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Core Curriculum

The requirements of the Core Curriculum, outlined below, apply to students entering St. Norbert College in the fall semester of 2013 or later. Students who entered the college before the fall of 2013 must meet the requirements of the earlier general education program. Courses that fulfill Core Curriculum program requirements may also be used to fulfill requirements in the major.

Philosophy of the Core Curriculum 
The Core Curriculum is an essential component of St. Norbert College’s mission as a Catholic, liberal arts and Norbertine institution. It provides students with the skills, knowledge, intellectual preparation, and range of experiential learning that will enable them to flourish as citizens in a complex and rapidly changing world. Furthermore, it offers students a systematic approach to the examination of personal values, habits of leadership and integrity, and spiritual development that are central to the Catholic, Norbertine values upon which the college’s identity and purpose are grounded.

Foundation Courses

Theological Foundations (Core: TF) and Philosophical Foundations (Core: PF) are to be taken during the student’s first year.

THRS 117 Theological Foundations (4 credits, Core: TF)
This course will introduce students to the principal elements of Christian theology, particularly in the Catholic tradition, including biblical studies, historical and systematic theology, and ethics. It will address foundational theological questions, including: what does it mean to study God, and why do we do it; what sources are available for the investigation of God and how do we evaluate these sources; what images and metaphors have been and continue to be used for God; and what implications does belief in God have on ethical behavior and the building of communities?

PHIL 120 Philosophical Foundations in the Study of Human Nature (4 credits, Core: PF)
This course provides a thematic and historical introduction to basic philosophical issues regarding human nature utilizing primary texts from established figures in the philosophical tradition. Topics include the moral dimension of human experience, the fundamental nature of the world, the nature of truth and knowledge, and justice. Readings include dialogues of Plato, authors from at least three of the four philosophical epochs (ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary), and at least one author from the Christian philosophical tradition. Emphasis will be placed on methods of logical inquiry including Socratic dialectic, deductive and inductive inference, and other forms of philosophical discourse with the goal of developing the student’s skills in written and oral communication.

Quantitative Reasoning & Writing Intensive Courses
Quantitative Reasoning (Core: QR) and Writing Intensive (Core: WI) courses are to be taken by the end of the student’s second year.

Quantitative Reasoning Courses (Core: QR)
  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming 
  • CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures 
  • MATH 123 Applications of Contemporary Mathematics 
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus 
  • MATH 128 Introduction to Statistics for Business 
  • MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 
  • MATH 132 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2 
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data (MATH 212 is for EDUC majors only)
  • MATH 220 Principles of Geometry (MATH 220 is for EDUC majors only)
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics 
Writing Intensive Courses (Core: WI)
This requirement is fulfilled by taking any course designated as writing intensive (Core: WI) in the course timetable and may be drawn from any of the Foundations courses (above) or from any of the the General Core courses at the 100- or 200- level (below). In addition, the following courses are always designated as writing intensive:

(Other core requirements that are fulfilled by writing intensive courses are also indicated)
  • ENGL 101 English Composition (available only through College Credit program) (Core: WI)
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies (Core: EI, WI)
  • ENGL 221 The American Short Story (Core: DD, WI)
  • FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
  • GERM 304 German Composition (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
  • HONR 101 Introduction to Honors (honors program students only) (Core: WI)
  • HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities Through the Fine Arts (Core: EI, WI)
Second Language Competency (Core: SL)
Demonstration of second language competency is to be completed by the end of the student’s third year.

This module is fulfilled by completion of a language course at the 102 level or above, or by establishing competency by placement test through the 102 level or above. The second language must be one other than the native language of the student and may be in languages not taught at St. Norbert College. Placement/competency tests will be given at orientation and at other announced times throughout the academic year, and can be repeated until the end of a student’s sixth semester. 

General & Advanced Courses

Students must successfully complete one course from each of the following seven general core areas. Three of these areas must be satisfied by courses taken at the 300- or 400- level in order to fulfill the advanced core requirement.

