Cura personalis — care for the whole person — is at the heart of our core curriculum. It’s a principle that has guided our graduates’ minds, bodies, and spirits for generations. The core curriculum, a collection of six required areas totaling 44 credits, is required for all undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
The following general learning goals guide the development of the curriculum. Students should:
- be able to speak and write effectively.
- be able to express ideas in an articulate and persuasive way.
- be able to understand a mathematical problem and design a solution.
- be exposed to a wide breadth of disciplines, as a foundation for a general liberal arts education.
- understand the process of seeking truth and disseminating knowledge.
- understand historical traditions.
- appreciate and be able to critically evaluate the arts.
- understand the nature of society and the relationships between individuals and groups.
- understand the nature of the physical world, the uses of the scientific method, and the implications of technology.
- comprehend the variations of people's relationship with God and develop respect for the religious beliefs of others.
- understand the moral dimension of every significant human choice, taking seriously how and who we choose to be in the world.
- understand and value cultural and ethnic differences in a multicultural society and globalizing world.
- gain the skills and experiences necessary to link education to service.
- be exposed to opportunities to work for social justice.
The University requirements for the baccalaureate degree include completion of the Core Curriculum.
Students must check with their advisors to determine which courses meet the requirements in each Area.
Area A: Foundations of Communication (8 credits)
- Public Speaking (4 credits)
- Rhetoric and Composition (4 credits)*
*Minimum grade of C- or better
Area B: Math and the Sciences (8 credits)
- Math or Quantitative Science (4 credits)
- Applied or Laboratory Science (4 credits)
Area C: Humanities (8 credits)
- Literature (4 credits)
- History (4 credits)
Area D: Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, and Ethics (12 credits)
- Philosophy (4 credits)
- Theology and Religious Studies (4 credits)
- Ethics (4 credits)
Area E: Social Sciences (4 credits)
- Social Sciences (4 credits)
Area F: Visual and Performing Arts (4 credits)
- Visual and Performing Arts (4 credits)
Service Learning and Cultural Diversity Requirements
In addition to completing the Core Curriculum requirements, the baccalaureate degree candidate will have completed a minimum of two courses within the Core or within his/her major that integrate two mission-driven characteristics:
- Service Learning and Cultural Diversity. These requirements may be met by completing course sections designated as "SL" and "CD". Courses that integrate service learning as well as courses that meet the Cultural Diversity designation are offered across disciplines and schools.
- The Cultural Diversity Requirement will be met by courses that promote understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of human culture. The Service Learning Requirement will be met by courses that integrate a form of community/public service into the academic undergraduate learning experience.