Common Curriculum

A Solid Academic Foundation

It is the purpose of the Common Curriculum to provide all students with a solid academic foundation and the fundamental tools necessary to continue developing their intellectual ability and inquiry though a broad liberal arts education. The Common Curriculum is completed by fulfilling the requirements designated in each of the areas/departments below:

Cross-disciplinary Course Requirements

  • First-Year Seminar (FYS): 2 sequential courses
    Designed to help students further develop skills in critical thinking, speaking and writing.
  • Ethics Common Seminar (ES): 1 junior/senior level course ETHS390.
    Designed to help students develop the ability to recognize ethical issues, examine them from multiple perspectives and articulate reasoned arguments that support and facilitate responsible decision-making.
  • Experiential Learning: Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply academic knowledge and skills gained from activities that extend beyond the traditional classroom.
  • Gender: 1 course
    Designed to expose students to gender issues; may also satisfy another Common Curriculum requirement depending on designation.
  • Intercultural Course: 1 course
    Designed to help all students develop a greater understanding of diversity while recognizing that individual values are shaped by one's unique background.

Disciplinary Course Requirements

  • Fine Arts (FA): 4 credits
    Art, Music, Theater
  • Fine Arts Experience (FAE): no credit (Attendance at a total of 8 designated fine arts events {2 visual/6 performing})
  • Humanities (HM): 2 courses from different disciplines
    Communication, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Theater or Literature in any language or in translation
  • Mathematics (MT): 1 course
  • Natural Sciences (NS): 1 course
    Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Courses of the College, Environmental Studies, Geology, Nutrition, Physics
  • Social Sciences (SS): 1 course
    Communication, Economics, Peace Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
    NOTE: Social Science (SS) requirement must be completed through coursework outside the major department.
  • Theology: 2 courses
    THEO 111 (TH) and THEO 300 level (TU)

Global Language Proficiency

  • Successful completion of language course of 211 or higher or proficiency examination.

To learn more about the specific requirements, see the Common Curriculum cross-disciplinary courses.

For students entering CSB/SJU in the fall of 2007 or later, the Common Curriculum replaces the Core Curriculum. Students who were enrolled and attending classes prior to the fall of 2007 should still follow the requirements of the Core Curriculum.

Appending missing FAE events to your records

It is important that you consistently monitor your FAE records. You will receive an email verifying your attendance at an event within a week and no longer than two weeks following the performance. If you do not receive an email, or the event is not recorded, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. You must report the missing event to Terri Johnson [ ] no later than two weeks following the performance date with an explanation of why you think it was not recorded.
  2. If you fail to do so within the two week period and would like to receive credit for attending an event, I will require you to write a short paragraph describing the performance following the guidelines below. You will not receive credit for an event if it has been more than one year since the performance.
    • Date, time, title, and location of event
    • What the event EXPRESSED to you (happy, sad, nostalgic, dramatic, etc)
    • For a musical performance comment on characteristics you noticed - tempo, instrumentation, melody (beautiful, ugly, etc), rhythm (interesting, bland), harmony (peaceful, strident).
    • For a theater event, write about the acting, sets, and story line
    • For a visual event, describe the art pieces in the exhibit and how they made your feel, if you liked or disliked it or did not understand the art.
    • Any other personal reactions.