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UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN 2005 - 2007
Not all courses in departments named below are "Core" courses. The University Core Committee determines which courses satisfy the criteria for Core courses. The course schedule for each semester will designate which courses fulfill Core requirements. (Check computer listings for updates.) See the Approved Core Courses page for a list of courses approved as of May 1, 2005. This list is subject ot change and a current list is maintained in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Division I: Basic Core
The ability to formulate ideas clearly and to present them effectively in written and oral form is characteristic of the Jesuit educational tradtion, eloquentia perfecta. The study of foreign language provides the basic tools for understanding another culture and its literature. Through courses offered by the Deptarment of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, and the Department of English, students are expected to become competent in speaking and writing and to demonstrate that competence throughout their course work. In addition to the skills described above, a first-year seminar provides and interdisciplinary introduction ot academic investigation.
The First-Year Seminar (FY SEM) offers an interdisciplinary introduction to academic investigation. It focuses on common readings, thematically organized, and on the perennial questions of human experience, and is taught by faculty from all areas of the University. A graded course characterized by disciplined investigation of topics and consistently rigorous academic standards, the seminar features:
Transfer students with 25 or more accepted credits may waive the First-Year Seminar.
Requirement: The First-Year Seminar (3 cr.); English Composition (6 cr.); speech communication (2 cr.); foreign language (6 cr.).
Division II: The Humanities
The Humanities study the intellectual and cultural foundations and values, primarily of the Western tradition, through literature, languages, the rhetorical arts, and the history of ideas, as well as the theoretical, historical, and aesthetic studies of the visual and fine arts. These studies develop an awareness of the relationship of the present to the past, a sensitivity to aesthetic expression, and the ability to make critical discernments and to express them cogently.
The literature requirement is satisfied by a course from either the Department of English or the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures. The chosen course will be one in which literature is studied as an aspect of culture, a historical period or a genre.
Appropriate disciplines: Art History (AH); Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures (CMLC); Communication and Theatre Arts (CO); English (EN); and History (HS). Basic speech, first-year English composition and language skill courses are excluded here, since they are required in their own division of the Core.
Division III: The Social Sciences
The Social Sciences study the human condition, that is, the nature of human behavior, human interaction in group life, and the effect of social, political, and economic forces on humanity over time. Their disciplines enhance the understanding of the humanities and natural sciences by showing their operation in everyday life, and thus are necessary for a liberal education.
Requirement: 6 cr. - two courses from two disciplines.
Division IV: The Sciences and Mathematics
The physical and life sciences provide introductions to both the quantitative and qualitative study of life, matter, and the physical universe, and are basic to a liberal education. The study of science, requiring basic steps of observation, organization of data, and the construction and tesitng of hypotheses, is best understood in applications through laboratory and field experimentations. Mathematics, in itself an essential component of the liberal arts, also provides the relational and computational tools necessary for scientific inquiry.
Requirement: 10 cr. minimum - three courses: one Mathematics (MT) course; one laboratory science course in Biology (BL), Chemistry (CH), or Physics (PH), or a laboratory science course which integrates these three disciplines; one additional course.
Division V: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy examines the formative concepts underlying world culture and teaches the ability to interpret and integrate these concepts as well as the skills for the development of arguments and conceptual and logical analyses -- both formal and dialectic -- necessary for the integration of the intellectual, ethical, and practical aspects of life.
Religious Studies recognizes the phenomenon of religion as a universal and fundamental part of human culture and encourages the examination of the world's faith communities through the analysis of religious writings, teachings, and practices. In keeping with the University's Jesuit heritage, special emphasis is given to the Roman Catholic tradition.
In both philosophy and religious studies the introductory course acquaints students with those disciplines in a manner that ensures a common basis of knowledge for courses that will follow the introductions to the disciplines.
Requirement: 15 cr. PL 101, followed by one PL course in the history of philosophy at the 200 level, followed by one PL course on specific philosophical problems and topics at the 300 level; RL 101, and one other RL course at the 200 or 300 level.
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