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2012 Revised Requirements

2013 Core Curriculum Approved Courses
2013 Core Curriculum Courses Descriptions
Second Language Competency
Revised Graduation Requirements for Fall 2012 Students
New students entering the College beginning in the Fall of 2012 with be required to complete an additional General Education requirement in Foreign Language Competency in addition to the existing General Education requirements outlined in the Catalog. This requirement is the first phase of implementing new general education requirements for all entering students in the Fall of 2013 as outlined below.

Language Competency Requirement
General Studies Area 7: Foreign Heritages
Area 7 is modified as follows: Area 7 may be satisfied either by taking courses in a language through the 102 level or above, or by establishing competency by placement test above the 102 level and taking one Area 7 course. The second language must be one other than the native language of the student and may be in languages not taught at SNC. Placement/Competency Tests will be given at Orientation and at announced times throughout the academic year and can be repeated until the end of a student's 4th semester at SNC. Area 7 may not be fulfilled by the language placement exam. In order to fulfill Area 7, students must take a language course above 101 or a non-language area 7 course.

New Graduation Requirements for Fall 2013 Students
The following revised general education program, now referred to as the Core Curriculum has been established for all new students entering the College beginning in the Fall of 2013. As specific courses for the new program are approved this site will be updated.

Goals of Revised General Education 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 and social sciences
  • 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

The St. Norbert College Core Curriculum
To be Taken During a Student's First Year:

First-Year Common Experience
Note: Currently in development. Implementation of FYCE dependent upon provision of appropriate resources by SNC administration.

Theological Foundations (C-TF)
This area draws upon the centuries' old tradition of intellectual engagement with the elements of Christian faith. Authentic theological study demands critical and systematic analysis that values equally both faith and reason. This analysis requires substantive interaction with a variety of points of view. Courses in this module thoughtfully investigate biblical, historical, theological, and ethical sources that have contributed to the Christian heritage in general and the Catholic tradition in particular.
RELS 117 Theological Foundations
Philosophical Foundations (C-PF)
This area is inspired, in part, by a principle that has guided our founders, the Norbertines, through the centuries: contemplatio-seeking insights into the challenges facing humanity through deep reflection upon the fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, and action as they have been discussed in the history of thought. Accordingly, this module attempts to capture that enduring Norbertine spirit in a modern liberal arts context, where philosophers explore themes and questions that have occupied human thought throughout the millennia. Because philosophy is inherently a social and practical enterprise that advances through critical dialogue and advocacy, it aims to help people develop the wisdom to live the best lives they can. This module, consisting of one course in philosophy, will explore fundamental topics such as human nature, ethics, the relation of faith and reason, and the meaning of human existence. While recognizing the autonomy of the various intellectual disciplines, this module helps students learn to become careful reflective thinkers and to make insightful and integral connections between various fields of study.
PHIL 120 Philosophical Foundations in the Study of Human Nature
Required By End of Second Year:
Quantitative Reasoning (C-QR)
Courses in this area will help students understand quantitative methods as both ways of knowing and ways of solving problems. Students will be motivated to develop skills and confidence in quantitative, logical, and algorithmic reasoning through applications and practical problems. As a consequence, students will appreciate both the power and the value of these methods while recognizing their limitations.
CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming
CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
MATH 123 Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus
MATH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 1
MATH 132 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 2
SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
Writing Intensive Course (C-WI)
ANY COURSE DESIGNATED C-WI Plus the following courses which are always designated as writing intenstive:
C-EI ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
C-DD ENGL 221 The American Short Story
C-EI HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities Through the Fine Arts
C-EI C-AD GERM 304 German Composition
Note: Writing Intensive courses may be drawn from any of the Foundations courses (above) or from any of the General Core Requirements courses at the 100- or 200-level (see below).

Required by End of Third Year:
Language Competency (C-SL)
Completion of a language course through 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 SNC. Placement/Competency Tests will be given at Orientation and at announced times throughout the academic year and can be repeated until the end of a student's 4th semester at SNC.

General Core Requirements
Can be Taken Any Time:

Beyond Borders (C-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 1
HIST 119 Survey of African History 2
HIST 120 Survey of Middle Eastern History
HIST 122 Modern East Asia
HIST 130 History of Latin America
HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society
INTL 150 Introduction to International Studies
PHIL 265 Asian Philosophy and Religion
POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies
RELS 265 Asian Philosophy and Religion
SSCI 127 Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony in the Caribbean
C-AD CLAS 335 A Brief History of Body Parts
C-AD COME 343 International Mass Communication
C-AD ECON 357 Economics of Globalization
C-AD ENGL 356 Postcolonial Literature
C-AD FREN 375 French Civilization
C-AD GEOG 363 Global Urbanization
C-AD GERM 376 German Civilization 2
C-AD JAPN 375 Japanese Civilization
C-AD NSCI 348 Bioterrorism
C-AD POLI 362 Globalization + the Developing World in the 21st Century
C-AD POLI 368 Latin American Politics / Film, Art, Poetry,+ Music
C-AD RELS 339 World Scriptures
C-AD RELS 340 World Religions in Dialogue
C-AD RELS 343 Muslim and Christian Theologies in Dialogue
C-AD SPAN 365 Latin American Civilization: South America + the Caribbean
C-AD SPAN 370 Latin American Civilization: Mexico + Central America
C-AD SPAN 375 Spanish Civilization

