The Core Curriculum supports the University’s mission of ensuring student success by helping provide the breadth of knowledge that is essential for the college-educated person. The core provides the liberal arts foundation for all bachelor’s degrees. Courses in the core curriculum examine the disciplines that the University faculty deems important to a liberal arts education. These core courses include:
  • economics
  • English
  • fine arts
  • global studies (foreign language or international studies)
  • history
  • humanities
  • laboratory science
  • literature
  • mathematics
  • philosophy
  • social science
  • technology

Courses in the core curriculum also are intended to help students develop their skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Core requirements are extensive enough to provide a solid foundation, but they are also focused enough to allow students considerable flexibility in completing most degree programs. The University faculty encourages students, where possible, to pursue double majors, acquire minors, participate in internships and independent studies, study abroad, and carry out service learning projects.​

Jacksonville University Core Educational Goals 

Listed below are learning goals taught and assessed through the JU Core Curriculum. To achieve these goals students will need to master clearly defined learning outcomes associated with each goal. 
  • Effective Communication:  Students will write and speak clearly using appropriate oral and written conventions, formats, and technologies within the various disciplines they study. 
  • Inquiry and Discovery:  Students will be able to solve problems in multiple academic disciplines.  They will be conversant with the methods employed in the sciences and they will understand how they have produced new discoveries.  
  • Research Skills:  Students will have a functional understanding of how to access information resources and use them to support their academic inquiry and research.  
  • Use of Technology:  Students will have a functional understanding of information resources and will learn to use personal technology appropriately. 
  • Aesthetics:  Students will engage with various forms of art and in artistic processes. 
  • Cultural Literacy:  Students will have a general understanding of World literature, a basic knowledge of World History, some general understanding of the history of philosophy, religion, the humanities and the social sciences to understand of the origin and influence of the ideas and values that have shaped the world in which they live. 
  • Responsible Citizenship:  Students will learn how to be responsible citizens. They will have the experience of responsible involvement in the community, and they will understand how to act with an informed awareness of contemporary social issues at the local, national and international level.  Students will be challenged to develop their leadership abilities by moving beyond academic learning to envisioning and instituting concrete practical solutions to community problems.