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Core Breadth Requirements

The Ethics & Justice breadth requirement builds on the living legacy of the Marist Brothers and reflects the strong sense of community found here at the College. Courses in Ethics, Applied Ethics, and Religious Studies provide students with the chance to develop their understanding of philosophical and religious traditions and to engage actively with ethical and spiritual questions.

Please note: (1) A cross-listed course can only satisfy ONE breadth requirement within the Core. For example, REST 214 Religious Themes in Literature can fulfill either the Ethics & Justice or the Literature Breadth requirement, but not both of these; (2) Some specialtopics courses might fulfill the Ethics & Justice requirement; (3) Many Religious Studies courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Ethics & Justice breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information. 


Courses that will fulfill the Ethics & Justice breadth requirement


PHIL 200 Ethics 
PHIL 301 Environmental Ethics 
PHIL302: Moral Cognition
PHIL346: Bioethics
PHIL347: Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL348: Ethics of Food

Religious Studies

Any REST course

Applied Ethics

CMPT 305 Technology, Ethics, & Society 
MDIA 316 Ethics & Gaming
CRJU 310 Criminal Justice Ethics


The study of fine arts is the study of cultural and personal expression. It is through such media as painting, theatre, sculpture, architecture, creative writing, film, dance, photography, and music that artists have expressed emotion and spirituality, as well as confronted and commented upon social and political issues. Courses in the fine arts study the creation, history, or analysis of an artistic form and in doing so encourage students to investigate the aesthetic dimension of their environment. Through the study of fine arts, students develop the critical skills, vocabulary, and creativity necessary to analyze and operate within this environment, and assess the important concerns that artists have always addressed in society.

Please note: (1) Some, but not all, courses focused on student artistic production/performance count toward the Fine Arts Breadth requirement. You should carefully consult the list below to determine whether or not a course fulfills this requirement. (2) Some special-topics courses might fulfill this requirement. (3) Some of the courses listed below might work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Fine Arts requirement. 


Courses that will fulfill the Fine Arts Breadth requirement

Art and Art History

ART 110 Basic Drawing 
ART 125 Arts and Values 
ART 160 History of Western Art I 
ART 180 History of Western Art II 
ART 220 History of Photography 
ART 230 Greek and Roman Art 
ART 245 Medieval Art 
ART 255 Pre-Columbian Art 
ART 256 Chinese Art 
ART 265 Introduction to Renaissance Art 
ART 270 Russian and Soviet Art 
ART 280 American Art 
ART 281 History of Costume 
ART 290 Museum Studies 
ART 350 Contemporary Art 
ART 362 Art & Technology 
ART 365 History of 19th-Century Art
ART 366 History of 20th-Century Art 
ART 380 Renaissance Art


ENG 150 Introduction to Theatre 
ENG 227 Acting I 
ENG 280 Creative Writing


ITAL 308 Italian Cinema

Media Studies/Production

MDIA 120 Art of Film 


MUS 105 Introduction to Music 
MUS 106 Jazz and Sound 
MUS 120 Theory of Music I 
MUS 220 Theory of Music II 
MUS 225 Insight into Music 
MUS 226 Music Cultures of the World 
MUS 242 Popular Music in America 
MUS 248 History of Motion Picture Music 
*Any 300-level course in Music History (e.g. MUS 335 Opera)


PHIL 237 Aesthetics 
PHIL 333 Philosophy and Film 


SPAN 330 Themes in Spanish Cinema 
SPAN 335 Themes in Latin American Cinema


The study of history is fundamentally concerned with understanding how and why societies change over time. The historical method encourages the development of a sense of context, perspective and coherence, while also identifying complexity and ambiguity. The discipline provides a framework for understanding the human condition, and it exposes students to different values and societies. Core history courses emphasize the diversity of interpretations in the study of the discipline.

