The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (17 Courses)
Offering sustained study in a broad range of disciplines, the Core Curriculum provides students with an opportunity to build a strong educational foundation for the future. Guided by La Salle’s heritage as a Catholic university, the Core Curriculum reflects La Salle’s strong commitment to the interdependence of intellectual and spiritual growth.
The aim of the Core Curriculum is to help students find an engaging living as part of an engaged life. As future competitors in a rapidly reforming world, students need intellectual resources that keep pace with current innovations; as future innovators, students need spiritual resources that guide human beings toward humane reforms.
While the Core allows you some freedom of choice, it includes guidelines that should provide coherence in your college education. The Core Curriculum clusters course requirements into areas defined by educational objectives: “Powers,” “Frameworks of Scientific Understanding,” “Patterns of Meaning,” the “First-Year Odyssey,” and “Understanding at Home and Abroad.” A maximum of 17 courses are required of School of Business majors.
“Powers” refers to competencies that enable students to learn, to think, and to communicate. With this coursework, students will emerge from the Core Curriculum possessing a strong set of skills in reading, writing, oral communication, and mathematics. They also will learn how to use computer technology to aid their work in each of these areas. These competencies will be integrated into courses in all areas of the Core, taught directly in courses in writing, oral communication, mathematics, and information literacy.
“Frameworks of Scientific Understanding” refers to concepts and methods learned in courses in the natural and social sciences. In these courses, students will become familiar with the scientific method and sharpen their understanding of the natural processes and the social developments that shape the world in which we live.
“Patterns of Meaning” refers to a set of capacities students must acquire to engage the moral, aesthetic, and spiritual significance of human events and achievements. Courses in the humanities will enable students to develop these capacities.
The “First-Year Odyssey” (FYO) refers to the one-credit, graded, one-houra-week program that introduces students to La Salle and the city of Philadelphia. It has a variety of aims designed to help first-semester freshmen to:
- create a community—both within and outside of the School of Business—in which students can form bonds with fellow students, faculty, and campus staff;
- be introducted to University resources and traditions;
- imagine their future as members of a profession and as members of a civil society;
- enjoy the rich offerings of urban life—the music, art, architecture, history, ethnic traditions, religious life, and geology of a city;
- generate a broad assortment of campus activities that can enrich campus life for all members of the community; and
- explore majors and careers in business.
“Understanding at Home and Abroad” refers to fostering the Christian Brothers’ ideals of community, social justice, and compassionate understanding across barriers dividing human beings. Students will be required to enroll in one of the courses designated in the course catalog by the symbol of a house (Understanding at Home) and one of the courses designated
by the symbol of a plane (Understanding Abroad). Alternatively, students may fulfill these requirements through independent projects with the
approval of the Department Chair and the Core Director. Faculty and staff will mentor a limited number of independent projects.
POWERS COURSES (5 COURSES)
- English 110
- English 210
- Mathematics 114
- Business 150
- Computer Science 155
FRAMEWORKS OF SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING COURSES (4 COURSES)
- Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics)
- Psychology or Sociology
PATTERNS OF MEANING COURSES (8 COURSES)
- 2 Religion
- 2 Philosophy
- 1 Literature
- 1 History
- 1 Fine Arts or Foreign Languages
- 1 more Literature, History, Fine Arts or Foreign Language
Some courses in the Core may be counted towards a minor or second major as determined by the department.