Core Curriculum & Outcomes
Saint Peter’s University offers more than 50 programs leading to the Bachelor’s degree and six leading to the Associate’s degree. These programs are built around two concepts: the core curriculum and the major. The core curriculum provides students with the opportunity for breadth of knowledge while the major concentrates on specialization in a single field of study.
The curriculum at Saint Peter’s University is enriched by opportunities for students to develop composite majors, double majors, and minors; to participate in an honors program and foreign study opportunities; and to become involved in cooperative education and internships.
The Core Curriculum
The core curriculum, required for all undergraduate degree programs offered by Saint Peter’s University, provides opportunities for study in a variety of disciplines. The basic purpose of the core is to address issues intrinsic to a humane education through a liberal arts program committed to the pursuit of knowledge in its fundamental unity, intelligently appreciative of a common cultural heritage, conscious of social and moral obligations, and respectful of the traditions of the Judeo-Christian value system and of Jesuit education.
The objectives and outcomes of the core curriculum, achieved through study of the humanities, the natural and social sciences, the fine arts, philosophy, and theology, and incorporating issues related to values and pluralism, are fundamental to the development of the well-educated person. Through the core curriculum students will be expected to be able to do the following.
Objective 1: Develop intellectual and communication skills so that one is able to:
- Outcomes: Problem solve and analyze quantitative information.
- Formulate, critique, and analyze an argument.
- Utilize effective critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- Read and write critically and cogently.
- Synthesize knowledge from the core to major.
Objective 2: Explore humanistic and social disciplines in order to:
- Outcomes: Critically think about ideas and events that have shaped the humanistic tradition.
- Distinguish behaviors and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
- Discern ethical and moral principles in order to more fully understand one’s role as an individual in a larger community.
Objective 3: Explore scientific disciplines and technology in order to:
- Outcomes: Apply fundamental scientific principles and methods of inquiry to understand the impacts of the scientific research technology.
Objective 4: Exhibit leadership based upon one’s ability to:
- Outcomes: Recognize the role of service, leadership and Ignatian ideals in the realization of a just, civil society.
The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students entering prior to fall 2012, consists of 57 specified credits plus a three-credit Values course. Beginning in fall 2012, a series of distribution requirements were phased in. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2012, consists of 54-57 specified credits plus a Values course and a Capstone Experience that, for most students, will be satisfied within the major. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2013, consisted of 54-57 specified credits, plus a Values course, a Capstone Experience, and a second Writing Intensive course that, for most students, will be satisfied within the major. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2014, consists of 54-57 specified credits plus a Values course, a Capstone Experience, a Writing Intensive course and a Pluralism course that for most students, will be satisfied within the major.
Some majors require students to choose particular core courses, so students should consult their major requirements before choosing core courses. According to the new core requirements, a single course may be required for a given major, and it may also satisfy one or more of the following requirements as well: Values, Capstone, Writing Intensive, and Pluralism. To complete some majors within eight semesters (4 years), major courses and core courses need to be taken in a particular sequence. Suggested sequences for taking the core curriculum and major requirements are available in the departments and the appropriate dean’s office.
In their first semester of enrollment, all freshmen must register for courses in English composition and mathematics, based on their placement test results. Students who do not complete these requirements satisfactorily and in a timely fashion may be subjected to restricted registration. More specific information is available from faculty advisors and the deans. As determined by placement results, students who are not adequately prepared may be required to take zero-credit developmental courses prior to beginning the core requirements in composition and mathematics.
The waiver of any core curriculum requirement can be granted only through the Office of the Dean for CAS/SBA students or the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies for SPCS students.
