An Alvernia University education is founded on the liberal arts. The aim of a liberal arts education is to develop the whole person and to assure an understanding of the wide range of human experience, expression and potential. To that end, all baccalaureate students must complete a body of requirements known as the “Liberal Arts Core”. The core includes:
Students must also complete “Graduation Requirements”. These requirements include applying for graduation, First Year Seminar, computer proficiency, human diversity and community service. Appropriate adjustments to graduation requirements are made for Associate Degree and transfer students.
Introduces students to the writing and research skills needed by an educated person.
Fulfilled by completing COM 101 Composition & Research with a "C" or better.
Introduces students to that essentially human endeavor, communication.
Fulfilled by completing 3 credits in Communication courses (other than COM 100).
Introduces students to human expression as manifested in literature.
Fulfilled by completing a 3-credit literature course, in any language.
Introduces students to human expression as manifested in music and art.
Fulfilled by completing 3 credits in art and/or music courses.
Assures that students encounter at least one discipline that studies the political, social or psychological dimension of human beings.
Satisfied by completing 3 credits from among the courses in Political Science, Sociology, Social Science, Psychology, Criminology or Economics.
Introduces students to a language and culture other than their own. Because the world is peopled by human beings of widely divergent backgrounds, the requirement seeks to heighten students' sensitivity to and appreciation of a foreign language and culture.
Satisfied by completing 6 credits in sequence in one foreign language in Alvernia curriculum.
Assures that students gain an appreciation of human behavior in a historical context.
Fulfilled by completing 3 credits in history.
Introduces students to the subjects of inquiry, methods, values and the relevance of a scientific discipline.
Fulfilled by completing 3/4 credits in a biological, chemical or physical science.
Introduces students to the role of mathematics in contemporary life or develops their proficiency in the use of mathematics. While students vary in their use of mathematics, all educated people should understand its applications in their lives.
Satisfied by completing 3 credits in mathematics (other than MAT 100).
Assures that students encounter the disciplines devoted to human thought and faith.
Introduces students to the potential and limitations of their own bodies, as well as the essentials of a healthy lifestyle.
Satisfied by completing PED 304.
Theology or Philosophy 3 credits
Ethics/Morality in Theology or Philosophy 3 credits*
*The Ethics and Morality requirement is fulfilled by taking 3 credits from THE 200, 210, 225 or PHI 200, 210, 220.
Three courses from any one of the following: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Foreign Language, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Theology.
Note: An Area II course may not be in student’s first major. However, the course may be met by double or joint majors and minors.
Total credits in the core: 54/55 credits