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Bachelor’s Core Curriculum

Introduction

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 challenges 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.
Foundations: 10-12 credit hours

Objectives

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.

Pillars and Levels: 30 credit hours

Core Curriculum Objectives

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

Core Curriculum (Table 1)

Social Justice and Civic Life (6 credit hours required)
Creativity and Culture (6 credit hours required)
Belief and Reason (6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature (6 credit hours required)
Contribute
S3: Advocate for social justice and human dignity through working collaboratively and cross-culturally within and among diverse groups
C3: Produce critical and creative projects to interpret and illustrate the meaning of culture and creativity in a global context
B3: Demonstrate and evaluate ethical and responsible choices and the impact of those choices in the context of the global community
N3: Use scientific knowledge to communicate and contribute to a more sustainable global community
Transform
S2: Critically analyze individual and collective human experiences and communicate sensitivity to self and others
C2: Develop, critically examine, and articulate one’s own creative process
B2: Critically examine the relationship between belief and reason and the integration and influence of each
N2: Apply scholarly data in a guided empirical study and present results in a discipline-specific format
Acquire
S1: Acquire knowledge of different socio-cultural, political, economic, legal, spiritual/religious, and/or environmental systems including historical and contemporary issues of oppression and social justice and/or S1: Investigate and develop self-awareness, including one’s culture, life experiences, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs construct one’s own
C1: Investigate and develop creative perspectives on the arts and the artist across the global community and/or C1: Examine the historical and contemporary significance of the arts as a cornerstone for peoples, nations, and cultures
B1: Communicate an understanding of rational and belief formation processes and/or B1: Identify influential frameworks for problem-solving and ethical decision-making
N1: Identify key theories of science, including contributions and limitations of scientific discovery and/or N1: Distinguish between scientific fact, hypothesis, theory and law

Core Curriculum Pillars

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

Core Curriculum (Table 2)

Social Justice and Civic Life (6 credit hours required)
Creativity and Culture (6 credit hours required)
Belief and Reason (6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature (6 credit hours required)
Contribute
  • IS 355 Cross Cultural
  • Exploration
  • IS 311 Peace Studies
  • HI/WS 311 American Women
  • IS 318 The Mask
  • HI 370 Fairy Tales & Culture
  • IS 344 Music & Politics
  • PL/RS 379 Ethics After Auschwitz
  • CO/PY 321 Leadership
  • IS 370 Psychology of Religion
  • IS 350 Behavior and the Brain
  • PY 498 Senior Thesis
  • PY 383 Drug Addiction & Use
  • PY 485 Field Experience in Psychology
  • IS 356 Global Health Concerns
Transform
  • PL 300 Existentialism
  • ED/PY 235 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • IS 366 Food & Culture
  • IS 357 Urban Culture
  • PY/SO 216 Social Psychology
  • EN 275 Gender & Literature
  • HI 371 The Holocaust
  • CO/PY Conflict Resolution
  • HI 205 The Great War
  • IS 340 Mediation
  • PL 255 Ethics
  • ED 322 Language & Literacy in the Global Context
  • PL 338 Social & Political Philosophy
  • FI 330 Finance
  • PY 210 Abnormal Psychology
  • IS 202 Restorative Justice
  • AR 110 Exploration of the Visual Arts
  • WS/CO 383 Gendered Media
  • BU 340 Business Communication
  • IS 349 Language of the Body
  • MU/WS 221 Divas, Ingénues and Vixens
  • EN 213 Advanced Composition
  • EN 210 Business & Professional Writing
  • EN 231 Poetry Writing
  • IS 362 The Art of War
  • RS 231 Christianity
  • IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science
  • BI 115 People & the Environment
  • PY 371 Cognitive Psychology
  • RS 251 Islam
  • RS 233 American Religious History
  • PL/WS 326 Feminist Theory
  • RS 252 Judaism
  • PL/RS 221 Philosophy of Religion
  • ED 419 Behavior Management
  • PY 262 Psychology Statistics & Methods II
  • PY 214 Psychology of Gender
  • MU 269 Music Therapy
Acquire
  • SP 111 Spanish I
  • SP 112 Spanish II
  • SW 205 Social Problems & Social Change
  • IS 201 Intercultural Communication
  • GG 101 World Geography
  • IS 120 Being Together
  • EN 278 Global Literature Perspectives
  • SO 101 Intro to Sociology
  • EN 271 African American Literature
  • EC 203 Macroeconomics
  • EC 202 Microeconomics
  • HI 203 American Experience I
  • HI 204 American Experience II
  • PL 112 Philosophy of Humor
  • AR 181 Art of the Ancient World
  • AR 183 From the Renaissance to Modernism
  • CO 181 Survey of Film I
  • MU 121 Music: Fingerprints of Culture
  • IS 332 The Avante-garde in Art & Experimental Film
  • HI 201 Ancient History & Culture
  • HI 202 Modern History & Culture
  • RS 111 Intro to Religious Studies
  • BL 305 Legal Aspects of Business
  • RS 117 World Religions
  • CO 225 Mass Media and Society
  • CS 111 Ethics in Technology
  • PL 111 Introduction to Philosophy
  • EN 112 Rhetorical Argument
  • IS 210 Images & Realities Of Gender
  • PH 117 Physics Concepts
  • CH 131 General Chemistry
  • NU/HE 111 Nutrition
  • CH 115 Molecules That Matter
  • BI 111 General Biology:Cells & Genes
  • PY 261 Psychological Statistics and Methods
  • PY 101 General Psychology
  • PY 208 Lifespan Development
  • BI 112 General Biology:Ecology & Evolution
  • PL 113 Critical Reasoning
Core Component Designations

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.

Core Component Designations (Table 1)

Interdisciplinary Courses (I)
Global Studies (G)
Civic Engagement (E)
  • IS 350 Behavior and the Brain
  • IS 366 Food & Culture
  • IS 349 Language of the Body
  • IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science
  • IS 357 Urban Culture
  • IS 120 Being Together
  • IS 355 Cross Cultural Exploration
  • IS 201 Intercultural Communication
  • IS 318 The Mask
  • IS 210 Images & Realities of Gender
  • IS 311 Peace Studies
  • IS 332 The Avante-garde in Art & Experimental Film
  • IS 340 Mediation
  • IS 362 The Art of War
  • IS 3XX Psychology of Religion
  • IS 356 Global Health Concerns
  • IS 344 Music & Politics
  • IS 202 Restorative Justice
  • SP 111 Spanish I
  • SP 112 Spanish II
  • PL/RS 379 Ethics After Auschwitz
  • BI 115 People & the Environment
  • IS 366 Food & Culture
  • WS/CO 383 Gendered Media
  • RS 117 World Religions
  • IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science
  • IS 355 Cross Cultural Exploration
  • IS 120 Being Together
  • IS 201 Intercultural Communication
  • GG 101 World Geography
  • EN 278 Global Literature Perspectives
  • IS 311 Peace Studies
  • ED 287 Multicultural Foundations of Education
  • HI 201 Ancient History & Culture
  • HI 202 Modern History & Culture
  • HI 205 The Great War
  • IS 356 Global Health Concerns
  • ED 322 Language & Literacy in the Global Context
  • PL 338 Social & Political Philosophy
  • IS 344 Music & Politics
  • FI 437 International Finance
  • RS 251 Islam
  • NU 481 Practicum 2
  • ED 315 General Methods
  • IS 355 Cross Cultural Exploration
  • PY 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
  • HI 496 Internship in History
  • PY 485 Field Experience in Psychology

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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