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Core Curriculum Course Description

UCOR 101 - Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum

Practice in analysis and expression in many disciplines, as preparation for other work in later courses throughout the University. The course focuses on reading across the curriculum, writing the academic argument essay, grammar skills, research, and rhetoric.

UCOR 102 - Imaginative Literature

A college-level introduction to imaginative literature and to a variety of critical techniques for interpreting imaginative literature.

Mathematics Requirement

The mathematics requirement ensures that our students graduate with the -quantitative literacy‖ required of well-educated citizens. Quantitative literacy includes the ability to interpret basic mathematical models, such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and draw inferences from them; to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally; to estimate and check answers to mathematical problems in order to determine their reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results; to acquire a degree of versatility in approaching and solving problems; and to recognize that mathematical and statistical methods have limits.

UCOR 132 - Basic Philosophical Questions (Philosophy)

Philosophy, literally the “love of wisdom,” is a discipline for discussing basic questions about ourselves and our world. In this course, in addition to reading and evaluating several works written by major figures, students are encouraged to think philosophically for themselves and to formulate their own answers to perennial philosophical questions.

Natural Science Requirement

The natural science requirement engages students' curiosity about the workings of the natural world and helps them acquire the basic scientific literacy necessary for informed global citizenship. Courses are designed to demonstrate that science is not a static list of facts, but a dynamic process that leads to knowledge and appreciation of the natural world. Through the course options, students have the opportunity to learn what types of questions scientists in a specific field ask and how scientists apply the scientific method by forming and testing hypotheses, by using experimental or observational evidence, and by evaluating their conclusions. Upon completion of the natural science course, the students have acquired a basic understanding of scientific language and research tools and are aware of major past discoveries, the current state of knowledge, and some future directions in at least one scientific discipline.

Theology Requirement

The purpose of the Theology course is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of religion and spirituality in their own lives and the lives of others. The course provides the opportunity for students to understand how religion and theology shape personal, communal, and global life. . Courses include Biblical and Historical Perspectives, Theological Views of the Person, or Global and Theology: Cultural Perspectives.

Ethics Requirement

The ethics requirement engages students in philosophical and theological reflection on the question: “How ought we to live our lives?” Students are provided with knowledge and skills that enable them to recognize and analyze ethical and moral problems and to make ethical decisions in their public, private, and professional lives. Courses include Philosophical Ethics or Theological Ethics.

Creative Arts Requirement

The study of the Creative Arts is essential to a liberal arts education. It provides students with the opportunity to develop integrative skills and to have creative experiences that enhance overall intelligence. Courses include Arts and the Human Experience, Understanding Art, or Enjoyment of Music

Faith & Reason Requirement

Throughout history the relationship of faith and reason has often informed the ways in which individuals search for truth and understand the world and their own humanness. Students will study how the interactions of religious faith and reason have been expressed and their relationship understood. Courses include Christian Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, or Faith and Atheism.

Global Diversity Requirement

Knowledge of the world’s peoples contributes to students’ development as global citizens. The focus of this theme area is on concepts of cultural and social identity. Diversity may be explored through the study of historical developments; of linguistic, literary and artistic expressions; of geographical, social, political, and economic systems; and of religious, spiritual, and ethical themes. Courses include Shaping of the Modern World or Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Social Justice Requirement

Courses in this theme area emphasize social justice values because these values play an integral role in the formation and education of students as agents for ethical change. Through this requirement students are assisted in learning how to be informed global citizens and to take responsibility for being informed and productive participants in the life of society. Courses: Survey of Sociology.

Courses are subject to change.