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Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum

What is the Core Curriculum?

The "core" refers to the set of required areas that all students
must complete as part of their education at SLU. Students
are exposed to courses in a variety of fields across
the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, the sciences,
and the arts. Following the Jesuit tradition of educating the
whole person, students emerge from the College of Arts
and Sciences as wide-ranging, adept thinkers who can
make connections across disciplines; who are able to
apply their knowledge to a variety of real-world situations
in the workforce and in daily life; who are lucid, thoughtful
communicators; and who ethically participate in a diverse
and global world.

The core provides a well-rounded set of skills that employers
seek in recent college graduates. A 2013 study on behalf
of the American Association of Colleges and Universities
shows that employers privilege the abilities that lead to
workplace innovation: critical thinking, complex problem-solving,
clear communication, the ability to work in diverse groups,
and the ability to both acquire and apply knowledge to
real-world situations.



(Hart Research Associates, "It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success," in Liberal Education 99, no. 2 (2013): 22-29.)


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