of a Liberal Arts college. Students will engage in active exploration of the course topic enhancing their analytical reading, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Offered in the fall semester
FYS120 First Year Seminar 120
Communications Strategies
 
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Code: FYS120

  • Title: Communications Strategies
  • Subtitle: First Year Seminar 120
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: Combining theory and practice, this course explores human communication. Through lectures, readings, discussion, and individual and group work, students will gain greater understanding of various communicative media and rhetorical modes. In addition to opportunities to further develop analytical and critical thinking skills, students will refine public speaking skills through several speeches.
  • Prerequisites: First Year Seminar 110 or ORN 120
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Offered in the January term
LIT270 Literature
The Early Western Literary Tradition
 
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Code: LIT270

  • Title: The Early Western Literary Tradition
  • Subtitle: Literature
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: A thematic approach designed to deepen understanding of the breadth, diversity and richness of Western culture as well as to develop interpretive and critical skills. Readings include classical, medieval and Renaissance literary and philosophical texts.
  • Prerequisites: Composition 120 and First Year Seminar 140 and Sophomore standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
LIT290 Literature
The Modern Western Literary Tradition
 
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Code: LIT290

  • Title: The Modern Western Literary Tradition
  • Subtitle: Literature
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: A thematic approach designed to deepen understanding of the breadth, diversity and richness of Western culture as well as to develop interpretive and critical skills. Readings include neoclassical, romantic, modern and post-modern literary and philosophical texts.
  • Prerequisites: Composition 120 and First Year Seminar 140 and sophomore standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
ORN120 Orientation
Transfer Orientation
 
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Code: ORN120

  • Title: Transfer Orientation
  • Subtitle: Orientation
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Description: An orientation to Maryville College, including academic and student development programs. All students take an exam on research methods. An extension of the course is required for those who fail the exam.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Required of all transfer students
SCI150 Natural Science
Principles in Scientific Investigation
 
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Code: SCI150

  • Title: Principles in Scientific Investigation
  • Subtitle: Natural Science
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Description: These courses develop the skills and attitudes necessary to understand and use critically the scientific mode of inquiry to explore the physical world. Integrative sciences such as astronomy, geology, human ecology, pharmaceutical chemistry and zoology are presented to provide significant depth of study in both classroom and field/laboratory settings.
  • Prerequisites: Statistics 120
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Must be taken before the junior year
SCI350 Natural Science
Topics in Natural Science
 
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Code: SCI350

  • Title: Topics in Natural Science
  • Subtitle: Natural Science
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: These courses address the profound effects of scientific inquiry and technological change on contemporary societies. They apply the scientific mode of inquiry and its philosophical and historical development to several different interdisciplinary topics in the natural sciences concerning national or global interests where scientific discoveries raise societal, economic, political, and/or ethical questions.
  • Prerequisites: Natural Science 150 and junior standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
SLS260 Social Sciences
Perspectives on the Social Order
 
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Code: SLS260

  • Title:Perspectives on the Social Order
  • Subtitle: Social Sciences
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: An examination of the social sciences as a distinctive way of looking at the world. Although individual course content may vary, each course focuses on the fundamental challenging questions and the seminal responses to these questions that have occupied the disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • Prerequisites: Composition 120 and First-Year Seminar 140
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Recommended for Sophomores; must be taken no later than the junior year.
SRS480 Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar
 
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Code: SRS480

  • Title: Senior Seminar
  • Subtitle: Senior Seminar
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: A capstone course that provides the student with the skills and opportunity to integrate information gained from various disciplines. The course examines a particular topic from the perspectives of at least two academic divisions, and encompasses a combination of humanistic, scientific and/or artistic. The course will also incorporate global perspectives.
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
STA120 Statistics
Introductory Statistics
 
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Code: STA120

  • Title: Introductory Statistics
  • Subtitle: Statistics
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Description: The course develops quantitative and computational skills necessary in the collection, organization, and interpretation of data. Topics include techniques in sampling and data organization, measures of central tendency and dispersion, an introduction to correlation and linear regression, elementary probability, confidence intervals and an introduction to hypothesis testing. The course is project-oriented and the laboratory component emphasizes the use of calculators, computers and statistically-oriented software.
  • Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Mathematics 105 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement exam
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Recommended for first-year students; available to first-semester sophomores
Various Experiential Education Requirement
Experiential Education Requirement
 
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Code: Various

  • Title: Foreign Language
  • Subtitle: Foreign Language
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Description: A course sequence designed to give students the linguistic, cultural, and geographical background necessary to provide for their basic needs in a setting where the target language is used. Introductory courses are offered in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and American Sign Language. Detailed descriptions are found in the listings for each of the languages.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Strongly recommended as a freshman/sophomore course; must be taken no later than the junior year
Various Foreign Language
Foreign Language
 
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Code: Various

  • Title: Foreign Language
  • Subtitle: Foreign Language
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Description: A course sequence designed to give students the linguistic, cultural, and geographical background necessary to provide for their basic needs in a setting where the target language is used. Introductory courses are offered in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and American Sign Language. Detailed descriptions are found in the listings for each of the languages.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Strongly recommended as a freshman/sophomore course; must be taken no later than the junior year
Various Foreign Language
Foreign Language
 
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Code: Various

  • Title: Foreign Language
  • Subtitle: Foreign Language
  • Credit(s): 4
  • Description: A course sequence designed to give students the linguistic, cultural, and geographical background necessary to provide for their basic needs in a setting where the target language is used. Introductory courses are offered in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and American Sign Language. Detailed descriptions are found in the listings for each of the languages.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: Strongly recommended as a freshman/sophomore course; must be taken no later than the junior year
WCV180 Western Civilization
Foundations of Western Civilization
 
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Code: WCV180

  • Title: Foundations of Western Civilization
  • Subtitle: Western Civilization
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: The development of western civilization between the 5th century BCE and the 18th century Enlightenment. Three key themes are integrated throughout the course: social, ethical, aesthetic ideals and realities; questions of religious and philosophical belief; and the relationship between the individual and the community.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
WCV190 Western Civilization
Modern Western Civilization
 
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Code: WCV190

  • Title: Modern Western Civilization
  • Subtitle: Western Civilization
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: The development of Western civilization between the Renaissance and the 20th century. Three key themes are integrated throughout the course: social, ethical, aesthetic ideals and realities; questions of religious and philosophical belief; and the relationship between the individual and the community.
  • Prerequisites: n/a
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a
WRC370 World Cultures
Topics in World Culture
 
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Code: WRC370

  • Title: Topics in World Culture
  • Subtitle: World Cultures
  • Credit(s): 3
  • Description: An examination of the peoples and customs of a particular culture that lies outside of the traditionally understood "Western World." The course integrates geography, history, social institutions, religion, and the arts. The course seeks to foster intercultural understanding, global perspective and appreciation for the breadth, diversity and richness of the human experience.
  • Prerequisites: First Year Seminar 140, Literature 270 or 290; Junior standing
  • Corequisites: n/a
  • Notes: n/a