All-University Degree Requirements

Responsibility for Meeting Degree Requirements

A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for all baccalaureate degrees. The curricula of certain departments require as many as 150-155 semester hours. Students who maintain continuous enrollment and who complete work toward the baccalaureate degree within five years from the date of entry may graduate under either the catalog in effect at the time of entrance or under the catalog in effect at the time of graduation. A change in major could mean meeting new requirements in force at the time of the change as a condition for acceptance into that major. Students whose work has been interrupted for one or more semesters may be held to requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment.

Residence Requirements

Only work registered through Bradley University during the two regular semesters or the interim and summer sessions is considered as residence work. No proficiency examinations, correspondence, extension courses, or credit earned through the College-Level Examination Program may be counted as residence work. All candidates for the bachelor’s degree must meet the following residence requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours earned in residence is required of all students.
  2. 24 of the last 30 semester hours must be earned in residence.

Junior-Senior Credits

Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must present a minimum of 40 semester hours in junior and senior courses (those numbered 300 and above). Check your college requirements for proper distribution of these courses.

General Education Requirements

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in general education. Courses approved by the University Senate to fill these requirements are marked with the appropriate General Education code in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Schedule of Classes. The general education requirements are based upon the principle of “liberal education.” The fundamental assumptions about liberal education include:

  • A liberal education provides all students with the intellectual tools necessary to explore the best that civilization has produced.
  • A liberal education provides the means for all students to exercise control over their lives through thoughtful responses to their political, social, cultural, technological, and natural environment.
  • A liberal education emphasizes critical, historical, theoretical, scientific, and aesthetic approaches to knowledge.
  • A liberal education enhances the quality of life and fosters an appreciation of learning as a foundation for continuing inquiry.
  • The purpose of a liberal education is to develop students, regardless of academic major or professional aspiration, who are able to understand and participate in society as responsible human beings.

The requirements for degrees from all colleges are:

English Composition (C1 and C2)

Six semester hours including English 101 (C1) and a 3-hour, 300-level advanced writing course (C2)


  • ENG 101 English Composition or
  • CIV 111 and 112 Unified Composition and
  • Western Civilization I and II
    (Completion of both CIV 111 and CIV 112 will satisfy C1 and WC general education requirements. No general education credit will be given if only one course is completed.)

C2 choose from

  • ENG 300 Exposition
  • ENG 301 Argumentative Writing
  • ENG 304 Research in Individual Disciplines
  • ENG 305 Technical Writing
  • ENG 306 Business Communication

Speech (SP)

Three semester hours

COM 103 The Oral Communication Process

Mathematics (MA)

  • MTH 101 Art of Mathematical Thinking
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics
  • MTH 115 Brief Calculus with Applications I
  • MTH 116 Brief Calculus with Applications II
  • MTH 119 Calculus with Review B
  • MTH 121 Calculus I
  • MTH 122 Calculus II
  • MTH 223 Calculus III
  • IMT 212 Technical Calculus I
  • IMT 214 Technical Calculus II

Western Civilization (WC)

Three semester hours chosen from

  • CIV 100 Western Civilization
  • CIV 101 Western Civilization to 1600
  • CIV 102 Western Civilization Since 1600
  • CIV 111 and 112 Unified Composition and
  • Western Civilization I and II
    (Completion of both CIV 111 and CIV 112 will satisfy C1 and WC general education requirements. No general education credit will be given if only one course is completed.)

 Non-Western Civilization (NW)

(Education majors: Some courses are not acceptable by ISBE for teaching certification. See your advisor.)

