Required Courses

Your course schedule will be developed based on your responses to the questions in the “Academic Advising Questionnaire” and completed based on your conversations with your summer academic advisor.

Your Fall 2021 course schedule

As part of Monmouth’s core curriculum, a standard set of courses is required for all students to earn a Monmouth degree.

Below, is a list and descriptions for required courses, especially those you will take in your first year as a Monmouth  freshman. Incoming transfer students may be exempt from or will have already satisfied some or all of these requirements.

In addition to reviewing required courses, you may be interested to read more about general education and elective course options for first-year students, as well as recommended first-semester courses by major.

Required courses

INTG 101: Introduction to Liberal Arts

All first-time students at Monmouth (and transfer students who have transferred less than the equivalent of two full-time semesters of college) take Introduction to Liberal Arts during the first semester. This course is currently listed as INTG 101-50 on your course schedule.

Section “50” is simply a placeholder. In early August, you will be assigned a specific section and instructor who will also serve as your primary academic advisor during your first semester.

Note: You will also receive a summer reading assignment to prepare for your first ILA class, which will be held during the first day of Fall Orientation when you arrive on campus.

COMM 101: Fundamentals of Communication

This practice-oriented speech course introduces various forms of speech, including interpersonal, small group and public communication.

ENGL 110: Composition and Argument

Students take ENGL-110 during the first year. The purpose of this course is to help students analyze and evaluate what they read; recognize and use a variety of rhetorical modes and argumentative strategies; improve critical thinking skills; and arrange thoughts into well-focused essays.

Note: If you are registered for COMM-101 in the fall, you will take ENGL-110 in the spring and vice versa. Students with dual credit in English and/or Speech may substitute other general education, elective or academic interest-related courses during the first semester.

Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum

To ensure that students are adequately prepared in quantitative reasoning, students may be placed in either QRAC 110 (Quantitative Reasoning/Citizen) or QRAC 120 (Quantitative Reasoning/Math) during the first or second semester (and in some cases, first semester of sophomore year). Placement is determined based on a review of high school transcripts, courses, grades and, if available, ACT/SAT sub scores in math.

Other general education courses

The following courses may be considered but are not necessarily required during the first year: You will notice that general education courses are identified with an asterisk (*) on the course schedule.

Foreign Language

Students are expected to achieve a competency level equivalent to that of a second-semester college language course. Your placement exam scores, as well as your previous experience in formal language study during high school, will be taken into consideration for placement. All students, even those who have completed four years of high school language or who are heritage speakers, are required to take the proficiency exam during fall orientation to determine placement.

Laboratory Science

Students complete one semester of laboratory science, typically before the end of the junior year. Students may choose from courses in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Physics or Psychology to meet this requirement, provided a lab component is part of the course. Refer to the Academic Catalog for list of approved courses.

Beauty and Meaning in Works of Art

Students complete one course credit in a class that focuses on creating and appreciating works of art, such as art, music, theatre, creative writing and literature. Refer to the Academic Catalog for a list of approved courses. Students may also complete a combination of two .50 credit courses to satisfy the requirement.

Quantitative Reasoning in Practice

Students will also complete 1.0 course credit in Quantitative Reasoning in Practice (QRP). Quantitative Reasoning refers to the reasoning and critical thinking skills required to understand and create effective arguments supported by quantitative data. Through exercises, assignments and topics, the course will focus on quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving and communication. Refer to the chart in the academic policies section of the course catalog for a list of QRP courses for majors.

Elective courses

You may know exactly what you want to major in or you may be exploring your options at this time. Some majors might require an early start in major courses (many of the science majors) or specific courses that should be considered during the first year.

Otherwise, think of elective courses as opportunities to expand and support your major or minor. Electives allow you to explore a wide variety of subjects and help you find a major, or better yet, discover a passion. This is what the liberal arts education is all about.

Students are sometimes hesitant to take electives as they do not want to waiver from the list of prescribed courses for the degree, but electives will certainly count toward the total number of courses) that you need to complete your degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 32 course credits. The Bachelor of Science degree requires up to 36 course credits, depending upon the major.

In addition to these options, you may also review a complete 2021-2022 Course Schedule where you can view offerings by academic department. We encourage you to use the filter option and to click the box “First Time Freshman Registration” in order to see a full list of courses that do not require a prerequisite.