The Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum

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:

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.

Core Curriculum Course Requirements Year by Year


ENGL-120CPersuasive Writing3
KINE-145CLifetime Fitness/Wellness Lect1
KINE-146CLifetime Fitness/Well Activity1
NT-101CNew Testament Survey3
Select one of the following:1-3
Cornerstone 1
College Success Strategies
Select one of the following 23
Data Analysis
Business Statistics 3
Intro to Statistical Methods 5
Health Professions Statistical Methods 6
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Christian Life
Intro to Theology 7
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History
U.S. Government
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Units24-26


COMM-201CSpeech Comp/Presentation3
ENGL-220CResearched Writing 83
The Empirical World
and The Empirical World Lab 9, 10
OT-201COld Testament Survey3
Select one of the following:3
Literary Perspectives 11
Global Voices: World Literature 12
Select one of the following:3
World Civilizations I
World Civilization II
Select one of the following:3
Hist/Appreciation of Art
Intro to the Arts
Jazz Music History
Intro to Music 13
Intro to Acting 14
Intro to Theatre 14
History of Theatre I
History of Theatre II
Total Units22


THEO-300CDevelopoing a Christian World View3
Total Units3


CHIS-400CChristian Heritage 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 Strategy4
Business, Professional Studies
BUOM-456Business Strategy3
BIOL-499CCapstone Seminar in Biology2
BIOL-485Undergrad Biological Research1-4
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 Lib 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
NURS-430Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs4
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