Core Curriculum Requirements

  • I. Inquiry, Analysis, and Synthesis

    Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) Courses
    Students are required to fulfill learning outcomes in each of the ten LAI areas through a 3-4 credit course; Students can combine up to four LAI requirements by taking Interdisciplinary courses  approved for  two LAI disciplines.These LAI areas were chosen to give students a broad understanding of the liberal arts. A strong liberal arts education enables students to explore ideas and theories from a variety of disciplines in the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. Courses approved as LAI courses will have the following notations:

    • Economics/Political Science (E)
    • Fine Arts (F)
    • History (H)
    • Literary Arts (L)
    • Mathematics (M)
    • Natural Sciences (N)
    • Philosophy (P)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)
    • Theology (T)
    • Women’s Studies (W)

    II. Skills

    Carlow University Skills Courses (CC)
    Skill proficiency enables the life-long learner to effectively seek out information, apply it in making decisions, and communicate reasoning to others. Each student must demonstrate competence in five skills areas: writing, speaking, quantitative reasoning, research, and technology. These skills are introduced in three courses:

    • CC 100 College Writing and Research
    • CC 101 Presentation and Argumentation
    • CC 102 Quantitative Reasoning

    Research and technology are integrated throughout all three of the CC courses. All students entering Carlow University must pass these three CC courses within their first year at Carlow.

    III. Integrative Learning Experiences

    Integrative learning experiences assist the student in extending learning across disciplines and within the community. The goal of the integrative experiences is to help the student to see a wider perspective of the world and to see below the surface of issues and situations.

    First Year Seminar:
    The goals of the First Year Seminar are to orient students to the academic community and academic success; to connect students with Carlow University, the history and mission of the University, its support services and departments; and to connect students with other students and faculty. Students will take FYS 101 and either CC 100 or CC 101 with the same group of students. The course will explore college knowledge along with career and academic goals. The course is graded A–F.

    Linked or Interdisciplinary Experiences*
    Students must complete one linked or interdisciplinary experience course; these may be fulfilled by LAI courses, courses in one’s major, and/or electives. A primary objective of both linked and interdisciplinary experience courses is to facilitate learning that integrates the content, perspectives, and methodology of two or more disciplines. Through interdisciplinary study, students learn to approach problems or issues using the concepts, theories, methods, and knowledge of each discipline. Linked courses are two courses that have separate syllabi and instructors. Each syllabus will describe ways in which the courses are linked. Interdisciplinary courses will be a single course having one syllabus taught by two or more instructors.

    Service-Learning Experience*
    One service-learning course is required for graduation. The service-learning course seeks to connect students to the University’s mission by providing an opportunity for expanded intellectual and social development for students while serving the community at large. A service-learning reflection paper which documents and reflects on the service-learning course experience.
    These requirements are currently suspended for Adult Admission students.

    Global Perspectives
    Language and Global Learning open one’s world to a global perspective. Language presents a culture that sees the world differently, with a richness that deepens that universal understanding of what it means to be human.  Study abroad and cross cultural courses enhance one’s understanding of what it is to respect and to participate in a diverse, multicultural world. Global Learning fosters intercultural understanding and competence in social, political, and economic areas.

    FYS 101 First Year Seminar
    The goals of the First Year Seminar are to orient students to the academic community and academic success; to connect students with Carlow University, the history and mission of the University, its support services and departments; and to connect students with other students and faculty. Students will take FYS 101 and either CC 100 or CC 101 with the same group of students. The course will explore college knowledge along with career and academic goals. The course is graded A–F. 1 credit