Three semester hours chosen from

  • ANT 101 The Anthropological Perspective
  • ANT 303 Culture & Belief: Magic, Witchcraft, Religion
  • ANT 305 Peoples and Cultures of the Non-Western World
  • ANT 314 Native Americans
  • ENG 130 Intro. to Native American Literatures (ENG 130 may be used to satisfy either the NW or CD requirement, but not both concurrently.)
  • ENG 381 Literatures of Asia
  • FLS 342 Survey of Hispanic-American Literature I
  • FLS 343 Survey of Hispanic-American Literature II
  • HIS 103 Non-Western Civilization: Russian History
  • HIS 104 Non-Western Civilization: The Middle East Since Muhammad
  • HIS 105 Non-Western Civilization: Latin America
  • HIS 107 Non-Western Civilization: Modern Japan 1860-Present
  • HIS 314 Non-Western Civilization: Japan and World War II
  • HIS 335 Modern Mexico
  • HIS 336 Early Non-Western History
  • HIS 337 Modern Non-Western History
  • HIS 338 Russia Since 1917
  • IB 204 Business in Chinese Culture
  • IB 205 Business in Indian Culture
  • IB 208 Business in Mexican Culture
  • IS 182 Fundamentals of Contemporary East Asian Civilization
  • IS 285 East Asia in the Modern World
  • IS 320 Latin America in a Global Context
  • IS 340 Africa in the International System
  • IS 355 Imperial Russia
  • RLS 121 Islamic Civilization
  • RLS 331 Religions of the Eastern World
  • RLS 336 Buddhism and Asian Civilizations
  • RLS 338 China: Religion and Culture
  • RLS 340 Japan: Religion and Culture
  • SOC 300 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender
  • SOC 311 Comparative Family Systems (of non-Western cultures)

Fine Arts (FA)

(Education majors: Some courses are not acceptable by ISBE for teaching certification. See your advisor.)

Three semester hours chosen from

  • ART 107 Introduction to 2-Dimensional Creative Processes
  • ART 108 Introduction to 3-Dimensional Creative Processes
  • ART 131 Art Appreciation
  • CFA 421 Art and the Creative Imagination
  • MUS 109 Music Appreciation
  • PHL 350 Art in Human Experience
  • THE 131 Introduction to the Theatre
  • THE 141 Film Appreciation

Human Values (HL or HP)

(Majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must take 6 semester hours: 3 hours HL and 3 hours HP.)
3 semester hours chosen from

Human Values - Literary (HL)

  • ENG 115 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 123 European Writers
  • ENG 124 American Writers
  • ENG 127 British Writers
  • ENG 129 African American Literature
  • ENG 190 Women in Literature
  • ENG 385 Literatures of Europe
  • FLF 325 Introduction to French Literature
  • FLG 325 Introduction to German Literature
  • FLS 325 Introduction to Literature (Hispanic)
  • FLS 340 Spanish Literature I
  • FLS 341 Spanish Literature II

Human Values - Philosophical (HP)

  • IS 250 Normative Theories of International Studies
  • PHL 103 An Inquiry into Values
  • PHL 307 Classical Political Philosophy
  • PHL 308 Modern Political Philosophy
  • PHL 347 Ethics
  • PLS 207 Introduction to Political Thought
  • PLS 307 Classical Political Philosophy
  • PLS 308 Modern Political Philosophy
  • RLS 101 Comparative Religion
  • RLS 200 Contemporary Religion in the United States
  • RLS 300 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • RLS 302 New Testament
  • RLS 305 Early Christianity: Monasticism
  • RLS 332 Religions of the World
  • SOC 321 Individuality and Society
  • SOC 420 Critical Theory

Cultural Diversity and Social Forces (CD & SF)

Six semester hours, including at least one SF course, chosen from

Cultural Diversity (CD)

  • AAS 200 Introduction to African-American Studies
  • ANT 314 Native Americans
  • COM 315 Intercultural Communication Theory
  • COM 386 Media, Race, and Gender
  • ENG 130 Intro. to Native American Literatures (ENG 130 may be used to satisfy either the NW or CD requirement, but not both concurrently.)
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities
  • PSY 300 Psychology of Women
  • SOC 212 Sociology of Diversity
  • SOC 315 Gender and Society
  • WMS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Social Forces (SF)