Beyond Borders (Core: BB)
This area explores the civilizations and cultures of the world in a variety of contexts, historical or contemporary, either studied in their own right or through the interactions and relationships between them. Courses in this area may cover one or more of the following subjects: culture, geography, history, politics, religion, trade and commerce – but ideally and naturally some combination of these. This area provides learners the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the world’s cultural diversity.
  • ENGL 228 The Continental Novel
  • GEOG 140 World Regions and Issues
  • HIST 118 Survey of African History
  • HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 122 Modern East Asia
  • HIST 130 History of Latin America
  • HUMA 252 French Society and Culture
  • HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society
  • INTL/POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies
  • PHIL/THRS 265 Asian Philosophy and Religion
  • SSCI 129 Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony in the Caribbean
  • WOLT 207 Contemporary Latin American Literature
Beyond Borders Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: BB) 
  • ART 310 Non-Western Art History
  • CLAS 335 A Brief History of Body Parts
  • COME 343 International Mass Communication
  • ECON 357 Economics of Globalization
  • ENGL 356 Postcolonial Literature
  • FREN 375 French Civilization and Identity
  • GEOG 363 Global Urbanization
  • GERM 376 German Civilization 2
  • JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization
  • NSCI 310 Global Viral Pandemics
  • NSCI 348 Bioterrorism
  • POLI/PEAC 352 Conceptions of Human Rights
  • POLI 362 Globalization and the Developing World in the 21st Century
  • POLI 368 Latin American Politics Through Film, Art, Poetry and Music
  • POLI 410 Global Political Extremism
  • SPAN 365 Latin American Civilization: South America and the Caribbean
  • SPAN 370 Latin American Civilization: Mexico and Central America
  • SPAN 375 Spanish Civilization
  • THRS 339 World Scriptures
  • THRS 340 World Religions in Dialogue
  • THRS 343 Muslim and Christian Theologies in Dialogue
  • WOLT 330 Contemporary French and Francophone Women Writers
Catholic Imagination (Core: CI)
This area focuses on the Catholic intellectual tradition and its continuing interactions/dialogue with the world, including art, literature, and science. Courses in this area explore a variety of subject matter, grounded in Catholic theology, such as contributions and manifestations of Catholic sensibility in issues of historical and contemporary significance. Such courses allow students to explore the reciprocal enrichment between the Church and the world as a result of dialogue through the ages, including ways in which the Catholic tradition engages the needs and opportunities of communities and the world.
  • ART 215 Sacred Art and Architecture
  • ENGL 240 Modern Catholic Fiction
  • THRS 201 The Bible: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • THRS 203 The Quest for God
Catholic Imagination Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: CI)
  • HUMA 337 Communio and the Norbertines
  • THRS 310 Marriage and Family as Vocation
  • THRS 312 The Church: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • THRS 314 Origins of Biblical Monotheism
  • THRS 316 Who is Jesus?
  • THRS/WMGS 318 Feminist Theology
  • THRS 320 The Christian Tradition
  • THRS 322 Survey of the Hebrew Bible
  • THRS/WMGS 324 Women in the Bible
  • THRS 325 Providence, Suffering, and Freedom
  • THRS/CLAS 327 Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Search for Meaning
  • THRS 331 Judaism and Christianity: The Holocaust
  • THRS 333 Christian Ethics
  • THRS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity
  • THRS 355 Theology of Spirituality
  • THRS 360 Exploring Catholic Theology
  • THRS 361 Catholic Intellectual Tradition
  • THRS 433 Christian Ethics
Difference & Diversity (Core: DD)
This area cultivates an understanding of the historical and contemporary challenges faced by various groups within the U.S., commonly identified by characteristics such as class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. A study of these groups’ identities and the voices with which they speak illustrates their contributions to the rich and complex U.S. mosaic. Courses in this area explore how these identities are constructed and how the internal dynamics and external interactions of such groups continue to inform and shape our experience. In turn, these questions challenge students to think critically about commonly held views of equality, justice, citizenship and identity.
  • AMER 261 Introduction to American Studies
  • ENGL 221 The American Short Story
  • GEOG 155 Ethnic Geographies of the United States
  • GEOG 225 Social Geography
  • HIST/AMER 114 History of the United States 1
  • HIST/AMER 115 History of the United States 2
  • POLI 232 American Political Polarization
  • SSCI 103 Difference, Diversity and Power
  • SSCI 205 Disability and American Society
  • THRS/AMER 221 Religion in America
  • WMGS 110 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WMGS 225 Gender in Text and Imagery
Difference and Diversity Advanced Core Courses (Adv. Core: DD)
  • ART/WMGS 375 Race, Gender and Contemporary Art
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • HIST 368 Asian American Experience
  • HUMA 422 Slavery in Antebellum America 
  • MUSI/AMER 318 Evolution of Jazz
  • SOCI/WMGS 346 Intersections of Privilege
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Expression & Interpretation (Core: EI)
This area examines ways in which literature and the visual and performing arts resonate in human experience. Courses in this area encourage students to contemplate and theorize humanities and fine arts. Through creative engagement and critical thought, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the creative process and cultivate the ability to make positive contributions to knowledge, society, and culture.
  • ART 120 Modern Sculpture and Architecture
  • ART 141 Drawing and Visual Perception
  • ART 144 Introduction to Video Production
  • ART 145 Rotoscope Animation
  • ART 205 Art, Technology and Society
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 203 Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities Through the Fine Arts
  • MUSI 150 Survey of World Musics
  • MUSI 176 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Live Performance
  • THEA 102 Creation of Sign and Symbol
  • THEA 237 History of Clothing and Fashion
  • WOLT 210 Soviet Dissident Literature
Expression & Interpretation Advanced Core Courses  (Adv Core: EI)
  •  ART 324 Intermediate Sculpture
  • ART 330 Intermediate Printmaking
  • ART 340 Intermediate Painting
  • ART 424 Advanced Sculpture
  • ART 430 Advanced Printmaking
  • ART 440 Advanced Painting
  • FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism
  • GERM 304 German Composition
  • GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism
  • HUMA 313 Stories of War
  • PHIL/CLAS 334 Tragedy and Philosophy
  • PHIL/MUSI 336 Philosophy of Music
  • SPAN 301 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 1
  • SPAN 302 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 2
Individual & Society (Core: IS)
This area focuses attention on the nature of the individual, of society, and the relationship between the two. Courses in this module consider empirical research as well as historical and contemporary thought on the nature and development of the individual (including common attributes and individual differences, the character and evolution of society (including complex institutions such as family, economy, and government) and the relationship between the two. These courses help students identify and apply theoretical and methodological perspectives of a social science in order to understand themselves and their place in the social world.
  • COME 352 Media Effects
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology
  • LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • POLI/AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
Individual & Society Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: IS)
  • CSCI 310 Computing in a Global Society
  • POLI 310 Fascism and Socialism
Physical & Natural World (Core: PN)
This area introduces topics ranging from physical and chemical processes that shape the earth and universe, the historical and contemporary impact of human geography on climate and the earth’s biota, to the interplay among health, environment and technology. Courses in this area, while being grounded in the fundamentals of the natural sciences, may include disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the physical and natural world. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of science, methods of science, and the interdisciplinary nature of science through inquiry, critical thinking, application, and communication. This subject matter, when synthesized into a meaningful whole, allows learners to develop an informed perspective on the physical and natural world and our role as responsible stewards of the environment. These courses include a laboratory component. 
  • BIOL 105 Human Biology and Society
  • BIOL 106 Humans and the Environment
  • BIOL 108 Biodiversity
  • CHEM 100 Applications of Chemistry
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry
  • EDUC/GEOL 287 STEM Methods and Introductory Geology 1
  • GEOG 120 Global Physical Environments
  • GEOL 105 Introductory Geology
  • GEOL 107 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 109 Dinosaurs and their Environment
  • GEOL 115 General Oceanography
  • PHYS 100 Physics in the Arts
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • PHYS 121 General Physics 1
  • PHYS 141 Introductory Astronomy
Physical & Natural World Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: PN)
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • NSCI 358 Social Impacts of Infectious Disease
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society
Western Tradition (Core: WT)
This area helps students understand and evaluate major concepts and values in Western culture. Students will be able to analyze how the Western tradition influences contemporary though or actions. Courses in this area will expose students to the sources and development of ideas that pervade Western society and the Western cultural experience, and may cover Western ideologies, history, government, citizenship, literature, and the arts.
  • ART 110 History of Western Art
  • ART 112 History of Modern Design
  • ART 115 History of Modern Art
  • BIOL 107 Human Evolution, Extinction and Scientific Thinking
  • ENGL 212 Modern British Novel
  • HIST 112 History of Western Civilization 1: Bronze Age to Renaissance
  • HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2: Early Modern and Modern Europe
  • HUMA 240 Classic American Novels
  • MUSI/AMER 184 History of American Popular Music
  • PEAC 266 Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • PHIL 250/THRS 255 Philosophy of Religion
Western Tradition Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: WT)
  • COME/POLI 329 Political Communication
  • ECON 300 History of Economic Thought
  • ENGL 321 Dante: The Divine Comedy
  • ENGL 385 Heroes and Sages
  • FREN 328 French Classicism
  • GERM 375 German Civilization 1
  • HIST 345 Slavery in World History
  • HIST 350 History of Modern Europe
  • HIST 370 The End of the World
  • HONR 302 Coexistence in Medieval Spain
  • HUMA 403 Ideal Societies
  • HUMA 411 Vietnam in the Western Imagination
  • MUSI 315 Introduction to Opera
  • PHIL/AMER 305 American Philosophy
  • PHIL 310 Existentialist Thought
  • PHIL 330 The European Enlightenment
  • SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
  • THEA 337 Contemporary Theatre
  • WOLT 320 19th Century Russian Fiction
  • WOLT/CLAS 325 Classical Mythology

