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  • The Core Curriculum

    (Commenced Fall 2013)

    This Catholic Core reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence and the integration of faith and reason. Based on the Western intellectual tradition, our Franciscan educational heritage, and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University, the new core purposefully exposes our students to more of the fundamental knowledge and critical authors they need to become well-educated Catholics

    Read the entire Catholic Core announcement and explanation.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    This core curriculum applies to those who entered on or after the Fall 2013 semester. If you entered prior to Fall 2013 , please refer to the previous core curriculum. If you are not sure, please talk to your advisor. While many of the new core classes will be offered beginning in fall 2013, a transitional period will give current students the flexibility they need to complete their coursework on schedule.

    The Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

    • Theology**
        9 credits

      Foundations of Catholicism (THE 101)
      Christian Moral Principles (THE 115)
      The Word of God (THE 110); or
      Scriptural Foundations of Catechetics (CAT 302)*
      * Only Catechetics majors pursuing a second major outside of the department are eligible for this substitution.

     

    • Philosophy**
      9 credits

      Foundation of Ethics (PHL 212); or
      Philosophy of the Human Person (PHL 113); or
      Metaphysics (PHL211)

     

    • History**
      3 credits

      History of Civilization I (HST 105); or
      History of Civilization II (HST 106); or
      Medieval World (HST 323); or
      Renaissance and Reformation (HST 324); or
      French Revolution and Nineteenth Century Europe (HST 327)

     

    • Math or Macroeconomics
      3 credits

      Survey of Math (MTH 120)*
      *Students may substitute any higher numbered MTH.

      Principles of Economics I (ECO 201)

     

    • Literature**
      6 credits

      Epic and the Person (ENG 210)
      Lyric and Dramatic Voices (ENG 211)

     

    • Catholic Traditions in the Fine Arts***
      3 credits

      Survey of Sacred & Religious Music (MUS 261); or
      Drama and the Catholic Imagination (DRA 1XX); or
      Visual Arts and the Catholic Imagination (ART 150)

     

    • Natural Sciences
      6 credits

      Survey of Biological Sciences (BIO 106); or
      Human Biology (Bio 110); or
      Introduction to Environmental Science (BIO 120); or
      General Botany (Bio 122); or
      General Zoology (Bio 123); or
      Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 133); or
      Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 134); or
      Nutrition and Health for Young Children (BIO 150)#; or
      Human Embryology (BIO 203); or
      Introductory Chemistry I & II (CHM 111-112); or
      Introductory Physiological Chemistry (114); or
      Survey of Physical Science (PHY 105); or
      Survey of Physical Sc. With Natural Science (PHY 108); or
      Natural Science Laboratory (PHY 110); or
      Physics and Everyday Life (PHY125); or
      General Physics I (PHY 201); or
      General Physics II (PHY 202); or
      University Physics I (PHY 220); or
      University Physics II (PHY 222)

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement.

     

    • Social Science
      3 credits

      Cultural Anthropology (ANT 101); or
      Intro to Mass Media (COM 121); or
      Catholic Worldview of Media (COM 123); or
      US History II (HST 208); or
      Survey of American Law I (LST 202); or
      Foundations of Politics and Government (POL 101); or
      General Psychology (PSY 105); or
      Psychology & Human Development I (PSY 206); or
      Psychology & Human Development II (PSY 207); or
      Adolescent Psychology (PSY 209)#; or
      Introductory Sociology (SOC 101); or
      Christianity and Society (SOC 106)

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement

     

    • American Founding Principles
      3 credits

      History of the US I (HST 207); or
      Colonial America (HST 340); or
      America from Independence to Civil War (HST 345); or
      American National Government (POL 220); or
      Catholics, Catholicism and American Culture (HCC 404)#; or
      Catholic Social Teaching (THE 320)*

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement.

