2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
General Education CORE Curriculum
General Education Mission Statement
General Education, as an integral component in the achievement of the Mission of Saint Francis University, provides a means for the University to honor many of its most important commitments. Ever mindful of the rapidly changing world around us and the need for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to address complex problems, General Education is dedicated to providing students with the values, skills, and knowledge necessary to meet future challenges. True to the liberal arts roots and Franciscan heritage of the University, the program encourages students to examine ethical issues, demonstrate global awareness, become actively involved in community service, and prepare for life-long learning of new skills and knowledge.
General Education contributes to the development of the whole person, allowing individuals to achieve more rewarding and purposeful lives. General Education strives to achieve 14 objectives that collectively represent the values, skills, and knowledge deemed most important by Saint Francis University. These include:
Values: Develop an understanding of the goals of Franciscan higher education and examine one’s own values in light of those goals.
— Understand the complexities underlying moral and ethical questions and the consequences of choices we make as individuals and as members of communities.
— Develop an understanding of the importance of human and cultural diversity.
— Develop a commitment to life-long learning and to sharing our skills and abilities through community service.
Skills: Demonstrate skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, information literacy, and responsible citizenship.
— Develop the skills necessary for effective communication in a variety of formal and informal contexts.
— Demonstrate proficiency in mathematical reasoning and quantitative literacy.
— Develop critical reasoning skills and abilities.
— Effectively conduct research using discipline-appropriate materials and methods.
— Develop the collaborative and leadership skills necessary for exercising the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a participatory democracy.
Knowledge: Develop a broad conceptual foundation in various fields of knowledge and make interdisciplinary connections.
— Demonstrate knowledge in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, with attention to primary source materials, multicultural issues, and interdisciplinary topics.
— Develop historical perspective across and within disciplines, finding the connections among different ideas, courses, and majors.
— Develop a conceptual foundation in economic, political, and social systems.
— Cultivate an understanding of processes and concepts used in science and technology.
— Develop an appreciation of the visual arts, music, theatre, and literature through creative expression, performance, and analysis of artistic works.
— Develop an understanding of key elements of personal health and wellness, major health care issues the well-being of communities.
General Education encompasses the learning Saint Francis University wants for its students generally, regardless of academic major or professional ambition. At Saint Francis University, general education is a multi-year program that weaves together core curriculum courses plus other program components including first-year experiences such as the Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR) program, a summer reading program, the First-Year Seminar, and the First-Year Cornerstone Franciscan Course (Franciscan Goals for Today); co-curricular offerings such as the college-wide Community Enrichment Series (CES);other curricular requirements such as the Wellness Sequence (CORE 121-4, Wellness: Inside and Out) and the Writing Competency Examination; an upper-level Keystone Seminar; and options such as the General Education Thematic Minors (GETMs) to create a connected, coherent academic experience that provides a foundation for life-long learning.
Starting in academic year 2013-2014, all students entering Saint Francis University will complete the revised General Education Program, “Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century.”
Students who entered Saint Francis University during academic year 2011-2012 and brought in fewer than 28 earned credits, or entered during academic year 2012-2013 and brought in fewer than 60 earned credits are also completing the new program, (see “Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century” below.)
Students who entered with 28 or more earned credits during academic year 2011-2012 or entered with 60 or more earned credits during academic year 2012-2013 are completing the original 58-credit program, (see “Original General Education Program” requirements below.)
In order to better align the requirements of the two programs, students completing the original program will be allowed to waive up to six credits of specific general education requirements. Consult the Registrar’s Office or the Office of General Education for a list of the courses eligible for waiver.
General Education — a multi-year program that incorporates core curriculum courses plus other program components to create an academic experience that provides the foundation for life-long learning.
Keystone Seminar— an experience or course that enables students to make connections based on material, information, and ideas encountered and developed during their undergraduate years.
General Education Thematic Minor (GETM) – a fifteen-credit sequence of courses that focus on a common theme related to the Franciscan Mission of Saint Francis University. Four of the five courses address (respectively) Ethics, Science and Quantitative Literacy, Diversity and Communications, and Social Systems; the fifth is the Keystone Seminar. Students opting to complete a GETM may declare that minor and have it listed as such on their transcripts.
Open Program – Students may also choose to complete the final 15 credits of their General Education requirements without choosing a unifying common theme; however, the Open Program does NOT lead to a declared minor.
Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century: A Program for General Education
Starting in academic year 2013-2014, this program is to be completed by all students entering Saint Francis University.
Firmly rooted in Franciscan heritage and values, “Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century” includes the learning that Saint Francis University wants for all of its students, regardless of academic major or professional ambition. Starting with the First-Year Seminar and the First-Year Franciscan Cornerstone Course, which includes a service-learning component, the program offers curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to provide students with the values, skills and knowledge necessary for responsible, engaged citizenship in today’s world. This general education program is a multi-year program that weaves together core curriculum courses and other program components to create a connected, coherent academic experience that provides a foundation for life-long learning. The program includes a 36-credit inner core of course offerings (some common core courses and some choices within defined parameters) and a menu of 15-credit General Education Thematic Minors that allow students to take responsibility for choosing a focus for a significant portion of their general education. All of these thematic minors culminate in a Keystone Seminar that includes a collaborative project. Students will explore various aspects of health and wellness while completing a portfolio project in the first two years of their education. In addition to the core courses, students engage in the university’s Summer Academic Orientation and Registration (SOAR), a first-year summer reading program, and a college-wide community enrichment series (CES). Additionally, all students must pass a junior-level writing competency examination designed to assure that graduates can express complex thoughts and write at an appropriate level.
EXAM 301: The Writing Competency Exam
The Writing Competency Exam (WCE) is part of the General Education requirements of Saint Francis University. The exam is designed to “assess ability to write a clear, developed, and organized essay”. Passage of the exam is a requirement for graduation, Juniors (students with 60 completed credits, but no more than 95) who
have not yet passed this exam will be automatically enrolled in the exam. Students will not be allowed to drop the exam except under extraordinary conditions, and with the approval of their advisor and the Dean of General Education. Students who are enrolled in the exam but fail to take it, will receive an “F” on their transcripts
Students who fail the WCE will automatically be enrolled for the WCE each semester until they pass it, unless they petition the Office of General Education to be allowed to miss a semester (for study abroad, etc.). Students who are automatically enrolled for the WCE cannot drop it without permission from the Office of General Education. Students who wish to withdraw from the WCE after the drop/add period has passed must get permission from the Office of General Education. Students who are enrolled for the WCE, but fail to take the exam, will receive an F.
Students who have not passed the WCE by the first semester of their Senior year (or by the first semester after they have earned 96 credits), regardless of whether they have attempted it or not, will automatically be enrolled in CORE 199 , a required 5-week writing remediation course. Students in CORE 199 will take the Writing Competency Exam at the end of the course; if a student enrolled in CORE 199 does not pass the WCE, a grade of CN will be recorded and the student will be required to take CORE 199 again. This requirement will be deferred for one semester for students who transfer in as Seniors, and may be deferred for other causes by petition to the Office of General Education. Students required to take CORE 199 will no longer be eligible to enroll in EXAM 301. Transcripts will note that passage of CORE 199 counts as passage of EXAM 301.
Requirements for Graduation: Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century
Students who enter Saint Francis University with fewer than 60 earned credits as of Fall 2012, must complete the following General Education requirements:
- CORE 103 - Community Enrichment Series
- CORE 104 - Community Enrichment Series
- CORE 113 - First-year Seminar
- CORE 121 - Wellness: Inside and Out, I
- CORE 122 - Wellness: Inside and Out, II
- CORE 123 - Wellness: Inside and Out, III
- CORE 124 - Wellness: Inside and Out, IV
- EXAM 301
- ENGL 103 - Writing for a Discipline
- ENGL 104 - Introduction to Literature
- RLST 105 - Franciscan Goals for Today
- Any history course at the 100- or 200- level (HIST)
- SCI 101- Science for Active Citizenship, or a science course that is required for majors in the School of Natural Sciences or in the School of Health Sciences.
- MATH 101 - General Mathematics or a mathematics course above the 101 level
- PHIL 205 - Discovering Philosophy Reasoning and Responsibility
- Three credits of Fine Arts Electives (FNAR, ART, MUS, THTR)
- Any language course at the 102- level or above (ASL, FREN, GERM, ITAL, LANG, LATN, SPAN)
Six credits (two 3 credit courses) in any two disciplines listed below
Outer Core: General Education Thematic Minor or Open Program
Fifteen credits (five three-credit courses) in a General Education Thematic Minor OR the Open Program, distributed in five categories, as follows:
Category 1: Ethics
Category 2: Science and Quantitative Literacy
Category 3: Diversity and Communications
Category 4: Social Systems
Category 5: CORE 407 – Senior Keystone Seminar
Specific General Education Thematic Minors require specific courses in each of these categories; up-to-date lists of courses for each GETM are available from the General Education Office.
