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Rouse Scholars major in many different areas and have many different course requirements depending on their major. What all of their various majors share is a set of core course requirements (also called general distribution or distributive studies requirements at some institutions) that apply to all learning programs. These are the courses that Rouse Scholars take together in a challenging honors format specifically designed for them.

The Rouse Core Curriculum
(Number of credits in parentheses)

  • ENGL-121H College Composition I: Expository Writing (Honors)(3)
  • ENGL-225H Introduction to World Literature (Honors)(3)
  • HIST-111H American History to 1877(Honors)(3) HIST-122H Western Civilization and the Pre-Modern World (Honors)(3)
  • HIST-123H Western Civilization and the Modern World (Honors)(3)
  • PSYC-101H General Psychology (Honors)(3)
  • PHIL-101H Introduction to Philosophy (Honors)(3)
  • FINE-200 Twentieth Century Art, Cultures and Ideas (Honors)(3)
  • BIOL-101H General Biology I (Honors)(4)
    (Rouse Scholars take all or most of these courses based on the requirements of their learning programs.)

The Rouse Seminars

Each semester, Rouse Scholars enroll in a 1 credit seminar (HMDV-150, 151, 250, 251). Seminars focus on different areas of intellectual, professional and civic leadership, teamwork, and personal development. The seminars also focus on transfer preparation and travel opportunities for students interested in studying abroad.

Other Coursework

In addition to the Rouse core curriculum, each student takes other courses required by his or her specific learning program. For example, all learning programs require math and science core courses — however, the math or science courses a student selects are based on the requirements or their specific learning program. The following options provide some examples of the additional courses students take depending on their major. Remember, there are many learning programs to choose from; these are examples of a few:

(These are examples: Many other options are also available.)

Liberal Arts Option:

  • General Education Core (3)
  • Arts Core (3)
  • Literature Core (3)
  • World Language Sequence (8)
  • Arts and Sciences Electives (6)
  • History Core (6)*
  • Humanities Core (6)*
  • Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core (3)
  • Science Core (7-8)*

Business Option:

  • General Education Core (3)
  • BMGT-100 Introduction to Business and Organization (3)
  • ACCT-111 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • ACCT-112 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • CMSY-110 Software Applications for Micros (3)
  • ECON-101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3)
  • ECON-102 Principles of Economics (Micro) (3)
  • SPCH-105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
  • MATH-138 Statistics (3)
  • MATH-145 Business Calculus (3)
  • BMGT-151 Business Law (3)
  • ENTR-101 Entrepreneurship and Creativity (3)
  • CMSY-129 Principles of the Internet (3)
  • BMGT-203 Business Ethics (3)
  • BMGT-205 Principles of International Business (3)
  • Science Core (7-8)

Life Science Option:

  • General Education Core (3)
  • BIOL-101 General Biology (Science Core) (4)*
  • BIOL-102 General Biology II (Science Core) (4)
  • CHEM-101 General Inorganic Chemistry I (Science Core) (4)*
  • CHEM-102 General Inorganic Chemistry II (Science Core) (4)
  • Science Elective (Physics recommended) (4)
  • CHEM-201 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM-202 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • BIOL-200 Microbiology (4) or BIOL-205 Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL-201 Genetics (3)
  • BIOL-202 Genetics (1)
  • MATH-181 Calculus I or higher (3-5)
  • Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core (3)

Digital Arts Option:

  • General Education Core (3)
  • ARTT-101 Two Dimensional Basic Design (3)
  • CMSY-129 Principles of Internet (3)
  • ARTT-109 Drawing I (3)
  • ARTT-112 Introduction to Digital Media (3)
  • ARTT-130/MASS-131 Introduction to Video I (3)
  • Science Core (7-8)
  • Select one of the following options:  Web Design, Multimedia Design, Gaming and Simulation Design, or Video/Multimedia Design

Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering, and Education Options:

Course selection may differ based upon the architecture, computer science, engineering, or education transfer options being pursued.

*Honors options available


Each Rouse Scholar is assigned to an academic advisor who specializes in the program's requirements, requirements specific to each major, and transfer preparation. Advisors work closely with each student to select coursework that fits their individual interests, requirements, and transfer plans.

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Office of Admissions and Advising
Howard Community College — RCF-242
Phone: 443-518-4599
Fax: 443-518-4589

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