Liberal Arts CORE Curriculum

The CORE Curriculum (General Education) is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage.  It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will make contributions to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.


Goals of the CORE Curriculum

The CORE Curriculum has three main goals:

  1. Acquisition of knowledge (what students know)
  2. Cultivation of intellectual and practical skills (what students are able to do)
  3. Demonstration of personal and social responsibilities (what students are committed to).

CORE Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge of:

1. Aesthetic Values: Critical reflection on art, culture, and nature
2. Physical and Natural World: The natural order, including earth and its systems
3. Human Societies: Values and histories underlying cultures, societies, their traditions, and the relationships between them
4. Cultural Awareness: Cross-cultural knowledge to interact effectively with people from diverse communities
5. Spiritual Understanding: Reflection on the relationship between personal and communal faith and life choices that support justice, reconciliation and peace

Students will cultivate the following intellectual and practical skills:

6. Effective communication: oral, reading, and writing
7. Quantitative and technological literacy
8. Critical and reflective thinking, problem-solving and decision-making

Students will demonstrate personal and social responsibility for:

9. Franciscan heritage and values
10. Moral and ethical reasoning


ADVANCED CORE CERTIFICATES AND MINORS


The advanced core certificates allow students to explore an area of interest.  Each certificate teaches to the learning outcomes of Franciscan heritage and values and local and global community engagement.  Students who complete all six courses (18 credits) in one of the identified areas will receive a minor.  All traditional undergraduate students may complete an advanced core certificate, but it is required for all students seeking the Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts degrees. 

REQUIREMENTS

Arts and Cultural Awareness: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses: THR 215 or 304, EN 308 or 309, ART 210, and SPN 312

Digital Citizenship: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses:  ART 203, SC 204. CA 252 or 270, and CS 230 or 235

Diversity Studies: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses:  EN 213 or 303, CA 331, PS 260, SC 203 or 301

Energy and Sustainability: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses: EC 200, POLS 312, PL 206 or REL 220, CH 208 or 209

Inter-America Studies: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses:  HS 263 or HS/POLS 341, SPN 300 or 313, BU 205, MU 212

Interfaith Studies: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses:  MU 213, HS 209 or 306, EN 218, REL 312 or 316

Health and Wellness: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses:  PE 205, ART 301, PS 221 or 280, BL 216 or BL 217

Peace and Justice Studies: 12 credits for certificate/18 credits for minor

  • Required courses: CA 347, EN 307, REL 243 or 343, POLS 210 or 221