The Core Curriculum

Rigor, integration, and education of the whole person remain essential to the Saint Peter’s Core Curriculum. The Core builds a foundation guided by traditions of the past, engaged with the realities of our present and open to the possibilities of the future. Founded in the liberal arts, the Core is designed to prepare students to deal with complexity, diversity and change in their academic, professional and personal lives by:

  • Developing crucial skills, such as writing and communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, problem solving and creativity.
  • Exposing students to broad knowledge of the wider world through a curriculum that draws on multiple disciplines with respect to the traditions of the Judeo-Christian value system and of Jesuit education.

Objective 1

Develop intellectual and communication skills so that one is able to:

1.1 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 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 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 Recognize the role of service, leadership and Ignatian ideals in the realization of a just, civil society.

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)

Take one of the following sequences freshman year:
CM-104 & CM-115: Introduction to English Composition I & II
CM-106 & CM-117: Introduction to English Composition I & II
CM-120: English CompositionLiterature (6 credits)
Survey courses do not need to be taken in sequence.
EL-201: Survey of English Literature 1
EL-202: Survey of English Literature 2
EL-203: Survey of American Literature 1
EL-204: Survey of American Literature 2
EL-205: Survey of World Literature
EL-206 Poetry
EL-207 Drama
EL-208 Fiction

Fine Arts (3 credits)
AR-127 Introduction to the Visual Arts
AR-128 Introduction to Music

History (6 credits)
Take one from each category:
Premodern History (Select a 100-level HS course)
Modern Global History (Select a 200-level HS course)

Mathematics (6 or 8 credits depending on placement)
Select one of the following sequences, based on major requirements:
MA-102 & MA-103 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts & Probability
and Statistics for the Liberal Arts
MA-105 & MA-106 Elementary Applied Mathematics & Introduction
to Probability & Statistics
MA-108 & MA-109 Mathematics for Educators I & II
MA-115 & MA-212 Medical Dosage Calculations for Nursing and
Elementary Statistics
MA-123 & MA-124 Elementary Calculus I &
Elementary Calculus II
MA-132 & MA-133 Statistics for Life Sciences & Calculus
for the Life Sciences
MA-143 & MA-144 Differential Calculus & Integral Calculus
MA-212 & MA-218 Elementary Statistics & Quantitative
Methods for Business
MA-212 & MA-222 Elementary Statistics &
Intermediate Statistics
MA-273 & MA-274 Multivariable Calculus I &
Multivariable Calculus II

*MA-100 and/or MA-101 may be required before
beginning calculus.

Distributive Requirements (3 credits each)

  • Values
  • Writing Intensive
  • Pluralism
  • Capstone Experience

Oral Communications (3 credits)
It is strongly encouraged for students to
complete this requirement during their first year

Modern or Classical Language (6 credits)
Modern or Classical Language I*
Modern or Classical Language II*
Cultural Language Course I*
Cultural Language Course II*
Intensive American Sign Language

*Two courses in the same language over the 200-level may substitute

Natural Science (6 credits)
Take one course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), or Physics (PC-).
Take an additional course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), Physics (PC-)
or a course in Psychology (PS-), Computer Science (CS-), EV-100, or EV-101.

Social Sciences (6 credits)
Choose two courses with different prefixes:
EC-101: Macroeconomic Principles
PO-100: Perspectives on Politics
SO-121: Intro to Sociology
SO/LS-101: Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
SO-136: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
SO/AS-177: Introduction to Africana Studies
SO/GS-140: Introduction to Gender Studies
SO-206: Exploring American Identities (for CELAC students only)
UR-125: Introduction to Social Work
UR-151: The Contemporary City

Philosophy (6 credits)
PL-130: Introduction to Philosophy
PL-140: Introduction to Ethics

Theology (6 credits)
TH-110 Religious Faith in the Modern World
TH-120 Introduction to the Study of Christianity, or any 200/300-level Theology course*

*Any 200/300-level Theology course can count as either the Theology II
Core requirement or as a Values course, but not as both.