The Saint Leo University General Education Core Curriculum is
simply not the totality of courses offered but rather an
organization of the types and possible sequences of students'
experiences leading to a rich and meaningful baccalaureate degree.
The combination of structure and depth assures that Saint Leo
University undergraduates will likely share a number of educational
The CORE provides a template for how faculty can better prepare
undergraduates for the 21st Century. It provides definition for the
types of issues with which we hope students and faculty will engage
and for the type of educational leadership that Saint Leo will
provide. It also provides a basis for ongoing development of
courses and curricula adapted to the preparation of students for a
challenging and rapidly changing environment.
The new CORE challenges not only students but also faculty and
academic departments. It prompts us to think further about how we
teach our areas of expertise and makes it our collective
responsibility to convey what excites us in our disciplines.
Furthermore, we must be able to pass on that excitement not only to
those to whom our subject matter comes easily or who have powerful
pre-professional reasons for working hard and wanting to master
what we teach, but always to those who are wary of our disciplines
and the knowledge they embody.
The Saint Leo University CORE includes FOUNDATION COURSES in
writing, computer literacy, mathematics, and wellness; PERSPECTIVES
COURSES that provide students with an introduction to a liberal
arts education and learning in the arts, humanities, social and
behavioral sciences; a SENIOR CAPSTONE COURSE that ties learning in
the major together with general education.
The goal of the CORE is to provide undergraduate students with
an understanding of our Benedictine values and Catholic traditions
while focusing on the liberal arts and sciences and introducing
students to an understanding of the knowledge needed to succeed in
college and in lifelong learning. Finally, the skills set begun in
the CORE are extended to the Saint Leo University undergraduate
We seek to graduate students who:
In the relationship of general education to the major, Carol
Geary Schneider and Robert Shoenberg have recently observed:
"As long as general education was conceived predominately as a
study or arrangement of subject matter, or breadth, with study in a
designated major representing depth, the conventional sharp
division between general education and majors made some sense. But
with the new educational focus on helping students develop
intellectual skills, understand a range of epistemologies and their
various strengths and limitations, and increasing their ability to
negotiate intellectual, cultural, civic and practical topics and
relationships, the assumed separation between general education and
the major is no longer useful.
On the one hand, that fraction of the curriculum allocated to
general education is simply inadequate for developing, practicing
and integrating, at a reasonable level of proficiency, the complex
forms of learning important to a contemporary liberal education. On
the other hand, the development of those skills and awareness … is
just as much the business of the major and just as essential to a
baccalaureate level of mastery in a field as it is to general