All degree programs have a similar structure, which includes the Core Curriculum, major requirements, and Free electives:
THE CORE CURRICULUM
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.”
“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 in courses in all areas of the Core, but they will be taught directly in courses in writing, public speaking, mathematics, and computer science.
“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. The “Frameworks of Scientific Understanding” category includes courses in economics, political science, psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.
“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 (religion, philosophy, literature, history, fine arts, and foreign languages) will enable students to develop these capacities.
“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 are required to enroll in one course in the Academic Bulletin designated by the symbol of a “house” (Understanding at Home) and one course designated by the symbol of a “plane” (Understanding Abroad). Some students may fulfill the Understanding at Home or Understanding Abroad requirement through an independent project with the approval of the Department Chair and the Core Director. Faculty and staff will mentor a limited number of such projects.