Aug 09, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Education


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Degree Requirements


Candidates for degrees must have completed the requirements listed below:

I.


A minimum of 128 semester hours and a cumulative average of 2.0

II.


For all of its students, the College requires the Core Curriculum for the 21st Century. In conjunction with the major, the Core Curriculum is the basis for lifelong learning and an enduring liberal education. This curriculum:

• enhances the foundation skills of writing and quantitative reasoning;
• explores different ways of asking questions and approaching knowledge;
• develops social, civic and environmental understanding for the world of the 21st century;
• grounds self-knowledge and builds values;
• commits faculty and students to the search for truth and justice.

Inner Core of Knowledge, Understanding and Insight for the 21st Century (28 credits)


The courses of the Inner Core:

  • study the antecedents and developments of civilization in the West;
  • explore the interrelationships among persuasive writing, thinking and speaking;
  • probe the challenging and significant themes literature;
  • examine the metaphysical and epistemological foundations of human life;
  • apply ethical theories to contemporary ethical problems;
  • investigate the phenomenon of religious faith as an enduring concern of the human community;
  • consider contemporary issues in science.
  • EH One course (at or above the 200 level) 4 credits

 

Inner Core – 28 credits


Concentration and Integration of Learning (20 credits)


These elective courses allow students to develop and deepen the knowledge, understanding, and insight they explored in the Inner Core.

Elective Courses – 12 credits


  • Mathematics One course: 4 credits
  • Philosophy One course: 4 credits
  • Theology One course: 4 credits

Additional Elective Courses – 8 credits


One each from two different areas (total of eight credits):

  • English: 4 credits
  • Fine Arts: 4 credits
  • History 4: credits
  • Language*: 4 credits
  • Science: 4 credits
  • Social Science: 4 credits

Note


* Students in a Bachelor of Science program may take one foreign language course for additional elective credit.

III.


The heart of the College’s Honors Program is the Honors Core Curriculum which is a special Honors version of the Core Curriculum for the 21st Century. In conjunction with the major and enhanced Honors programming, the Honors Core Curriculum provides a basis for lifelong learning and an enduring liberal education. This curriculum:

• emphasizes group, collaborative work in and out of the classroom;
• develops critical and reflective thinking;
• promotes close student interaction with some of the College’s best faculty;
• provides an ethical and moral sense through its service learning projects;
• reflects on the fundamental problems of human existence;
• commits faculty and students to the search for truth and justice.

Honors Inner Core of Knowledge, Understanding and Insight for the 21st Century (24 credits)


The common Honors Courses of the Inner Core:

  • analyze the fundamental events, themes, and issues that have shaped the course of civilization in the West;
  • explore the foundational issues of philosophy and theology;
  • investigate the ecological challenges to the global environment;
  • enhance crucial skills of writing, thinking, persuasion, and public speaking;
  • interpret and study important texts of literature.

Honors Inner Core – 24 credits


Concentration and Integration of Learning (24 credits)


These elective courses allow students to develop and deepen the knowledge, understanding, and insight they explored in the Inner Core.

Elective Courses – 16 credits


  • English One course: 4 credits
  • Mathematics One course: 4 credits
  • Philosophy One course: 4 credits
  • Theology One course: 4 credits

Additional Elective Courses – 8 credits


One each from two different areas (total of eight credits):

  • English: 4 credits
  • Fine Arts: 4 credits
  • History: 4 credits
  • Language *: 4 credits
  • Science: 4 credits
  • Social Science: 4 credits

Note


* Students in a Bachelor of Science program may take one foreign language course for additional elective credit.

IV.* Foreign Language


Students in a Bachelor of Arts program must complete 8 semester hours of a foreign language.

V.


Completion of an academic major. An academic minor is also required for History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology.

32 semester hours must be earned at Saint Joseph’s College.


Note


* Students for whom English is a second language can waive the foreign language requirement through CLEP or another standardized test to indicate proficiency. This waiver only releases the student from the requirement, not from the number of credits for the degr

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