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The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences builds on the University Core of Common Studies through College Curricula for the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees that integrate traditional Jesuit principles and educational structures with the demands of an increasingly globalized and rapidly changing world.

The Arts and Sciences Curricula are organized around these essential components:

  • The development of fundamental skills of critical inquiry, analysis and expression.
  • The development of appreciation for the spiritual and creative dimensions of human life and culture.
  • The development of a responsible commitment to the broader social and political communities in which they live.
The College Curriculum challenges students to embrace, to understand and to engage actively in the complexities of the world in which they live. Courses drawn from the different disciplines within the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences provide different perspectives and multiple methods of inquiry. The curriculum serves as the foundation for the intellectual growth of our students as they pursue their majors and professional disciplines, and as they develop into men and women who will dedicate their lives to the service of others.

English Rhetoric

The study of English Rhetoric prepares students for written and oral engagement not only with the academic work ahead of them but with the multiple literacies of a complex world in which globalization both connects and separates us in unprecedented ways. Students learn to communicate clearly and persuasively by developing their critical reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking skills. Students develop the ability to establish an authoritative ethos, to consider their own positions in relation to those of their audiences, and to treat opposing views fairly. They learn to consider how their language—spoken and written, heard and read—is shaped by and may shape the intentions and actions of others. As a result, they learn how to express ideas, values and beliefs persuasively in a variety of academic contexts as well as in life beyond the university. Thus, the study of English Rhetoric offers students ways of understanding the world and acting within their communities, via language, for the greater good of all.
Students will be able to:
  • Use the strategies of exposition, analysis, argument, evaluation and interpretation to analyze and compose texts.
  • Produce well-organized, well-reasoned and well-supported written, visual and oral texts, given diverse purposes, multiple genres and a variety of audiences and contexts (e.g., thesis-support academic essays, open form essays for public audiences, business documents and oral presentations).
  • Explain the importance of ethics in academic, civic and professional applications of rhetoric.

Foreign Languages

The study of languages is the starting point for exploration and understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. Contacts between cultures happen in our own lives every day, and more often than ever before, knowing a second language is essential for being part of a society that reaches around the world. Our language programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish prepare students to interact effectively and engage other people and cultures face-to-face in the most human way possible. Students of Classical languages encounter Greek and Roman civilization as something that is very much a living part of our culture today (philosophy, theatre, poetry, medicine, politics and much more).

Students will be able to:

  • Converse with ease and confidence when dealing with most routine tasks and social situations.
  • Handle successfully many uncomplicated tasks and social situations related to work, school, recreation and personal interests.
  • Begin to narrate and describe in the past, present and future time frames.
  • Begin to describe how culture shapes and sustains identity, society and tradition.

Histories of Cultures and Societies

History illuminates every aspect of the human experience -- politics, economics, religion, social issues, art and war. Consequently, the introductory history courses that are part of the college curriculum help students begin to understand society in a comprehensive way. The study of history mines the storehouse of information about the past and orders that knowledge in logical and meaningful ways. It thus shapes our human memory and so equips us to think critically and constructively about the present and our connections to the past.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of history, in particular the application of historical methodologies in the formulation of plausible interpretations of human behavior in past centuries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how societies develop over centuries through the complex interaction of socio-economic, political, religious and other cultural forces including historical memories constructed by successive generations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of continuities and differences between the past and the present.

Individual and Social Behavior

Studying individual and social behavior through courses in such disciplines as Anthropology, Criminology and Law Studies, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Welfare and Justice, and Sociology helps us to understand ourselves and the societies in which we live. Self-identity is constructed through a dynamic interplay of social interactions and societal structures. In turn, societies are similarly influenced by individual behaviors and attitudes, creating evolving forces that continually influence individuals. Each domain of the social sciences brings unique perspectives and contributions to the study of and interventions into individual and social behaviors that inform the others.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand central concepts, theories and methods used to explain individual and social behavior in one of the social and cultural disciplines.
  • Use knowledge of quantitative and qualitative scientific methods to analyze examples of individual and social behavior.
  • Evaluate the applicability of scientific knowledge for understanding individual and social behavior in particular contexts.


