2023-2024 Academic Catalog


The Common Academic Program (CAP) is an innovative curriculum that is the foundation of a University of Dayton education. It is a learning experience that is shared in common among all undergraduate students, regardless of their major. Some CAP requirements must be fulfilled by courses taken at UD (e.g., Capstone and Diversity and Social Justice). Some major requirements must also be fulfilled by courses taken at UD. Students should consult with their advisor regarding applicability of transfer credit to fulfill CAP and major program requirements. 

Common Academic Program (CAP) 1
First-Year Humanities Commons 212 cr. hrs.
Introduction to Global Historical Studies
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 3
Second-Year Writing Seminar 40-3 cr. hrs.
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3 cr. hrs.
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3 cr. hrs.
Social Science3 cr. hrs.
Social Science Integrated
Arts3 cr. hrs.
Natural Sciences 57 cr. hrs.
Crossing Boundariesup to 12 cr. hrs.
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry 6
Advanced Study
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies (6 cr. hrs.)
Historical Studies (3 cr. hrs.) 7
Diversity and Social Justice 83 cr. hrs.
Major Capstone 90-6 cr. hrs.

The credit hours listed reflect what is needed to complete each CAP component. However, they should not be viewed as a cumulative addition to a student's degree requirements because many CAP courses are designed to satisfy more than one CAP component (e.g., Crossing Boundaries and Advanced Studies) and may also satisfy requirements in the student's major.


May be completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120 through the Core Program.


May be completed with ENG 100A and ENG 100B, by placement.


May be completed with ENG 114 or ENG 198 or ASI 120.


Must include two different disciplines and at least one accompanying lab.


U.S. History AP and CLEP credit will not satisfy this requirement.


May be completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120 through the Core Program. U.S. History AP and CLEP credit will not satisfy this requirement.


May not double count with First-Year Humanities Commons, Second-Year Writing, Oral Communication, Social Science, Arts, or Natural Sciences CAP components, but may double count with courses taken to satisfy other CAP components and/or courses taken in the student's major.


The course or experience is designed by faculty in each major; it may, or may not, be assigned credit hours.