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Core Courses

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.

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

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)

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 (Choose 4 credits from each division)

Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences
Fine Arts

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