Cardinal Stritch University is launching an enhanced
academic liberal arts CORE (general
education) curriculum that provides new academic options to students and more
quickly leads to the completion of a 120-credit bachelor’s degree.
The new CORE is geared to meet the general
education requirements of all bachelor’s students at the University -- bachelor
of science and bachelor of arts -- regardless of study format.
A task force was convened in fall 2012 to reconstitute the
University’s mission, goals, and learning outcomes for the core curriculum. The
new CORE is infused with Stritch’s Franciscan values.
“The requirements are much more succinct and common across
programs, although they still maintain the overall integrity of the liberal
arts education,” said Dr. Dan Scholz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
and leader of the task force that created the new CORE.
The goals of the new
CORE, which is comprised of 33 credits,
emphasize cultivating intellectual and practical skills (9 credits),
demonstrating personal and social responsibility (6 credits), and acquiring
knowledge (18 credits).
Within this framework, students will be able to choose a
greater range of classes in such areas as oral and written communication,
mathematics, ethics, philosophy, science, history, literature, economics,
music, psychology, and other disciplines. The new CORE will be in place for students who enroll in
the fall of 2014.
bachelor of arts students are required to complete an interdisciplinary CORE certificate through
an additional 12 credits of coursework.
of arts students who began their study at
Stritch in 2013 may choose one of the following certificates,
each of which is 12 credits (4 courses).
- Arts and Cultural Awareness: Engaging in the study of art, dance, language, linguistics,
theater, and writing, students will immerse themselves in a landscape of
intercultural experiences, leading to an enhanced awareness of cultural
- Digital Citizenship:
This certificate focuses on the creation of a caring
community in the digital age, through an exploration of universal digital
access, literacy, rights, security, and etiquette.
- Diversity Studies: This certificate explores the Franciscan value of reverencing
creation by providing opportunities to appreciate and respect diversity in its
- Energy and
Sustainability: The certificate enhances understanding of the
Franciscan value of reverencing all of Creation through an exploration of the
scientific, economic, political, and ethical/religious dimensions of the
environmental challenges facing the local and global communities.
Studies: The certificate helps students to understand the
Americas and advance peacemaking between individuals, communities, and nations.
The classes explore the music, culture, history, contemporary issues and
business climate of many cultures and nations.
- Interfaith Studies: The certificate explores the Franciscan value of showing
compassion by developing deeper understanding and analysis of the unique
contribution that global and local faith traditions and spiritualities have
made to society, especially through music, literature and film, history and
- Health and Wellness:
This certificate explores the Franciscan value of
creating a caring community by developing an understanding and appreciation of
the physical, psychological, aesthetic, and scientific dimensions of mental and
physical well being of individuals and communities.
- Peace and Justice
Studies: This certificate explores issues of peacemaking
through the lens of social justice and social change. Students will examine the
dynamics of peace and justice from the interpersonal to the international.
A minor can be earned in
each area with the completion of 18 credits (6 courses) in one of the areas
mentioned above. Any student in bachelor’s traditional undergraduate programs have the
opportunity to complete a certificate, if interested.
enthusiastic about the learning options that the new CORE extends to students.
will have a remarkable range of study options,” he said. “They are going to
find that it’s a lot more flexible, and it truly represents a 21st
with questions about the CORE should contact their academic advisor.