This core curriculum highlights rigorous Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, so as to support holistic development of critically informed, ethically and spiritually grounded, merciful persons responsive to the needs of a globally interconnected community and prepared for a host of (continually evolving) career and life paths.
Rooted in the institution’s Core Values, 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. Critical Concerns Themed course fall semester (3 credits) and Critical Concerns Practicum spring semester (1 credit).
- Two courses (4 credits total)
Dive into the fundamental questions of life: What is the nature of reality? Where do we fit in to the big picture? How are value and meaning assigned? Grappling with these topics will sharpen your skills in critical and independent thinking.
- One course (3 credits total)
Religious Studies (RELS)
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 (each course is 3 credits)
Mercy Integrative Seminar (INTD)
Pull together your Core and Major learning with your values to investigate and respond to a real-life problem.
- One course (3 credits)
...success in your academic and career path
...personal development, responsible citizenship, and spiritual growth
Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) has announced the hiring of Karen Nell as its next head coach of the women’s lacrosse program and first-ever head coach of the inaugural field hockey program, which is set to begin competing in the fall of 2020. The announcement was made this afternoon by Amanda Devitt, USJ’s Director
Reading Time: 1 minute On May 7, 2019, Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN, director of the DNP Program and assistant professor of Nursing, joined Mornings with Ray Dunaway for National Nurses Week. During this radio interview, Joy discussed the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) online Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program, career opportunities in Connecticut, and latest trends in nursing. In
Reading Time: 1 minute In the 87 years since USJ was founded, many things have changed. The college is now a full-fledged university, it has a downtown Hartford Pharmacy program in addition to its bucolic West Hartford campus, and its curriculum has continued to evolve. In the fall of 2017, the women’s institution of higher learning became coeducational. But
Reading Time: 2 minutes Kemche Michalic ’20 is an Accounting major at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Since moving to America from the Philippines in 2011, Michalic has accomplished a lot in her personal and professional life. Not only is Michalic happily married, but she’s enjoying life as a mom. Her latest accomplishment was landing an internship as
Reading Time: 2 minutes Kelly Deegan ’19 is a Child Study major at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). As part of her Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Internship course, Deegan was given the task of finding an internship to prepare her for a career after college. After searching, she landed one at the Village for Families and
Reading Time: 1 minute Photo from L-R: Nana Kyem, Megan Ricci, Jessica Karwowski, and Tara Moseni Four students from the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Honors Program presented at the 2019 Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference from April 11-14, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of this year’s conference was “Generating Power: Impact. Influence. Endurance.” USJ students were selected to
Reading Time: 5 minutes The following students have been named to the University of Saint Joseph Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. Students who are awarded this academic achievement have earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the semester, with no grade lower than a “B.” “Time and again, our students prove their dedication to the University’s
Reading Time: 1 minute On April 17, 2019, the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) held their 22ndAnnual Connecticut Immigrant Day at the state capitol. This ceremony recognized 19 immigrants living in the state of Connecticut who have made significant contributions to the state and nation, including the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Campus Ministry Music Coordinator Ezequiel Menéndez.