Santa Clara University’s New Core Curriculum
Implementation Phase: 2007-2009
Educating students of Competence, Conscience, and Compassion for a globalizing world
Santa Clara’s new Core Curriculum prepares students for professional excellence, responsible citizenship, and service to society, especially on behalf of those in greatest need. Developed by a faculty committee during the 2006-2007 academic year, and approved by the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees in May 2007, the new Core will be phased in over a two-year period. Students entering in fall quarter 2009 will be the first group whose studies will be structured by the new Core. Students who entered Santa Clara before fall 2009 will continue to be governed by the requirements of the Core Curriculum in effect when they entered the University.
The new Core provides the common learning that our students need to become citizens of Competence, Conscience, and Compassion in a globalizing world. Emphasizing knowledge, habits of mind and heart, and engagement with the world, the Core explores relationships among ideas and cultures; it encourages intentional choices that bring coherence to the undergraduate experience; and it develops students’ commitments to intellectual inquiry, moral reflection, and active engagement.
Proposal for the SCU Core Curriculum - April 2007
This proposal for the new Core Curriculum, developed between 2006 and 2007 by a faculty team chaired by Chad Raphael, was approved by Santa Clara's Board of Trustees on May 17, 2007. Click here
for the proposal.