Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Foundation Courses 

The Core Curriculum provides a Foundation of four common courses, generally completed in the first year. These courses include basic instruction in writing (FYS 101, ENG 101), attention to the process of critical thinking through basic development of information literacy (FYS 101, ENG 101, PHI 101, RST 101), and basic understanding of the importance of studying religion and philosophy within the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education (PHI 101, RST 101). 

FYS 101 Explorations of Academic Writing: Special Topics
ENG 101 Writing about Literature
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
RST 101 Introduction to Religious Studies

Foundation FYS 101 Explorations of Academic Writing: Special Topics

This course emphasizes the production of academic writing through critical analysis of texts, with topics drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines. The courses are intended to be seminar style with reading and discussion appropriately challenging for first year students, with the expectation that students will be able to write so as to enhance learning, find and evaluate information, practice academic integrity, negotiate the process of revision, and use correct grammar and syntax. 

Courses granted FYS 101 designation will have a significant component of the course devoted to writing instruction and developing information literacy. It is expected that in FYS 101 students will engage in revision, as well as write at least 15 pages of polished prose, and that they will engage in appropriate research activities.  Click on “Skills Expectations” on the left for further explanation of expectations for basic writing-intensive courses and for courses developing basic information literacy.

Sections of FYS 101 may have more learning goals and objectives in addition to those associated with the Core. Go directly to the Application for FYS 101

Foundation ENG 101 Writing about Literature

This course develops strategies for reading and writing about literature (poetry, drama, fiction, literary essays), with the expectation that students will be able to understand and interpret primary literary texts; develop writing skills; and develop and organize interpretive essays through the use and evaluation of sources. ENG 101 courses will have a significant component of the course devoted to writing instruction and developing information literacy.

ENG 101 courses will have a significant component of the course devoted to writing instruction and developing information literacy.  It is expected that in ENG 101 students will engage in revision, as well as write at least 15 pages of polished prose, and that they will engage in appropriate research activities. Click on “Skills Expectations” on the left for further explanation of expectations for basic writing-intensive courses and for courses developing basic information literacy.

ENG 101 may have more learning goals and objectives in addition to those associated with the Core. 

Foundation PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 

This requirement acknowledges the special place of the study of philosophy in Catholic Jesuit education. The course provides a thoughtful examination of philosophical issues, with the expectation that students will be able to use logical and critical analysis to understand the claims and arguments proposed by classical and modern philosophers, including some in the Catholic philosophical tradition.

PHI 101 courses will have a components of the course devoted to analyzing the Catholic Jesuit tradition and developing information literacy. Click on “Skills Expectations” on the left for further explanation of expectations for courses developing basic information literacy.

 PHI 101 may have more learning objectives in addition to these related directly to Core goals.

The Philosophy Department has developed a common course description for all sections of PHI 101. Please click here to view the description.

Foundation RST 101 Introduction to Religious Studies

This requirement acknowledges the special place of the study of religion in Catholic Jesuit education. The course provides an academic introduction to religion, with the expectation that students will understand the nature and role of religion in human life and society, including the Jesuit and Catholic traditions as well as other world religions.

RST 101 courses will have components of the course devoted to analyzing the Catholic Jesuit tradition and developing information literacy. Click on “Skills Expectations” on the left for further explanation of expectations for courses developing basic information literacy.

RST 101 may have more learning objectives in addition to these related directly to Core goals.