Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Core Curriculum & Outcomes

The Curriculum

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:

1.1  Outcomes: Problem solve and analyze quantitative information.

1.2  Formulate, critique, and analyze an argument.

1.3  Utilize effective critical thinking skills.

1.4  Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

1.5  Read and write critically and cogently.

1.6  Synthesize knowledge from the core to major.

Objective 2: Explore humanistic and social disciplines in order to:

2.1  Outcomes: Critically think about ideas and events that have shaped the humanistic tradition.

2.2  Distinguish behaviors and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

2.3  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:

3.1  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:

4.1  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 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 appropriate dean for traditional day students or the Director 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:
CM-104
CM-115
Introduction to English Composition I
and Introduction to English Composition II
CM-116
English Composition for Nursing Majors (Nursing Students Only)
CM-120
English Composition
Literature (6 credits): Take two from the following 26
EL-201
English Literature I
EL-202
English Literature II
EL-203
American Literature I
EL-204
American Literature II
EL-205
Survey of World Literature
EL-206
Poetry
EL-207
Drama
EL-208
Fiction
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Take one of the following courses:3
AR-127
Introduction to the Visual Arts
AR-128
Introduction to Music
History (6 credits)
Take one course from each category6
Pre-Modern History (Choose a 100-level HS course)
Modern Global History (Choose a 200-level HS course)
Mathematics (6 or 8 credits) 3
Take one of the following sequences, based on major requirements6
MA-102
MA-103
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
and Probability and Statistics for Liberal Art
MA-105
MA-106
Elementary Applied Mathematics
and Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MA-108
MA-109
Mathematics for Educators I
and Mathematics for Educators II
MA-115
MA-212
Medical Dosage Calculations for Nursing
and Elementary Statistics
MA-123
MA-124
Elementary Calculus I
and Elementary Calculus II
MA-132
MA-133
Statistics for Life Sciences
and Calculus for the Life Sciences
MA-143
MA-144
Differential Calculus
and Integral Calculus
MA-212
MA-218
Elementary Statistics
and Quantitative Methods for Business
MA-212
MA-222
Elementary Statistics
and Intermediate Statistics
MA-273
MA-274
Multivariable Calculus I
and Multivariable Calculus II
Modern or Classical Language (6 credits) 46
Modern or Classical Language I
Modern or Classical Language II
Level based on prior language experience
or
Cultural Language Course I
Cultural Language Course II
Two courses in the same language over the 200-level may substitute
or
ML-125 American Sign Language (intensive six credit course)
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 from the following areas:6
Take one of the following courses
EC-101
Macroeconomic Principles
PO-100
Perspectives on Politics
UR-151
The Contemporary City
Take one of the following courses
AS-177
Introduction to Africana Studies
SO-121
Introduction to Sociology
SO/LS-101
Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
SO-136
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Studies
SO/GS-140
Introduction to Women's Studies
SO-206
Exploring American Identities
Philosophy (6 credits)
PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
Theology (6 credits)
TH-110Religious Faith in the Modern World3
TH-120Introduction to the Study of Christianity (or any 200 or 300-level TH course) 73
Values Distributive Requirement 6
Capstone Experience
Take a designated Capstone Experience within the major.3
Writing Intensive
Take a designated Writing Intensive course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.3
Pluralism
Take a designated Pluralism course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.3
Total Credits60

Degree Programs

Major and Degree CAS SBA SE SN SPCS(JC) SPCS(BC)
Accountancy (BS) X
American Studies (BA) X
Anthropology (BA) X
Art History (BA) X
Asian Studies (BA) X
Biological Chemistry (BS) X
Biology (BA, BS) X
Biotechnology (BS) X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Business Management X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Digital Marketing and Social Media X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Healthcare Management X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Human Resource Management X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Sport, Event and Hospitality Management X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Accounting X X
Business Management (AS) X X
Business Management (BS) X
Chemistry (BA, BS) X
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS)1 X
Communication (BA) X
Computer Science (BS) X
Criminal Justice (BA) X X X
Cyber Security (BPS) X X
Economics (BA, BS) X
Elementary Education (BA) 2 X
English Literature (BA) X
Environmental Studies (BA) X
Finance (BS) X
Fine Arts (BA) X
General Studies (BPS) X X
Graphic Arts (BA) X
Health & Physical Education (BS) X
Health Information Management (BS) 1 X
Health Sciences (AAS) 2 X X
History (BA) X
Humanities (AA) X X
Humanities (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
Mathematics (BA, BS) X
Medicinal Chemistry (BS) X
Modern Languages (BA) X
Natural Science (BS) X
Nursing (BSN) 3 X
Organizational Leadership (BPS) X X
Philosophy (BA) X
Physics (BS) X
Political Science (BA) X
Psychology (BS) X
Social Sciences (AA) X X
Social Sciences (BPS) X X
Sociology (BA) X
Spanish (BA) X
Sports Management (BS) X
Theology (BA) X
Urban Studies (BA) X
Urban Studies: Public Policy Sequence (BS) X
Visual Arts (BA) X

Minor Programs

Program CAS SBA SE SN SPCS(JC) SPCS(BC)
Accountancy X
Africana Studies X
Anthropology X
Art History X
Asian Studies X
Biology X
Business Analytics X
Business Law X
Business Management X X X
Chemistry X
Classical Civilization X
Classical Languages X
Communication X
Computer Science X
Criminal Justice X X X
Cyber Security X
Economics X
Education - Secondary X
English X
Environmental Sciences X
Esports Business X
Finance X
French X
Gender and Sexuality X
Graphic Arts X
Healthcare Management X
History X
International Business X X X
Italian X
Journalism X
Latin American Studies X
Marketing Management X X X
Mathematics X
Medicinal Chemistry X
Music X
Philosophy X
Physics X
Political Science X
Psychology X X X
Social Justice X X
Sociology X X X
Spanish X
Sports Management X
Theater Arts X
Theology X X
Urban Studies X X
Visual Arts X