Choose your program to see what your core requirements are.

Baccalaureate Programs

General Degrees (BA, BS & BCS)

The list below does not include major or cognate requirements. Professional program requirements (below) will vary from this list.Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150 Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101 or ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141, 180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203; STSP 202 or higher.  High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take one religion course at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224, or
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take one religion course at Calvin.
Persons in Community one EDUC 202; GEOG 200; PHIL 211; POLS 110; PSYC 151; SOC/SOWK 250; STHO 211-212.  Cannot be from the same department as Societal Structures in N. America course.
Societal Structures in N. America one CMS 151; ECON 151, 221, 232, 241; GEOG 241; IDIS 205; POLS 101, 102, 212; SOC 151, 210; STHO 211; STHU 232.  Cannot be from the same department as Persons in Community course.
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205, 210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one MATH 100, 170, 171, 221; STAT 143, 145; PSYC 255; SOC/SOWK 255
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223. 
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115, 123, 141, 160. 
Two course sequence option; high school exemption also possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one ARCT 397; ARTS 395; ARTH 397; BUS 360; BIOL 394–396; CAS 352, 399; CS 384; ECON 395; EDUC 398; ENGL 395; ENGR 339, 340; ENST 395; FREN 394–396; GEOG 380; GERM 395; HIST 395; IDIS 310, 394; IDS 395; KIN 332; MATH 380; MUSC 308; NURS 380; POLS 399; PSYC 399; PHIL 201–205, 207–209, 212, 215, 395, 396; RECR 310; REL 295; SOC 395; SOWK 381; SPAN 395; SPAUD 599. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.

Professional Degree Programs

Accountancy (BSA)

The list below does not include accountancy major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141, 180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.

Foreign Language

Completion of one of the following: CHIN 102; DUTC 102; FREN 102, 132; GERM 102, 122; GREE 102; JAPN 102; KOR 102; LATN 102; SPAN 102, 122; STSP 202 or higher. High school exemption possible.
(This requirement has been reduced for BSA students. Exception: Global Management Accountancy BSA requires completion of the 202-level of one of the above languages.)

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Transfer credit not accepted: students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II not required
Persons in Community one EDUC 202; GEOG 200; PHIL 211; POLS 110; PSYC 151; SOC/SOWK 250; STHO 211-212
Societal Structures in N. America one ECON 221
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217, SPHO 309, STSP 309, STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205,210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one STAT 143
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223.
Two course sequence options; High school exemption also possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115, 123, 141, 160.
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one ARCT 397; ARTS 395; ARTH 397; BUS 360; BIOL 394–396; CAS 352, 399; CS 384; ECON 395; EDUC 398; ENGL 395; ENGR 339, 340; ENST 395; FREN 394–396; GEOG 380; GERM 395; HIST 395; IDIS 310, 394; IDS 395; KIN 332; MATH 380; MUSC 308; NURS 380; POLS 399; PSYC 399; PHIL 201–205, 207–209, 212, 215, 395, 396; RECR 310; REL 295; SOC 395; SOWK 381; SPAN 395; SPAUD 599. Transfer Credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Education - Elementary / Early Childhood / Special Ed (BA)

The list below does not include elementary/special education major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one CAS 214
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 150
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one KIN 223
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203; STSP 202, or higher. High school exemption possible.

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Transfer credit not accepted: students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II not required
Persons in Community one EDUC 202
Societal Structures in N. America one IDIS 205
Literature not required (alternatively, elementary, early childhood and special ed majors are required to take a Children's/Adolescent Lit cognate instead of lit core - see catalog or AER for details)
Global and Historical Studies not required
The Arts one EDUC 210
Mathematics two MATH 221 & 222
Natural World two SCES 121 & 122
Cross Cultural Engagement three IDIS 205, EDUC 322 and EDUC 398

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one EDUC 398. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Education - Secondary (BA, BS or BME)

The list below does not include major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141,180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203; STSP 202 or higher. High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one EDUC 202
Societal Structures in N. America one IDIS 205
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217, SPHO 309, STSP 309, STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205, 210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one MATH 100, 170, 171, 221; STAT 143, 145; PSYC 255; SOC/SOWK 255
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223.
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115, 123, 141, 160.
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement three IDIS 205, EDUC 307 and EDUC 398

Core capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one EDUC 398. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Engineering (BSE)

The list below does not include engineering major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one IDIS 102, 103; CAS 101
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 102; DUTC 102; FREN 102, 132; GERM 102, 122; GREE 102; JAPN 102; KOR 102; LATN 102; SPAN 102, 122; STSP 202, or higher. High school exemption possible.
(This requirement has been reduced for BSE students.)

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Transfer credit not accepted: students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II not required
Societal Structures in N. America one ECON 151, 221
Persons in Community not required
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217, SPHO 309, STSP 309, STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies not required
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics two MATH 171 & 172
Natural World three CHEM 103, PHYS 133 and PHYS 235
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies two ENGR 339 & 340. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Fine Arts (BFA)

The list below does not include the fine arts major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-semester sequence.) Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.

Foreign Language

Completion of one of the following: CHIN 102; DUTC 102; FREN 102, 132; GERM 102, 122; GREE 102; JAPN 102; KOR 102; LATN 102; SPAN 102, 122; STSP 202, or higher. High school exemption possible.
(This requirement has been reduced for BFA students.)

