Bachelor's Degree Core Curriculum

In order to participate in an education that has both breadth and depth, all students complete a Core Curriculum and a Major Curriculum. Each course of study is designed so that clearly identified objectives are built upon and reinforced.

Avila University Core Curriculum

The Core curriculum is divided into three groups of requirements and is designed to be completed over the period of time needed to meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

  • The Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.
  • The Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenge students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.
  • The Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understandings to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

The Gold Core


Read and comprehend complex material independently and proficiently; communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and active listening; demonstrate a broad mathematical foundation to support different modes of quantitative literacy; access and interpret information from various media and across technologies.

Communication (3 hrs): CO 110

Composition (3 hrs): EN 111 or EN 112

Mathematics (3-5 hrs): MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 130, or MA 241

First-Year Seminar (1 hr): FS 101

Students must complete all Foundations requirements in the first 48 credit hours of their coursework. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.

Core Curriculum Objectives

6 credit hours are required for Contribute, 24 credit hours are required between Transform and Acquire.


Core Curriculum Pillars

6 credit hours are required for Contribute, 24 credit hours are required between Transform and Acquire.

Core Component Designations

In the core and major curricula, certain courses are designated with core components of Interdisciplinary, Global Studies, and/or Civic Engagement.

Students entering Avila University as First-Year students must complete 9 credit hours of Interdisciplinary (I) designated courses, 9 credit hours of Global Studies (G) designated courses and 3 credit hours of Civic Engagement (E) designated courses. Some courses designated as multiple designations will count as completed courses in all identified core component areas.

Students entering Avila University as Transfer students must complete credit hours in Core component areas based on the number of transfer credits completed at the time of admission to Avila University.

  • Less than 30 credits: Same requirements as first-year students
  • 30-59 credits: Must complete 6 credits of Global Studies, 6 credits of Interdisciplinary, and 3 credits of Civic Engagement
  • 60 or more credits: Must complete 3 credits of Global Studies, 3 credits of Interdisciplinary, and 3 credits of Civic Engagement and another 3 credits of Global Studies OR Interdisciplinary

Global Studies Core Curriculum Designation

The following three Global Studies Outcomes (I, II, III) provide a broad framework for the GS Core Component criteria (e.g. as the Core ILOs frame the Core objectives). The lists after each clarify intent and/or further illustrate possibilities for those outcomes, but are not intended as requirements or as limiting scope:

  1. Globalize perspective * Gain knowledge of different perspectives in terms of religion, natural science, health science, social science, humanities, and the arts. * Understand how location and culture help determine our world view. * Understand the impact of geography, history, and economics on the current structures of power and privilege.
  1. Communication using existing resources and evolving technologies to facilitate collaboration within and between our global communities. * Gain knowledge of an additional language. * Interact with people from diverse cultures and gain insight from their point of view. * Understand the meaning, implications, and consequences of social justice from a local to global scale.

III. Advocate for a socially just global society * Acknowledge and assume responsibility for the ethical consequences of individual and collective action. * Integrate learning into action and promotion for peaceful resolution to conflict. * Shape policies that promote global economic development. * Advocate against prejudice, poverty, systemic privilege and oppression.

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Curriculum Designation

The following two outcomes provide the framework for the Interdisciplinary (IS) criteria.

  • The knowledge of the strengths and limits of disciplinary knowledge in understanding a topic, question, or problem.
  • The ability to integrate, synthesize, and communicate knowledge from two or more disciplines.

Interdisciplinary courses are courses that cross disciplines from any two or more areas of the university. They reflect the unique talents and interests of the faculty; clearly specifies why a topic, question, or problem warrants interdisciplinary examination and how each discipline contributes to the examination; and is taught by two faculty from two or more disciplines.

Community Engagement (CE) Core Curriculum Designation

Community Engagement Defined: *A synthesis of academic learning and service to the dear neighbor without distinction that provides students the experience to enhance their education, foster community responsibility, and grow in self-understanding while contributing to the needs of our local, national, or global communities. *The intent of community engagement at Avila is double: to apply our mission and values to encourage student awareness of their ability to help solve social problems and to intend that students continue this form of engagement past the conclusion of the course.

Transfer Students with Associate of Arts Degrees

Transfer students coming to Avila University with an Associate of Arts (AA) or equivalent academic degree will be considered to have completed all Foundation and Pillar Requirements (39 hours). They are still required to complete three (3) GS-designated credit hours, three (3) IS-designated credit hours and three (3) CE-designated credit hours plus three (3) additional credit hours of their choice from GS- or IS-designated credit hours.

Students with a completed Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have the equivalent of an Associate of Arts degree for the purpose of the core curriculum.

Major Curriculum

Each student chooses an academic area to study in-depth and must complete the requirements for that program in order to graduate. The curriculum for each of Avila University’s major programs provides a well-developed set of courses to meet the identified outcomes of each program as well as opportunities for independent work, practica, internships and senior projects.

As part of the completion of major requirements, each student will complete an identified technology requirement within the major.

Assessment Program

Avila University is committed to evaluating the performance of the university as well as the academic achievement of the students. Assessment at Avila University is a multi-dimensional, ongoing process of gathering, interpreting, and sharing information about the learning and development of Avila’s students. This information is used to determine student achievement; to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum; to guide the revision of programs, courses, and instruction; and to serve as a catalyst to aid students in self-evaluation and goal setting. Assessment at the undergraduate level addresses the learning outcomes for the Core Curriculum as well as the major. Graduate assessment focuses on the educational outcomes associated with each of the graduate programs. Students participate in assessment activities throughout their time at the university and after graduation as alumni. These activities include surveys, standardized examinations, in-class assessments, portfolios, and final projects or theses.

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