The Foundational Curriculum
HSU's Foundational Curriculum seeks to develop the mind and nurture the spiritual life of students by establishing a core of knowledge meant to sharpen academic skills. Additionally, the Foundational Curriculum offers students the opportunity to extend experience in necessary post-‐bachelor's degree skills: adjusting to differing roles, adapting to varying levels of responsibility, choosing and following productive career and life opportunities, and engaging in lifelong learning and personal growth. Rooted in the liberal arts and in HSU's commitment to prepare leaders for lives of service, the Foundational Curriculum actively involves students in intellectual life, both on the campus of HSU and in the larger communities of Abilene and the world.
As a result of HSU's faculty-‐developed and faculty-‐approved Foundational Curriculum, graduates are responsible for and are expected to achieve the following levels of aptitude:
Graduates are expected to write at a C level or higher.
Graduates should have basic analytical and quantitative skills necessary for handling information in mathematical form.
Graduates should be able to think critically and approach religious, philosophical, and aesthetic issues analytically.
Graduates should be acquainted with ideas, information, and modes of inquiry to draw upon in multiple areas of their lives.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate recognition of relationships by applying knowledge, skills, or abilities learned in one discipline to another.
Graduates should demonstrate appropriate psychomotor skills and apply wellness principles through participation in fitness, recreation, or sports activities.
Offering students the opportunity to hone the skills necessary for these competencies, HSU's Foundational Curriculum consists of Skill-Focused Courses and Discipline-Focused Courses.