Total Ethical Citizenship credits: 51
All first-time full-time matriculating students will be required to enroll, at some point in their academic careers at Saint Francis, in the following CORE courses in order to earn a degree:
. This policy applies without regard to the number of college credits any student may have earned prior to attending Saint Francis.
Students who have matriculated on a full-time basis at another College or University prior to attending Saint Francis may be exempt from one or more CORE courses according to the number of credits they have transferred in:
Students transferring in more than 14, but fewer than 28 earned credits, excluding AP, College in High school and CLEP credits, are required to take either CORE 103 or 104, but not both.
Students transferring in 28 or more earned credits, excluding AP, College in High school and CLEP credits, are exempt from CORE 103 and CORE 104.
The requirement of CORE 113 is waived for students transferring in 28 or more credits, excluding AP, College in High school and CLEP credits.
Students transferring in 48 or more credits, excluding AP, College in High school and CLEP credits, are exempt from CORE 121-124.
For students who entered during academic year 2011-2012, the CORE 121-124 sequence is waived.
Starting in Fall 2012, students entering under the revised program must complete the CORE 121-124 sequence. This requirement will be waived for students transferring in 48 or more credits, excluding AP and CLEP credits.
Starting in Fall 2011, students entering under the revised program (Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century) who, upon admission, transfer in a composition course from an accredited college or university (including college in high school classes) or who have earned a “4” on the Advanced Placement exam for English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition, will be eligible to complete a research writing assessment. Students who receive a passing grade on the assessment will have the transferred composition course or AP exam grade substituted for
. First-time full-time matriculating students earning a “5” on the Advanced Placement exam for English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition will receive credit for
Students who enroll for a section of
MUST enroll in the disciplinary course linked to that section.
During the transition period, students may fulfill the Franciscan course requirement by taking either
. Please note that as of academic year 2012-2013,
is being offered only online and only to students in ADCS programs.
Except by permission of the chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, either
must be completed at St. Francis University.
Recommended Course Sequencing for students entering 2012-2013 with fewer than 28 earned credits:
- EXAM 301- Writing Competency Exam
- At least two courses required for a General Education Thematic Minor or the Open Program
- At least two courses required for a General Education Thematic Minor or the Open Program, including CORE 407 –Senior Keystone Seminar
- Fine arts elective(s)
- Language at the 102-level or above
- One course in each of two social-sciences disciplines, as required in the Inner Core, above.
General Education Requirements for Graduation: Those entering Saint Francis before Fall 2011, those entering during the 2011-2012 academic year with 28 or more earned credits, and those entering the 2012-2013 academic year with 60 or more earned credits.
To qualify for graduation with a baccalaureate degree, students must successfully complete the following general education requirements:
As part of the transition to the new General Education program, CORE 101 and CORE 102 were phased out during the 2011-2012 academic year. Students needing one or the other course should complete the requirement during the Fall 2011 semester. Students needing one or the other course should take
As of Academic Year 2012-2013, RLST 205 will henceforth be offered only online and only to students in ADCS programs. Students entering under the original General Education Program who have not yet taken RLST 205 may fulfill this requirement by taking
Except by permission of the chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,
or RLST 205
must be completed at St. Francis University.
Students who, upon admission, transfer in 28 or more credits including a two-semester, six- credit sequence in college-level English composition classes (excluding Advanced Placement and CLEP credits), will be exempt from the ENGL 103 requirement.
Except by permission of the department chair, students who enroll for a section of ENGL 103 must enroll in the disciplinary course linked to that section.
Until the Fall 2012 semester,students were able to fulfill the SPCH 103 requirement by successfully completing the video challenge exam. Please note that this exam will was offered for the last time during the Fall 2012 semester.
Students who enter Saint Francis with 28 or more credits are exempt from the required CORE 101, 102, 103, 104, and/ or 113..
Students who enter Saint Francis with 15 to 27 credits must take either CORE 103 or CORE 104, but not both.