Requirements

The Core Curriculum is at the heart of the transformational educational experience that Monmouth College offers and provides the foundation for students to explore their passions and understand the world and their place in it. The Core Curriculum at Monmouth College equips students with foundational academic skills, invites students to explore human cultures and the natural world through modes of inquiry traditional to the liberal arts, and challenges students to engage with diverse peoples and communities. The Core Curriculum includes requirements in Foundations, Inquiry, and Engagement:

  • Foundations ensures that students have skills in reading and interpretation, analysis of texts and data, and oral and written communication.
  • Inquiry provides students with opportunities to explore multiple ways of knowing through and about the arts, humanities, natural sciences, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences.
  • Engagement challenges students to engage with diverse communities, languages and cultures and to address issues and problems in their relevant contexts.

Foundation skills

The following foundation courses are required for all four-year students. They are usually taken in the first year. 

COMM 101 – Fundamentals of Communication
ENGL 110 – Composition and Argument -or- ENGL 120 – Composition and Literature

Foreign language

Competence in foreign language at the level of the first year of college language study (the 102 course level) is required. A student may meet the requirement through a language placement exam that demonstrates competency at the required level in a language other than English. Based on placements, students may start at the 102 level or may also need to take 101 in their chosen language. 

Lab science

Study of the sciences, one course with laboratory in chemistry, physics, biology or psychology, from the list below, to be taken before the end of the junior year. 

Quantitative reasoning

Students will complete 1.0 course credit in Quantitative Reasoning in Practice (QRP). Which QRP course students take depends on their major. In some cases, students may be required to take prerequisites before taking their QRP course (QRAC 110 and QRAC 120). 

Quantitative reasoning in practice (QRP) courses for specific majors

Major Required QRP Course Prerequisite
Accounting ACCT 304 ACCT 204
Biochemistry MATH 151 Either MATH 141 or a Math ACT score of 26+
or Math SAT score of 610+
Biology BIOL 210 Either BIOL 150 or 155 and Sophomore standing
Biopsychology BIOL 210 or PSYC 201 Either BIOL 150 or 155 and Sophomore
standing or PSYC 101 and Sophomore standing
Business Administration BUSI 306 or BUSI 205

BUSI 201, 205
ACCT 203, ECON 200 or BUSI 201

Chemistry MATH 151

Either MATH 141 or a Math ACT score of 26+
or Math SAT score of 610+

Communication Studies COMM 340

COMM 230 or PUBR 241

Computer Science COMP 152

COMP 151

Data Science DATA 151

QRAC 110 or QRAC 120

Economics BUSI 205

BUSI 201

Elementary Education EDST 110

None

Environmental Studies and Sustainability BIOL 210 or PSYC 201

Either BIOL 150 or 155 and Sophomore
standing or PSYC 101 and Sophomore standing

Exercise Science EXSC 225

EXSC 180, 190

International Business BUSI 306

BUSI 201, 205; ACCT 203, ECON 200

Mathematics MATH 253

MATH 152

Neuroscience STAT 201 or PSYC 201

 

Philosophy PHIL 201

None

Physical Education EXSC 225

EXSC 180, 190

Political Science POLS 208 or POLS 375 or POLS 287

 

Psychology PSYC 201

PSYC 101 and Sophomore standing

Public Relations COMM 340

COMM 230 or PUBR 241

Sociology and Anthropology Human Services SOAN 302

STAT 100 or STAT 201

Theatre Drafting for Design

 

Wellness Administration EXSC 225

EXSC 180, 190

Students in all other majors may choose any of the following courses to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning in Practice requirement. 

General quantitative reasoning in practice (QRP) courses for majors with no specific QRP requirement stated

Course Prerequisite
ACCT 203  Financial Accounting INTG 101 (ILA) and
**QRAC 110 or 120
DATA 151  Data Science I **QRAC 110 or 120
EDST 110  Elementary Math Core and Foundations **QRAC 110 or 120
MATH 104  Mathematics for the Liberal Arts **QRAC 110 or 120
MATH 130  Topics in Quantitative Reasoning **QRAC 110 or 120
MATH 151  Calculus I with Lab  Either MATH 141 or a Every semester
Math ACT score of 26+ or
Math SAT score of 590+
PHIL 201  Critical Thinking: Introduction to Logic  
POLS 208  Understanding Capitalism  
POLS 287  Political Psychology  
POLS 375  Environmental Politics  
STAT 100  Statistical Literacy and Reasoning **QRAC 110 or 120
STAT 201  Statistics I **QRAC 110 or 120
THEA 181  Drafting for Design  

** Upon review of ACT and SAT test sub scores in math, QRAC 110 or QRAC 120 may be required.