University Core

Catholic Core Education, Humanities and Natural Science

Each student takes a prescribed set of general education courses covering the Catholic core, humanities and the natural sciences. The Catholic core provides a solid understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, particularly in the Gospels. Students study Catholic theology, philosophy, ethics, moral and social teachings. The humanities curriculum covers the writings of the great intellectuals of civilization, the great music and of art. Natural science explores the principles of the life sciences and its broad applications in the world around.


For centuries a foundation in philosophy was considered essential for the development of the whole person and preparation for advanced studies. The philosophy core at JPCatholic provides the framework for understanding the world and preparation for advanced studies in their major and in theology.


Any authentically Catholic education must culminate in the study of theology. The theology program at JPCatholic not only informs students academically but strives to help each student build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Liberal Arts

The traditional liberal arts are those defined as the Trivium (Grammar, Rhetoric and Logic) and the Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy). For centuries these were the recognized foundation for higher education. Unfortunately most high school and college liberal arts programs no longer focus on building this foundation. The Catholic core begins with this understanding.

University Core Program Learning Outcomes


In order to have an impact, students must be able to:

  • Describe strategies and demonstrate a desire to learn independently.
  • Use critical thinking and logical reasoning to sift truth from falsehood.
  • Communicate and evangelize using empathetic listening and applying reason in a logical form.


In order to impact culture, students must be able to

  • Analyze the causes of culture and evaluate culture's impact on the individual, family and society.


In order to impact culture for Christ, students must be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Christian prayer and virtue arising from a friendship with Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrate an intimacy with the Sacred Page through academic work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Articulate an approach to ethics informed by Catholic teaching, offering an account of the moral responsibilities of the human person and society requisite for human fulfillment.