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  Dec 17, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Undergraduate Core Curriculum


Since 1599, Jesuit education has promoted a distinctive plan of studies (Ratio Studiorum in Latin) that adjusts to each generation, always maintaining a strong commitment to the Liberal Arts Catholic Jesuit tradition. At Xavier University this plan of studies begins with the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. In Fall 2015, Xavier launched a new Core that revolved around the Jesuit values of magis, reflection, discernment, cura personalis, solidarity and kinship, and service rooted in justice and love. The new Core significantly reduces the total credit hours required for most students, and thus allows for numerous possibilities for double majors, additional minors, immersion experiences, study abroad, and a wide range of electives that students can use to satisfy the overall number of credit hours required for graduation.

Bachelor Degrees (Requirements for all first-year students entering Fall 2015 or later):


Each line represents a three-credit hour course, unless otherwise noted.

First-Year Experience


Ethics/Religion and Society Focus


Perspectives Courses


  • Creative Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Philosophical Perspectives (PHIL 200)
  • Scientific Perspectives
  • Theological Perspectives (THEO 200+)

Skills


  • ENGL 101  Composition or ENGL 115  Rhetoric
  • Language 
    • For students entering prior to Fall 2017: any two three-credit hour courses or 202 proficiency
    • For students entering in Fall 2017 or later: 201 level proficiency

Electives


  • Humanities Elective
  • Natural Science Elective
  • Social Science Elective

Five Flags


Students also must satisfy five flags in addition to the 48 credit hours listed in the chart above. A flag constitutes a significant portion of a course in any discipline that is devoted to one of the five topics. Flagged courses are approved by the committee or subcommittee devoted to each flag topic. No single course can be used to fulfill more than two flags. Flagged courses often double count for other courses in the core, for major requirements, and/or for minor requirements, and thus do not add to the total number of credit hours required in the Core Curriculum.

  • Diversity (DCR)
  • Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS)
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

 

CORE 499


  • All Bachelor degree students must successfully complete CORE 499 during their anticipated final semester as a requirement of their Bachelor degree.

Notes


  • Students who enrolled before Fall 2015 and graduate after Spring 2015 count as Transition Students who must satisfy the Transition Core (see Transition Core).
  • The Ethics/Religion and Society Focus also includes an E/RS flagged course, one of the five flags at the bottom of the chart.
  • Literature and Moral Imagination can be fulfilled with CLAS 205  , ENGL 205  , FREN 205  , GERM 205  , or SPAN 205  .
  • Humanities Elective can be satisfied by one course from any of the following categories: All Classics except 205, ENGL 121+ except 205, FREN 300+, GERM 300+, HIST 200+, PHIL 300+, SPAN 300+, or THEO 300+. The Humanities Elective may not double count as an E/RS flag (though may be an E/RS flagged course). While all Theology courses 200 and above count as Theological Perspectives, and all Theology courses 300 and above also count for Humanities Electives, no Theology course can double-count for both Theological Perspectives and Humanities Elective.

Bachelor Degrees (Requirements for students enrolled before Fall 2015 and graduating after Spring 2015):


Each line represents a three-credit hour course, unless otherwise noted

Ethics/Religion and Society Focus


Perspectives Courses


  • Creative Perspectives OR Old Core Fine Arts
  • Historical Perspectives OR Old Core History 1 & 2 (Survey Courses)
  • Mathematical Perspectives OR Two Old Core Math Courses above 105
  • Philosophical Perspectives (PHIL 200) OR Old Core PHIL 290 Theory of Knowledge
  • Scientific Perspectives OR Any Old Core Science course with lab
  • Theological Perspectives (THEO 200+) OR Any Old Core THEO 200 or THEO 300s.

Skills


Electives


  • Humanities Elective OR Any Old Core Literature Elective, THEO 300+, or PHIL 300+
  • Natural Science Elective OR Any Old Core Natural Science course
  • Social Science Elective OR Any Old Core Social Science Course

 

Two Flags


Students also must satisfy two flags in addition to the credit hours listed in the chart above. A flag constitutes a significant portion of a course in any discipline that is devoted to one of the two topics. Flagged courses are approved by the committee or subcommittee devoted to each flag topic. A single course can fulfill two flags. Flagged courses often double count for other courses in the core, for major requirements, and/or for minor requirements, and thus do not add to the total number of credit hours required in the Core Curriculum.

  • Diversity (DCR)
  • Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS)

CORE 499


  • All Bachelor degree students must successfully complete CORE 499 during their anticipated final semester as a requirement of their Bachelor degree.