Please note: (1) A cross-listed course can only satisfy ONE Breadth requirement within the Core. For example, HIST 217 Catholics in the U.S. can fulfill the History or the Social Science or the Ethics & Justice Breadth requirement, but not all three at once; (2) Some specialtopics courses might fulfill the History Breadth requirement; (3) Many history courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling this Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.

Discipline Courses that will fulfill the History breadth requirement
History Any 100- or 200-level history course. 300-level history courses may also be used to fulfill this requirement, but you must have earned six history credits before taking a 300-level history course.


Literature acquaints us with those images, symbols, and stories that are of enduring value for a particular culture. Core courses in literature seek to enhance students’ abilities to derive pleasure and significance from literary work. These courses also orient students to the properties and conventions of literary language so that they may participate more fully in the ongoing creation of meanings and values within their culture. Attention to literature enhances students’ interpretive and analytical skills, as well as their ability to make evaluative judgments.

Please note: (1) Not all courses offered by the English Department fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement. Writing and theatre workshops do not fulfill this requirement. Also, if you are not an English major but are interested in taking a 300-level English course for Core credit, you may request permission to do so from the faculty member teaching the course; (2) Some special-topics courses might fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement; (3) Many literature courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling this Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.

Discipline Courses that will fulfill the Literature Breadth requirement

ENG 201 Introduction to Linguistics

ENG 202 The Art of Poetry

ENG 205 Modern Speculative Fiction

ENG 210 American Literature I

ENG 211 American Literature II

ENG 212 English Literature I

ENG 213 English Literature II

ENG 214 Religious Themes in Literature (cross-listed as REST 214. This course may fulfill one Breadth requirement either in Literature or in Ethics & Justice. It cannot fulfill both.)

ENG 220 Literature and Gender

ENG 221 Themes in Shakespeare

ENG 231 Literature of the Hudson River Valley

ENG 240 American Short Fiction

ENG 255 Introduction to Literature

ENG 261 Spanish Literature in Translation: The Novel (cross-listed as SPAN 222)

ENG 264 Latin American Literature in Translation

ENG 266 Italian-American Experience (cross-listed as HIST 266 and POSC 266. This course fulfills one Breadth requirement in History or Social Science or Literature.)

ENG 270 Classics of Western Literature

Note: Any foreign-language literature course (e.g. FREN 305 Studies in French Film and Literature; FREN 315 French Literature of Africa and the Caribbean; or SPAN 315 The Experience of Hispanic Literature) also fulfills the Literature Breadth requirement. 


Using generalization, abstraction, and deduction, mathematicians create models of all types of physical and social phenomena. For that reason, mathematics is the language used to express concepts and to facilitate analysis in the natural and social sciences. The study of mathematics promotes critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and deductive reasoning, essential skills in an ever-changing world.

Please note that (1) MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra and MATH 180N Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers do not fulfill the mathematics Breadth requirement; (2) Many Mathematics courses work in particular Pathways as well as fulfilling the Mathematics Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.


Discipline Courses that will fulfill the Mathematics Breadth requirement

Most 100-level MATH courses numbered “110” or above, or any 200- level MATH course

Courses commonly taken by non-mathematics majors include:

         MATH 110 Excursions in Mathematics: Classical Models 

         MATH 111 Excursions in Mathematics: Modern Models

         MATH 115 Calculus with Management Applications

         MATH 130 Introductory Statistics I

         MATH 241 Calculus I


We all exist in a physical world. The discoveries of scientists constantly change our understanding of the universe, while on a more personal level, these discoveries constantly alter the way we live. In order to be a well-educated individual and in order to make responsible decisions, one must have a basic understanding of how scientists ask and answer questions, and how scientific theories are formed and modified. While focusing on a specific subject area, classes in the Natural Sciences will address some of the following questions:

  • How do scientists make decisions?
  • What is a scientific theory and why do theories change?
  • What does it mean when the media uses the phrase “according to scientists?”
  • What is the relationship between scientific information and ethical decision-making?

