Core Curriculum

Ways of Thinking

Historical Analysis

To think historically is to understand history as a discipline concerned
(a) with the past and / or
(b) with issues of change and continuity over time.
Historical knowledge is acquired through the systematic analysis of primary and secondary sources and the construction of historical interpretations of past people and societies.

Literary Analysis

Literary analysis examines the formal properties of prose, poetry or drama in its cultural and historical contexts to demonstrate theme.  Literary analysis may also include description of or rhetorical analysis of a text’s literal meaning.  Effective literary analysis, however, must go beyond exposition (description) of a text to examine how generic conventions, cultural and historical contexts, and the specific language of a text contribute to theme.

Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences

Scientific reasoning in the natural sciences (SRNS) is the ability to produce knowledge and draw conclusions about the natural world based upon systematically gathered facts and evidence. SRNS courses facilitate student understanding and application of scientific principles and methods.

Scientific Reasoning in the Social Sciences

Scientific reasoning in the social sciences is understanding and analyzing human behavior, relations, culture, social institutions, and social issues. Social science reasoning applies this knowledge to address societal and global challenges in individual, organizational, and social behavior.

Artistic Engagement

Artistic awareness is an understanding of how the arts contribute to human experience.  The arts provide students with skills for interpreting the world in a more meaningful way.  Artistic awareness courses engage students in the arts and provide them with insight into the creative process.

Theological Inquiry

Theological inquiry is the study of theological texts, associated narratives, varied textual interpretations, and the resulting theological doctrines.

Integrating Faith and Practice

Integrating faith and practice is the study of how people apply sacred and foundational texts to their lives.

Philosophical and Moral Inquiry

Courses that meet the Philosophical and Moral Inquiry requirement at Viterbo are designed to introduce and cultivate students’ ability to engage in critical questioning about themselves and the world around them.