Pre-Emphasis Area Requirements

Pre-Emphasis Area Requirements

Students admitted to MU prior to fall 2010

English Composition

Credits Required: 3
ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation (3 Credits)

  • You must receive a B-range grade or better to satisfy this requirement.
  • A C-range grade will be accepted only if you also pass the Missouri College English Test. The MCET is given on the MU campus.
  • Effective with FS02 freshmen, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test credit will satisfy this requirement.

College Algebra

Credits Required: 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra (3 Credits)

  • A C-range grade or better is required. A 26 math ACT subscore or 600 math SAT score exempts students from taking College Algebra.

Foreign Language

Credits Required: 12-13 in a single foreign language.

  • These courses can be taken on the MU campus, or the equivalent at another institution.
  • If you have completed four or more years in a single foreign language in high school, you may waive the foreign language requirement, but you will not earn any college credit. You will need to replace those 12-13 hours with electives.
  • If you have four or more years of high school credit and elect to take a lower-level course in the same language, you negate the option of satisfying your language requirement based on high school credit. You must either continue through level 3, or request that the credits for the lower-level course not be counted toward graduation.
  • Placement tests are available for Spanish, French, and German. If you are placed into level 1200, 2100, or 2106, you may earn advanced standing credit for the level(s) skipped by earning a C-range grade or better in the next highest level course. For more information, contact Romance Languages in 143 Arts and Science Building, or German and Russian Studies in 456 General Classroom Building.

Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science

Credits Required: 9

This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • Statistics (3 Credits). STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning* (3 Credits). STAT 1200 or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics* (3 Credits) taken on campus will satisfy MU’s math reasoning proficiency (MRP) requirement. A C-range grade or better is required.
    • *MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite.
  • Additional courses (6 Credits) from the following areas: Biological Anthropology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, CS 1050 Computer Science*, Geology, Math* and Physics. Laboratory science is required.
    • *MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite.
    • This additional courses requirement can be satisfied as follows:
      • One course with a lab. Select from the following:
        • ANTHRO 2050 or 2051/2052 Intro to Biological Anthropology (5 Credits).
        • ASTRON 1010 Intro to Astronomy (4 Credits). Physics and math-based.
        • ASTRON 1020 Intro to Laboratory Astronomy (2 Credits).
        • BIO SC 1010 General Principles and Concepts and BIO SC 1020 General Biology Lab (Total 5 Credits). Either take 1010 and 1020 together or take 1010 first. 1020 will not satisfy the lab requirement without 1010.
        • BIO SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory (5 Credits).
        • BIO SC 1060 Basic Environmental Studies (3 Credits if taken WS05 or later).
        • BIO SC 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory (5 Credits); cross-listed F_W 1100.
        • BIO SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory (5 Credits).
        • BIO SC 2100 Infectious Diseases (3 Credits)
        • CHEM 1100 Atoms & Molecules (3 Credits). Chemistry course for non-science majors.
        • F_W 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory (5 Credits); cross-listed BIO SC 1100.
        • GEOL 1100 Principles of Geology (4 Credits).
        • GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology (4 Credits).
        • GN HON 2461H Warm Little Pond (3 Credits) or GN HON 2462H Warm Little Planet (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
        • NAT R 1060 Ecology & Conservation of Living Resources* (3 Credits).
        • PHYSCS 1210 College Physics (4 Credits). Math-based, geared toward science majors.
        • PHYSCS 2750 University Physics (5 Credits). MATH 1500 is a prerequisite.
        • PLNT S 2110 Plant Growth & Culture* (3 Credits) and 2120 Plant Science Lab* (2 Credits).
        • SOIL 2110 Intro to Soils* (3 Credits) and SOIL 2106 Soil Sci Lab* (2 Credits).
        • T_A_M 2200 Science of Textiles (3 Credits).
          • *Non-Arts & Science course. Non-A&S courses can only be used to satisfy admission requirements. They will not count as upper-level non-journalism courses. Initially accepted WS01.
      • Other acceptable courses to satisfy the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Science Requirements:
        • Biological
          • ANTHRO 1002 Topics in Anthropology (1-3 Credits).
          • ANTHRO 2051 Intro to Biological Anthropology (3 Credits). Lecture only.
          • AN SCI 1011 Animal Science* (3 Credits).
          • BIO SC 1010 General Biology Lecture (3 Credits) or any other biology course.
          • BIO SC 2002 Topics in Biological Sciences (1-3 Credits).
          • BIO SC 2960/2965H will not count for this requirement.
          • ENTOM 2710 Insects in the Environment* (3 Credits).
          • F S 1020 World Food & You* (3 Credits).
          • F S 1030 Food Science & Nutrition* (3 Credits).
          • NAT R 1070 Ecology & Renewable Resources Management* (3 Credits).
          • NAT R 2160 America’s Renewable Resources* (3 Credits).
          • NUTRIT 1034 Nutrition, Current Concepts & Controversies* (3 Credits).
          • NUTRIT 1340 Nutrition & Fitness* (3 Credits).
          • PLNT S 2002 Topics in Plant Science (1-3 Credits).
          • PLNT S 2110 Plant Growth & Culture* (3 Credits).
            • *Non-Arts & Science course. Non-A&S courses can only be used to satisfy admission requirements. They will not count as upper-level non-journalism courses. Initially accepted WS01.
        • Mathematical
          • CS 1050 Computer Science (3 Credits). Programming course. MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite.
          • Any math with College Algebra as a prerequisite (except Math 1140 Trigonometry).
        • Physical
          • ATM SCI 1050 Meteorology (3 Credits).
          • BIOCHM 2110 The Living World: Molecular Scale* (3 Credits).
          • BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society* (3 Credits).
          • Chemistry. Any course.
          • Geology. Any course.
          • Physics. Any course.
            • *Non-Arts & Science course. Non-A&S courses can only be used to satisfy admission requirements. They will not count as upper-level non-journalism courses. Initially accepted WS01.
        • Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science
          • GN HON 2450H Biological, Physical, Math (Computer Science) Science Colloquia, any course. Honors College students only.

