Common Core: The Human Journey

"You have an exemplary gem of a new core curriculum which I think will be a [model] for other institutions . . . Because it is very values-centered it raises universal value issues, moral issues about justice, about the common good, about the integration across disciplines," said Caryn McTighe Musil, senior vice president of AAC&U.

Common Core: The Human Journey immerses students in a coherent and integrated understanding of the arts and sciences.  It develops


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critical/analytical skills and abilities as well as engages students in the Catholic intellectual traditions as rigorous intellectual inquiry. 

The Human Journey focuses on four fundamental and enduring questions of human meaning and value:

  1. What does it mean to be human?
  2. What does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose?
  3. What does it mean to understand and appreciate the natural world?
  4. What does it mean to forge a more just society for the common good?

The Human Journey includes co-curricular lectures and events that will address the big questions from different disciplines and perspectives. 

  • What is love?
  • Why do people believe in God?
  • Where do we come from?

Common Core Courses

  • HICC 101: The Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization 
  • ENCC 102: Literary Expressions of the Human Journey
  • CC103 A (Soc & Beh Sci): The Human Community: The Individual and Society
                                  OR
  •  CC103 B (Natural Science): The Human Community and Science Discovery

The Capstone Course

  • RS/PHCC 104: The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good