University Core Curriculum
Central to the mission of any university, a core curriculum provides a set of courses required of all undergraduate students – regardless of school or major. At any institution, the university core curriculum reflects the standards and expectations of higher education: intellectual development; critical inquiry; a strong grounding in the liberal arts; and deep knowledge and understanding of the natural world and human society.
Distinctive Features of a Duquesne University Education
At Duquesne University, the core curriculum provides a bit more: a clear vision of our aspirations for future alumni. The university core curriculum was broadly revised in 2006 in order to provide greater encouragement for persons we are proud to call Duquesne University students. The core curriculum emphasizes the academic, moral, spiritual, ecumenical, and service-oriented qualities of our founding religious order, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The guiding values of the university core curriculum are as follows:
- Academic excellence through the pursuit of truth
- Education in the liberal arts and sciences that recognizes the inherent dignity of every person and the uniqueness of individual creative expression
- Knowledge of human culture and of the natural world that enriches the individual and enables personal and communal growth in social and environmental responsibility
- Spiritual and moral development and ecumenical openness that fosters inter-religious understanding
- Civic engagement in service learning that links academic knowledge of society with real life issues and concerns
- Intellectual honesty and academic integrity
Planning Your Courses in the University Core
The University Core Curriculum consists of 34 credits that every Duquesne University student must fulfill. Students take seven prescribed courses in specific academic disciplines (English, Mathematics, Natural Science, Philosophy, and Theology) and engage broader intellectual themes through choices across the university in Ethics, Information Literacy, Creative Arts, Faith and Reason, Global Diversity, and Social Justice. Finally, the students are challenged to implement these ideas through work in the community in one service learning course.
For more information on the structure of the core and a list of approved courses, see http://www.duq.edu/core-curriculum.
NOTE: In general, students will complete the core requirements according to guidelines established by their respective schools and in consultation with their academic advisors.
The mission of Duquesne University calls for service of others by persons with consciences sensitive to the needs of society. As part of the University Core Curriculum, every student will take a minimum of one course that includes a required Service-Learning component. These courses are identified by the “UCSL” designation.
Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance student learning and social responsibility. It differs from volunteerism, community service, internships, and field education through the use of ongoing, structured reflection and an emphasis on sustained, reciprocal partnerships between faculty and community partners.
The Office of Service-Learning (OSL) is available to assist students, faculty, and their community partners and can be reached by calling 412-396-5893 or at www.duq.edu/service-learning.
Writing Intensive Requirement
It is universally recognized that the ability to write clear, correct, and effective prose is an indispensable component of being an educated person. It is, therefore, entirely appropriate that Duquesne includes among its central objectives the development of the abilities to write clearly, correctly, and effectively.
Every graduating student must have completed a minimum of four Writing Intensive courses beyond the two-semester Core writing sequence (UCOR101 and 102). At least two of the courses must be taken in the student’s major field. The other two courses may be taken in the student's major field department, in the student's School or College, or in another discipline as approved by the major field department. Writing Intensive courses are offered in every department at the 200 level and above and emphasize the principles and practices of writing unique to the respective field.
Introduction to College Success Courses
The overriding goal of the College Success course offerings is to provide students with practical techniques that they can apply throughout their college life to become more productive and to do well in their academic careers and beyond.
CLPR 008. Strategies for Academic Success 1 cr.
CLPR 015. Introduction to University Success 1 cr.
CLPR 016. Pathways to Success 1 cr.