      * Only Catechetics majors pursuing a second major outside of the department are eligible for this substitution.
    TOTAL: 45

    For students pursuing the bachelor of arts degree, the language requirement is 6 credits at the intermediate level in modern or classical language, i.e., French 201-202, German 201-202, Greek 201-202 or 207 I, Latin 203-204 or 207 I, and Spanish 201-202/206. For students not prepared to enter the intermediate level, a 6 credit elementary course is also required. The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination or other verification of proficiency.

     

     

    The Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Science Degrees

    • Theology & Philosophy**
      15 credits

      Foundations of Catholicism (THE 101); or
      Christian Moral Principles (THE 115); or
      The Word of God (THE 110); or
      Foundation of Ethics (PHL 212); or
      Philosophy of the Human Person (PHL 113); or
      Metaphysics (PHL211)

     

    • History**
      3 credits

      History of Civilization I (HST 105); or
      History of Civilization II (HST 106); or
      Medieval World (HST 323); or
      Renaissance and Reformation (HST 324); or
      French Revolution and Nineteenth Century Europe (HST 327)

     

    • Math
      3 credits

      Survey of Math (MTH 120)*
      *Students may substitute any higher numbered MTH.
    • Macroeconomics
      3 credits

      Principles of Economics I (ECO 201).

     

    • Literature**
      6 credits

      Epic and the Person (ENG 210) ; or
      Lyric and Dramatic Voices (ENG 211)

     

    • Catholic Traditions in the Fine Arts***
      3 credits

      Survey of Sacred & Religious Music (MUS 261); or
      Drama and the Catholic Imagination (DRA 1XX), ; or
      Visual Arts and the Catholic Imagination (ART 150)

     

    • Natural Sciences
      6 credits

      Survey of Biological Sciences (BIO 106); or
      Human Biology (Bio 110); or
      Introduction to Environmental Science (BIO 120); or
      General Botany (Bio 122); or
      General Zoology (Bio 123); or
      Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 133); or
      Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 134); or
      Nutrition and Health for Young Children (BIO 150)#; or
      Human Embryology (BIO 203); or
      Introductory Chemistry I & II (CHM 111-112); or
      Introductory Physiological Chemistry (114); or
      Survey of Physical Science (PHY 105); or
      Survey of Physical Sc. With Natural Science (PHY 108); or
      Natural Science Laboratory (PHY 110); or
      Physics and Everyday Life (PHY125); or
      General Physics I (PHY 201); or
      General Physics II (PHY 202); or
      University Physics I (PHY 220); or
      University Physics II (PHY 222)

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement.

     

    • Social Science
      3 credits

      Cultural Anthropology (ANT 101); or
      Intro to Mass Media (COM 121); or
      Catholic Worldview of Media (COM 123); or
      US History II (HST 208); or
      Survey of American Law I (LST 202); or
      Foundations of Politics and Government (POL 101); or
      General Psychology (PSY 105); or
      Psychology & Human Development I (PSY 206); or
      Psychology & Human Development II (PSY 207); or
      Adolescent Psychology (PSY 209)#; or
      Introductory Sociology (SOC 101); or
      Christianity and Society (SOC 106)
      International Politics (POL 233)

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement

     

    • American Founding Principles
      3 credits

      History of the US I (HST 207); or
      Colonial America (HST 340); or
      America from Independence to Civil War (HST 345); or
      American National Government (POL 220); or
      Catholics, Catholicism and American Culture (HCC 404)#; or
      Catholic Social Teaching (THE 320)*; or

      # Only students for whom this course is required by their major may use this course to fulfill the requirement.

      * Only Catechetics majors pursuing a second major outside of the department are eligible for this substitution.
    TOTAL: 42

     

     **courses will have a significant focus on Franciscanism.

    The waiver granted for the Honors program with the current core will be continued.

    The Nursing program and education majors have been granted waivers for specific elements for the core.

    The Core Committee has also recommended a flexible interpretation of core requirements when awarding transfer credit.

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