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Core Curriculum

When new students think about their future college experience, chances are they focus on their major field of study. But, looking back, many Dominican alumnae/i remember classes from their core curriculum as being the ones that shaped their academic experience.

Foundations

Foundations courses equip students with basic skills fundamental to all other facets of the undergraduate course of study. Accordingly, students are urged to meet the foundation requirements within their first two semesters if at all possible.

Each student must demonstrate before graduation:

Critical Reading & Writing
This requirement may be met by placement examination or by completing with a passing grade college-level coursework in writing equivalent to English 102.

Understanding & Use of Mathematics
This requirement may be met by placement examination or by completing with a passing grade college-level coursework equivalent to Mathematics 130, 150, 160 or 170.

Foreign Language
This requirement may be met by placement examination or by completing with a passing grade a foreign language course at the level of 102. Foreign nationals educated abroad at the high school level are exempt from the requirement.

Information Literacy
Introduction to these skills will take place in English 102, where students will learn the basics of library research. This includes the ability to locate both print and electronic sources by searching library databases for articles and books; effectively using the Internet for academic purposes; evaluating information critically; and using the information ethically and legally. Students who place out of English 102 at Dominican University will be required to complete an Information Access Workshop during their first semester.

Computer Applications
This requirement may be met by placement examination or by completing with a passing grade in CIS 120 or its equivalent.

LAS Seminars

All students enroll each year in Liberal Arts and Sciences Seminars, the heart of Dominican’s Core Curriculum. LAS Seminars are small, intimate courses in which students consider multiple perspectives on universal and urgent questions by reading, discussing, and writing about the seminar topic. These courses encourage students to:

  • Get excited about learning for learning's sake
  • Think critically
  • Hone their writing skills
  • Explore new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Ponder life's big questions
  • Make connections between classes and experience

Students choose from a variety of seminars according to their class standing that explore a common theme: 

These are critical aspects of a liberal education that prepare students not only for career opportunities but also for life-long learning.

Note: Students may take two of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Seminars, excluding the Freshman Seminar, to fulfill two of the seven area requirements. Consult the 2012-2013 Bulletin and each year’s schedule of classes for area requirements that may be met by particular seminars.

Multicultural

To meet the Core’s multicultural requirement, each student must complete one course of at least three semester hours that focuses on:

  • The culture or analysis of society or civilization in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and/or Asia; OR
  • The experience, traditions, beliefs, arts or thought of African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American or Native American cultures.

Areas of Study

Fine Arts (FA)

History (HI)

Literature (LT)

Natural Sciences (NS)

Philosophy (PH)

Social Sciences (SS)

Theology (TH)