Core Curriculum

The best preparation for the demands of a diverse and global society is a comprehensive, wide-ranging background in the liberal arts and sciences, combined with in-depth knowledge of more than one field of study. To that end, the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark, with the cooperation of faculty from all of the campus' other schools, has redesigned the general education requirements for the campus to prepare students to successfully pursue a wide range of professional activities as well as to pursue graduate training.  The Core Curriculum is organized around a set of concrete learning objectives that encompass the skills most needed for active citizenship and most valued by employers, such as the ability to think critically and creatively, to reason quantitatively, and to communicate effectively.  Each Core Curriculum course is designed to ensure that students are conversant with the basic modes of inquiry specific to each of the core disciplinary foci of a liberal education.  Through the Core Curriculum, students will emerge from their Rutgers-Newark education with the ability to apply their knowledge to the major questions of the 21st century.  

The Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all graduates acquire a broad range of knowledge, skills, and competencies across the arts and sciences. The seven Core Curriculum categories are:

Basic Writing Skills 6 credits
Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Natural Sciences 8-10 credits*
Social Sciences 6 credits
History & Literature 9 credits**
Arts & Media 3 credits
Other Liberal Arts 3 credits
Total 38 credits

* For the Natural Sciences requirement, two (2) lectures with lab must be completed

** 3 credits must be History, 3 credits must be Literature, and 3 credits can be either History or Literature.

Courses in each of these areas must be chosen from a list of approved courses. Please see Degree Navigator for a complete listing of approved Core Curriculum courses.