General Curriculum Requirements

Newark College of Arts & Sciences


Students are subject to the curriculum requirements in effect when they entered the Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Students leaving the college for two or more semesters must meet the requirements in place at the time they re-enroll.

Note: The faculty has approved a change in the general curriculum requirements for graduation. The new core curriculum will be in effect for all incoming students in the fall 2012. Information about the new requirements may be found at this web page.

To ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to acquire a broad liberal arts education, the faculty has prescribed the following general curriculum requirements for all students, regardless of major field. These requirements include:


English Composition (6 credits)

Every student must successfully complete two English composition courses (21:355:101 &102 or their equivalents, for transfers) with a grade of C or better. Students must be enrolled in a composition course, or preparatory course, as determined by the established placement standards at the college each and every term until the requirement is satisfied, unless otherwise advised by the Writing Program or the Office of Student Affairs.

Students who do not pursue this requirement may be compelled to carry a reduced credit load and to defer their probable date of graduation.

Completion of the English composition requirement is prerequisite to the Writing across the Curriculum requirement. It should be understood that students are expected to write effective English in all courses. A student who consistently writes in an unsatisfactory manner, even though English composition has been passed, may be required to complete appropriate remedial work.


Writing Intensive (6 credits)

Students are required to complete two courses designated as Writing Intensive, including at least one in the department of the major course of study. (They may choose to take the other as a course that satisfies general requirements or as an elective.) All departments offer at least one Writing Intensive course, identified in the Schedule of Classes with a Q prefix.

The Writing across the Curriculum requirement reinforces writing skills attained in composition courses. Each Writing Intensive course requires students to undertake substantive writing assignments that are evaluated not only on content but also on issues of grammar, organization, and rhetoric. These courses also emphasize drafting, revision, and critical feedback.

For further information about the Writing across the Curriculum requirement and a current listing of courses, see


Mathematics Proficiency (3-4 credits)

All candidates for the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree are required to demonstrate minimum proficiency in mathematics by satisfying one of the following criteria:

1. Successful completion, with a grade of C or better, of 21:640:106 (Mathematics for Liberal Arts), 21:640:107 College Algebra for the Humanities and Social Sciences 21:640:108 College Algebra for Business or 21:640:109 College Algebra for the Physical Sciences or any more advanced course in mathematics offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

2. Successful completion, with a grade of C or better, of a college-level mathematics course equivalent to 21:640:109 College Algebra for the Physical Sciences, 21:640:114 Pre-calculus, 21:640:119 Basic Calculus, or 21: 640:135 Calculus I at another institution.

3. Satisfactory performance on a proficiency examination administered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (prior to the start of the fall 2012 semester).

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will cease offering the proficiency examination as of the fall 2012 semester, so performance on it no longer will be a possible option for demonstrating mathematics proficiency.

Students who have not otherwise satisfied the proficiency requirement before matriculation in the Newark College of Arts and Sciences must enroll in the mathematics course prescribed by the placement standards at the college and continue to enroll each and every semester until the requirement is satisfied. Students not adhering to these guidelines may be required to carry a reduced credit load and to defer their probable date of graduation.


Foreign Language

Students are expected to have completed two years of high school study of a foreign language prior to entering college. Students who have not fulfilled this expectation will be required to complete a one-year, elementary, sequential course (6 credits) in a foreign language offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. The department offers such courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. A placement exam, administered by the department, must be taken before registering for a foreign language course. Students with prior familiarity with a language are encouraged to contact the department chair person to discuss placement prior to initial enrollment in the relevant language course sequence. Students enrolling in the lowest level course at the elementary level in any language must complete 6 academic credits of coursework to receive any degree credit at all.


History and Literature (6 credits each)

Every student must successfully complete 6 credits in history offered by the Department of History and 6 credits in literature offered by the Department of English, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, or the Department of African American and African Studies. Literature courses may be taken in the original language or in translation.

Successful completion of English Composition is a prerequisite for enrolling in the history and literature courses. Students who choose a literature course in an original language must fulfill language prerequisites for that course as well.


