Academics - Traditional Day Student Core Curriculum

The Curriculum

Saint Peter’s University offers more than 50 programs leading to the Bachelor’s degree and six leading to the Associate’s degree. These programs are built around two concepts: the core curriculum and the major. The core curriculum provides students with the opportunity for breadth of knowledge while the major concentrates on specialization in a single field of study.

The curriculum at Saint Peter’s University is enriched by opportunities for students to develop composite majors, double majors, and minors; to participate in an honors program and foreign study opportunities; and to become involved in cooperative education and internships.

The Core Curriculum

The core curriculum, required for all undergraduate degree programs offered by Saint Peter’s University, provides opportunities for study in a variety of disciplines. The basic purpose of the core is to address issues intrinsic to a humane education through a liberal arts program committed to the pursuit of knowledge in its fundamental unity, intelligently appreciative of a common cultural heritage, conscious of social and moral obligations, and respectful of the traditions of the Judeo-Christian value system and of Jesuit education.

The objectives and outcomes of the core curriculum, achieved through study of the humanities, the natural and social sciences, the fine arts, philosophy, and theology, and incorporating issues related to values and pluralism, are fundamental to the development of the well-educated person. Through the core curriculum students will be expected to be able to do the following.

Objective 1: Develop intellectual and communication skills so that one is able to:
 

  • Outcomes: Problem solve and analyze quantitative information.
  • Formulate, critique, and analyze an argument.
  • Utilize effective critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Read and write critically and cogently.
  • Synthesize knowledge from the core to major.

Objective 2: Explore humanistic and social disciplines in order to:
 

  • Outcomes: Critically think about ideas and events that have shaped the humanistic tradition.
  • Distinguish behaviors and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Discern ethical and moral principles in order to more fully understand one’s role as an individual in a larger community.

Objective 3: Explore scientific disciplines and technology in order to:
 

  • Outcomes: Apply fundamental scientific principles and methods of inquiry to understand the impacts of the scientific research technology.

Objective 4: Exhibit leadership based upon one’s ability to:
 

  • Outcomes: Recognize the role of service, leadership and Ignatian ideals in the realization of a just, civil society.

The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students entering prior to fall 2012, consists of 57 specified credits plus a three-credit Values course. Beginning in fall 2012, a series of distribution requirements were phased in. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2012, consists of 54-57 specified credits plus a Values course and a Capstone Experience that, for most students, will be satisfied within the major. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2013, consisted of 54-57 specified credits, plus a Values course, a Capstone Experience, and a second Writing Intensive course that, for most students, will be satisfied within the major. The core curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree for students who entered in fall 2014, consists of 54-57 specified credits plus a Values course, a Capstone Experience, a Writing Intensive course and a Pluralism course that for most students, will be satisfied within the major.

Some majors require students to choose particular core courses, so students should consult their major requirements before choosing core courses. According to the new core requirements, a single course may be required for a given major, and it may also satisfy one or more of the following requirements as well: Values, Capstone, Writing Intensive, and Pluralism. To complete some majors within eight semesters (4 years), major courses and core courses need to be taken in a particular sequence. Suggested sequences for taking the core curriculum and major requirements are available in the departments and the appropriate dean’s office.

In their first semester of enrollment, all freshmen must register for courses in English composition and mathematics, based on their placement test results. Students who do not complete these requirements satisfactorily and in a timely fashion may be subjected to restricted registration. More specific information is available from faculty advisors and the deans. As determined by placement results, students who are not adequately prepared may be required to take zero-credit developmental courses prior to beginning the core requirements in composition and mathematics.

The waiver of any core curriculum requirement can be granted only through the Office of the Dean for CAS/SBA students or the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies for SPCS students.