Core Goals

Goals of the Core Curriculum Program

1. The acquisition of intellectual and cognitive skills, which includes:
  • The desire and ability to question, to pursue truth, and to be life-long learners
  • Oral and written communication
  • Capacity for quantitative thought and expression
  • Critical analysis, interpretation, synthesis and integration using the methods of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts
  • Understanding the integrative approach of the Catholic intellectual tradition
2. Understanding the world and one’s place in it, which includes:
  • The natural world, its relationship to human activity, and stewardship of the environment
  • Human nature, human relationships, and society
  • The commonality, diversity, and continuity of human experience and culture
  • The influence of religious heritages
  • Personal and social responsibility, social justice, service, pluralism, and the tradition of peace and reconciliation

3. Understanding religious and spiritual dimensions of life, which includes:

  • Knowledge of religious traditions, particularly Christian
  • Knowledge of the Catholic tradition and the Norbertine heritage
  • Identifying and reflecting upon one’s religious convictions and spiritual growth
  • Knowledge of the dialogue between faith and reason, especially in the Catholic intellectual tradition

4. The development of creativity and self-expression, which includes:

  • Understanding literature and the fine and performing arts
  • Nurturing creativity and self-expression as dimensions of the whole person by actively engaging in the creative process
  • Developing the ability to make creative contributions to knowledge, society, and culture
5. The development of personal character and virtue, which includes:
  • Examining one’s core beliefs and values and comparing them to those of others
  • Understanding Catholic traditions of morality and virtue, and reflecting upon one’s own moral and ethical convictions
  • Reflecting on the relationship between one’s spiritual growth and personal integrity
  • Constructing a meaningful and coherent philosophy of life and value system reinforced by lifelong critical examination

Foundation Courses

Theological Foundations (Core: TF) and Philosophical Foundations (Core: PF) are to be taken during the student’s first year.

THRS 117 Theological Foundations (4 credits, Core: TF)
This course will introduce students to the principal elements of Christian theology, particularly in the Catholic tradition, including biblical studies, historical and systematic theology, and ethics. It will address foundational theological questions, including: what does it mean to study God, and why do we do it; what sources are available for the investigation of God and how do we evaluate these sources; what images and metaphors have been and continue to be used for God; and what implications does belief in God have on ethical behavior and the building of communities?

PHIL 120 Philosophical Foundations in the Study of Human Nature (4 credits, Core: PF)
This course provides a thematic and historical introduction to basic philosophical issues regarding human nature utilizing primary texts from established figures in the philosophical tradition. Topics include the moral dimension of human experience, the fundamental nature of the world, the nature of truth and knowledge, and justice. Readings include dialogues of Plato, authors from at least three of the four philosophical epochs (ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary), and at least one author from the Christian philosophical tradition. Emphasis will be placed on methods of logical inquiry including Socratic dialectic, deductive and inductive inference, and other forms of philosophical discourse with the goal of developing the student’s skills in written and oral communication.

Quantitative Reasoning & Writing Intensive Courses
Quantitative Reasoning (Core: QR) and Writing Intensive (Core: WI) courses are to be taken by the end of the student’s second year.

