Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum (CC) stands as a clear expression of the Jesuit vision of education and provides students with an academic foundation in philosophy, religious studies, literature, history, the sciences, and the arts - complementing the major fields of study of every undergraduate's program. The CC is designed to challenge students to develop all of their talents to the fullest; it calls for critical thinking, reflection, and disciplined study. The program is comprised of introductory and advanced courses, which vary slightly depending on the student's major or college.

Students are expected to fulfill the CC requirements of their entering year, and are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor with any questions. This is especially true for students in programs that have articulated exceptions to CC requirements.

2013-2014 Common Curriculum

The revised CC operates on a different structure from those required in previous years. Additionally, many majors and programs have articulated exceptions and substitutions to the following requirements - students are encouraged to consult their faculty advisors with questions regarding specific requirements for individual programs. The general requirements for students entering 2013 Fall and later are outlined below. 

Introductory Common Curriculum - 21 credit hours

Students complete 7 classes that fulfill the following categories:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English: Critical Reading & Writing
  • Global History I or II
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Religions of the World or Christianity & Society
  • Investigating Nature

Advanced Common Curriculum - 24 credit hours

Students complete courses that fulfill the following 9 categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • Engaging in Science - Lab
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Natural Science in Context
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Writing About Literature (WAL)

Foreign Language Requirement - credit requirement varies

Students complete the Foreign Language courses required by their specific degree program. Please consult your faculty advisor or the University Bulletin for specific requirements.

Requirements Across the Curriculum (RAC)

Certain courses throughout the CC, major programs, and electives are also eligible to satisfy RAC's. Students must select courses eligible to satisfy the following RAC's: 

  • Catholic Tradition
  • Diversity
  • Premodern

Additional Common Curriculum Resources

Students seeking more detailed information can use the following resources.