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Core Curriculum

Freshman students took a trip to the Point Park library to learn about information resources available at the University. | Photo by Alexandra Mikula

Core Curriculum for New Full-time Freshmen Entering Fall 2014 and Thereafter

The philosophical foundation that supports the implementation of the core curriculum stems directly from the Point Park University mission statement:   

Core Curriculum for Transfer and Advanced Standing Students

Students who are transferring to Point Park or who began a degree program here prior to fall 2014 will follow an earlier version of the University's core curriculum.

Point Park University educates students in a diverse urban environment and prepares them to apply knowledge to achieve their goals, advance their professions and serve their communities.

Accordingly, the core curriculum has been designed to provide each student with the opportunity to function as a problem solver, an effective researcher and an excellent communicator. The core curriculum builds the foundation of a Point Park education through courses that:

  • Allow students to integrate knowledge and insights from diverse fields.
  • Emphasize the development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills.
  • Emphasize interactive learning: students are encouraged to think independently and to seek creative solutions to intellectual, ethical, and practical challenges.

Thus, the core curriculum serves not only to promote understanding among an increasingly diverse student body but also prepares students to participate responsibly in a democratic society.

Core Learning Outcomes


Employ written and oral communication skills in order to convey clear and organized information to target audiences for specific purposes.


Locate, evaluate and use information effectively, ethically, and legally from a variety of formats both traditional and digital.


Analyze problems and develop independent solutions.


Analyze issues within their political, economic, socio-cultural, historical, and environmental contexts.


Recognize, define, analyze and interpret a variety of aesthetic expressions and/or demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Beginning in the fall of 2014 all first-time, full-time freshmen are required to complete a new Core Curriculum, consisting of 42 credits of general education courses. These freshmen will complete the following three fundamentals courses in their first year.

FUNDAMENTALS (9 credits)

  • UNIV 101:    City-University Life – 1st term freshmen
  • ENGL 101:   College Composition
  • COMM 101:  Oral Communication and Presentation


  • One Writing Intensive (WI) course in addition to ENGL 101 Fundamentals OR two Writing Intensive (WI) courses

FOUNDATIONS: Thematic Courses (30 credits)

  • Explore the World 1 
  • Explore the World 2
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Math
  • Become a Storyteller
  • Understand People 1
  • Understand People 2
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate Arts
  • Discover Technology

CAPSTONE COURSE: (3 credits)

  • Completed Senior Year