Quantitative Reasoning Courses (Core: QR)
  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming 
  • CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures 
  • MATH 123 Applications of Contemporary Mathematics 
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus 
  • MATH 128 Introduction to Statistics for Business 
  • MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 
  • MATH 132 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2 
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data (MATH 212 is for EDUC majors only)
  • MATH 220 Principles of Geometry (MATH 220 is for EDUC majors only)
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics 
Writing Intensive Courses (Core: WI)
This requirement is fulfilled by taking any course designated as writing intensive (Core: WI) in the course timetable and may be drawn from any of the Foundations courses (above) or from any of the the General Core courses at the 100- or 200- level (below). In addition, the following courses are always designated as writing intensive:

(Other core requirements that are fulfilled by writing intensive courses are also indicated)
  • ENGL 101 English Composition (available only through College Credit program) (Core: WI)
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies (Core: EI, WI)
  • ENGL 221 The American Short Story (Core: DD, WI)
  • FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
  • GERM 304 German Composition (Adv. Core: EI, WI)
  • HONR 101 Introduction to Honors (honors program students only) (Core: WI)
  • HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities Through the Fine Arts (Core: EI, WI)
Second Language Competency (Core: SL)
Demonstration of second language competency is to be completed by the end of the student’s third year.

This module is fulfilled by completion of a language course at the 102 level or above, or by establishing competency by placement test through the 102 level or above. The second language must be one other than the native language of the student and may be in languages not taught at St. Norbert College. Placement/competency tests will be given at orientation and at other announced times throughout the academic year, and can be repeated until the end of a student’s sixth semester. 

General & Advanced Courses

Students must successfully complete one course from each of the following seven general core areas. Three of these areas must be satisfied by courses taken at the 300- or 400- level in order to fulfill the advanced core requirement.

