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Common Academic Program (CAP) for Engineering

CAP Overview

  • The Common Academic Program serves as the foundation of a UD education and is a learning experience that is shared in common among all undergraduate students at UD.
  • First- and second-year courses in Religious Studies (REL 103), Philosophy (PHL 103), History (HST 103), Communication (CMM 100) and English (ENG 100, ENG 200) create a foundation for student learning in the rest of the Common Academic Program.
  • The Social Science (SSC 200) course is theme-based that varies across sections but shares common learning outcomes.
  • The remaining four courses (Arts, Advanced History and two classes in Advanced Religion or Philosophy) will allow the students to deepen their knowledge and guide them to lead wise and ethical lives of leadership and service. These four courses must also satisfy five additional CAP components, which give the students an even broader view of the would. These are Faith Traditions, Practical Ethical Action, Inquiry, Integrative, and Diversity and Social Justice. The selection of these four remaining courses is critical to the completion of CAP.

CAP Components

Four Courses

  • Art Study
  • Advanced History
  • Advanced Philosophy/Religion
  • Advanced Philosophy/Religion

Five Requirements

  • Crossing Boundaries
    • Practical Ethical Action (1)
    • Faith Tradition (2)
    • Inquiry (3)
    • Integrative (4)
  • Diversity and Social Justice (5)

CAP Course Selection Process

Three ways to select CAP courses

  • Degreeworks is your friend: Use potential future courses tool to see what requirement(s) a course may satisfy.
  • UD maintains a list of CAP Designated Courses that you can filter.
  • Use the Advanced Search when you are in the Search and Register function on Porches. The Attribute section lists the various CAP requirements that you can search for.

Once you have selected a class (or classes), OSS has developed a CAP Worksheet for Engineering students to assist you with successfully completing CAP.

  • The rows represent the classes you have to take.
  • The columns are the CAP requirements.
  • You must have at least (1) X in each row and (1) X each column.

Things to Remember

  • Courses are not always offered every semester.
  • The list of approved CAP courses can change from year-to-year.


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