The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
The Liberal Arts 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.
While the Core allows some freedom of choice, it includes guidelines which should provide coherence in students’ college education. The Core Curriculum clusters course requirements into areas defined by educational objectives: “Powers,” “Frameworks of Scientific Understanding,” “Patterns of Meaning,” and “Understanding at Home and Abroad.” A maximum of
18 courses are required of School of Business majors.
“Powers” refers to competencies that enable students to learn, to think, and to communicate. With this course work, students will emerge from the Core Curriculum possessing a strong set of skills in reading, writing, oral communication, and mathematics. They will also learn how to use computer technology to aid their work in each of these areas. These competencies will be integrated in courses in all areas of the Core, but they will be taught directly in courses in writing, oral communication, mathematics, and information literacy. Required Powers courses are:
- English 110
- English 210
- Mathematics 114
- Business 150
- Computer Science 151
FRAMEWORKS OF SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING COURSES
“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. Required Frameworks of Scientific Understanding courses are:
- Natural Science
- Psychology or Sociology
PATTERNS OF MEANING COURSES
“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. Required Patterns of Meaning courses are:
- 2 Religion
- 2 Philosophy
- 1 Literature
- 1 History
- 1 Fine Arts or Foreign Languages
- 1 more Literature, History, Fine Arts or Foreign Language
All courses in Patterns of Meaning may be counted towards any minor or second major barring exclusions by the academic departments sponsoring the course.
UNDERSTANDING AT HOME AND ABROAD COURSES
“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, stu-
dents 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.
ADDITIONAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS
- Single-Variable Calculus (MTH 114) or equivalent
Introductory Microeconomics (ECN 201)