Notes


  • The Ethics/Religion and Society Focus also includes an E/RS flagged course.
  • Literature and Moral Imagination can be fulifilled with CLAS 205  , ENGL 205  , FREN 205  , GERM 205  , or SPAN 205  .
  • Old Core Science course with lab must be in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology for a total of 3 credits.
  • Humanities Elective can be satisfied by one course from any of the following categories: All Classics except 205, ENGL 121+ except 205, FREN 300+, GERM 300+, HIST 200+, PHIL 300+, SPAN 300+, or THEO 300+. The Humanities Elective may not double count as an E/RS flag (though may be an E/RS flagged course). While all Theology courses 200 and above count as Theological Perspectives, and all Theology courses 300 and above also count for Humanities Electives, no Theology course can double-count for both Theological Perspectives and Humanities Elective.
  • Old Core Natural Science course must be a minimum of 3 credits in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. This requirement includes a lab.

Associate's Degrees


Requirements For Most Associate's Degree Programs


  • Eng. Comp./Rhet. (3)
  • Phil 100 (3)
  • Theo 111 (3)
  • Creative Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives OR Humanities elective
  • Natural Science elective (3)
  • Social Science elective (3)
  • DCR elective (3)

Total: 24 hours

Requirements For Associate's Degree Program in Early Childhood Education


  • Eng. Comp./Rhet. (3)
  • Phil 100 (3)
  • Theo 111 (3)
  • Creative Perspectives
  • Historical Perspective OR Humanities elective
  • Natural Science elective (3)
  • Social Science elective (3)
  • DCR elective (3)

Total: 24 hours

Requirements For Associate's Degree Program in Business Administration


  • Eng. Comp./Rhet. (3)
  • Phil 100 (3)
  • Theo 111 (3)
  • Creative Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives OR Humanities elective
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Natural Science elective (3)
  • Social Science elective (3)

Total: 24 hours

Requirements For Associate's Degree in Radiologic Technology


  • Eng. Comp./Rhet. (3)
  • Phil 100 (3)
  • Theo 111 (3)
  • Historical Perspectives OR Humanities elective
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Natural Science elective (3)
  • Social Science elective (3)
  • DCR elective. (3)

Total: 24 hours

Transfer Students


Transfer Students In Transition Core


Transfer students who enter from Fall 2015 through Summer 2016 with 24 or more credits qualify as Transition Students and can complete the Transition Core. This requires no new skills flags (oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and writing). 

Transfer Students/Work In New Core


All transfer students who start during or after Fall 2016 must complete the new Core. The rules governing Transfer students with the New Core are as follows:

  1. Students can transfer to Xavier with a wide range of courses counting for core and/or major and minor requirements, as long as each transferred course can be assigned an equivalent Xavier course. If the Xavier course carries core attributes (for example, Humanities elective, Scientific Perspectives, Writing Flag, etc.), so too will the transferred course.  Xavier’s Office of Credit Evaluation (OCE), in consultation with department chairs, will help transfer students determine which Xavier course is equivalent to the transferred course.  A not necessarily complete list of courses that currently count for core is at http://www.xavier.edu/core-transition/Core-Courses1.cfm .
  2. The flag standards are set by the Core Curriculum Committee (CCC), via the relevant subcommittees who communicate the standards to the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  If the OCE determines based on its description that a course may satisfy any flag (E/RS, DCR, writing, oral communication, or quantitative reasoning), it may request equivalence of the CCC chair or the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Public speaking or similar courses will satisfy the oral communication flag, and courses flagged as “writing-intensive” at other universities can satisfy the Xavier writing-intensive flag. However, if a student transfers in a course deemed equivalent to a Xavier course that has one or more flags, the flags are retained without independent evaluation by the flag subcommittee.
  3. Some interdisciplinary courses to be transferred have no analogous Xavier departmental affiliation; these courses are identified, for example, as “Humanities” or “Engineering.”  The Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will approve these equivalences in consultation with whomever he/she deems appropriate.

Identifying Courses that Satisfy Core Requirements


To identify which courses satisfy a core requirement for a given term, use either the Streamlined Class Search or Search Class Schedule function available through the Self Service link of the Xavier Hub. First, choose the term in which you are interested.  Next, in the Subject Area, choose “All” or use the shift key to highlight all subjects. Then, use the drop-down menu in the “Attribute Type” box to select the area of the core you would like to search for (e.g. Diversity Curriculum Requirement or ERS Focus Elective). This will return a list of courses that meet the area of the core you selected and are being offered that term.