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Additional Integrative Core Curriculum Policies

Waiver of Core Requirement

Recognizing that personal achievement is the ultimate goal, the University is aware that some individuals may achieve desired competence in specific areas without formal course work (e.g., through private study, or by means of particular moral or religious formation). Where such proficiency can be established, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is empowered to waive a specific Core requirement. Such a waiver does not include or imply the granting of credit hours.

Fulfilling Core Requirements

Students may not use a Core course to fulfill more than one Core requirement. However, students may use Core courses to fulfill requirements in majors or minors, depending on the expectations of the academic departments and programs.

Transfer of Credits

Students may transfer in credits for the Integrative Core Curriculum, but the courses transferred in must conform substantially to the requirements, including learning goals, of Core courses offered at JCU.

The faculty also recently approved a new transfer credit policy (May 2017), which affects the Core curriculum. The policy is as follows:

Students who bring in 0-44 credits are responsible for all core requirements not already met through transferred coursework.
Students who bring in 45+ credits must transfer in or take the following courses at John Carroll to meet core or program prerequisites:
(1) EN 125, Seminar on Academic Writing, or its equivalent.
(2) Some programs of study require foundational coursework in oral communication, foreign language, or quantitative analysis. The prerequisites for these programs will not be waived.

In addition, students who bring in 45+ credits must complete the following core requirements at John Carroll:
(1) One linked pair of courses from the Integrative component of the core curriculum.
(2) One Engaging the Global Community course from the Integrative component of the core curriculum.
(3) Two courses (6 credits) from the Jesuit Heritage component of the core curriculum.

We also have a transfer policy specifically for the Jesuit Heritage component of the Core curriculum:
Given the centrality-to-mission of this portion of the Core, students who bring in 0-44 credits to JCU may apply no more than 6 transfer credits to the Jesuit Heritage portion of the Core. No more than 3 credit hours may count toward fulfilling the Philosophy requirement; no more than 3 credit hours may count toward fulfilling the Theology & Religious Studies requirement.

Requests for transfer credit require submission of an online Academic Petition. Syllabi may be required.

Visit the Registrar’s webpage for the online Academic Petition. Faculty and students may check the status of petitions by contacting the Registrar’s Office at