Core Curriculum

La Roche University's core classes challenge you to develop the habits of mind and spirit necessary for lifelong intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth.

Core Curriculum Components

Fundamental Skills – 12 Credits

These courses provide a foundation of skills for lifelong learning such as writing, mathematics, analytical thinking, problem solving, computer applications, information literacy and basic knowledge of a foreign language.

  • ENGL 1011 - College Writing: Exposition I
  • ENGL 1012 - College Writing: Exposition II
  • MATH 1010 - College Algebra (minimum math requirement for credit toward degree)
  • ISTC 1005 - Practical Computer Applications
Modern Language Courses

Students must complete at least one introductory-level foreign language course if they have not taken a language in high school. Associate degree students, degree-completion students and adult learners are exempt from the foreign language requirement. Current options include French and Spanish.

Select Courses: 12-18 Credits

These courses emphasize broad-based, liberal education and challenge students to explore the principles, methodologies and resources within areas of intellectual inquiry outside their major field of study. Twelve to 18 credits are required, including study within each of the following domains:

  • Aesthetics (history and expression of the creative arts)
  • History
  • Literature
  • Religion or Philosophy
  • Science
  • Social and Cultural Systems

Students can fulfill six domains with four courses because:

  • Some courses may investigate two domains and will thus carry the designation (SLDD)
  • Students may fulfill a domain requirement through courses taken in their major or minor. For example: a literature major or minor would necessarily have in-depth study of the principles of literature.
Community & Global Courses: Six Credits 
  • COMM - Community Courses
  • GLBL - Global Courses

These courses emphasize the integration of knowledge and the interconnections between the local and the global. Students are required to take one Community course and one Global course.

For students in majors that do not require a language in the major, two courses of the same foreign language will fulfill the Community/Global requirement.

The La Roche Experience: Four Credits

The La Roche Experience is composed of four one-credit courses taken over four semesters. The course emphasizes the history of La Roche and introduces students to issues in diversity and discrimination, regions of conflict and economic justice.

Students should take these courses within the first three years of college. Associate degree students, degree-completion students and adult learners are exempt from this requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the core, students are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics, in addition to the learning outcomes described for each component and the component courses of the curriculum.

  • Competence in the fundamental activities necessary for success in any field of study. 
  • The power to pose academic questions in areas of intellectual inquiry outside the student’s major field of study, and to draw on the principles, methodologies and resources native to those areas in addressing these questions.
  • The ability to recognize the complex, interdisciplinary nature of knowledge as it is generated in the world today, and the corresponding ability to approach issues from a variety of perspectives and with a variety of analytical tools.
  • The imaginative capacity to conceptualize the interrelationships between local and global communities, and the moral capacity to act on that awareness to further freedom, peace, justice and well-being for all the world’s people.
  • The conviction that academic study is infused with ethical choices and concerns, and the courage to promote ethical beliefs and behavior in their academic and personal lives.
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