As a Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan, and Global university, St. John's offers a core curriculum that enacts a Catholic and Vincentian identity, affirms the values of the liberal arts and sciences, and develops an engaged citizenry to serve their communities.
The core, based in our Catholic and Vincentian traditions, provides a unique foundation emphasizing the dignity of the human person and the diversity of human communities, the objectivity of moral values, and ongoing critical self-reflection on the relationship between faith and reason.
The University’s Catholic identity demands the inclusion of all voices and perspectives in our common task to understand the world and how we should live in it. It provides an entry into humanity’s ongoing search for shared, universal values, as expressed in the University’s core values of truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence, and service.
Please contact your academic unit or advisor. If you do not know your academic unit or advisor’s name, please access Degree Works via signon.stjohns.edu. This information is listed at the top of your Advisement Report.
Students are equipped with the knowledge and values necessary to discern what the moment requires, and with the skills to listen, learn, engage, and persuade. St. John’s University graduates are well prepared to flourish in the workforce and make a difference in the world.
Beginning Fall 2023, the University Core Curriculum will consist of 39 credits. Course descriptions can be located in the Undergraduate Bulletin (Full Bulletin) by searching the title of the course (in bold font). All the following courses are required and are three (3) credits, unless otherwise noted:
First Year Seminar (FYS 1000C)
First Year Writing (FYW 1000C)
Literature in a Global Context (ENG 1100C)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (SPE 1000C)
The Emergence of Global Society (HIS 1000C)
Philosophy of the Human Person (PHI 1000C)
Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach (THE 1000C)
Metaphysics (PHI 3000C)
Choose one Philosophy (abbrev. as “PHI”) or Theology (abbrev. as “THE”) course of from the approved listing below.Note – mandatory requirements for specific majors/college.
Choose one course from the approved listing below. School of Education students are required to enroll in Spirituality of the Educator (THE 3400).
SCI 1000C or courses in data analysis or science-related disciplines. Major sequence courses for STEM majors would count. See advisor for advisement.
Choose one course from the approved listing below:
Choose one course from the below listing that engages critical analysis of topics such as power, inequality, intersectionality, marginality, difference, and identity.
Students should refer to DegreeWork or their Academic Advisors for assistance.
If you enrolled at the University prior to Fall 2023, the University Core Curriculum consist of 48 credits.
Course descriptions can be located in the Undergraduate Bulletin (Full Bulletin) by searching the title of the course (in bold font). All the following courses are required and are three (3) credits, unless otherwise noted:
Individual colleges may require additional Distributed Core courses. Students should see their Academic Advisors for assistance in choosing courses of the Distributed Core.
Course Descriptions (see 2021-2023 University Bulletin)