The Goals of Core

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Communication skills

To develop cognitive and communication skills. From Core segment to Core segment, we will expect students to master progressively more challenging exercises in cognitive (analysis, critique, synthesis, reasoning) skills, involving all forms of discourse and all types of skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading).

Girl doing forensic science.

Seeking truth

To build a community of seekers after truth. In keeping with the Vatican II basis for the Core Curriculum and the value stance of the College, students will be exposed to and encouraged to develop strong convictions about the corporate nature of human existence and the unity of the family of humankind, both in intellectual (science, philosophy, theology) and in affective ways (commitment to the common good, even on a global scale).

Girl enjoying garden.

Expanding awareness

To expand awareness to the many dimensions of reality. Over the eight semesters of Core, students will be expected to expand their interdisciplinary skills - the ability to make use of materials from outside their field(s) of specialization, but in a manner that is faithful to the methodologies of those other fields - and be able to analyze and to critique disciplinary readings at the level of a broadly educated generalist. They will be expected to discuss the readings in a way that respects the differences in various methodological approaches.

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Integrating what you learn

To cultivate the integrative habit of mind. Students will be expected to pay almost constant attention to and learn how to correlate and synthesize materials from a notable multiplicity of modes of inquiry.

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Commitment to values

To evoke formulation of, enthusiasm for, and commitment to values. Students will be challenged over the eight semesters of Core, to develop awareness of personal and communal values commitments (including conflicts and ambiguities), to understand the complex and demanding relationship between choice and consequence, to appreciate the value of liberal arts as a means of confronting current and future issues, and to cultivate practices and attitudes which reflect values consistent with a democratic society.

Bill Massoels and athlete during blessing.

Witnessing Christian faith

To witness to specific Christian values. Graduates will be expected to formulate a synthesis of their faith by means of the witness of many persons and will be encouraged to bear witness to that faith in their profession and all of their endeavors.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.