Core Requirements for Traditional Day Students

English Composition (3 or 6 credits, depending on placement) 1
Take one of the following sequences in freshman year:
Introduction to English Composition
and Introduction to English Composition II
Introduction to English Composition
and Introduction to English Composition II
English Composition
Literature (6 credits) 2
EL-123Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama3
EL-134Fiction3
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Take one of the following courses:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Music
History (6 credits)
HS-121The Western Tradition3
Take one of the following courses:3
World Perspectives in History
Special Topics in History
Mathematics (6 or 8 credits) 3
Take one of the following sequences, based on major requirements6
Mathematics for the Humanities I
and Mathematics for the Humanities II
Elementary Applied Mathematics
and Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Mathematics for Educators I
and Mathematics for Educators II
Mathematics for the Health Sciences
and Elementary Statistics
Elementary Calculus I
and Elementary Calculus II
Statistics for Life Sciences
and Calculus for the Life Sciences
Differential Calculus
and Integral Calculus
Modern or Classical Language (6 credits) 4
Take one of the following sequences, based on prior language experience:6
Introductory Language I (for those with no prior experience with the language) and Introductory Language II
Intermediate Language I (for those with previous experience with the language) and Intermediate Language II
Intermediate Language I for Native Speakers and Intermediate Language II for Native Speakers
Upper level language course (with permission of the Chair) and Upper level language course
Intensive (6 credit) language course
Romance Language Synthesis I and Romance Language Synthesis II
Sign Language I and Sign Language II
Natural Science (6 credits)
Take one course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), or Physics (PC-).3
Take one course in Biology (BI-), Chemistry (CH-), Physics (PC-), Psychology (PS-), Computer Science (CS-), EV-100, or EV-101.3
Social Sciences (6 credits) 5
Choose two courses with different prefixes:6
Macroeconomic Principles
Perspectives on Politics
Introduction to Sociology
or SO-384
Cultural Anthropology
or SO-351
Issues in the Latino Community
The Contemporary City
Philosophy (6 credits) 7
Students should take philosophy courses after the freshman year unless advised otherwise by their academic advisor.
PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
Theology (6 credits)
TH-110Religious Faith in the Modern World3
TH-120Introduction to the Study of Christianity3
Values Distributive Requirement 6
Capstone Experience (required for students graduating in May 2016 and after)
Take a designated Capstone Experience within the major.3
Writing Intensive (3 credits, required for students graduating in May 2017 and after)
Take a designated Writing Intensive course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.3
Pluralism (3 credits, required for students graduating in May 2018 and after)
Take a designated Pluralism course. Depending on the major, this course may be a required course for the major as well.3
Total Credits60

Degree Programs

Major and Degree CAS SBA SE SN SPCS(JC) SPCS(EC)
Accountancy (BS) X
American Studies (BA) X
Art History (BA) X
Asian Studies (BA) X
Biological Chemistry (BS) X
Biology (BS) X
Biotechnology (BS) X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Accounting X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Business Management X X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Healthcare Management X
Business Administration (BSBA) - concentration: Marketing Management X X
Business Management (AS) X X
Business Management (BS) X
Chemistry (BS) X
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS)1 X
Communication (BA) X
Computer Science (BS) X
Criminal Justice (BA) X X X
Economics (BA, BS) X
Elementary Education (BA) 2 X
English Literature (BA) X
Finance (BS) X
Fine Arts (BA) X
Graphic Arts (BA) X
Health & Physical Education (BS) X
Health Information Management (BS) 1 X
Health Sciences (AAS) 2 X X
History (BA) X
Humanities (AA) X X
Humanities (BPS) X X
Interdisciplinary Studies (BPS) X X
International Business (BS) X
Latin American Studies (BA) X
Marketing Management (AS) X X
Marketing Management (BS) X
Mathematical Economics (BA) X
Mathematics (BS) X
Modern Languages (BA) X
Natural Science (BS) X
Nursing (BSN) 3 X
Philosophy (BA) X
Physics (BS) X
Political Science (BA) X
Psychology (BS) X
Public Policy (AAS) X
Social Sciences (AA) X X
Social Sciences (BPS) X X
Sociology (BA) X
Spanish (BA) X
Sports Management (BS) X
Theology (BA) X
Urban Studies (BA) X
Urban Studies: Public Policy Sequence (BS) X
Visual Arts (BA) X

Minor Programs

Program CAS SBA SE SN SPCS(JC) SPCS(EC)
Accountancy X
Africana Studies X
Anthropology X
Art History X
Asian Studies X
Biology X
Business Decision Making X
Business Law X
Business Management X X X
Chemistry X
Classical Civilization X
Classical Languages X
Communication X
Computer Science X
Criminal Justice X X X
Cyber Security X
Economics X
Education - Secondary X
English X
Environmental Sciences X
Finance X
French X
Gender and Sexuality X
Graphic Arts X
Healthcare Management X
History X
International Business X X X
Italian X
Journalism X
Latin American Studies X
Marketing Management X X X
Mathematics X
Music X
Philosophy X
Physics X
Political Science X
Psychology X X X
Social Justice X X
Sociology X X X
Spanish X
Sports Management X
Theater Arts X
Theology X X
Urban Studies X X
Visual Arts X