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.

Traditional Undergraduate 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.

Communication
Students speak and write to suit varied purposes, audiences, 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.

Traditional Undergraduate 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.
  • Depending upon the number of credits awarded at the time of matriculation, students who transfer into a traditional undergraduate program must complete two, three, or four Mission Seminars. Students must have earned 24 credits to waive one mission seminar and 46 credits to waive two mission seminars.
  • Franciscan Values and Traditions and The Ethical Life Mission Seminar courses are not repeatable for credit. A student can receive credit for only one Mission Seminar course at the 100 and 400 levels even though the courses have different numbers.
  • All traditional undergraduate students must complete The Ethical Life (VUSM 400 level) Mission Seminar.
Traditional Undergraduate Core Curriculum Summary

Please note that Foundations and Ways of Thinking requirements that are satisfied by departmental courses or Mission Seminars are subject to change. If changes are approved, the Core Curriculum designation at the time the course is taken will supersede the designation indicated in this catalog.

Foundations Requirements (to be completed by the student’s second year)

Note: Foundations requirements may also be satisfied by previous experience, placement mechanisms, and alternative credit options such as Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP), except where noted.

Written Communication I (one or two courses)

Approved Courses: ENGL 103 and 104 or 105 or 195

Written Communication II (one course)

Approved Courses: ARTS 350, 351; BIOL 251; EDUC 207; ENGL 213, 214, 215, 255, 273, 307; ENGR 365; MATH-365; MGMT 300; MUSC 328; NUTR 340; SOWK 240; THTR 244, 281

Quantitative Literacy (three credits)

Approved Courses: COMM 211; MGMT 230; MATH courses numbered 111 or higher; MUSC 252; PSYC 223; SOCL 223

Other: an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher

Information Literacy (one course)

Approved Courses: BIOL 397; CHEM 397; EDUC 207; ENGL 103, 104, 105, 195, 212, 215, 307; MGMT 300; NURS 340; SOWK 240

Oral Communication (one course)

Approved Courses: AADM 200; ARTS 350, 351; BIOL 250; COMM 150; EDUC 215, 255; ENGL 255; MGMT 203; MUSC 327; NURS 240; PHIL 244; PSYC 270; SOWK 210; THTR 291

Mission Seminars

Franciscan Values and Traditions - FVT (one course)

Approved Courses: VUSM 100, 101, 110, 125, 127, 150

Living in a Diverse World - LDW (one course)

Approved Courses: EDUC 302, ENGL 394, LASP 200, PHIL 365, SOCL 320, SOWK 328, VUSM 200, 205, 226, 240, 251, 252, 260, 281, 286, 290, 293, 341

Serving the Common Good - SCG (one course)

Approved Courses: CRMJ 375; ENGL 334, MGMT 374, VUSM 300, 305, 325, 330, 340, 351,  392

The Ethical Life - TEL (one course)

Approved Courses: VUSM 400, 420, 431, 432, 435, 486

Ways of Thinking

Students may meet Ways of Thinking requirements with co-counting Mission Seminars, which are listed below.

Historical Analysis (three credits)

Approved Courses: ECAS 310; HIST 101, 102, 105, 106, 111, 112, 153, 217, 218, 220, 221, 247, 254, 304, 308, 311, 315, 330, 335, 342, 344, 346, 347, 349, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 359, 370, 373, 380, 385, 395; MUSC 328; SPML 220; VUSM 340, 341

Literary Analysis (three credits)

Approved Courses: EDUC 280; ENGL 208, 236, 242, 244, 250, 251, 252, 253, 263, 329, 336, 342, 343, 344, 347, 350, 351, 352; SPAN 321; THTR 320, 440; VUSM 240, 252, 260

Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences (four credits)

Approved Courses: BIOL 100, 160, 161, 203; CHEM 101, 106, 120; ENVS 101; ESCI 103; PHYS 102, 250, 260, 270

Scientific Reasoning in the Social Sciences (three credits)

Approved Courses: GEOG 132; POSC 121; PSYC 171, 310; SOCL 125, 310, 320, 330, 345; SOWK 210

Artistic Engagement (three credits)

Approved Courses: ARTS 103, 105, 108, 111, 121, 160, 200, 203, 207, 216, 239; COMM 105, 115; DANC 100, 105; ENGL 211, 311, 312; ENGR 130; MUSC 101, 109, 135, 136, 137, 139, 335, 336, 337, 339; MUPI/MUVO 168, 171, 368, 371; THTR 100, 244, 260, 351, 355; VUSM 150, 251, 351

Theological Inquiry (three credits)

Approved Courses: RLST 160, 305, 342

Integrating Faith and Practice (three credits)

Approved Courses: RLST 222, 261, 311, 317, 323, 331, 343, 348, 352, 360, 380, 425, 433, 450, 465; VUSM 226, 325, 431

Philosophical and Moral Inquiry (three credits)

Approved Courses: CRMJ 470; PHIL 100, 101, 244, 302, 310, 313, 314, 315, 317, 320, 321, 322, 360, 365, 370, 375; VUSM 330, 435

Bachelor Completion Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes

Global Citizenship
Practice global citizenship.

Critical and Creative Thinking
Apply critical and creative thinking.

Information Fluency
Demonstrate information fluency, including critical reading skills.

Professional Writing
Write for diverse audiences and purposes.

Professional Communication
Communicate orally for diverse audiences and purposes.

Quantitative or Qualitative Literacy
Demonstrate quantitative or qualitative literacy.

Bachelor Completion Core Curriculum Policy

All bachelor completion students must complete RLST 305 in addition to the following, depending on credits transferred:

  • Three credits of Global Citizenship for those with an approved bachelor's degree.
  • Three credits of Global Citizenship for those with an approved A.A. or A.S.
  • Six credits of Global Citizenship for those with an approved A.A.S.
  • Six credits of Global Citizenship for students who have earned college credits from a regionally accredited institution without a degree prior to enrolling at Viterbo. In addition, students must complete English composition, oral communication, and math competency prior to acceptance into a bachelor degree completion program.