2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 14, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Salve Regina University Core Curriculum

A Program Designed for Developing Lifelong Learners and Responsible Citizens of the World

Structure of the Salve Regina University Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is comprised of the common core and the core complement. The common core is comprised of four common courses and the capstone experience that are to be taken by all undergraduate students. The remaining courses constitute the core complement, that is, elective options which are designed to supplement and support the common core while responding to the curricular needs and interests of the individual student.

The Core Complement:

  • Foreign Languages 6 Credit(s)
  • Literature 3 Credit(s)
  • Religious and Theological Studies 3 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics 3 Credit(s)
  • Natural Sciences 6 Credit(s)
  • Social Sciences 9 Credit(s)
  • Visual and Performing Arts 3 Credit(s)

Philosophy of the Core Curriculum

Salve Regina University is committed to preparing our students for the future; that is, for a world that will continually change and yet remain constant in many ways. A crucially important way to prepare students for this changing world is by helping them discover that they can overcome these future challenges with a lifetime of learning and curiosity about the world.

The Salve Regina University core curriculum promotes a passion for lifelong learning through enthusiastic educational exchanges between learners and teachers, through a commitment to teaching, scholarship, and research, and through an insistence on high standards. The core curriculum provides readings and experiences designed to provoke the interest of students and to address enduring questions and contemporary issues. The University itself provides a model for lifelong learning by being a vibrant learning community, a place where students and faculty engage in collaborative exchanges, the discussion of common texts and readings, and debates about the issues of our times.

The term “responsible world citizenship” attempts to express, in three words, ideals found in the University’s Mission Statement and in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy: (1) the acquisition of wisdom and learning that leads to a better understanding of the world and its people and (2) the promotion of a universal justice that is inspired by Catholic values.

A responsible world citizen is someone who understands and appreciates the diversity of the one human family that extends across the globe. A responsible world citizen is concerned about the major issues, whether local, regional, national, or global, and keeps informed about them in order to debate them intelligently.

Every student will be encouraged to be a responsible world citizen who is ready to take concrete action that will promote human dignity, social justice, and sustainable global development and is also ready to assume the responsibilities of a citizen in his or her nation.

Program Goals for the Core Curriculum

Goal 1- An Education with a Catholic Identity

To encourage our students to seek wisdom and prudence and to promote mercy and universal justice by offering them a curriculum with a Catholic identity.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

1.1 Demonstrate an awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition and its distinctive contribution to liberal education at this University.

1.2 Know the life of Catherine McAuley and the Mercy mission as a prototype of world citizenship and Catholic identity.

1.3 Cultivate attitudes and practices that reflect an abiding respect for the dignity of all persons and a commitment to social justice.

1.4 Understand the enduring influence of the Bible and Jewish, Christian, and specifically Catholic, symbols, stories, ideas, values and practices.

1.5 Engage the Catholic religious tradition with other religious perspectives.

1.6 Evaluate their learning and actions from the perspective of Christian ethics.

1.7 Understand the teachings of Jesus that give this University its compelling vision of a realm of peace and justice.

1.8 Understand how to integrate faith, learning, and service as a means to enrich personal and community life.

1.9 Recognize the essential unity of all knowledge as both an intellectual and a religious principle through interdisciplinary study and thematic connections among discipline-based courses.

Goal 2 - Liberal Education

To provide students with the kind of broad and broadening liberal arts education that will prepare them for a lifetime of developing their intellectual abilities, give them a moral foundation on which to build their learning, challenge them to strengthen their mental flexibility, introduce them to different ways of encountering the realities in the world, and help them to advance in their careers or change their careers by giving them the confidence of knowing that they can learn new things.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

2.1 Examine enduring insights, values and principles, starting with the Bible and Socrates, that have helped people to discern the truth.

2.2 Develop an awareness of the complexity of other cultural traditions as well as their own in debating urgent contemporary issues within the context of faith and reason.

2.3 Engage in critical self-inquiry that promotes self-knowledge in order to develop (1) the ability to evaluate different opinions and beliefs, (2) a willingness to test one’s point of view against others, (3) a willingness to recognize faulty thinking and seek other rational alternatives, and (4) a sense of collaboration by learning in community.

2.4 Apply their studies in the Liberal Arts and Sciences to contemporary issues and situations.

2.5 Develop a knowledge and understanding of religious and theological studies, the humanities, mathematics, science, and the social sciences and an awareness of the interconnectedness of the various disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

Goal 3 - Responsible Citizens of the World

To help our students become responsible citizens of the world.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

3.1 Develop an understanding of their own culture, since this culture will be the base for cross-cultural reference.

3.2 Develop a knowledge and understanding of cultures throughout the world.

3.3 Develop, through critical analysis, a knowledge and an understanding of Western Civilization and the relationship of the United States to it.

3.4 Gain awareness of cultural differences in order to promote the respect and empathy for one another that are essential for dialogue.

3.5 Transcend the inclination to define themselves primarily in terms of group loyalties and identities.

Goal 4 - Lifelong Learning

To help students utilize skills that are essential for lifelong learning by giving them opportunities to practice these skills across the curriculum.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

4.1 Acquire the necessary foundation for the further development and refinement of their communication skills.

4.2 Demonstrate the ability to persuade through the organization of ideas (in writing, speaking, and discussion) and through the art of rhetoric.

4.3 Use research as a means of finding and communicating the truth.

4.4 Use technology to communicate and acquire information.

4.5 Learn to work cooperatively while becoming ever more independent learners.

4.6 Analyze and solve both quantitative and qualitative problems.

4.7 Apply skills related to critical reading, critical thinking, and problem solving.

4.8 Integrate and synthesize information and ideas.

4.9 Develop the creative, critical, and imaginative skills needed to recognize the beauty, the goodness and the breadth of human experience.

Options for the Core Complement

Foreign Languages

Students at the elementary level will complete two sequential courses in the same language according to individual interests and placement guidelines. Students interested in French or Spanish at the intermediate level will take two sequential 200-level courses in the same language. Students whose first language is not English may need to complete EAP courses for this requirement.

Social Science

Students will select one course from each of the following pairs of disciplines for a total of three courses.

Religious and Theological Studies

In addition to the common core religious and theological studies course, students will select one course from the following list:

Core Curriculum - Associate Degree Program

The Salve Regina University core curriculum for the associate’s degree coincides with the courses and their sequencing for the baccalaureate degree programs. Students must complete the common core courses (GST 150 , ENG 150 , RTS 210  and PHL 220 ) and select courses from the core complement: one literature, one from mathematics, one from science, two from social science, one from religious and theological studies, and one from visual and performing arts.