A liberal education consists of two parts: studies in a core curriculum and study in a major field. The liberal arts deal with the creative, social, and scientific developments of past and present cultures, as well as their ideals and human values. These studies impart an appreciation for complexity and the ability to think critically, to solve and resolve problems, to write and speak with precision and clarity, and to use information ethically.
The Integrative Core Curriculum at John Carroll University is informed by the principles that issue from the University’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning. Accordingly, this integrative curriculum emphasizes the development of whole persons who are educated in the humanizing arts and sciences, skilled in expression and in scholarly investigation, and aware of the interrelationship of all knowledge and the interdependence of all peoples. Moreover, it promotes the integration of faith and culture and religious traditions as well as those of others. Finally, it highlights intellectual, moral and spiritual principles, and the responsible social actions that flow from them.
The second part of their liberal education has students concentrating study in a major field. The core curriculum and major programs are integrated into a coherent educational experience to prepare students for positions of leadership and service in professional, business, and service careers.