Core Curriculum (College)

Mission: The mission of the core curriculum is to provide an integrative four-year learning experience for all matriculants. The cornerstone course starting the freshman year lays out a framework for new students to help them understand the concept of a liberal arts education and the role of a Christian university in integrating faith and learning. Along with the senior capstone course, it provides a vehicle for pre- and post-testing to assess intellectual growth, value strengthening, and spiritual development. The capstone course stimulates a summative integration of the student’s faith with the discipline’s intellectual material. The core challenges students to examine and develop their beliefs and strengthen their intellectual skills. Its goal is that Vanguard graduates will bear a distinctive stamp reflective of their common experience.

Rationale for the Core Curriculum

The College is committed to a broad education in the liberal arts, an objective requiring study in a variety of academic disciplines that is fulfilled in part by its core curriculum in general education. The core curriculum is designed to fulfill the following student learning outcomes:

Core Curriculum Course Requirements Year by Year


Foundations Requirement
Select one of the following:1-3
Cornerstone 1
College Success Strategies
English/Literature Requirement
ENGL-120CPersuasive Writing3
History/Political Science Requirement
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History
American Democracy
Lifetime Fitness Requirement
KINE-148CLifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 163
Math Requirement
Select one of the following 23
Applied Mathematics and Personal Finance
College Algebra
Business Statistics 3
Calculus 1
Intro to Statistical Methods 5
Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 5
Health Professions Statistical Methods 6
Religion Requirement
NT-101CNew Testament Survey3
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Christian Life
Intro to Theology 7
Social Science Requirement
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Units25-27


English Requirement
COMM-201CSpeech Composition and Presentation3
ENGL-220CResearched Writing 83
Select one of the following:3
Literature and the Human Experience 11
Global Voices: World Literature 12
Fine Arts Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Hist/Appreciation of Art
Intro to the Arts
Jazz Music History
Intro to Music 12
Intro to Acting 13
Intro to Theatre 13
History of Theatre I
History of Theatre II
History/Political Science Requirement
Select one of the following:3
World Civilizations I
World Civilization II
Religion Requirement
OT-201COld Testament Survey3
Science Lecture/Lab Requirement 104
Total Units22


Religion Requirement
THEO-300CDeveloping a Christian World View3
Total Units3


Religion Requirement
CHIS-400CChristian Heritage 14, 153
Total Units3

Capstone Course (variable units) (Prefix will reflect major field)

A capstone course within the major is to encourage active reflection on the undergraduate journey and solidify the integration of faith and learning. Includes the writing of an integrative personal philosophy paper and capstone assessments of academic achievement that, paired with cornerstone assessments, will provide tangible, measurable evidence of growth during the Vanguard years.

Accounting, Business Administration and Marketing
BUSN-455CBusiness Policy and Strategy3
Biological Science
BIOL-499CCapstone Seminar in Biology2
BIOL-485Undergrad Biological Research1-4
Chemical Science
CHEM-499CChemistry Capstone Seminar2
COMM-464CMedia Criticism3
ENGL-499CSynecdoche: Captsone3
Environmental Sciences
ENVR-499CCapstone Seminar/Environmental Studies2
History and Political Science
KINE-450CCapstone Kinesiology Senior Project3
Liberal Studies
EDUC-499CSenior Capstone in Liberal Studies3
MATH-499CMathematics Capstone2
General Music
MUSC-406CMusic and Worship3
Music Ministry Emphasis
MUSC-406CMusic and Worship3
Applied Music Emphasis
MUSC-491CRecital and Research2
Performance and Jazz Studies
MUPF-491CSenior Recital and Research2
Music Education and Church Music:
MUSC-491CRecital and Research2
Worship Studies
MUSC-498CFinal Presentation for Worship Studies2
Nursing, Professional Studies
NURS-430Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs3
PSYC-477CPsychology and Christianity3
Psychology, Professional Studies
PSYD-460Field Practicum3
THEO-499CTheo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context3
SOC-490CSenior Seminar3
Theatre Major
THEA-450Theatre Internship1-2
THEA-495CSenior Project2
Worship Studies
MUSC-498CFinal Presentation for Worship Studies2

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Integration of Faith and Learning:  Students will develop and articulate a Biblical worldview informed by a Pentecostal perspective, integrating faith with learning.
  2. Cultural Competency and Citizenship:  Students will understand and practice effective local, national and global citizenship and demonstrate appreciation of diverse psychological, social, historical and artistic aspects of culture.
  3. Communication:  Students will demonstrate effective, college-level written and oral communication skills.
  4. Critical Thinking:  Students will develop and apply qualitative and quantitative critical thinking skills.
  5. Holistic Living:  Students will appreciate and demonstrate a holistic view of health and living.
  6. Information Competency:  Students will demonstrate foundational technology skills that allow one to locate and evaluate the integrity of information, and to understand the ethical uses of information.

By establishing links between different disciplines, relating the past to the present, and increasing awareness of contemporary challenges, the core curriculum classes should open new vistas for all students and encourage a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

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CORE Courses

CORE-100C  Cornerstone  1 Credit  

This course is open to Freshmen only. Introduction to university life and learning, and to the academic and social skills needed for success. May include social outings, community service component, and is to be taken in conjunction with an approved freshman-level course that will apply some of the course lessons. A failing grade must be made up prior to advancement to the Sophomore level.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

CORE-100H  Cornerstone Honors  1 Credit  

This course is open to Freshmen Honor students only. Introduction to university life and learning, and to the academic and social skills needed for success. May include social outings, community service component, and is to be taken in conjunction with an approved freshman-level course that will apply some of the course lessons. A failing grade must be made up prior to advancement to the Sophomore level.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CORE-101C  College Success Strategies  3 Credits  

College Success Strategies is a semester-long course designed to provide students an opportunity to identify their individual learning strengths and personality styles in order to develop effective individualized study and test-taking strategies based on time-management, organization, and the school-life balance. Students are provided with an introduction, regular classroom reinforcement, and application of the executive functioning skills necessary for success in college level course work.

CORE-110  Vanguard Foundations of College Writing I  3 Credits  

Covers reading comprehension, technology and writing, and sentence-level (grammar) and paragraph-level issues. The course focuses on process-driven revision and peer collaboration while emphasizing critical thinking skills. This required course prepares Professional Studies and ECE students for college-level writing and studies. Students may petition to test out of this required course if they possess proficient college level writing ability. (Meets elective credit requirement only; not applicable to English Composition requirement. . Course must be passed with a "C" or better.)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

CORE-205  Cornerstone Mentoring  1 Credit  

Cornerstone Mentoring provides the student with the opportunity to assist freshmen students during their Cornerstone course in gaining academic and social skills. Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. This course may be repeated with consent of the instructor.