Beyond Borders (Core: BB)
This area explores the civilizations and cultures of the world in a variety of contexts, historical or contemporary, either studied in their own right or through the interactions and relationships between them. Courses in this area may cover one or more of the following subjects: culture, geography, history, politics, religion, trade and commerce – but ideally and naturally some combination of these. This area provides learners the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the world’s cultural diversity.
  • ENGL 228 The Continental Novel
  • GEOG 140 World Regions and Issues
  • HIST 118 Survey of African History
  • HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 122 Modern East Asia
  • HIST 130 History of Latin America
  • HUMA 252 French Society and Culture
  • HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society
  • INTL/POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies
  • PHIL/THRS 265 Asian Philosophy and Religion
  • SSCI 129 Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony in the Caribbean
  • WOLT 207 Contemporary Latin American Literature
Beyond Borders Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: BB) 
  • ART 310 Non-Western Art History
  • CLAS 335 A Brief History of Body Parts
  • COME 343 International Mass Communication
  • ECON 357 Economics of Globalization
  • ENGL 356 Postcolonial Literature
  • FREN 375 French Civilization and Identity
  • GEOG 363 Global Urbanization
  • GERM 376 German Civilization 2
  • JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization
  • NSCI 310 Global Viral Pandemics
  • NSCI 348 Bioterrorism
  • POLI/PEAC 352 Conceptions of Human Rights
  • POLI 362 Globalization and the Developing World in the 21st Century
  • POLI 368 Latin American Politics Through Film, Art, Poetry and Music
  • POLI 410 Global Political Extremism
  • SPAN 365 Latin American Civilization: South America and the Caribbean
  • SPAN 370 Latin American Civilization: Mexico and Central America
  • SPAN 375 Spanish Civilization
  • THRS 339 World Scriptures
  • THRS 340 World Religions in Dialogue
  • THRS 343 Muslim and Christian Theologies in Dialogue
  • WOLT 330 Contemporary French and Francophone Women Writers
Catholic Imagination (Core: CI)
This area focuses on the Catholic intellectual tradition and its continuing interactions/dialogue with the world, including art, literature, and science. Courses in this area explore a variety of subject matter, grounded in Catholic theology, such as contributions and manifestations of Catholic sensibility in issues of historical and contemporary significance. Such courses allow students to explore the reciprocal enrichment between the Church and the world as a result of dialogue through the ages, including ways in which the Catholic tradition engages the needs and opportunities of communities and the world.
  • ART 215 Sacred Art and Architecture
  • ENGL 240 Modern Catholic Fiction
  • THRS 201 The Bible: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • THRS 203 The Quest for God
Catholic Imagination Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: CI)
  • HUMA 337 Communio and the Norbertines
  • THRS 310 Marriage and Family as Vocation
  • THRS 312 The Church: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • THRS 314 Origins of Biblical Monotheism
  • THRS 316 Who is Jesus?
  • THRS/WMGS 318 Feminist Theology
  • THRS 320 The Christian Tradition
  • THRS 322 Survey of the Hebrew Bible
  • THRS/WMGS 324 Women in the Bible
  • THRS 325 Providence, Suffering, and Freedom
  • THRS/CLAS 327 Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Search for Meaning
  • THRS 331 Judaism and Christianity: The Holocaust
  • THRS 333 Christian Ethics
  • THRS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity
  • THRS 355 Theology of Spirituality
  • THRS 360 Exploring Catholic Theology
  • THRS 361 Catholic Intellectual Tradition
  • THRS 433 Christian Ethics
Difference & Diversity (Core: DD)
This area cultivates an understanding of the historical and contemporary challenges faced by various groups within the U.S., commonly identified by characteristics such as class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. A study of these groups’ identities and the voices with which they speak illustrates their contributions to the rich and complex U.S. mosaic. Courses in this area explore how these identities are constructed and how the internal dynamics and external interactions of such groups continue to inform and shape our experience. In turn, these questions challenge students to think critically about commonly held views of equality, justice, citizenship and identity.
  • AMER 261 Introduction to American Studies
  • ENGL 221 The American Short Story
  • GEOG 155 Ethnic Geographies of the United States
  • GEOG 225 Social Geography
  • HIST/AMER 114 History of the United States 1
  • HIST/AMER 115 History of the United States 2
  • POLI 232 American Political Polarization
  • SSCI 103 Difference, Diversity and Power
  • SSCI 205 Disability and American Society
  • THRS/AMER 221 Religion in America
  • WMGS 110 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WMGS 225 Gender in Text and Imagery
Difference and Diversity Advanced Core Courses (Adv. Core: DD)
  • ART/WMGS 375 Race, Gender and Contemporary Art
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • HIST 368 Asian American Experience
  • HUMA 422 Slavery in Antebellum America 
  • MUSI/AMER 318 Evolution of Jazz
  • SOCI/WMGS 346 Intersections of Privilege
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Expression & Interpretation (Core: EI)
This area examines ways in which literature and the visual and performing arts resonate in human experience. Courses in this area encourage students to contemplate and theorize humanities and fine arts. Through creative engagement and critical thought, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the creative process and cultivate the ability to make positive contributions to knowledge, society, and culture.
