Cultivating cohesive learning
This faculty-designed, holistically focused model of general education integrates every aspect of students’ learning, empowering them to create meaningful connections between their coursework, career aspirations and communities inside and outside of the classroom. Guided by the Benedictine values of the colleges’ founders and a tradition of broad, multi-disciplinary inquiry, students learn how to leverage multiple perspectives and methods to work toward the common good. The Integrations Curriculum begins in Fall 2020 for the CSB/SJU Classes of 2024.
The Integrations Curriculum grew from the faculty’s recognition that cultivating a more cohesive experience for students would further enhance the student experience. It was guided by three design principles that put student interests and education first.
- Integration—the namesake goal—is achieved by asking students to make meaningful associations between courses through intentional reflection, themed courses and more, and providing framework that amplifies those connections.
- High-Impact Practices– seven high-impact practices are embedded across the curriculum to bolster engagement, performance, outcomes and satisfaction among all students. Examples include writing-intensive courses, common intellectual experiences and our Integrated Portfolio.
- Liberal Arts and Sciences Education– by recognizing the value of a liberal arts and sciences education, the Integrations Curriculum asks students to acquire a broad base of knowledge that develops a range of skills while also enriching personal and professional experiences.
Connecting coursework, community and life
The Integrations Curriculum is an innovative, ground-breaking course of study that enables students to synthesize their coursework across disciplines and apply it beyond the classroom. Hallmarks of the Integrations Curriculum include:
- Learning Outcomes that are built into multiple courses, at multiple levels, to further integrate the academic experience across the critical skills and experiences for which CSB/SJU is known.
- Themed Coursework that offers students diverse Ways of Thinking to approach related content across multiple courses. These courses ask students to assimilate knowledge across different domains.
- Culture and Social Difference course work that reflects the lived experience of this generation of students and prepares graduates to work effectively in diverse teams.
- Writing courses that hone students’ abilities to construct ideas, opinions and information in appropriate written forms.
- An Integrated Portfolio, which students create and own, and which documents achievements over their careers starting at CSB/SJU and continuing into their professions to take full advantage of the new digital world and workplace.
- Engagement opportunities that students can fulfill inside or outside of their coursework and that honor their achievements beyond classroom walls.
The Integrations Curriculum will be rolled out in fall 2020. This means:
- Lower-level requirements will be offered first, and upper-level requirements phased in as the class of 2024 progresses.
- For three years, the Integrations Curriculum and the existing Common Curriculum will co-exist while the students under the Common Curriculum graduate.
- Because the Integrations Curriculum is intended to draw relationships and connections throughout a student’s academic career, students begin the curriculum in their first semester with their Integrated Portfolio and take general education courses alongside their major courses, many of which will count toward both.
- Students will complete the curriculum at different times, but some requirements cannot be completed until the junior year, with some requirements typically completed in the senior year. Original JFA-apporval Curriculum
- Read the Integrations Curriculum
- Read a 10-page overview of the Curriculum
Revisions approved by the JFS
- Revised Ways of Thinking (December 2018)
- Revised Learning Goals
- Integrations Curriculum Diagram
- Initial Themes for the Integrations Curriculum
- Revised Focus courses