  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics
  • ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ETE 115 Schools and Schooling in American Society
  • FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America
  • FIN 220 Personal Finance
  • HIS 311 History of American Political Economy
  • HIS 326 Modern Military Forces and Institutions
  • HIS 340 Contemporary Europe
  • HIS 385 Science, Technology, and Society
  • IS 100 Contemporary World Forces
  • IS 275 Political Economy of the Developing World
  • IS 306 Intelligence in International Affairs
  • IS 312 American Foreign Policy
  • PLS 105 Introduction to American Government
  • PLS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PLS 208 Fundamentals of International Relations
  • PLS 360 Judicial Politics
  • PSY 101 (formerly PSY 104) Principles of Psychology
  • RLS 320 Muslim-Christian Relations
  • RLS 321 Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations?
  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective
  • SOC 312 Social Inequality
  • SOC 315 Gender and Society
  • SOC 325 Science, Technology, and Modernity
  • SOC 326 Sociology of Globalization
  • WMS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Science and Technology (FS and TS)

Six semester hours, including at least 3 semester hours of FS, chosen from Fundamental Concepts in Science (FS)

Fundamental Concepts in Science (FS)

  • BIO 101 Life Science I
  • BIO 102 Life Science II
  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology
  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab
  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry Lab
  • CHM 112 Engineering Chemistry
  • CHM 150 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 160 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • CS 100 Introduction to Programming Concepts and Languages
  • CS 101 Introduction to Programming
  • GES 101 Principles of Earth Science
  • GES 110 Principles of Historical Geology
  • GES 111 Principles of Historical Geology Laboratory
  • PHY 100 Fundamental Physics Concepts
  • PHY 107 General Physics I
  • PHY 108 General Physics II
  • PHY 110 University Physics I
  • PHY 123 Physical Science, Basis for a Technical Society
  • PHY 140 Physics of the Small World: Nanophysics and Applications
  • PHY 201 University Physics II
  • PHY 202 Applied Quantum Physics
  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior
  • SCI 100 Science through Inquiry:  Motion
  • SCI 101 Topics in Investigative Science for Educator
  • SCI 102 Science through Inquiry I:  Molecule
  • SCI 103 Science through Inquiry I:  Energy
  • SCI 104 Science through Inquiry I:  Water
  • SCI 302 Science through Inquiry II:  Ecosystems

Science and Technology in the Contemporary World (TS)

  • AST 300 Astronomy: Our Glimpse of the Cosmos
  • BIO 300 Population, Resources and Environment
  • BIO 301 Biotechnology and Society
  • BIO 303 Plants and People
  • CHM 300 Chemistry and Civilization
  • CIS 300 Computers and Society
  • FCS 301 Nutrition Today
  • GES 300 Oceanography: The Human Perspective
  • IME 300 The World of Metals
  • ME 300 Energy and Society
  • SCI 300 Science through Inquiry II:  Evolution
  • SCI 301 Science through Inquiry II:  Environmental Science 

Transfer students who have earned only 5 semester hours of English Composition, Social Forces, or Science and Technology and 2 semester hours of Basic Speech, Western Civilization, Non-Western Civilization, Human Values, or Fine Arts are considered to have satisfied the all-University course requirements in these subjects. Bradley University participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

Grade Point Average for Graduation

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 based upon hours taken at Bradley is required for graduation.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must present credit for two years of college-level foreign language or its equivalent. This requirement may be met by the completion of a 202- or 300-level course or by transfer of similar credits from another institution or by a proficiency examination. Students with four units of high school language must successfully complete a 202- or 300-level course or satisfy this requirement by a proficiency examination in order to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students who have taken a foreign language in high school and wish to continue studies in the same language will be required to take a placement examination to assure placement at the proper college level.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

In order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree, students must successfully complete at least 6 hours of courses selected from physical and natural science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, or quantitative methods in addition to the hours used to fulfill the University general education requirements. The following courses may be used to fulfill the additional 6-hour requirement for the B.S. degree—all courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, physics, mathematics (except MTH 109), technical mathematics, and, in addition, these courses: BMA 372, ECO 319, FCS 303, QM 262, QM 263, PSY 324, and SCI 101.

This is the official catalog for the 2013-2014 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.