  • ART 120 Modern Sculpture and Architecture
  • ART 141 Drawing and Visual Perception
  • ART 144 Introduction to Video Production
  • ART 145 Rotoscope Animation
  • ART 205 Art, Technology and Society
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 203 Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities Through the Fine Arts
  • MUSI 150 Survey of World Musics
  • MUSI 176 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Live Performance
  • THEA 102 Creation of Sign and Symbol
  • THEA 237 History of Clothing and Fashion
  • WOLT 210 Soviet Dissident Literature
Expression & Interpretation Advanced Core Courses  (Adv Core: EI)
  •  ART 324 Intermediate Sculpture
  • ART 330 Intermediate Printmaking
  • ART 340 Intermediate Painting
  • ART 424 Advanced Sculpture
  • ART 430 Advanced Printmaking
  • ART 440 Advanced Painting
  • FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism
  • GERM 304 German Composition
  • GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism
  • HUMA 313 Stories of War
  • PHIL/CLAS 334 Tragedy and Philosophy
  • PHIL/MUSI 336 Philosophy of Music
  • SPAN 301 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 1
  • SPAN 302 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 2
Individual & Society (Core: IS)
This area focuses attention on the nature of the individual, of society, and the relationship between the two. Courses in this module consider empirical research as well as historical and contemporary thought on the nature and development of the individual (including common attributes and individual differences, the character and evolution of society (including complex institutions such as family, economy, and government) and the relationship between the two. These courses help students identify and apply theoretical and methodological perspectives of a social science in order to understand themselves and their place in the social world.
  • COME 352 Media Effects
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology
  • LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • POLI/AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
Individual & Society Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: IS)
  • CSCI 310 Computing in a Global Society
  • POLI 310 Fascism and Socialism
Physical & Natural World (Core: PN)
This area introduces topics ranging from physical and chemical processes that shape the earth and universe, the historical and contemporary impact of human geography on climate and the earth’s biota, to the interplay among health, environment and technology. Courses in this area, while being grounded in the fundamentals of the natural sciences, may include disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the physical and natural world. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of science, methods of science, and the interdisciplinary nature of science through inquiry, critical thinking, application, and communication. This subject matter, when synthesized into a meaningful whole, allows learners to develop an informed perspective on the physical and natural world and our role as responsible stewards of the environment. These courses include a laboratory component. 
  • BIOL 105 Human Biology and Society
  • BIOL 106 Humans and the Environment
  • BIOL 108 Biodiversity
  • CHEM 100 Applications of Chemistry
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry
  • EDUC/GEOL 287 STEM Methods and Introductory Geology 1
  • GEOG 120 Global Physical Environments
  • GEOL 105 Introductory Geology
  • GEOL 107 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 109 Dinosaurs and their Environment
  • GEOL 115 General Oceanography
  • PHYS 100 Physics in the Arts
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • PHYS 121 General Physics 1
  • PHYS 141 Introductory Astronomy
Physical & Natural World Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: PN)
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • NSCI 358 Social Impacts of Infectious Disease
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society
Western Tradition (Core: WT)
This area helps students understand and evaluate major concepts and values in Western culture. Students will be able to analyze how the Western tradition influences contemporary though or actions. Courses in this area will expose students to the sources and development of ideas that pervade Western society and the Western cultural experience, and may cover Western ideologies, history, government, citizenship, literature, and the arts.
  • ART 110 History of Western Art
  • ART 112 History of Modern Design
  • ART 115 History of Modern Art
  • BIOL 107 Human Evolution, Extinction and Scientific Thinking
  • ENGL 212 Modern British Novel
  • HIST 112 History of Western Civilization 1: Bronze Age to Renaissance
  • HIST 113 History of Western Civilization 2: Early Modern and Modern Europe
  • HUMA 240 Classic American Novels
  • MUSI/AMER 184 History of American Popular Music
  • PEAC 266 Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • PHIL 250/THRS 255 Philosophy of Religion
Western Tradition Advanced Core Courses (Adv Core: WT)
  • COME/POLI 329 Political Communication
  • ECON 300 History of Economic Thought
  • ENGL 321 Dante: The Divine Comedy
  • ENGL 385 Heroes and Sages
  • FREN 328 French Classicism
  • GERM 375 German Civilization 1
  • HIST 345 Slavery in World History
  • HIST 350 History of Modern Europe
  • HIST 370 The End of the World
  • HONR 302 Coexistence in Medieval Spain
  • HUMA 403 Ideal Societies
  • HUMA 411 Vietnam in the Western Imagination
  • MUSI 315 Introduction to Opera
  • PHIL/AMER 305 American Philosophy
  • PHIL 310 Existentialist Thought
  • PHIL 330 The European Enlightenment
  • SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
  • THEA 337 Contemporary Theatre
  • WOLT 320 19th Century Russian Fiction
  • WOLT/CLAS 325 Classical Mythology

