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Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Academics Focused on the Liberal Arts and Professional Preparation

A liberal arts education is liberating—it frees you to think for yourself, learning from the past and improving upon the present. It will form you as a person and help you cultivate a love of truth, service, justice, and peace.

Employers consistently say they want to hire people who have a liberal arts education, because these employees are creative problem-solvers who can think critically, communicate clearly, and learn new things easily. And studies have found that college graduates earn far more over their lifetimes than their peers with a high school education.

As technology and the economy change, some technical and vocational training may quickly become obsolete. But a liberal arts education gives you timeless intellectual and practical skills that make you more marketable and allow you to adapt.

9 reasons a liberal arts education is good for you and your career: You will...

  1. Gain exposure to the theory and practice of a variety of fields—the natural and social sciences, global languages and cultures, math, theology, philosophy, history, and the arts.
  2. Grow in self-knowledge and reflect on what you want to contribute to the world.
  3. Get equipped to ask questions, explore evidence, analyze arguments, and draw conclusions.
  4. Build your oral and written communication skills.
  5. Learn ethical reasoning and personal responsibility.
  6. Discover diverse perspectives, evaluate ideas critically, acknowledge complexity, and develop an openness to ambiguity.
  7. Develop sound judgment to help you interpret the true meaning of information.
  8. Practice free inquiry and imaginative innovation.
  9. Become an informed, engaged citizen of both the local and global community.

Liberal Arts Core

There are two tracks of study in the core curriculum, Arts & Sciences or Professional Studies, and the track you follow will depend on your major. The majors and the courses in their tracks are listed below along with number of credits and subject areas.

Arts and Sciences

Includes: Chemistry, English/Communication, Global Languages and Literature (except International Business Foreign Language), History/Political Science/International Relations, Psychology (except Biology/Psychology), Sociology/Criminology, and Theology.

If you are pursuing secondary certification in any of the above majors, you will follow the Professional Studies Core. If you are completing a B.A. in Mathematics, you will follow the Arts and Sciences Core.

Subject Area

Credits

Theology 6
Philosophy 6
Ethics 0-3*
Composition I 3
Composition II 3
Foreign Language 6**
Exercise Science 2
First-Year Experience (FYE) 1
Physical Education 2 contact hours***
Natural Sciences (w/ Lab) 3
Mathematics 3
Social Sciences 6
History 6
Humanities electives 6 (3 must be in music, art or literature)
TOTAL 51-54

You may use courses from your major to satisfy a core requirement.

*You must complete an ethics requirement which may be satisfied by the requirements for your major, from courses offered by the theology or philosophy departments, or from a demonstrated departmental component. Credits used to satisfy the ethics requirement do not count toward required credits in theology or philosophy.

**You must take six credits of language in the same foreign language, for example, three credits of Spanish 101 followed by three credits of Spanish 102.

***You must take two PED courses (Physical Education) to equal two contact hours.

Professional Studies

Includes: Biology (including Biology/Psychology), Business/Accounting, Education (including all students pursuing secondary certification), Fashion/Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences and Services, International Business Foreign Language, Mathematics/Computing Science/Physics (except the B.A. in Mathematics), Music, Nursing (Generic B.S.N. program only), Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Education and Exercise Science.

Subject Area

Credits

Theology 6
Philosophy 6
Ethics 0-3*
Composition I 3
Composition II 3
Foreign Language 6**
Exercise Science 2
First-Year Experience (FYE) 1
Physical Education 2 contact hours***
Natural Sciences (w/ Lab) 3
Mathematics 3
Social Sciences 3
History 3
Humanities electives 3
TOTAL 42-45

 

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