Core Requirements for Traditional Day Students
|English Composition (3 or 6 credits, depending on placement) 1|
|Take one of the following sequences in freshman year:|
|Introduction to English Composition|
and Introduction to English Composition II
|Introduction to English Composition|
and Introduction to English Composition II
|Literature (6 credits) 2|
|EL-123||Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama||3|
|Fine Arts (3 credits)|
|Take one of the following courses:||3|
|Introduction to the Visual Arts|
|Introduction to Music|
|History (6 credits)|
|HS-121||The Western Tradition||3|
|Take one of the following courses:||3|
|World Perspectives in History|
|Special Topics in History|
|Mathematics (6 or 8 credits) 3|
|Take one of the following sequences, based on major requirements||6|
|Mathematics for the Humanities I|
and Mathematics for the Humanities II
|Elementary Applied Mathematics|
and Introduction to Probability and Statistics
|Mathematics for Educators I|
and Mathematics for Educators II
|Mathematics for the Health Sciences|
and Elementary Statistics
|Elementary Calculus I|
and Elementary Calculus II
|Statistics for Life Sciences|
and Calculus for the Life Sciences
and Integral Calculus
|Modern or Classical Language (6 credits) 4|
|Take one of the following sequences, based on prior language experience:||6|
Introductory Language I (for those with no prior experience with the language) and Introductory Language II
Intermediate Language I (for those with previous experience with the language) and Intermediate Language II
Intermediate Language I for Native Speakers and Intermediate Language II for Native Speakers
Upper level language course (with permission of the Chair) and Upper level language course
Intensive (6 credit) language course
Romance Language Synthesis I and Romance Language Synthesis II
Sign Language I and Sign Language II
|Natural Science (6 credits)|
|Take one course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), or Physics (PC-).||3|
|Take one course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), Physics (PC-), Psychology (PS-), Computer Science (CS-), EV-100, or EV-101.||3|
|Social Sciences (6 credits) 5|
|Choose two courses with different prefixes:||6|
|Perspectives on Politics|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Issues in the Latino Community|
|The Contemporary City|
|Philosophy (6 credits) 7|
|Students should take philosophy courses after the freshman year unless advised otherwise by their academic advisor.|
|PL-130||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PL-140||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|Theology (6 credits)|
|TH-110||Religious Faith in the Modern World||3|
|TH-120||Introduction to the Study of Christianity||3|
|Values Distributive Requirement 6|
|Capstone Experience (required for students graduating in May 2016 and after)|
|Take a designated Capstone Experience within the major.||3|
|Writing Intensive (3 credits, required for students graduating in May 2017 and after)|
|Take a designated Writing Intensive course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.||3|
|Pluralism (3 credits, required for students graduating in May 2018 and after)|
|Take a designated Pluralism course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.||3|
The appropriate level of composition course is determined by a placement test. The prerequisites for CM-115, CM-117, or CM-119 are CM-104, CM-106, or CM-108 Introduction to English Composition I, respectively. The prerequisite may be applied towards open electives but may not be used for core credit. Some students may be required to take CM-001 Basic Writing or CM-002 Basic English (no credit) before registering for CM-104, CM-106, or CM-108. All students placed in CM-108, and some placed in CM-001, must take CM-050 Spoken Word.
Students must complete the English Composition Requirement before registering for EL-123 or EL-134.
Many majors require a particular mathematics core sequence; students should consult with their major advisor before choosing a mathematics sequence. Students who do not demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency, based on the results of a placement exam, will be required to take an appropriate developmental math course before taking the Mathematics Core Requirements. Insufficiently prepared non-calculus bound students will be required to take MA-001 Introductory Algebra (0 credit), while calculus-bound students will be required to take either MA-101 Precalculus or both MA-001 and MA-101. Students in the developmental courses will be required to pass an exit examination to continue on to the next appropriate math course.
A 6-credit sequence of a modern or classical language is required; the level is determined by previous experience in the given language. Language sequences should be taken in the same year.
Majors in one of the social sciences must select two courses outside the major to fulfill the core requirements. For students in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, the choice of courses in Social Sciences will depend on degree and concentration.
Take a designated Values course (V). Depending on the major, a values course may be required for the major as well.
Students entering in the Fall of 2017 will be required to take PL-130 and PL-140 for their core sequence.
|Major and Degree||CAS||SBA||SE||SN||SPCS(JC)||SPCS(EC)|
|American Studies (BA)||X|
|Art History (BA)||X|
|Asian Studies (BA)||X|
|Biological Chemistry (BS)||X|
|Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Accounting||X||X|
|Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Business Management||X||X|
|Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Healthcare Management||X|
|Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Marketing Management||X||X|
|Business Management (AS)||X||X|
|Business Management (BS)||X|
|Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS)1||X|
|Computer Science (BS)||X|
|Criminal Justice (BA)||X||X||X|
|Economics (BA, BS)||X|
|Elementary Education (BA) 2||X|
|English Literature (BA)||X|
|Fine Arts (BA)||X|
|Graphic Arts (BA)||X|
|Health & Physical Education (BS)||X|
|Health Information Management (BS) 1||X|
|Health Sciences (AAS) 2||X||X|
|Interdisciplinary Studies (BPS)||X||X|
|International Business (BS)||X|
|Latin American Studies (BA)||X|
|Marketing Management (AS)||X||X|
|Marketing Management (BS)||X|
|Mathematical Economics (BA)||X|
|Modern Languages (BA)||X|
|Natural Science (BS)||X|
|Nursing (BSN) 3||X|
|Political Science (BA)||X|
|Public Policy (AAS)||X|
|Social Sciences (AA)||X||X|
|Social Sciences (BPS)||X||X|
|Sports Management (BS)||X|
|Urban Studies (BA)||X|
|Urban Studies: Public Policy Sequence (BS)||X|
|Visual Arts (BA)||X|
Offered in conjunction with Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions.
Available only to students enrolled in the diploma program at partner institutions.
The BSN generic program is offered in JC and the RN to BSN program is offered in EC.
|Business Decision Making||X|
|Education - Secondary||X|
|Gender and Sexuality||X|
|Latin American Studies||X|