Core Goals

Goals of the Core Curriculum Program

1. The acquisition of intellectual and cognitive skills, which includes:
  • The desire and ability to question, to pursue truth, and to be life-long learners
  • Oral and written communication
  • Capacity for quantitative thought and expression
  • Critical analysis, interpretation, synthesis and integration using the methods of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts
  • Understanding the integrative approach of the Catholic intellectual tradition
2. Understanding the world and one’s place in it, which includes:
  • The natural world, its relationship to human activity, and stewardship of the environment
  • Human nature, human relationships, and society
  • The commonality, diversity, and continuity of human experience and culture
  • The influence of religious heritages
  • Personal and social responsibility, social justice, service, pluralism, and the tradition of peace and reconciliation

3. Understanding religious and spiritual dimensions of life, which includes:

  • Knowledge of religious traditions, particularly Christian
  • Knowledge of the Catholic tradition and the Norbertine heritage
  • Identifying and reflecting upon one’s religious convictions and spiritual growth
  • Knowledge of the dialogue between faith and reason, especially in the Catholic intellectual tradition

4. The development of creativity and self-expression, which includes:

  • Understanding literature and the fine and performing arts
  • Nurturing creativity and self-expression as dimensions of the whole person by actively engaging in the creative process
  • Developing the ability to make creative contributions to knowledge, society, and culture
5. The development of personal character and virtue, which includes:
  • Examining one’s core beliefs and values and comparing them to those of others
  • Understanding Catholic traditions of morality and virtue, and reflecting upon one’s own moral and ethical convictions
  • Reflecting on the relationship between one’s spiritual growth and personal integrity
  • Constructing a meaningful and coherent philosophy of life and value system reinforced by lifelong critical examination