General Education Requirements

General Education Curriculum

The USJ General Education Curriculum consists of a wide range of courses specifically designed by faculty to sharpen your skills in critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and investigation.

For more information and updated details, visit the current USJ Course Catalog.

For students arriving to USJ directly from high school, the following are ordinarily required.

Rooted in the institution’s Mercy values and enriched by the Catholic intellectual tradition, these courses help students understand diverse belief systems, as well as the importance of serving others, both professionally and in civic life.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)
Immerse yourself in the USJ culture – both in and out of the classroom – while gaining an awareness of the distinct learning strategies you will utilize throughout your four years at USJ.
- One course

Philosophy (PH)
Dive into the world’s great philosophical discussions and learn to articulate and support your own philosophical perspective.
– One course

Religious Studies (RE)
Explore religious traditions and beliefs, while focusing on how faith intersects with issues of women, race and ethnicity, social justice, and religious pluralism.
– Two courses

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...personal development, responsible citizenship, and spiritual growth
...your life

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