BLS Core Requirements | BAS & BLS

The BLS common core courses develop fundamental skills in writing, critical thinking, information literacy and leadership and give students the opportunity to explore ideas from multiple perspectives. Additional details about the BLS Common Core Requirement can be found in the General Catalog.

 

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Students who have received an Associate of Arts degree from an Iowa two-year institution participating in articulation agreements with the University of Iowa are considered to have satisfied all requirements of the BLS Common Core/General Education Program, except Leadership and Career Development.

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Rhetoric

Courses approved for the Rhetoric area of the CLAS General Education Program satisfy the B.L.S. rhetoric requirement. The following course is offered by distance education.


Interpretation of Literature

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Interpretation of Literature area of the CLAS General Education Program. The following course is offered by distance education.

  • ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature (3 s.h.)

Natural Sciences

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Natural Sciences area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.

Students also may use this distance education course, which is not part of the CLAS General Education Program, to satisfy the B.L.S. natural sciences requirement

  • ACB:1199 Anatomy Basic Phys for Radiation Science (4 s.h.) ** Effective Fall 2017 **

Global Perspectives

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the International and Global Issues area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.

  • ANTH:2100 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems (3 s.h.)
  • ANTH:2261 Human Impacts on the Environment (3 s.h.)
  • ARTH:1040 Arts of Africa (3 s.h.)
  • HIST:1403 Western Civilization III (3 s.h.)
  • POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations (3 s.h.)
  • POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:1130 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:2852/GWSS:2052 Women in Islam and the Middle East (3 s.h.)

Students also may use one of these distance education courses, which are not part of the CLAS General Education Program, to satisfy the B.L.S. global perspectives requirement

  • POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism (3 s.h.)
  • POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:3105 The World of the Old Testament (3 s.h.)

Domestic Diversity

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) that addresses diversity and domestic perspectives on current issues. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Values, Society and Diversity area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.  IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NEW ADMITS AFTER SPRING 2017:  If using the Gen Ed search in MyUI, you will need to select "Values and Culture".

  • CLSA:2016 Classical Mythology (3 s.h.)
  • GWSS:1310 Gender and Society (3-4 s.h.)
  • HHP:2200 Physical Activity and Health (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:1130 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:1903 Quest for Human Destiny (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:2852 Women in Islam and the Middle East (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:2986 Religion and Women (3 s.h.)
  • SOC:2710 The American Family (3 s.h.)
  • SOC:2810 Social Inequality (3 s.h.)
  • SRM:1045 Health for Living (3 s.h.)
  • SRM:1072 Leisure and the Liberal Arts (3 s.h.)

Students also may use one of these distance education courses, which are not part of the CLAS General Education Program, to satisfy the B.L.S. domestic diversity requirement.

  • AMST:1075 American Popular Music (3 s.h.)
  • GWSS:3154 Sexuality in the United States (3 s.h.)
  • RCE:4187/EDTL:4987 Introduction to Assistive Technology (3 s.h.)
  • RCE:4197 Citizenship in a Multicultural Society (3 s.h.)
  • SOC:1020 Social Problems (3-4 s.h.)
  • SOC:2430 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 s.h.)
  • SSW:3712/NURS:3712 Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society (3 s.h.)
  • TR:3174 Cultural Perspectives in Health Care (3 s.h.)

Statistics

Students must complete one approved statistics course (3 s.h.). They may use any 3 s.h. course offered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science with the prefix STAT except STAT:1000 First-Year Seminar. The following distance education courses are approved for the B.L.S. statistics requirement.


Information Literacy

Students must complete one approved course (2-3 s.h.) focusing on information literacy. The following course is offered by distance education.

  • MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials (2 s.h.)

Students also may use one of these courses, which are not offered by distance education, to satisfy the B.L.S. information literacy requirement.

  • CS:1020 Principles of Computing (3 s.h.)
  • CS:1110 Introduction to Computer Science (3 s.h.)

Critical Thinking

  • JMC:3115 Topics (3 s.h.)
  • PHIL:1033 The Meaning of Life (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:2260 Hard Cases in Healthcare (3 s.h.)
  • RELS:2775 Bible and the Holocaust (3 s.h.) ** Effective Fall 2017 **
  • SRM:2065 The Experience Economy (3 s.h.)

Students also may use one of these courses, which are not offered by distance education, to satisfy the BLS critical thinking requirement.

  • LING:1050 Language and Formal Reasoning (3 s.h.)
  • PHIL:1034 Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (3 s.h.)
  • PHIL:1401 Matters of Life and Death (3 s.h.)
  • PHIL:1636 Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate (3 s.h.)

Leadership and Career Development

Students must complete two or more approved courses (total of 6 s.h.) focusing on leadership and career development, chosen from the following list of distance education courses.

  • CCP:1304 "Suit Camp" for the Job Search (1 s.h.)
  • CCP:1305 Social Media for Your Job Search (1 s.h.)
  • CCP:2001 Graduate Admissions 101 (1 s.h.)
  • CCP:3102 Job Search Strategies (2-3 s.h.)
  • CCP:3104 Defining Your Career Path (2 s.h.) ** Effective Fall 2017 **
  • CLAS:1600 Life Design: Building Your Future (1 s.h.)
  • COMM:1818 Communication Skills for Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • COMM:1819 Organizational Leadership (2-3 s.h.)
  • CW:3005 Professional and Creative Business Communication (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:4081/EALL:4081/EPLS:4081/ PSQF:4081/RCE:4081 ePortfolio Production (1-2 s.h.)
  • ENTR:1350 Foundations in Entrepreneurship (2 s.h.)
  • LS:3004 Perspectives on Leadership (3 s.h.) ** Effective Fall 2017 **
  • LS:3012 Leadership Theory to Practice (3 s.h.) ** Will be removed Fall 2017 **
  • PSY:2910 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • RCE:2081 Making a Vocational-Educational Choice (2-3 s.h.)
  • RCE:4194 Interpersonal Effectiveness (3 s.h.)
  • RCE:4197 Citizenship in a Multicultural Society (3 s.h.)
  • SOC:4225 The Social Psychology of Leadership (3 s.h.)