Appendix 1: The “Old” University Core Curriculum

The information in this appendix is provided for the convenience of students who entered John Carroll University before Fall 2015 or who entered in Fall 2015 with post-first year status. In other words, it is intended for students who are subject to the “old” or distributive University Core Curriculum as opposed to the new Integrative Core Curriculum that launched in Fall 2015.

The University Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts

As a means to achieve the goals stated above and other goals significant to the University’s mission, the Core has a distributive structure as well as distinctive emphases. The Core thus allows selectivity while also stipulating certain academic experiences that are important for all students.

In the Core, all students must take:

  • A first-year seminar, which is an academic experience in common with other students that provides an interdisciplinary introduction to academic inquiry.
  • Two courses in first-year composition that develop written expression.
  • A writing-intensive course that extends the significance of excellent expression beyond first-year composition.
  • A course in speech communication that develops oral expression.
  • A year of foreign language that provides the basic tools for understanding another culture and its literature.
  • A literature course that develops the abilities to read critically, write clearly, and appreciate the working of the human imagination.
  • A history or art history course that deepens the awareness and appreciation of other civilizations or the historical roots of a student’s own society.
  • A mathematics course that develops logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and an alternative way of viewing the world.
  • A laboratory science course that acquaints a student with the scientific method and with a variety of laboratory techniques.
  • A course that focuses on issues of diversity, which might include gender and race.
  • Two international courses that expand a student’s horizons.
  • Three courses in philosophy: one that introduces the central problems and methods of philosophy, one that explores a period or area in the history of philosophy, and one examining applied or specific problems in philosophy.
  • Two courses in religious studies: one that examines the nature of religion and religious language, faith as it relates to reason and experience, the study of sacred scriptures, and the development of religious traditions; and one additional course.

The distributive requirements are designed to combine with the specific requirements to provide an equilibrium among disciplines as well as to create a coherence that will enable students to integrate their Core experience successfully. Please refer to the schematic presentation of the Core that follows.