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Course and Co-Curricular Requirements

The general education curriculum includes:

  • Basic Skills Courses
  • Distribution Requirements
  • Writing Intensive Courses
  • Global and Sustainability Courses
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars
  • Learning Community and Engaged Learning experiences

If you are a transfer or adult student, your general education requirements may vary. Click here to view the requirements.

Approved General Education Courses 2020

Basic Skills Courses

Basic Skills

  • Academic Writing
  • Writing, Research and Information Fluency
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Speech
Distribution Requirements

Distribution Requirements

These courses give you a chance to discover your talents, find new interests and strengthen your understanding of how your major fits into the wider world.

Students take one course in each of the following areas:

Artistic and Creative
Computational, Mathematical and Analytical
Life Science
Literary and Rhetorical
Physical Science
Individuals, Organizations and Societies
Political, Global and Economic Systems
Religious and Theological

Arts and Humanities: 15 semester credit hours

3 semester credit hours in the Creative Arts (QCA). 

3 semester credit hours in Theology or Religious Studies (QRT). 

3 semester credit hours in Philosophy (QPL). 

3 semester credit hours in History (QHT). 

3 semester credit hours in Literature and Rhetoric (QLR). 

Natural Sciences: 9 semester credit hours

3 semester credit hours in the Life Sciences (QLS). 

3 semester credit hours in Physical Sciences (QPS). 

3 semester credit hours in Mathematics and Analysis (QCM). 

Social Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

3 semester credit hours in Social Science: Individuals, Organizations and Societies (QIO). 

3 semester credit hours in Social Science: Politics, Global Studies and Economics (QPE). 

Writing Intensive Courses

Students take three Writing Intensive courses: an IDS 200-level course, a Writing Intensive course in their major, and one other course which is designated as Writing Intensive.

Global and Sustainability Courses

At Benedictine, we strive to develop knowledge of our interconnected global society and the responsibilities we have to other cultures, peoples and the natural world through our General Education Curriculum across all colleges and departments. These are not additional course requirements. Global and Sustainability designated courses are found in courses meeting the Distribution requirements, courses within majors, Learning Communities and IDS courses.

Interdisciplinary Seminars

Interdisciplinary Seminars

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDS) are courses that integrate and synthesize multiple perspectives on complex issues such as environmental change, health care or global cities. IDS courses aim to help every student begin to apply and appreciate holistic thinking.

The IDS 200-level classes focus on the Benedictine and Catholic Intellectual Heritage; the IDS 300-level classes focus on the Person and the Common Good.

Many of the seminars will also meet other requirements such as the Global, Sustainable or Writing Intensive designations, and/or the Learning Community and Engaged Learning requirements.

IDS 200-level Catholic and Benedictine Intellectual Tradition

  • IDS 201 
  • IDS 202  Fulfills Sustainable requirement
  • IDS 203  Fulfills Global requirement
  • IDS 204  Fulfills Global and Sustainable requirements

IDS 300-level Human Dignity and the Common Good

  • IDS 301 
  • IDS 302  Fulfills Sustainable requirement
  • IDS 303  Fulfills Global requirement
  • IDS 304  Fulfills Global and Sustainable requirements
Learning Communities

Learning Communities

What are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities are experiences in which students integrate and apply knowledge learned in their classes with experiences outside the classroom. These communities are designed to have students work together in groups in order to learn and problem-solve more effectively. All Learning Communities therefore include course-related activities that take place outside the classroom or off-campus. At Benedictine University, Learning Communities can be stand-alone courses, two linked courses or  a group of students who take a series of courses together (cohort). Examples of Learning Communities at Benedictine University include our music ensembles, Model United Nations, the Scholars Program, the Catholic Studies Learning Community, Christian-Muslim dialogue mission service trips and faculty-led study abroad.

Why take Learning Community courses?

Studies show students can learn effectively in the type of social environment that Learning Communities provide. They enhance learning, heighten student engagement and result in greater student success both academically and personally. At Benedictine University, Learning Communities will allow you greater contact and personal interaction with faculty members inside and outside of the classroom. Learning Communities will enrich your educational experience and help you to succeed academically and after graduation.

Engaged Learning

Engaged Learning

Engaged Learning experiences at Benedictine University might involve work in the larger campus community, a juried public performance or show of visual art or music, significant volunteer service, or an internship or professional project, public blog or e-portfolio. The common element in all of these experiences is that the student applies classroom learning and skills to experiences in the wider world. Engaged Learning experiences help prepare students for full participation in the world as effective citizens, community members and ethical professionals.

Some Engaged Learning experiences may be performed as a component of a traditional course while others are free-standing, such as internships. Some Engaged Learning experiences are paired with Learning Communities.

General Education Curriculum
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