The Lasallian Core Traditions Program is the required core for the majority of the students in the undergraduate College, and completion of the core curriculum partially fulfills the general education requirements. This core provides a common Lasallian educational experience for students and is grounded in the university mission and the Lasallian dispositions of faith, zeal, service, and community. These four commitments underscore the ultimate aim of the program: to awaken and nurture the intellectual, spiritual, and personal development of learners in preparation for lives of service and commitment to social justice.
The First-Year Seminar helps new students transition to university life while also beginning to develop their Lasallian identity as educated, competent, and compassionate members of society. In the second-year course, students hone their writing skills through the study of important texts on the virtuous life from within the Western tradition, including selections from the life and work of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. In the junior year, students explore issues of social justice inherent in our emerging global society, while at the same time refining the knowledge, skills, and Catholic Lasallian values needed to evaluate and respond appropriately to different perspectives on real world issues, problems, and themes. In the senior Capstone course, students explore the historical and philosophical origins of our American culture and examine how these origins affect our understanding of our work, our relationships, our faith, and our citizenship. The purpose of this forward-looking Capstone course is to prepare students to live out the Lasallian charism in contemporary America and the world.
Students must complete the 12 credit-hour Lasallian Core Traditions Program to graduate; first-year students take LCT140; sophomores take LCT225; juniors take LCT375; and seniors take LCT475. In addition, all students take ID160, an interdisciplinary and experiential arts course.
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The purpose of Artscore is to develop in students an appreciation of the arts as a vital element in understanding the human condition and to prepare students for a lifetime of arts audience membership. The course explores the interrelationships among the artist, artwork, and audience using the concepts of freedom and responsibility as integrating themes. Artscore involves preparation for and evaluation/discussion of arts experiences; attendance at arts events is a requirement of the course.
Taken before the completion of the sophomore year.
First Year Seminar provides new students at Saint Mary’s University with an integrated, initial academic experience that enables them to successfully begin the process of developing a Lasallian identity as educated and compassionate adults committed to ethical participation in our global society. To facilitate a practical transition from high school to college, emphasis is placed on developing the academic skills and attitudes necessary for students to think critically about those questions that help shape their identity as young adults: who am I?, what can I become? and how can I become that person?
Perspectives on the good human life, taken in the sophomore year, moves beyond the first year seminar focus of self-identity to explore various historical and contemporary perspectives on living life well. In the spirit of LaSalle’s commitment to serving others and his recognition of the value of those less fortunate, this course challenge students to examine how their own pursuit of the good life fits into a larger social and historical picture. As a writing-intensive course, Perspectives allows students the opportunity to develop their writing skills from the initial stages of critical reading to drafting and revision.
Global issues, taken during a student’s junior year, is designed to cultivate in students an understanding of the complexities inherent in our emerging global society and the ethical issues confronting them as members of a culturally diverse world. Each section of the course examines one or more specific problems or issues emerging from a global context by considering the issue(s) from multiple perspectives and with special attention toward the Lasallian concern for social justice.
The purpose of capstone, taken during the senior year, is to help students understand how they can both integrate and live the Lasallian charism in their adult lives. Readings, discussion, and assignments focus on the historical and philosophical origins of the United States and its multicultural character. The course explores how these origins affect a student’s understanding of citizenship, work, relationships, and faith.
Gregory Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
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Winona, MN 55987
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