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Core Courses

Purpose
The Core Curriculum explores the liberal arts and sciences from a Christian perspective. In Core courses students and faculty seek to understand and wisely engage creation and the social order. We investigate diverse aspects of the complexity, coherence and beauty of creation. We interact with historic and contemporary cultures, accepting the longstanding Christian call to seek truth and beauty, to think critically and constructively, to exercise moral discernment, and to develop habits of just and compassionate action. The curriculum encourages the development of a Christian character that manifests itself in informed and redemptive responses to the world and the needs of the global community.

Objectives
The Core Curriculum seeks to foster:

  • Knowledge of God’s character and purposes as revealed in Scripture and understood in the life of the Church

  • Knowledge and stewardship of the creation in all its complexity, coherence and beauty

  • Understanding of humankind as created, fallen and redeemed, and an appreciation for various perspectives on human nature

  • Understanding of and engagement with global cultures in all their diversity

  • Understanding of diverse ways of knowing about nature, humankind and God, and an ability to draw on multiple disciplinary perspectives when confronting complex problems

  • Development of Christian character, moral discernment and civic responsibility

  • Practice of critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and clear written and oral communication

  • Development of aesthetic sensibilities and practices

  • Habits of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness



FIRST YEAR CORE
COR 107 - The Great Conversation: Foundations in Thinking, Reading and Writing

Students in selected honors/fellows programs will instead take
COR 108 - The Great Conversation: Foundations in Thinking, Reading and Writing and
COR 109 - The Great Conversation: Foundations in Thinking, Reading and Writing 

La Vida/Discovery requirement
Students will take one of the following:
PED 015 - Discovery 
PED 016 - La Vida Wilderness Expeditions 
PED 017 - Concepts of Wellness (by petition only)
 

COMMON CORE
BCM 101 - Old Testament History, Literature and Theology
BCM 103 - New Testament History, Literature and Theology
BCM 308 - Christian Theology
HIS 121 - Historical Perspectives on Culture, Belief and Civilization 
NSM 202 - The Scientific Enterprise 

One of the following philosophy courses:
PHI 118 - The Examined Life 
PHI 202 - Philosophy in the Ancient/Medieval World 
PHI 203 - Philosophy in the Early Modern World 
PHI 220 - Philosophy of Religion 
PHI 233 - Environmental Ethics 
PHI 234 - Philosophy of Art and Beauty 
PHI 236 - Contemporary Ethics: Love, Life, Death 

Language Study (8 credits)
One year of foreign language study (in the same language) at the beginning college level is required. 

  • Students who validate language I or language I and II will complete 4 credits each in social sciences, fine arts, and literature.

  • Students who do not validate the language requirement will complete 8 credits of language and 8 credits total in social sciences, fine arts, and literature, with at least two credits from each of those three categories.

Physical Education (each course 0 credits; course fee applied)
Two DIFFERENT courses from PE018-099. Physical Education Activity Classes should be completed prior to junior year. One transcripted varsity sport may fulfill an activity course requirement; second sport or additional seasons cannot be used. Use of club sports participation requires preapproval by the director of physical education. Armed Forces basic training or R.O.T.C. training may also fulfill one activity with documentation.

GENERAL CORE - 4 credits from each area. Additional information and specific exceptions can be found in the Academic Catalog.


Natural Sciences (Core Objectives 2 and 7b)
BIO 150 - Biology I: Cells and Genetics - Credits: 4  
BIO 151 - Biology II: Animal Biology - Credits: 4 
BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Credits: 4  
BIO 222 - Environmental Science - Credits: 4 
BIO 225 - Nutrition - Credits: 4 
BIO 302 - Crops and Society - Credits: 4 
CPS 121 - Introduction to Programming - Credits: 4  
CPS 331 - Artificial Intelligence - Credits: 4 
KIN 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Credits: 4 
KIN 112 - Introduction to Human Movement Studies - Credits: 4  
MAT 134 - Survey of Calculus - Credits: 4 
MAT 121 - Calculus I - Credits: 4 
MAT 200 - Mathematical Inquiry - Credits: 4 
NSM 220 - Human Biology, Health and Disease - Credits: 4 
PHY 111 - General Physics I - Credits: 4 
PHY 121 - Introductory Physics I - Credits: 4  
PHY 125 - Introduction to Engineering and the Applied Sciences - Credits: 4  
PHY 200 - Astronomy - Credits: 4  
PHY 283 - Modern Physics - Credits: 4  
PHY 293 - Mechanics - Credits: 4  
PHY 372 - Thermal Physics - Credits: 4  

Social Sciences (Core Objective 6)
ECB 101 - Principles of Microeconomics - Credits: 4 
ECB 349 - Leadership in and of Organizations - Credits: 4  
POL 104 - American National Politics - Credits: 4 
POL 312 - Justice - Credits: 4 
POL 322 - American Political Thought - Credits: 4 
PSY 180 - Person in Psychological Context - Credits: 4 
SOC 103 - Social Movements - Credits: 4 
SWK 201 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare - Credits: 4  

Fine Arts (Objective 8)
ART 150 - Art History: Cave Art to Medieval - Credits: 4 
ART 151 - Art History: Renaissance to Modern - Credits: 4 
ART 152 - American Art History as Cultural Encounter - Credits: 4 
ART 410 - Modern Art Seminar - Credits: 4 
COM 356 - Media Criticism - Credits: 4 
COM 358 - Film and TV Genres - Credits: 4 
FNA 112 - Arts in Concert - Credits: 4 
MUS 241 - A Survey of Musical Masterworks - Credits: 4 
MUS 245 - World Music - Credits: 2 
MUS 337 - Music in Worship - Credits: 4 
ORV 270 - Disegno/Drawing at Orvieto
THT 234 - Introduction to Theatre - Credits: 4 
THT 243 - Contemporary Theatre: British - Credits: 2  
THT 291 - International Seminar: Studies on British Stage - Credits: 4  

Ensemble Option - Four semesters of ensembles; there is no two-semester option. Ensembles may be taken for one or zero credits; completion of more than one ensemble in any semester still counts as one semester towards the requirement.

    MUS 250 - College Choir
    MUS 251 - Symphonic Band
    MUS 252 - Men’s Choir
    MUS 253 - Gordon Symphony Orchestra
    MUS 254 - Women’s Choir
    MUS 257 - Jazz Ensemble
    MUS 258 - Wind Ensemble

Literature (Objective 4)
ENG 140 - Core Seminar in Literature - Credits: 2 - 4  
ENG 141 - Western Literature - Credits: 4 
EDU 232 - Adolescent Literature - Credits: 4 
SPN 372 - Survey of Latin American Literature - Credits: 4  

For course descriptions and additional information about Core requirements, please check the Academic Catalog.