FAQs About the Core* and Other Class Concerns

 

STUDENT

Q. What is the core curriculum? How many hours are in it?

A. The core curriculum is 64 hours of Liberal Arts courses required for graduation. It endeavors to realize and embody Xavier's mission and philosophy of education and serves as the educational foundation for all undergraduate students. Along with courses in their major, Xavier students also take courses in Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Fine Arts, and more. For details about the specific classes included in Xavier’s core curriculum, click here.

Q. How many hours of Philosophy are required for graduation?

A. There are 9 hours of philosophy within the core curriculum that are required for graduation. Classes included are PHIL 100 Ethics as Intro to Phil, PHIL 290 Theory of Knowledge, and PHIL 300-399 elective. 

For more information about classes included in the core curriculum, click here.

Q. How many hours of Theology are required for graduation?

A. There are 9 hours of theology within the core curriculum that are required for graduation. Classes included are THEO 111, THEO 200 to 299 Scripture/History or Christian Systematic, and THEO 300 to 499 Theological Ethics or Religion/Culture.

For more information about classes included in the core curriculum, click here.

Q. Is there a language requirement for graduation?

A. Yes, 6 hours or intermediate proficiency in the same foreign language. The languages available are: American Sign, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.  The choice of language should be coordinated with plans for study abroad.

For more information about classes included in the core curriculum, click here.

Q. Is there a math requirement for graduation?

A. Yes, there are 6 hours of mathematics within the core curriculum that are required for graduation. MATH 105 Fundamentals of Mathematics does not fulfill this requirement. Certain majors specify mathematics courses. For example, students in the Williams College of Business also take a Business Statistics course in addition to their mathematics courses.  For more information about classes included in the core curriculum, click here.

Q. Is English Composition required in the freshman year?

A. ENGL 101 English Composition is not required to be taken during the first year at Xavier. It is a prerequisite class for any other English class, so it is recommended that the class be completed by the end of freshman year. There is also a more advanced writing course, ENGL 115 Rhetoric, that is taken instead of ENGL 101 for English majors and minors, students enrolled in an honors program (University Scholars; Philosophy, Politics, and the Public; and Honors Bachelor of Arts), and students whose degree programs require ENGL 115. For more information on the Writing Program and its requirements, click here.  

Q. How many credit hours does it take to graduate from Xavier

A. All degree programs at Xavier University require at least 120 credit hours. Many programs require more than 120 credit hours. For more information on a specific major and the required credit hours for the degree, click here, and download a brochure.

Q. What should I do if I am having difficulty in my courses? How do I get the needed assistance?

A. Get help as soon as you need it. Don't wait until the test. The new material builds on the previous sections, so anything you don't understand now will make future material difficult to understand. The following things can be done to help:

  • Ask questions in class.
  • Visit the Instructor's Office Hours. Instructors like to see students who want to help themselves.
  • Ask friends, members of your study group, or anyone else who can help. The classmate who explains something to you learns just as much as you do, for he/she must think carefully about how to explain the particular concept or solution in a clear way. So don't be reluctant to ask a classmate.
  • Go to Study Sessions, Supplemental Instruction (SI), or other tutoring sessions on campus. 
  • Utilize the following resources
  • Helpers should be coaches, not crutches. They should encourage you and give you hints, but they should not actually do the work. They are there to help you figure out how to learn for yourself. When you go to office hours, your study group, or tutors have a specific list of questions prepared in advance. You should run the session as much as possible. 

Q. What are Xavier's summer school options?

A. Xavier holds 5 sessions throughout the summer to take classes along with a two week intersession beginning right after finals. To learn more information on dates and programs, click here.

Q. How do I go about ensuring that summer classes taken at another university will be acceptable and transferable to Xavier?

A. Contact the Dean of your college who will validate summer courses taken at another accredited college or university. The three colleges and their deans at Xavier University are:

1.    College of Arts and Sciences, Janice Walker

2.    College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education, Mark  Meyers (Until July 1st, 2014)

3.    Williams College of Business, Brian D. Till

Q. Are there Study Abroad programs? If so, where and how much credit can be earned?

A.  Yes, there are several opportunities for Xavier students to study abroad almost anywhere in the world. The number of credit hours received varies depending on the length of the program: Summer 6-12 credit hours; Semester 12-15 credit hours. All study abroad programs must be approved by Xavier. For more information on Xavier’s student abroad programs, click here

 

*The changes to the core curriculum are scheduled for Fall 2015.