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Core Curriculum

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Mission Seminars

VUSM 100 - Franciscan Values and Traditions

Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. This entry-level seminar examines that heritage and what it means to be and behave like a Franciscan. These courses will use the works of Saints Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo as a foundation for exploring the university’s core values of hospitality, integrity, contemplation, stewardship, and service.

VUSM 200 - Living in a Diverse World

This seminar course is designed to increase students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, broadly defined (e.g., diversity in race and ethnicity, social class, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and religion). Through completion of this course, students will build knowledge and skills involved in being advocates for cultural competency and responsible citizens in our diverse and changing world. Prerequisite: any 100-level VUSM course or transfer student placement.

VUSM 300 - Serving the Common Good

Following in the Franciscan tradition and Viterbo value of service, Serving the Common Good gives students experience in civic engagement. Students will participate in activities designed to foster the common good while reflecting on their values and practices of community, servant leadership, and collaboration. Partnerships and collaborations with community partners will allow students to demonstrate a developing competency of community engagement and responsibility. Prerequisite: Any 200-level VUSM course.

VUSM 400 - The Ethical Life

The Ethical Life builds upon the student's ethical reasoning to examine the role of moral values and to explore real world ethical dilemmas. The seminars may approach ethical living from a variety of perspectives, professions, and disciplines. Prerequisite: Any 300-level VUSM course. 

Current catalog list of LIVE courses
Current catalog descriptions of all VUSM courses   
Spring, 2014, generic Mission Seminar descriptions
Fall, 2014, generic Mission Seminar descriptions
Mission Seminars approved for co-counting(pdf)

When do Mission Seminars co-count?(pdf)