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one EDUC 202; GEOG 200; PHIL 211; POLS 110; PSYC 151; SOC/SOWK 250; STHO 211-212. Cannot be from the same department as Societal Structures in N. America course
Societal Structures in N. America one CMS 151; ECON 151, 221, 232, 241; GEOG 241; IDIS 205; POLS 101, 102, 212; SOC 151, 210; STHO 211; STHU 232. Cannot be from the same department as Persons in Community course
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205,210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236, STHU 235
Mathematics one MATH 100, 170, 171, 221; STAT 143, 145; PSYC 255; SOC/SOWK 255
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223.
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115, 123, 141, 160.
Two course sequence options; high school exemption also possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one ARTS 395. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Nursing (BSN)

The list below does not include nursing major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141,180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Heath and Fitness two PER 101–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from one health and fitness course. (This requirement has been reduced for BSN students.)
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 102; DUTC 102; FREN 102, 132; GERM 102, 122; GREE 102; JAPN 102; KOR 102; LATN 102; SPAN 102, 122; STSP 202 or higher. High school exemption possible.
(This requirement has been reduced for BSN students.)

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Transfer credit not accepted: students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II not required
Persons in Community one PSYC 151
Societal Structures in N. America one SOC 151
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies not required
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one STAT 143, 145
Natural World (Physical) one CHEM 115
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 141
Cross Cultural Engagement one NURS 379

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one NURS 380. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Recreation (BSR)

The list below does not include recreation major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141,180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 102; DUTC 102; FREN 102, 132; GERM 102, 122; GREE 102; JAPN 102; KOR 102; LATN 102; SPAN 102, 122; STSP 202 or higher. High school exemption possible. (This requirement has been reduced for BSR students.)

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one PSYC 151
Societal Structures in N. America one SOC 151
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205, 210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one MATH 100, 170, 171, 221; STAT 143, 145; PSYC 255; SOC/SOWK 255
Natural World (Physical) one ASTR 110, 111, 112, 211, 212; CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; GEOG 120, 181, 250; GEOL 112, 151, 153, 251; IDIS 160; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223. High school exemption possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one RECR 310. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Social Work (BSW)

The list below does not include social work major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core Gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core Competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one ART 153; CAS 101, 140, 141, 180, 214; GEOG 261; GERM 362; IDIS 102, 103; SCES 214; STGH 208
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203; STSP 202, or higher. High school exemption possible.

Core Studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community two PSYC 151 & SOWK 250
Societal Structures in N. America one SOC 151
one CMS 151; ECON 151, 221, 232, 241; GEOG 241; IDIS 205; POLS 101, 102, 212; SOC 210; STHO 211; STHU 232
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies one ARTH 232, 233, 241, 243, 245; BIOL 364; DAN 310; ECON 236, 237, 337; ENGL 300, 310; ENST 210; FREN 362, 363; GEOG 110, 240, 242; HIST 231, 232, 233, 235, 238, 242, 245, 246, 261, 262, 263, 271; IDS 201; MUSC 205; PHIL 225, 226; POLS 207, 271, 276, 277, 279; REL 255, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356; SOC 153; SOWK 260; SPAN 308, 311; STBR 372; STCH 203, 204; STFR 362; STHO 205, 210; STHU 312; STNL 230; STPE 308; STSP 212; SPHO 308; STSP 308
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one SOWK 255
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115
Natural World (Physical) not required
Cross Cultural Engagement one SOWK 381

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one SOWK 381. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
Speech Pathology & Audiology (BA or BA-MA)

The list below does not include speech pathology & audiology major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 108; IS 175; ENGR 101.
Rhetoric In Culture one CAS 140
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 130–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203. STSP 202 or higher. High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), then choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), then choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one PSYC 151
Societal Structures in N. America one CMS 151; ECON 151, 221, 232, 241; GEOG 241; IDIS 205; POLS 101, 102, 212; SOC 151, 210; STHO 211; STHU 232
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies not required
The Arts one ARCT 201, 202; ARTH 101, 102, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240; CAS 145, 203, 254, 281, 282, 320, 321; CLAS 221, 231; DAN 202, 330; EDUC 210; FREN 375; GERM 371; MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236; STHU 235
Mathematics one STAT 143, 145
Natural World (Physical) one CHEM 101, 103, 105, 115; PHYS 133, 212, 221, 223
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 115
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one If 5-year BA-MA, then SPAUD 599; if 4-year BA only, then CAS 399. Transfer credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.

Professional Combined-Curriculum Programs

Occupational Therapy (BSOT or MSOT)

The list below does not include pre-occupational therapy major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS or BCS.) Courses in bold are off-campus programs. Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 100/102 (two-course, full-year sequence). Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; IS 175; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one CAS 101
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101–119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120–159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160–189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203; STSP 202, or higher. High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 131 (above), choose from REL 211–224.
If REL 121 (above), choose from REL 230–237, 243–251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one PSYC 151
Societal Structures in N. America one SOC 151
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200–234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309; STGH 217; SPHO 309; STSP 309; STPE 309
Global and Historical Studies not required
The Arts one MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236
Mathematics one STAT 143; PSYC 255
Natural World (Physical) two CHEM 115 and PHYS 223. High school exemption possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 141. High school exemption possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements

Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one PHIL 212 or 205. Transfer Credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.
* Calvin offers a 3-2 combined curriculum program with the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. A student participating in this program will spend three years at Calvin, apply for acceptance into the program at Washington University, and if accepted, transfer to Washington University for two additional years of coursework and clinical training. Upon successful completion of the first year at Washington University, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science in Letters and Occupational Therapy from Calvin. Upon completion of the second year, the student will receive a MSOT from Washington University. See current course catalog or for further information.