May 26, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Undergraduate Programs of Study

General Information

The academic program at Neumann University is composed of a core curriculum (required of all students), a major area of study (chosen by each student), and a wide range of general elective offerings.

Students pursuing an academic major may also choose a minor area of study as well. Academic minors are only available in the Monday through Friday Day Schedule and are not available to students who are registered in degree programs offered through the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). Concentrations are available only to Liberal Studies Accelerated Degree Program students. Neither an academic minor nor a concentration can be earned independently of an undergraduate degree at Neumann University. Each of these program options is described in the sections that follow.

Neumann University provides a Catholic education in the Franciscan tradition, combining the liberal arts with professional preparation. The University’s academic programs are offered with a broad foundation of liberal arts in an environment which promotes the development of students who embody the Franciscan values of Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship. These values are evidenced through relationships that recognize the uniqueness and dignity of others, and through a sense of responsibility and stewardship as a citizen of both the local and global communities.

Neumann University Core Experience


The Neumann University Core Experience flows directly from the University’s Mission as a liberal arts institution in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition and lies at the heart (cor) of the University itself. The campus community unites to impart the knowledge, skills, competencies and values that create opportunities for students to integrate faith and reason, grow in social responsibility, and prepare for personal and professional leadership roles in the local and global community.

Core Learning Outcomes

Active engagement in the Neumann University Core Experience, including credit-bearing courses and co-curricular activities, provides Neumann University graduates the opportunity to achieve the following learning outcomes.

  •  Comprehension: Think critically, creatively, and analytically

Analyze and solve complex problems; demonstrate quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy; and explore the relationship of contemporary and historical events and issues.

  •  Contemplation: Engage in meaningful reflection

Apply the principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan tradition to personal, professional, and societal questions and issues; engage in self-reflection; embrace life-long learning; discern career and vocational choices; and recognize and appreciate creative expression.

  •  Conscience: Act ethically and responsibly

Demonstrate personal, professional, and academic honesty; accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions; engage as responsible members and leaders of diverse groups; and exercise ethical decision-making, informed by the Catholic Franciscan tradition, in a variety of settings.

  • Compassion: Respect all of creation

Honor the worth and dignity of each person; interact respectfully in the local and global community; engage in service to promote the common good; and demonstrate environmental awareness and stewardship.

  •  Communication: Communicate effectively

Express ideas clearly and effectively in spoken and written form; use technology competently; and access, evaluate, cite, and credit information using accepted conventions.

Core Course Requirements for All Major Programs: 41 Credits

Note: Requirements may be fulfilled by transcripted courses or approved equivalent experiences. Students transferring into Neumann University may meet some of the course requirements through equivalent credits accepted in transfer from regionally accredited, degree-granting institutions.

Signature Courses

  • 1 Credit
  • 3 Credits
  • THEO XXX One Theology course at 200 level or above 3 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • PHIL XXX Any designated PHIL course at the 200 level or above 3 Credits
  • CAPSTONE Capstone Course offered in the Major (Included in major)
  • SERVICE LEARNING: Included in the first year activities with reflection in Theology 104 and one addtional course in the student’s major program of study.

Educational Foundation in Liberal Arts

History: 3 Credits

  • (Any History [HIST] course at the 100- or 200-level)

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theater: 3 Credits

Modern Language & Diversity: 3 Credits

One Modern Language course at the Elementary II level or higher
satisfies this Core requirement. Modern Language at the Elementary I
level counts toward General Elective credit.

For alternative ways to satisfy the Modern Language Core Requirement,
Refer to the “Modern Language Core Course Placement” section in the
Admissions portion of the Undergraduate Catalog. Questions can also be
referred to the professor who teaches the specific modern language.