Lourdes University is closed November 22-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Core, being central to the Lourdes University experience, provides knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for liberal learning and success in a chosen major. It includes a First Year Experience course, instruction for competencies in college-level writing and mathematics as well as systematic approaches to ethical reasoning. The Core also offers experiences to foster a disposition to service and an appreciation of cultural differences.
As a student achieves third- or fourth-year status, he or she is assisted in integrating their liberal learning through an Enduring Questions Course. A capstone in the student’s major completes the Core through integration of liberal learning and discipline specific content.
All students graduating from Lourdes University with a bachelor degree will take as their core curriculum:
FYE 100 The Lourdes Experience
ENG 101 Composition I: Essay Writing
ENG 102 Composition II: Research & Writing
Math (MTH 110 or Higher)
Ethics (choose from the list below)
Ethics for Educators series/five courses:
EDU 100 or 101
EDU 317 or 319
BUS/PHL 430 Business Ethics
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics
PHL 202 Ethics for the Health Professional
PHL 310 Bio Ethics
THS 233 Suffering, Healing & Dying
THS 265 Christian Ethics
THS 435 Peace, Justice & Forgiveness
399 Enduring Questions Seminar*
Capstone in the Major
Service Learning totaling 20 clock hours**
Cultural Diversity Experience or Course***
*Enduring Questions Seminar: This provides a capstone experience for one’s general education studies at Lourdes University. Built around a selected enduring human question (e.g., What is love? What is justice and what does it require of us? Does the economy exist to serve human beings or do human beings exist to serve the economy?) the course draws upon as many disciplines as possible. The experience encourages students to think in interdisciplinary terms, finding the richness that comes from framing important questions in a variety of ways.
**Service Learning: is achieved by participating in an approved service learning activity that may or may not be associated with a course. The Lourdes University Office of Service Learning approves all service learning activities. The student must participate in 20 hours of approved service learning as part of a baccalaureate degree requirement. If a student wishes to have an experience count as service learning approval must be received from the Office of Service Learning prior to participating in the activity. (Note: Individual programs may have an additional Service Learning requirement.)
***Cultural Diversity Experience or Course: All students must successfully complete a cultural diversity course or experience as part of their baccalaureate degree requirement. Courses that meet this requirement are approved by the University and designated as such. Experiential learning, such as study abroad may meet the cultural diversity requirement, but needs to be approved by the University prior to the student participating in the experience. Currently approved courses include the following:
BUS 320 International Business
EDU 316 Multicultural & Social Issues in Education
ENG 211 Postcolonial Literature;
ENG 212 Gender and Literature;
ENG 213 Multiethnic U.S. Literature;
ENG 315 Studies in Non-Western Literature;
GEO 250 World Cultural Geography;
GEO 260 World Regional Geography;
NUR 455 SL Competencies for Culturally Congruent Healthcare;
SOC 304 Multicultural Diversity;
SWK 209 Multicultural Perspectives;
THS 101 Introduction to Religious Studies;
THS 244 Great Religions of the East;
THS 246 Great Religions of the West.