Natural Sciences

Every student must successfully complete a one-year course with a laboratory in a natural science (8 credits), and 3 additional credits in computer sciences, the natural sciences, or mathematics.

The laboratory science requirement is satisfied by taking a one-year introductory course, with laboratory, offered in the natural sciences area. Students with specific career or major interests in scientific fields should seek academic guidance in choosing laboratory courses. The following courses fulfill the laboratory science requirement:

21:120:101-102 General Biology

21:120:109, 110 Basic Plant Science and Basic Plant Science Laboratory and 21:120:206, 207 General Horticulture and Horticulture Laboratory

21:160:101-102 World of Chemistry and 21:160:109, 110 World of Chemistry Laboratory

21:160:115-116 General Chemistry and 21:160:113-114 General Chemistry Laboratory

21:460:103,104 Planet Earth and Planet Earth Laboratory and 21:206, 207 Environmental Geology and Lab

21:750:203, 204 General Physics I, II and 21:750:205, 206 Introductory Physics Laboratory

21:750:213, 214 University Physics and 21:750:205, 206 Introductory Physics Laboratory

The following courses fulfill the 3 additional credits required in the natural sciences:
a mathematics course (21:640) at a higher level than the course taken to meet the mathematics proficiency requirement

21:120:108 Human Sexuality

21:120:109 Basic Plant Science (Not open to biology majors or to those who have already taken or are planning to take 21:120:101-102. Students will not receive credit for both.)

21:120:205 Environmental Issues

21:120:206 General Horticulture

21:160:101 World of Chemistry

21:198:101 Computers and Programming I

21:460:101 Introduction to the Earth

21:460:102 Africa: A Virtual Field Trip to the Continent

21:460:103 Planet Earth

21:460:203 Natural Disasters

21:460:210 Global Conflict: The Resource Wars

21:460:230 Weather and Climate

21:750:109 Astronomy and Cosmology


Social Sciences

Every student must successfully complete 6 credits in a single field: African American studies, anthropology, criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology. The following courses fulfill the social sciences requirement:

African American and African Studies

21:014:111, 112 Introduction to African-American and African Studies

21:014:220 Black Political Thought

21:014:278 Black Subcultures of the United States of America

21:014:356 Minority Politics and Public Policy

21:014:388 Survey of Black Political Economy


21:070:203 or 204 Introduction to Physical or Cultural Anthropology and any 200- to 400-level anthropology or archaeology course

Criminal Justice

47:202:102 Criminology

47:202:103 Introduction to Criminal Justice


21:220:101,102 Introduction to Economics, Micro and Macro

Political Science

21:790:201 American National Government and one of the following for which 790:201 is the prerequisite:

21:790:202 America and the World

21:790:203 Introduction to Comparative Politics

21:790:356 Sex, Law, and Public Policy

21:790:362 The Politics of Poverty

21:790:382 Environmental Politics and Policy

21:790:385 Religion, Politics, and Public Policy, or the sequence:

21:790:371 Early Political Theory (prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor)

21:790:372 Modern Political Theory


21:830:101,102 Principles of Psychology

Social Work

21:910:322 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

21:910:341 Social Welfare Policies through 1930s

21:910:342 Contemporary Social Welfare Policies

21:910:345 Human Diversity


21:920:201 Introduction to Sociology I and any 200- or 300-level course in sociology


Fine Arts

Every student must successfully complete one course (3 credits) that focuses on an aspect of the fine arts. The course may be a selected performance offering, or it may be one that reflects a historical/critical perspective on an area of the fine arts.

