International Cultural Studies (Western European Studies), BA

General Education Program
Writing (WR)3
Quantitative Literacy (QR)3-4
Oral Communications (OC)3
Fitness/Health (FH)2-3
Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)3
Religious Studies (RS)3
Freshman Seminar (FS)1
Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)6
Take two Fine Arts (FA) courses. The department strongly recommends one music and one art
Natural & Physical World (NPW)6-10
Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)6
Environment & Human Experience (SEH)6
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)6
International Cultural Studies Major
HIS-2404Modern European History: The Long Nineteenth Century3
FA-1403Music of Many Cultures3
Select four of the following courses:12
Italian Fine Arts
"Music, Art & Architecture in Venice And the Veneto" (Honors)
French Civilization and Culture
German Culture and Fine Arts (Honors)
Austrian Culture and Fine Arts (Honors)
Select four foreign language courses in sequence 112
ICS-1240Peoples and Cultures of the Contemporary World I3
ICS-1241Peoples and Cultures of the Contemporary World II3
Any ICS course 3000 or higher 23
ICS-3315/SPA-3402Spanish Civilization and Culture3
ICS/PSY-3380Cross-Cultural Psychology and Communications3
ICS-4450Study Abroad3
ICS-4990Internship in International Cultural Studies3
ICS-4998Senior Thesis 33
General electives21
Total Hours123-129

4-Year course plans can be found in the appendix.

The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.

As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly-based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines intersect and differ, and assists in cultivating a disposition for lifelong learning.

Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to creative expression
  2. Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
  3. Employ critical and analytical skills
  4. Value diverse perspectives of the human experience
  5. Implement information, technology and media literacy
  6. Demonstrate quantitative literacy

Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)

To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of any college degree program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Each student is required to successfully complete one course in each of the areas of the First Year College.

Bodies of Knowledge (30 credits)

A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Each student is required to successfully complete two different courses in each of the five Bodies of Knowledge.