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2013–2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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LIVE, the Core Curriculum 

With its emphasis on particular skills, attributes, and values, Viterbo University's core curriculum seeks to prepare students for life in a rapidly changing world. The core curriculum is rooted in the mission of the university and in its liberal arts tradition.

Core Curriculum Mission Statement 

In the tradition of our Catholic, Franciscan heritage and our firm foundation in the Liberal Arts, Viterbo University's general education program prepares students to live and work in our global society, affirm the dignity of all people, embrace a passion for justice, revere the natural world, and nurture a spirit of inquiry and a love of truth.

Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes 

Ethical Reasoning and Moral Development 
Students respond to ethical issues, using informed value systems.  

Social Justice 
Students contribute to their communities through service and leadership.  

Intercultural Knowledge and Action 
Students understand their own and other cultural traditions and demonstrate a respect for the diversity of human experience.  

Critical Thinking 
Students comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.  

Students speak and write to suit varied purposes, audience, disciplines, and contexts.  

Information Literacy 
Students identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information in a variety of contexts.  

Integrative Learning 
Students transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond campus.  

Core Curriculum Policy 

  • First time freshmen bachelor degree students must complete all four Mission Seminars, regardless of the number of college credits they completed while in high school through the youth options, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, post-secondary enrollment options (Youth Options), etc.
  • Transfer bachelor degree students, except those in the Center for Adult Learning degree completion programs, are required to complete two, three, or four Mission Seminars depending on the amount of their previous college experience (transfer credit awarded).
  • All bachelor degree students, except those in Center for Adult Learning degree completion programs, must complete The Ethical Life (VUSM 400 level) Mission Seminar. 

Core Curriculum Summary 

Approved Core Curriculum Courses