The following courses fulfill the fine arts requirement:

21:080:121 Introduction to Drawing

21:080:251 Introduction to Painting

21:080:261 Introduction to Photography

21:082:101 Introduction to Art History I

21:082:102 Introduction to Art History II

21:082:201 Art Beyond the West

21:085:102 Design Fundamentals

21:085:103 3-D Design Fundamentals

21:087:101 Introduction to Music

21:087:111 Fundamentals of Music I

21:087:121,122 Music Theory I, II

21:087:135 Music and Film

21:087:219 Women in Music

21:087:229 American Music

21:087:237, 238 Survey of Western Music

21:087:265 Jazz

21:087:280 World Music - An Introduction

21:088:101 Living Theater - Introduction to Theater

21:088:102 Acting Fundamentals

21:088:208 Movement for the Theater

21:088:209, 210 Voice and Speech for the Theater I, II

21:088:212 From Page to Stage

21:088:353 Traditional Theaters of Asia

21:089:256 The Art and History of the Film

21:089:263 Modern Film

21:089:351, 352 Topics in American Film

21:950:289 Principles of Oral Interpretation


Interdisciplinary Studies

Every student must successfully complete one course (3 credits) that explicitly takes an interdisciplinary approach to its subject matter. The following courses fulfill the interdisciplinary requirement:

21:014:305 Black Women in the United States

21:014:306 Comparative Race Relations: South Africa and the United States

21:014:389 Psychology and Values of the African American

21:014:396 The African-American Community

21:050:306 The Vietnam War and America

21:060:335 Law in the Ancient Near East

21:070:346 The Cultural History of the New York Police

21:070:390 Culture, Political Violence, and Genocide

21:070:475 Culture and Globalization Anthropology

21:120:108 Human Sexuality

21:350:254 Literature and Politics in the Third World

21:350:302 Writing with Computers

21:350:337, 338 Topics in Literature

21:350:361, 362 Women in Literature

21:350:377 Science Fiction, Technology, and Society

21:350:379 Computers and Literature

21:350:395 Nuclear War and Literature

21:352:350 The Vietnam War and American Literature

21:352:351 Crime and Punishment in American Literature

21:420:260 Contemporary France

21:460:203 Natural Disasters

21:460:210 Global Conflict: The Resource Wars

21:470:327 Germanic Mythology and Folklore

21:500:235,236 The World of the Bible I, II

21:500:341,342 Jewish Civilization I, II

21:510:255 Ancient Greek Civilization

21:510:256 Roman Civilization

21:510:394 The Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia

21:560:343 Italian Civilization

21:615:322 Language Acquisition

21:730:201 Introduction to Logic

21:730:205 Current Moral and Social Issues

21:730:212 Introduction to Ethics

21:730:327 Philosophy of Religion

21:730:328 Philosophy of Arts

21:730:351 Business and Professional Ethics

21:730:358 Philosophy and the Black Experience

21:730:425 Philosophy of Science

21:730:427 Philosophical Issues of Feminism

21:730:428 Social and Political Philosophy

21:730:450 Decision Theory and Ethics

21:750:202 Physics as a Liberal Art

21:790:245 Philosophy of Law

21:790:306 Politics and Literature

21:790:356 Sex, Law, and Public Policy

21:790:362 The Politics of Poverty

21:790:385 Religion, Politics, and Public Policy

21:812:321 Oral History of Newark's Ironbound Neighborhood

21:812:342 343 Lusophone World Culture I and II

21:812:351 Performance and Culture in Portugal and Brazil

21:840:204 Seminar on Religion and Culture

21:880:331, 332 Topics in Science, Technology, and Society

21:910:322 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

21:910:326 Prisoners and Families

21:940:341,342 Iberian and Ibero-American Civilization

21:940:383 Ibero-American Thought in English Translation

21:965:253 Television and Society

21:988:201,202 Introduction to Women's Studies

21:988:325 Politics of Sexuality

CIS 350 (NJIT) Computers and Society


Restricted Electives

Every student must successfully complete 15 credits of electives outside of his or her major. Courses taken for graduation credit in education may be used as electives for the purpose of this requirement. With elective credits, students may choose to complete a minor in an approved subject offered at the college.

Courses may not be used to fulfill more than one distribution requirement, but a course generally used to fulfill a distribution requirement may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement. Any exceptions are noted in the description of the relevant major or minor curriculum.