To answer these questions, one must gather information and engage in analytical thinking and problem-solving. Then, in order to have conversations with other scientists and the broader community, one must be able to effectively communicate the conclusions derived from this process. Thus, while gaining an understanding of a specific field, the students in Natural Science classes will develop their science literacy while practicing the basic academic skills of gathering information, analyzing information, and communicating.

Please note that many courses work in particular Pathways as well as fulfilling the Natural Science Breadth requirement. See the Pathway course lists on the Marist Core website for more information.

 Discipline  Courses that will fulfill the Natural Science Breadth requirement
 Anthropology  ANTH 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 

 BIOL 101 Topics in Biology

 BIOL 120 Agents of Biowarfare

 BIOL 214 Life on Earth

 BIOL 232 Sex, Evolution, and Behavior

 BIOL 237 Human Biology

 Chemistry  CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry
 Environmental Science

 ENSC 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues

 ENSC 210 Introduction to Geology

 ENSC 306 Environmental Health (ENSC 101 is a pre-requisite)

 Health  HLTH 225 Topics in Nutrition

 PHYS 108 Introduction to Cosmology

 PHYS 193 Physics of Modern Technology


All students at the College take PHIL 101 Philosophical Perspectives, typically in their freshman or sophomore year.

The social and behavioral sciences bring particular perspectives and broad and diverse bodies of knowledge and use a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the nature and functioning of human beings and the varied social systems in which they operate. Courses in the social and behavioral sciences inform the student of what is known about the human condition and encourage questions about that knowledge. They explore questions about individual development, the multiple cultures that form society, specific institutions that organize social interactions (such as the economic and political systems) the family, education and religious systems. Please note that many courses work in particular Pathways, as well as fulfilling the Social Science Breadth requirement. See the Marist Core website for additional information.


 Discipline   Courses that will fulfill the Social Science Breadth requirement

 ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

 ANTH 120 An Introduction to Archaeology

 ANTH 230 American Culture I

 ANTH 231 American Culture II

 ANTH 232 Religion and Culture (cross-listed as REST 232)

 ANTH 233 Native Americans


 ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics

 ECON 104 Principles of Macroeconomics

 ECON 150 Economics of Social Issues

 ECON 200 Economies of Gender

 ECON 210 Innovation in the Hudson Valley

 Political Science 

 POSC 102 Introduction to Law (cross-listed as PRLG 101)

 POSC 103 Introduction to Global Issues (cross-listed as GBST 103 & CSCU 103)

 POSC 105 Origins of the American Legal System (cross-listed as PRLG 105)

 POSC 110 American National Government

 POSC 111 Introduction to Comparative Politics

 POSC 113 International Relations

 Any 200-level Political Science course


 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (pre-req. for all 200-level Psychology courses)

 PSYC 201 Personality Development

 PSYC 202 Abnormal Psychology

 PSYC 203 Theories of Personality 

 PSYC 206 Psycho-Biological Sex Differences 

 PSYC 207 The Exceptional Child

 PSYC 208 Educational Psychology

 PSYC 210 The Psychology of Sleep

 PSYC 211 Sports and Exercise Psychology

 PSYC 215 Psychology of Interpersonal Communication

 PSYC 220 Social Psychology

 PSYC 222 Community Psychology

 PSYC 301 Biopsychology and Lab

 PSYC 302 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Lab

 PSYC 303 Developmental Neuropsychology and Lab

 PSYC 304 Psychopharmacology and Lab

 PSYC 305 Neurobiology and Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities and Lab

 PSYC 315 Human Factors Psychology

 PSYC 317 Child Development

 PSYC 318 Psychology of the Adolescent

 PSYC 321 Adult Development

 PSYC 330 Culture and Psychology

 PSYC 332 Fundamentals of Counseling

 PSYC 342 Learning and Cognition

 PSYC 348 Psychological Perspectives on Criminal Behavior

 PSYC 385 Industrial Psychology

 PSYC 392-393 Special Topics in Psychology I-II


 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

 Any 200-level SOC course. SOC 101 is a prerequisite for all 200-level Sociology courses.