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Core Curriculum

Professor Craig Tyson teaching a religion course at D'Youville College

Every candidate for a bachelor's degree from the college must successfully complete the Core Curriculum.

At the heart of a D’Youville education is the Core Curriculum, rooted in the mission and heritage of the College, and responsive to the needs of our global society. These required courses provides a solid foundation for your studies at D’Youville and your life after college — in whatever career you chose.

Through the 19 required courses in the Core, you'll gain broad exposure to multiple academic disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. You’ll develop communication skills and hone your abilities to creatively and confidently solve problems.

Core Curriculum Courses

The core curriculum consists of at least 19 courses distributed as follows:


A total of eight courses in the humanities are required.

Required Courses
ENG 111 English Communication
ENG 112 English Communication
Choose One
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action (OR)
PHI 201 Religion and Social Responsibility
Select five courses from at least three of the following areas:
Foreign Language (any course) 
Religious Studies (any course)
Literature (any literature course in English or a foreign language, excluding ENG 111 and ENG 112)
Fine Arts: Fine Arts, Music, Dance (3 credits), Creative Writing, Speech or Theatre Arts
Philosophy (any course)

Social Sciences

A total of four courses in the social sciences are required, one from each of the following areas:

Sociology 101 OR Sociology 102
History 103 OR History 111 OR History 203 OR History 204 *
Economics 201 OR Economics 202 OR Political Science 201
Psychology 101 OR Psychology 203

*High school average (and all Social Studies courses) with a B or better permits selection of any 300 or 400 level history course.

Natural Sciences

A total of two courses in natural sciences, from the following disciplines, are required. One of the courses must include a lab.

Biology (100 or 200 level)
Chemistry (100 or 200 level) excluding CHE 105 & CHE 115
Physics (100 or 200 level)


One mathematics course (at the 100 level) is required (MAT 101 is excluded).

Computer Science

One computer science course (at the 100 level) is required.


Students must also complete an additional three electives (outside of the requirements for their academic major).