All students take courses that cover the central subject areas of a liberal arts education. These courses, called the core curriculum, develop the student’s basic understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.
The core curriculum addresses the 8 student competencies that have been developed. These competencies identify core values that LCC expects its graduates to leave with.
- Critical thinking
- Conflict transformation
- Multicultural perspective
- Effective communication
- Christian world view
- Leadership that serves
- Multidisciplinary knowledge
- Community building and civic engagement
In the first years, the central ideas of Western civilization are discussed, focusing on the contributions that Christian thought has made throughout history. Basic skills in the areas of writing, mathematics, and computers are also emphasized, providing students with a foundation for success in any area of their life.
In advanced years, core courses encourage the student to integrate concepts learned in their major field. Studies of ethics and metaphysics teach students to develop their critical thinking abilities, and help them to apply their studies to every area of their life.
There are 16 required core courses (84 credits).
Language and Culture – (All students) are required to take 6 credits of Lithuanian language courses. Lithuanian residents are placed in the appropriate level Lithuanian language courses based on proficiency. Non-Lithuanian residents must take Introductory Lithuanian I.
Computer Proficiency – Computer skills are essential to academic success and it is assumed that students enter LCC with appropriate skills. Students must demonstrate computer proficiency by passing the LCC computer proficiency examination, which is offered at the beginning of the students’ first semester at LCC.
If the student does not pass the examination twice he/she must enroll in COM 106 Information and Communication Technology and pass the course before enrolling in any 200-level courses. The student must pay the normal tuition for this 3 ECTS credit course.
The table below identifies the core courses that all students should take.
The sequence of courses according to year recognizes the normal progression of learning from the general to the more advanced courses. Courses in any given year are normally considered prerequisite to those in successive years.
|ART 100||Arts and Culture (6 cr.)|
|ENG 113||Written Composition (6 cr.)|
|ENG 114||Academic Writing (6 cr.)|
|HIS 123 or ENG 113*||HIS 123 History of World Civilizations or ENG 131 Introduction to Literature* (6 cr.)|
|IDS 100||First Year Seminar (0 cr.)|
|LTH 101||Introductory Lithuanian I (international students) (6 cr.)|
|LTH 201/211||Lithuanian Language Usage I/Lithuanian Language Skills (Lithuanian citizens) (6 cr.)|
|MTH 102 or BUS 223 or PSY 203**||Quantitative Reasoning or Calculus for Business and Economics or Statistics and Research Methods II** (6 cr.)|
|NAS 100||Introduction to Natural Sciences (6 cr.)|
|PSY 121||Interpersonal Communication (6 cr.)|
|BIB 200||Biblical Literature I (6 cr.)|
|BIB 201||Biblical Literature II (6 cr.)|
|COM 263||Public Speaking (6 cr.)|
|CST 304||Conflict Transformation and Civic Engagement (6 cr.)|
|PHI 341||Worldview and Christian Faith (6 cr.)|
|PHI 435||Ethics (6 cr.)|
*ENG 131 Introduction to Literature goes to major for English majors. If the student chooses not to take HIS 123, then history learning outcomes must be met by taking an approved history course (either in the major or as a general elective).
**BUS 223 Calculus for Business & Economics goes to the core for Business majors. PSY 203 Statistics and Research Methods II goes to the core for Psychology majors.