Basic Core Curriculum Requirements
The Core Curriculum is based upon the commitment of Ave Maria University to the ideal that all students, regardless of eventual career or major, will benefit from a thorough consideration of the central texts, authors, and ideas of the liberal arts tradition. This liberal arts core intends to engage students in the search for truth and meaning as human persons that is the cornerstone for all human knowledge and social development. Students will be challenged in all of their core courses to grapple with the questions and concepts of personhood, truth, ethics, history, the just society, and the existence of God. The courses are inter-disciplinary in character so that students may see the integration of knowledge and truth as a value to be sought after. The core curriculum reflects the growing acknowledgement by educational researchers that a solid foundation in the liberal arts provides the best preparation for leadership in professional careers in law, government, business, and even advanced studies in technical and scientific disciplines. The faculty at Ave Maria University - Latin American Campus is committed to assuring that all its graduates are in possession of certain skills, attitudes, and attributes that define the instructional mission of the university. All courses at the college, but especially those that compose the Basic Core Curriculum, are designed so that Ave Maria graduates will be able to demonstrate the following General Education Outcomes.
REGARDLESS of DEGREE MAJOR, ALL GRADUATES of AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY-LATIN AMERICAN CAMPUS WILL:
- Understand the fundamental teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.
- Lead a life that is consistent with Catholic ethical standards and the cardinal virtues, including a personal commitment to the virtue of justice.
- In the spirit of Centesimus Annus, develop an understanding of the values inherent in a democratic society and a free economy.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the achievements of the Western tradition coupled with an understanding of the Great Books that have helped shape this tradition.
- Demonstrate the powers of effective reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving.
- Communicate at a collegiate level in spoken and written English.
- Possess writing proficiency in Standard Spanish.
- Be scientifically literate and know how to apply the scientific method.
- Be computer and information literate.
Basic Core Curriculum Requirements
|English Composition and Literature||EN 101/102 Effective English I & II|
Two literature courses numbered 200 or above
|Spanish Composition and Literature||SPS 111/112 Effective Spanish I & II|
One literature course numbered 200 or above
|American Civilization||IRP 204/HI 204 American Civilization||3|
|History ||students take any 2 of the following:|
HI 101 Western Civilization I
HI 102 Western Civilization II
HI 103/THL 103 Christianity and Western Civilization
not required for students who transfer to AMCA with 15 or more credits.
|FS 101 Freshman seminar||1|
|Science and Mathematics|
one science course must be in Biology an the other science must be in a physical science
|Mathematics Course ||3|
|Science Course with Lab||4|
|Science Course (without lab)||3 |
| Theology||THL 101 Introduction to Catholicism|
THL 200 Introduction to Sacred Scripture
|Theology Elective|| 3|
| Philosophy||PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy|
PHI 202 Philosophy of the Human Person OR
PHI 210 Ethics
COM 101 Public Speaking
students may fulfill the Fine Arts requirements by successfully completing two semesters of a non-credit practicum
ART 201 Art Appreciation
Music and drama courses transferred from other schools are also accepted