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BA Core Curriculum

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. 

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 100Arts and Culture (6 cr.)
ENG 113Written Composition (6 cr.)
ENG 114Academic Writing (6 cr.)
HIS 123 or ENG 113*HIS 123 History of World Civilizations or ENG 131 Introduction to Literature* (6 cr.)
IDS 100First Year Seminar (0 cr.)
LTH 101Introductory Lithuanian I (international students) (6 cr.)
LTH 201/211Lithuanian 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 100Introduction to Natural Sciences (6 cr.)
PSY/COM 121Interpersonal Communication (6 cr.)
BIB 200Biblical Literature I (6 cr.)
BIB 201Biblical Literature II (6 cr.)
COM 263Public Speaking (6 cr.)
CST 304Conflict Transformation and Civic Engagement (6 cr.)
PHI 341Worldview and Christian Faith (6 cr.)
PHI 435Ethics (6 cr.)

*ENG 131 Introduction to Literature is a required course for English majors. For students enrolled in other majors, they may choose to take either ENG 131 Introduction to Literature or HIS 123 History of World Civilization. If a student chooses to take ENG 131 Introduction to Literature, they must take an approved history course later, either in the major or as a general elective.

**BUS 223 Calculus for Business & Economics are required courses for Business majors. PSY 203 Statistics and Research Methods II are required courses for Psychology majors.

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