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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rockhurst Wisdom Core

With few exceptions, the Rockhurst Wisdom Core is required for all bachelor degree seeking students. Wisdom Core attributes are located within individual courses which students are required to take for the completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Wisdom Core Cornerstone requirement:

A course fulfilling the Wisdom Core Cornerstone is required for all incoming students. Cornerstones courses introduce students to the Jesuit tradition and to the University through study, discussion, and reflection. Topics will vary. Students are encouraged to take the Cornerstone course during their first year at Rockhurst.

This 2 credit hour course may be offered through the College of Arts and Sciences (WCCA), the College of Business Intelligence and Information Analysis (WCCB), or the Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (WCCN), with a variety of content to be covered in each individual course.

The attribute code attached to any Cornerstone class is WCC.

Foundation Course Requirements: 37-40 hours

Foundations courses are lower-division courses representing the traditional liberal arts and sciences disciplines that are highly valued within the Jesuit tradition. Transfer courses may be accepted to fulfill Foundation core requirements.


NW - Natural World

Complete one science class with a lab from biology, chemistry, physics, or natural sciences (4 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCA

Complete one class from art, music, or theatre arts (3 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCH

Complete one class from history (3 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCL

Complete one class from literature in English or Modern Languages (3 hours)

IS - Individuals and Society

Complete two classes from 2 different disciplines of: criminal justice, economics, psychology, sociology, or political science (6 hours)

UQ - Universal Questions: UQP

Complete one philosopy course in ethical theory (3 hours - 2000 level)

UQ - Universal Questions: UQT

Complete one course from theology (3 hours)

UQ - Universal Questions

Complete one additional upper-level course from either theology or philosophy - this swing course may be a Rockhurst or transfer course. (3 hours)
EP - Eloquentia Perfecta

WC: Complete 1-2 WC - Written Composition courses.

  • A student with an English ACT score over 24 may fulfill this requirement with EN 1140. (3 hours)
  • A student who does not have an English ACT score of 24 must complete EN 1110 and EN 1120. (6 hours)

EP - Eloquentia Perfecta: OC:

Complete one OC - Oral Communication course (3 hours)

QR - Quantitative Reasoning

Complete one math or statistics course (3 hours)

Keystone Core Requirements:

The Keystone designations are specific learning outcomes which students fulfill through Rockhurst upper-division courses, found primarily in the students’ major or minor program of study. No specific number of credits are required, but students are required to fulfill one of each of the seven Keystone designations. These courses emphasize skills listed in the “Core Rationale and Learning Goals,” such as Inquiry, Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Global Citizenship. 

Keystones can only be fulfilled through Rockhurst courses. 

Note: if a Keystone designation contains sub-core designations, the Keystone requirement may be fulfilled through either one of its subcore designations.

The seven Keystone designations are as follows:

IAC (CT or IA) Inquiry, Analysis, and Critical Thinking

Complete one course with either CT (Critical
Thinking) or IA (Inquiry & Analysis) designation. 
Either designation will satisfy  IAC.

IQL (IF or QL) Information and Quantitative Literacy

Complete one course with either IF (Information
Fluency) or QL (Quantitative Literacy) designation. Either
designation will satisfy IQL.

ACI (AE or IV) Artistic/Creative & Innovative Expression Complete one course with either AE (Artistic Expression)
or IV (Innovation) designation. Either designation
will satisfy ACI.
CC (CM or CO) Communication and Collaboration Skills Complete one course with either CM (Communication Skills)
or CO (Collaboration Skills). Either designation will
satisfy CC.
IAS Intercultural Awareness and Sensitivity Complete one course with the IAS designation.
GC Global Citizenship Complete one course with the GC designation.
ESE (ER or SK) Ethical Reasoning & Social Engagement Complete one course with either ER (Ethical Reasoning) 
or SK (Social Knowledge & Engagement) designation. 
Either designation will satisfy ESE.


Modern Languages

Students who complete two upper division Modern Language courses in the same language will fulfill the IAS-Intercultural Awareness and Sensitivity core requirement, as well as the GC-Global Citizenship Keystone requirement.

Threshold Experiences:

Before graduation, students are required to engage in at least one course or experience certified as using a high impact practice. Students must complete one of the following Threshold Experiences at Rockhurst:

WI Writing Intensive
ID Interdisciplinary
UR Undergraduate Research
IN Internship
TSL Threshold Service Learning Experience
RP Reflective Portfolios
SA  Study Abroad