Social and Behavioral Science

Credits Required: 14
This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • American History (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • HIST 1100 Survey of American History to 1865 (3 Credits).
    • HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865 (3 Credits).
    • HIST 1400 American History (5 Credits).
    • HIST 1410 African-American History (3 Credits).
    • HIST 2210 Twentieth Century America (3 Credits).
    • HIST 2440 History of Missouri (3 Credits).
  • Political Science (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • POL SC 1100 American Government (3 Credits).
    • POL SC 1700 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credits).
    • POL SC 2100 State Government (3 Credits).
  • Economics (5-6 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • ECONOM 1051 General Economics (5 Credits) or
    • ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits) and ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits) or
    • AG EC 1041 Applied Microeconomics (3 Credits) and AG EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics.
  • Behavioral (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • Anthropology. Any course except ANTHRO 2050, 2052, 2151 as these count as Biological Sciences.
    • ESC PS 2700 Psychological Perspectives of Sport.
    • H D FS 1600 Intro to the Study of Families (3 Credits).
    • H D FS 1610 Close Relationships in Families (3 Credits).
    • H D FS 2400 Principles of Human Development (3 Credits).
    • Psychology. Any course.
    • RU SOC 1100 Rural Sociology (3 Credits).
    • RU SOC 1150 Amish Community (3 Credits).
    • Sociology. Any course except SOCIOL 3400 Politics and the Media which will not be accepted toward the Journalism degree.
    • SOCIOL 1000 Sociology & RU SOC 1100 Rural Sociology are considered duplicate. If both are taken, credit will be given for one or the other, but not both.
    • GN HON 2310H Honors Behavioral Science Colloquium (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 3210H Honors Behavioral Science Colloquium (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 2243H: Human Sciences Emphasis Area: Personal Identity (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 2244H: Human Sciences Emphasis Area: Identity in Groups (3 Credits). Honors College students only.

