The three-part structure of the curriculum comprises the Common Core, the Flexible Core, and the Experiential Core. The Common Core introduces students to Ouachita’s mission, provides a shared intellectual experience for incoming students, and develops skills and frameworks essential for further study. The Flexible Core ensures breadth of knowledge and allows students to choose among courses that develop analytical skills; cultivate artistic, linguistic, and cultural appreciation; foster civic engagement; and promote healthy living. The Experiential Core engages students outside the classroom, prompting them to connect learning with practical experience and encouraging them to participate constructively in the community.
COMMON CORE Credit Hours
All students take the following courses.
CORE 1002 OBU Connections† 2
CORE 1023 The Contemporary World 3
CORE 1043 Composition I 3
CORE 1113 Survey of the Bible 3
CORE 1123 Interpreting the Bible 3
CORE 2213 Western Civilization in Global Context 3
CORE 2233 World Literature 3
CORE 2334 Scientific Inquiry* 4
CORE 3023 Scientific Connections** 3
* Prerequisite: Completion of the Analytic & Quantitative Reasoning Menu
** Prerequisite: CORE 2334
Common Core Total Hours 27
FLEXIBLE CORE Credit Hours
Choose as indicated from each of the seven categories.
Analytic & Quantitative Reasoning (One course*) 3
MATH 1003 College Algebra
MATH 1033 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
PHIL 1003 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1023 Logic
* Students with ACT math score of 22 or less (SAT 530 or less) must choose one of the MATH courses.
Applied Skills (One course) 3
COMM 1003 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
FINN 2003 Personal Finance
Artistic Engagement (One course**) 3
FINA 3113 Fine Arts: Art
FINA 3123 Fine Arts: Music
FINA 3133 Fine Arts: Theatre
**Prerequisite: Documented participation in Arts Engagement Series.
Civic Engagement in America (One course) 3
PSCI 2013 American National Government
HIST 2003 United States History to 1877
HIST 2013 United States History Since 1877
and Communication (Two courses) 6
Two semesters of credit in the same foreign
language (CHIN, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR,
LATN, JAPN, SPAN).
May also be satisfied by approved
language-intensive study-abroad experience.
Physical Well-being (One course) 2-3
KIN 1002 Concepts of Wellness
KIN 2073 Health and Safety
LST 2013 Outdoor Leisure Pursuits
Flexible Core Total Hours 20-21
EXPERIENTIAL CORE Credit Hours
CHAP 1000 Chapel (7 credits required†) 0
FINA 4011 Arts Engagement Series 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 48-49
UNIVERSITY WRITING AND ORAL COMMUNICATION
College Writing 1 – Composition I or equivalent
College Writing 2 – Composition II or approved course in major
College Writing 3 – Approved upper-level course in major
Oral Communication – Satisfied by approved course(s) in major