University Core: 2016-17 and Beyond

UNIVERSITY CORE As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 UNDERSTANDING AND CREATING How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding First-year Seminar Writing Reasoning Math Scientific Inquiry Communication & Speech
Year 2 BEING AND BECOMING Who are we and what does it mean to be human? Philosophy of Human Nature Christianity & Catholic Traditions
Year 3 CARING AND DOING What principles characterize a well-lived life? Ethics World or Comparative Religion
Year 4 IMAGINING THE POSSIBLE What is our role in the world? Core Integration Seminar
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BROADENING COURSES
Fine Arts & Design, History, Literature, Social & Behavioral Science DESIGNATIONS Writing Enriched
Global Studies
Social Justice


The university core curriculum is a four-year, cohesive program of study anchored by this question:

As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?

Each year, as students progress through the program, they will address a main theme and question that support the anchoring question:

Year 1: “Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?”

Students will examine this question through courses that encourage intellectual engagement and curiosity and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. First-year core courses include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Writing
  • Reasoning
  • Communication and Speech
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Mathematics

Year 2: “Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?”

Year 3: “Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?”

In their second and third years of the core, students will explore these questions through courses in philosophy and religious studies. These courses include:

  • · Philosophy of Human Nature
  • · Ethics
  • · Christianity and Catholic Traditions
  • · World/Comparative Religion

Year 4: “Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?”

Students will address this question through the culminating core course, the Core Integration Seminar. In this seminar, students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise.

Broadening Courses and Course Designations

Broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social/behavioral sciences. These courses can be taken at any time throughout the four years. Courses designated as writing enriched, global studies, and social justice taken throughout the core and in the major reinforce essential knowledge and competencies.

University Core Curriculum Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes


The program objectives and learning outcomes for the university core curriculum are derived from Gonzaga’s Baccalaureate Learning Goals.

Objective: Apply foundational knowledge of the liberal education disciplines to complex problems.

Core Learning Outcome #1: Students will be able to use the basic modes of inquiry and expression of the disciplines that represent liberal education.

Objective: Understand and appreciate multiple perspectives from inherited and global cultures.

Core Learning Outcome #2: Students will be able to demonstrate basic intercultural knowledge and competence.

Objective: Use foundational skills to explore issues and express ideas.

Core Learning Outcome #3: Students will be able to communicate clearly and persuasively, using ideas and arguments based on evidence, logic, and critical thinking.

Objective: Understand concepts of faith and spirituality as the potential basis for living meaningful, moral, and committed lives.

Core Learning Outcome #4: Students will be able to identify and reason from concepts of faith and spirituality.

Objective: Recognize the value of and need for social transformation in moving toward a more just world.

Core Learning Outcome #5: Students will be able to formulate and articulate the need for personal growth and social transformation.

More specific information regarding university core requirements will be available in the 2016-17 University Catalogue.



Questions? Contact:

Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

University Core Director

kretchmar@gonzaga.edu

(509) 313-3600