March 21, 2018

BY Nyia Crenshaw

Core classes are important at any university. They are the general classes that all students must take in order to graduate. At most college and university classes can include, math, science, social science, and English.

St. John’s University puts their spin on their core curriculum. They require nine credits of philosophy, nine credits of theology, and three credits of Discover New York. The specific 21 credits of SJU are to be taken along with math, English and sciences.

Schools like Brown University run on an open school curriculum. They begin to change the way the classes work in the late 60s.

On the university’s site, they break down the system they use. “The new, open curriculum eliminated all distribution requirements, introduced a credit/ no credit grading option and generally encouraged maximum flexibility in each student’s course of study. Rather than defining a broad set of distribution requirements, the open curriculum gives students the freedom to choose for themselves.”

Looking at other schools that are members of the Big East and also known as the “Catholic Seven”, St. John’s turns out to have the strictest curriculum. They have DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, and Villanova University beat.

Since the seven schools are all catholic there could be a parallel drawn with the number of theology course students are required to take.

According to the Providence College, “Students must take two, three- credit, Core- designated theology courses. One core-designated course must be at the 200- level courses and one must be at the 300- level.”

Providence College in Rhode Island does require 2 philosophy courses weighing three credits each. Even looser than Providence College’s core classes is Villanova University in Pennsylvania, requires students to take one 1000 level theology class and one 1000 level philosophy class.

The courses that are mandatory for each student to take at St. John’s University are not as fluid as other schools. Students have to take three of each in theology and philosophy and the courses get more difficult and in depth as they move from 1000 classes on through 3000 classes.