Humanistic Studies

Credits Required: 9
This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • Literature (3 Credits) Any course.
  • Plus choose one course from two different areas (Total: 6 Credits)
    • Area 1: Appreciation or History of Art/Music
      • ART 1020 Art Appreciation (3 Credits).
      • Art-General 2030/Art-General 2030H Context and Culture (3 Credits).
      • Art History. Any three-hour course.
      • ARCHST 1100 Visual Design (3 Credits).
      • ARCHST 1600 Fundamentals of Environmental Design (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1310 Masterpieces of Western Music (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1311 Jazz, Pop & Rock (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1312 History of Jazz (2 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1313 Intro to World Music (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC NM 1005 Topics in Music (1-3 Credits).
      • MUSIC NM 2306/MUSIC NM 2306H Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles (3 Credits).
      • T A M 2500 Social Appearance in Time & Space (3 Credits).
      • T A M 3510 History of Western Dress (3 Credits), formerly T A M 2510.
    • Area 2: Classical Humanities or Non-U.S. Civilization
      • CL HUM 1050 Greek & Latin in English Usage (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 1060 Classical Mythology (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2005 Topics in Classical Civilization (Credit Arranged).
      • CL HUM 2100 Greek Culture (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2200 Roman Culture (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2300 Greek Classics in Translation (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2400 Roman Classics in Translation (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 3000 Foreigners & Dangerous Women in Greek & Latin (3 Credits).
      • CHINSE 2310 Chinese Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • FRENCH 2310 French Civilization (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2310 German Civilization: Beginning to 1850 (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2320 German Civilization: 1850 to Present (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2470 Witches: Myth & Historical Reality (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2480 Monstrous Births: Tales of Creation in 19th Century Literature (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1500 Foundations of Western Civilization (3-4 Credits).
      • HIST 1510 History of Modern Europe (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1520 The Ancient World (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1820 Asian Humanities (3 Credits).
      • ITAL 2310 Italian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • JAPNSE 2310 Japanese Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • JAPNSE 2320 Japanese Civilization II (3 Credits).
      • KOREAN 2310 Korean Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • KOREAN 2320 Korean Civilization II (3 Credits).
      • PORT 2310 Brazilian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2310 Between Heaven and Earth: Russian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2320 The Arts of Survival: Civilization in Soviet Times (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2330 Russia & America as Comparative Civilizations (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2540 Monks, Martyrs, Holy Fools (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2550 Russian Mythology (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2570 Supreme Measure: Capital Punishment in Russia (3 Credits).
      • SPAN 2310 Spanish Civilization (3 Credits).
      • SPAN 2330 Latin American Civilization (3 Credits).
    • Area 3: Communication/Theatre/Film Studies
      • COMMUN 2100 Media Communication in Society (3 Credits).
      • COMMUN 3100 Controversies in Communication. Writing Intensive (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 1810 Intro to Film: Beginnings to 1945 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 1820 American Film in International Context, 1895 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 2830 American Film in International Context, 1895 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 2840 American Film in International Context, 1950-Present (3 Credits).
      • Film Studies. Any course, except Film Studies 3930 Screenwriting for TV and Radio (Elective).
      • THEATR 1100 Theater in Society (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1150 African American Cinema (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1400 Acting for Non-Majors (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1700 Intro to Theater History (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1720 African-American Theater History (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 2700 New American Theater (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 2800 Principles of Script Analysis. Writing Intensive (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 3770 (Formerly 3005/THEATR 3005H) Theatre: Context and Culture (3 Credits).
    • Area 4: Humanities. Honors College students only.
      • GN HON 2111H Humanities: The Ancient World (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2112H The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2113H The Early Modern World: The 17th-19th Centuries Enlightenment (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2114H The Modern Era (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2117H The Emerging Canons of the Americas (3 Credits).
      • Any GN HON 2120H Honors Humanities Colloquium (2-3 Credits).
    • Area 5: Philosophy
      • PHIL 1000-2700 (Each 3 Credits).
      • PHIL 2000 and higher courses require prerequisites. Please check the undergraduate catalog for a list of specific prerequisites.
    • Area 6: Religious Studies
      • REL ST 1100-2300 (Each 3 Credits)
      • REL ST 2400 and higher courses require prerequisites. Please check the undergraduate catalog for a list of specific prerequisites.

Journalism Courses

Credits Required: 10
This requirement can be satisfied by the following:

  • JOURN 1010 Careers Explorations in Journalism (1 Credit). JOURN 1010 should be taken during the freshman year. This is a new course for WS06. Grades are S/U only.
  • JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 Credits). JOURN 1100 should be taken the second semester, freshman year. You must have 15 credits and have a minimum MU cumulative 2.75 GPA. JOURN 1100 must be completed with a minimum C-range grade.
  • JOURN 2000 Cross-cultural Journalism (3 Credits). JOURN 2000 should be taken in the sophomore year. You must have a minimum MU cumulative GPA of 2.8* to enroll and take the course, and have completed JOURN 1100. JOURN 2000 must be completed with a minimum C-range grade.
  • JOURN 2100 News (3 Credits). JOURN 2100 should be taken in the sophomore year. You must have a minimum MU cumulative GPA of 2.8* to enroll and take the course, have satisfied the English composition requirement with a grade of B in English 1000 or the equivalent course in transfer, or with AP or IB test credit and have completed JOURN 1100.
    • *If you are a first-semester transfer student and registering for the second semester, you will not have an MU cumulative GPA at the time of registration. You will be evaluated on an individual basis on your GPA for courses accepted in transfer.