Catholic Imagination (C-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.
ENGL 240 Modern Catholic Fiction
RELS 201 The Bible: Yesterday and Today
C-AD CLAS 327 Ancient Wisdom + the Modern Search for Meaning
C-AD HUMA 337 Communio and the Norbertines
C-AD PEAC 318 Feminist Theology
C-AD PEAC 333 Christian Ethics
C-AD RELS 310 Marriage and Family as Vocation
C-AD RELS 312 Church: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
C-AD RELS 314 The Origins of Monotheism
C-AD RELS 316 Who is Jesus ?
C-AD RELS 318 Feminist Theology
C-AD RELS 320 The Christian Tradition
C-AD RELS 322 Survey of the Hebrew Bible
C-AD RELS 325 Providence, Suffering and Freedom
C-AD RELS 327 Ancient Wisdom + the Modern Search for Meaning
C-AD RELS 333 Christian Ethics
C-AD RELS 338 Religion and Literature: Christian Mysticism
C-AD RELS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity
C-AD RELS 355 Theology of Spirituality
C-AD RELS 360 Exploring Catholic Theology
C-AD RELS 361 Catholic Intellectual Tradition
C-AD RELS 433 Christian Ethics
C-AD WMGS 318 Feminist Theology

(U.S.) Difference and Diversity (C-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 114 History of the United States 1
AMER 115 History of the United States 2
AMER 221 Religion in America
AMER 261 Introduction to American Studies
ENGL 221 The American Short Story
GEOG 155 Ethic Geographics in the U.S.
GEOG 225 Social Geography
HIST 114 History of the United States 1
HIST 115 History of the United States 2
HUMA 261 Introduction to American Studies
RELS 221 Religion in America
WMGS 110 Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
C-AD AMER 318 Evolution of Jazz
C-AD COME 330 Intercultural Communication
C-AD HIST 368 The Asian American Experience
C-AD MUSI 318 Evolution of Jazz
C-AD SOCI 346 Intersections of Privilege
C-AD SSCI 408 Social Inequalities

Expression and Interpretation (C-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 & Architecture
ART 141 Drawing and Visual Perception
ART 144 Intro to Video Production
ART 145 History of Rotoscope Animation
ART 205 History of Photography and New Media
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
C-AD FREN 305 Introduction to French Literature and Literary Criticism
C-AD GERM 304 German Composition
C-AD GERM 305 Introduction to German Literature and Literary Criticism
C-AD HUMA 313 Stories of War
C-AD MUSI 336 Philosophy of Music
C-AD PHIL 334 Tragedy and Philosophy
C-AD PHIL 336 Philosophy of Music
C-AD SPAN 301 Intro to Spanish and Spanish American Lit 1
C-AD SPAN 302 Intro to Spanish and Spanish American Lit 2

Individual and Society (C-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), or 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.
BUAD 180 Business and Society
ECON 100 Fundamentals of Economics
EDUC 130 Educational Psychology
POLI 130 United States Politics and Government
PSYC 100 General Psychology
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
C-AD CSCI 310 Computing in a Global Society
C-AD POLI 310 Western Ideologies

Physical and Natural World (C-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 inter-disciplinary 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 103 Introduction to Chemistry
CHEM 105 General Chemistry
EDUC 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
GEOL 287 STEM Methods and Introductory Geology 1
PHYS 100 Physics in the Arts
PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
PHYS 121 General Physics 1
PHYS 141 Introductory Astronomy
C-AD NSCI 358 Social Impact of Infectious Disease
C-AD ENVS 300 Environmental Science
C-AD SSCI 301 Environment and Society

Western Tradition (C-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 thought 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.
AMER 184 History of American Popular Music
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 Civ. 1: Bronze Age to Renaissance
HIST 113 History of Western Civ. 2: Early Modern + Modern Europe
HUMA 240 Classic American Novels
MUSI 184 History of American Popular Music
PHIL 250 Philosophy of Religion
RELS 255 Philosophy of Religion
C-AD AMER 305 American Philosophy
C-AD CLAS 325 Classical Mythology
C-AD COME 329 Political Communication
C-AD ECON 300 History of Economic Thought
C-AD ENGL 321 Dante: The Divine Comedy
C-AD ENGL 385 Heroes and Sages
C-AD FREN 328 French Classicism
C-AD GERM 375 German Civilization 1
C-AD HIST 345 Slavery in World History
C-AD HIST 370 The End of the World
C-AD HUMA 403 Ideal Societies
C-AD HUMA 411 Vietnam in the Western Imagination
C-AD HUMA 422 Slavery in Antebellum America
C-AD MUSI 315 Introduction to Opera
C-AD PHIL 305 American Philosophy
C-AD PHIL 310 Extientialist Thought
C-AD PHIL 330 European Enlightenment
C-AD POLI 329 Political Communication
C-AD SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
C-AD THEA 337 Contemporary Theatre
C-AD WOLT 325 Classical Mythology

Advanced Requirements (C-AD)
To be Taken During a Student's Junior or Senior Year
3 Courses: Any General Core Requirement courses designated at the 300 or 400 level

Total: Eleven courses including FYCE, plus language competency. Courses that satisfy major requirements may also be used to satisfy any core curriculum requirement.

The following courses have been approved to fulfill the Core Curriculum but are offered infrequently.

C-EI WOLT 210 Soviet Dissident Literature
C-BB WOLT 2XX Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture
C-BB, C-AD WOLT 330 Contemp French + Francophone Women Writers
C-WT, C-AD WOLT 320 19th Century Russian Fiction

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