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Core Curriculum

Saint Louis University’s Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum is more than a set of required courses; it provides a framework for developing the whole person in keeping with the Jesuit ideal of education.

At SLU-Madrid, the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum must be completed by all students graduating from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum

SLU-Madrid’s Bachelor of Arts applies to students in the following programs: art history, communication, computer science (B.A.)  economics (B.A.), English, history, international studies, political science, psychology and Spanish language and literature.

The Bachelor of Arts Core consists of 51 to 66 credit hours, as follows:

Foundations of Discourse (Three credit hours)

ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Advanced Writing. Note that ENGL 1500: Process of Composition or ESL courses may be a prerequisite for ENGL 1900.

Foreign Language (Zero to nine credit hours)

Proficiency through intermediate level (the 2010-level) in a single language, generally by completion of three three-hour courses in a single language. Only required for native speakers of English. Students can also provide proof of foreign language proficiency through examinations.

Cultural Diversity (Six credit hours): Global citizenship and diversity in the European Union.

This requirement may simultaneously satisfy another core curriculum requirement, a requirement for a major or minor or an elective course.

A variety of courses at SLU-Madrid fulfill this requirement:

Cultural Diversity in the EU:

  • ANTH 3390: Cultural Anthropology
  • CMM 3460: International Cinema
  • HIST 3340: The Spanish Civil War
  • HIST 3760: Medieval Spain: Christians, Jews and Moors
  • HIST 3770: History of Jews in Spain
  • HR 1900: Crossroads: Introduction to Honors — Imagining National Identities
  • PHIL 4760: Spanish Philosophy
  • POLS 3567: Political Development in Contemporary Spain
  • POLS 4630: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
  • THEO 2720: Islam: Religion and Culture

Global Citizenship:

  • ANTH 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ARTH 2140/3140: Islamic Art and Society
  • ANTH 2200: Cultural Anthropology
  • ENGL 3310/3320/3330: World Literary Traditions I, II, III
  • ENGL 3500: Literature of the Postcolonial World
  • POLS 1600: Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 2520: Introduction to African Politics
  • POLS 2550: Political Systems of the Sub-Sahara
  • POLS 2560: The Politics of Asia
  • POLS 2570: Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • PSY 4270: Cross-Cultural Psychology of Human Development
  • PUBH 2100: Introduction to Global Health
  • SPAN 4350: Latin American Testimony
  • THEO 2720: Islam: Religion and Culture
Fine and Performing Arts (Three credit hours)

The following courses fulfill this requirement:

  • ART 2000: Drawing I
  • ART 2100: Design
  • ART 2150: Color Theory
  • ART 2200: Painting I
  • ART 2930: Special Topics: Illustration
  • ARTH 1000: Approaching the Arts
  • ARTH 1010: History of Western Art
  • ARTH 1110: History of Western Art I
  • ARTH 1120: History of Western Art II
  • ARTH 2300: Ancient Art Survey
  • ARTH 2400: Medieval Art Survey
  • ARTH 2500: Renaissance Art Survey
  • ARTH 2800: Modern Art Survey
  • ARTH 2930: Special Topics: Art from Michelangelo to Goya: Great European Masters
  • CMM 1400: Film Criticism
  • DANC 2630: Modern Dance/Modern Movement
  • MUSC 1000: Approaching the Arts: Music
  • MUSC 1260: Piano for Beginners I
  • MUSC 2010-2030: Applied Music (voice, piano and guitar)
  • MUSC 2270: Music Theory I
  • MUSC 3300: History of Music I (Special Emphasis on the Music of Spain)
  • MUSC 3420: University Chorale
  • THR 1000: Approaching the Arts: Theatre
  • THR 2510: Acting I: Fundamentals
Literature (Six credit hours)

One course must be chosen from any 2000-level English literature course. A second course may be chosen from approved 3000/4000-level English literature courses or an upper division Spanish literature course with readings in the original language (for non-native Spanish speaker only).

Sciences (Six credit hours)

Two courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences or physics.

Mathematics (Three credit hours)
  • MATH 1200: College Algebra or higher.
World History (Six credit hours)
HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 and HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World 1500 to Present.
Philosophy (Nine credit hours)

Three course sequence:

  • PHIL 1050: Self and Reality
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • One 3000/4000-level philosophy course
Theology (Nine credit hours)

Three-course sequence:

  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • One 2000-level course
  • One 3000-level course
Social Science (Six credit hours)
Two courses in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology and communication (CMM 1000, 2000 and 2800 only – for non-communication majors; majors may count one course)

Bachelor of Science Core Requirements

Foundations of Discourse (Three credit hours)

ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Advanced Writing. Students needing prerequisite work in writing skills, as determined by test scores, will be required to take ENGL 1500. If required, this will serve as elective credit.

Foreign Language (Zero to six credit hours)

Proficiency through the beginner-level (1020-level) in a language other than English. This requirement may also be fulfilled by spending one semester abroad at a foreign institution whose language of study is not English.

Fine Arts (Three credit hours)

The following courses at the SLU-Madrid fulfill this requirement:

  • ART 2000: Drawing I
  • ART 2100: Design
  • ART 2150: Color Theory
  • ART 2200: Painting I
  • ART 2930: Special Topics: Illustration
  • ARTH 1000: Approaching the Arts
  • ARTH 1010: History of Western Art
  • ARTH 1110: History of Western Art I
  • ARTH 1120: History of Western Art II
  • ARTH 2300: Ancient Art Survey
  • ARTH 2400: Medieval Art Survey
  • ARTH 2500: Renaissance Art Survey
  • ARTH 2800: Modern Art Survey
  • ARTH 2930: Special Topics: Art from Michelangelo to Goya: Great European Masters
  • CMM 1400: Film Criticism
  • DANC 2650: Spanish Dance: Flamenco
  • DANC 2660: Latin Rhythms and Dance
  • MUSC 1000: Approaching the Arts: Music
  • MUSC 1260: Piano for Beginners I
  • MUSC 2010-2030: Applied Music (voice, piano and guitar)
  • MUSC 2270: Music Theory I
  • MUSC 3300: History of Music I (Special Emphasis on the Music of Spain)
  • MUSC 3420: University Chorale
  • THR 1000: Approaching the Arts: Theatre
  • THR 2510: Acting I: Fundamentals
Literature (Six credit credits)

One course must be chosen from any 2000-level English literature course. A second course may be chosen from approved 3000/4000-level English literature courses or an upper-division Spanish literature course with readings in the original language (this only applies to native speakers of English).

Natural Sciences (Eight credit hours)

Eight credit hours in a single science: biology, chemistry, earth and atmospheric science or physics, outside the department in which the student is pursuing the bachelor of science degree.

Mathematics (Four to seven credit hours)

Four to seven credit hours through MATH 1510: Calculus I or higher level.

World History (Six credit hours)

HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 and HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World 1500 to Present.

Philosophy (Six credit hours)

Two-course sequence including PHIL 2050. Students may take PHIL 1050 or an upper-division philosophy as their second course.

Theology (Six credit hours)

Two course sequence:

  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • One 2000-level course
Social Sciences (Six credit hours)

Two courses in anthropology, communication, economics, political science, psychology and sociology.