The study of literature in English, a foreign language or in English translation allows a student to explore the global diversity of literary forms and genres, of understanding the importance of language, imagination and creation. It promotes an appreciation for how literary and cultural texts can transform one’s understanding of self, others and communities. Through exposure to different methods of interpreting texts, students develop critical thinking skills, which are applicable to every aspect of their lives.
Students will be able to:
  • Produce oral and written assessments of literary and cultural texts using the language and concepts of this discipline.
  • Articulate how literary and cultural texts can transform one’s understanding of self, others and communities.
  • Apply the methodologies of literary criticism to representative works of literature.

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills are essential to being an effective problem solver. This knowledge allows one to think logically by using mathematical and quantitative principles to evaluate and solve problems, as well as to predict possible outcomes and solutions to questions in everyday life.
Students will be able to:
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the mathematical sciences in describing the world.
  • Analyze quantitative information symbolically, graphically, numerically and verbally for the purpose of solving problems or drawing conclusions.
  • Construct logical arguments in support of mathematical assertions.


Philosophy strives to integrate the understanding of all aspects of life into a coherent, rational whole. As such, it plays a crucial role in the "education of the whole person." Philosophy as an investigation of the enduring questions facing humanity -- What is the human being?, What should the human being do?, What is the relationship of the human being to the world around him/herself? and What is the relationship of the human being to the transcendent? -- enables the student to be reflective about his/her life. Philosophy enhances analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter and in any human context, and cultivates the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers.

Students will be able to:

  • Assess views of human nature in various philosophical traditions, including classic Greek and Catholic philosophical traditions.
  • Argue for one of the major ethical theories over another in terms of philosophical cogency and practical outcome.
  • Use philosophical reasoning to develop their own position on central issues in human nature and ethics, for example; the relation between mind and body, the problem of freedom and determinism, the spiritual and affective dimensions of human life, the extent of human knowledge, the justification of moral judgments and the elucidation of moral norms.

Science and Nature

The study of science and nature through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry or Physics provides students with an understanding of the processes, limitations and ethics of scientific inquiry. Knowledge of the fundamental concepts, tools and methodologies is essential in today’s science and technology driven society. The use of scientific inquiry to evaluate and interpret information will help non-science majors contribute to the solution of complex societal problems, such as: promoting and maintaining a sustainable planet and understanding the prevention and treatment of illnesses.
Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, tools and methodologies in one of the natural sciences.
  • Understand processes, limitations and ethics of scientific inquiry.
  • Use scientific inquiry to solve problems and evaluate information.


The study of Theology increases the student's awareness of the mystery and religious dimensions of human life. It enables the discernment of the perennially significant in the complexity and conflicting values of modern life, "men and women for others," intellectually prepared to "find God in all things." The aim of a theological foundation is to encourage students to become responsible citizens drawn to the intellectual life, knowledgeable about their own religious traditions and appreciative of the religious beliefs and practices of others in the human community.
The three-course-sequence begins with THEO 1001 Introduction to Theology, which introduces key sources and questions of theology at the same time that it provides the student with a necessary knowledge base.
Second-level courses have the objective of exploring theological texts and developing the skills to understand representations of God, the religious community and the human person.
Third-level courses investigate particular theological topics with discipline-specific methods and develop in students the critical habit of seeing into the depth-dimension of reality in light of religious faith and its historical effects on human societies. Third-level offerings also include interdisciplinary courses to investigate theological questions, courses that focus on a particular persons, time period or topic; courses that examine the impact of religion on our daily lives; and courses that explore non-Christian religious traditions.
Students will be able to:
  • Describe theologically the basic content of the Catholic faith in relation to other Christian and religious traditions as well as other worldviews.
  • Interpret theological texts and frameworks in their historical contexts.
  • Articulate implications of Christian faith for growth in holiness and promotion of justice in the contemporary world.