CORE Road Map
The first year of the CORE provides your introduction to academic, community, and spiritual life at Arizona Christian University. During your freshman year you take a number of foundational classes, including LIA 101: 3Cs: Community, Covenant, Commitment (first semester) and LIA 102: Biblical Worldview and Culture (second semester). These CORE courses provide intensive training in the biblical worldview, and introduce you to who we are at ACU, what we believe, and how we live. These first-year LIA courses are linked to your English (ENG 101 and ENG 102) and Public Speaking (COM 100) courses – so what you learn in your LIA classes, you write and speak about in your English and COM classes. They are linked as well to your first Bible course, BIB 100: Introduction to the Bible and Biblical Interpretation. Finally, during your freshman year, you complete SCI 100: Experiencing Science and MAT 105: Liberal Arts Math. Your first year in the CORE lays a strong foundation for thinking critically and biblically as you begin to learn how to transform culture with truth.
Your second year of the CORE introduces you to the first two Humanities courses, HUM 201: The Human Experience: BC to the Birth of Christ and HUM 202: The Human Experience: 0 to 1500. Each of these courses is linked to Bible courses of the same time period, BIB 105: Ancient Israel and Its Literature and BIB 205: Early Christianity and Its Literature.
Your third year of the CORE focuses on the modern age in HUM 301: 1500-1900, and HUM 302: 1900 to the Present. As you study these time periods of deep intellectual, political and spiritual challenges to biblical authority, you also take courses in Theology (BIB 304) and Apologetics (BIB 400). These courses take students more deeply into many of the ideas and controversies that frame our world today, and to provide the tools to understand Christian theology and to make the case for God.
Your senior year of the CORE provides the culminating coursework that ties the CORE curriculum, your academic major, and your experiences at ACU together. You will finish your Bible sequence with an upper-division elective of your choice. Your Humanities sequence is now completed and you will gather with other students from your academic major in a Capstone experience, looking back at what you learned during your time at ACU, and looking forward to how God is calling you to use it.