Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Marylhurst Core

Coordinator: Mike Randolph, MA

The Marylhurst Core for undergraduate students fosters an appreciation of inquiry, critical thinking, intellectual breadth and ethical action. The program’s goal is to cultivate informed citizens capable of understanding our complex world in complex ways. Students who complete the core are capable of solving difficult problems; they act with respect for those different from themselves; and they are grounded in multidisciplinary intellectual traditions.

Through their liberal arts education, students develop skills, knowledge and perspectives that prepare them for life and work in a constantly shifting landscape. They develop and sharpen abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, integrate new learning and interact in a global society. With a liberal arts education, Marylhurst University graduates learn to solve problems creatively, skillfully weigh complex options and make effective and wise decisions. They are equipped to confidently pursue their personal and professional goals in a changing world, and they will apply multiple perspectives from their studies to determine how issues of sustainability and social justice impact the global society. They are also encouraged to integrate their professional, academic and personal learning in a way that leads to lifelong curiosity and a strong desire to serve their communities for the common good.

Students with Previous Degrees

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) or equivalent transfer degree fulfills all requirements of the Marylhurst Core except MC 201  Entering Student Seminar , WR 323  Academic Writing: The Research Paper  and MC 401  Senior Core Project  .

A previous bachelor’s degree fulfills all requirements of the Marylhurst Core.

Learning Outcomes

The Marylhurst Core is designed to address four key areas: Analytical and Applied Learning, Academic Skills and Foundations, Core Values, and Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning.

Students will meet program learning outcomes through completing relevant coursework detailed below and by collecting and reflecting on evidence in their Marylhurst Core Portfolio during the Senior Core Project. The university considers that these outcomes are met through a holistic learning process that integrates their Marylhurst Core requirements with their learning in their major. Analysis, critical reflection and application provide key elements to their overall undergraduate education.

Note: All requirements may be met through transfer coursework except MC 201 , WR 323  and MC 401 

Analytical and Applied Learning

 MC 201  Entering Student Seminar   4 crs. 

Academic Skills and Foundations

 Writing: 8 crs.
 Communication: 4 crs.
 Quantitative Reasoning: 4 crs.
 Creative Arts: 4 crs.

Core Values

One course in each category (16 crs.)

Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning

 MC 401  Senior Core Project   4 crs.

Analytical and Applied Learning

Students demonstrate critical thinking through the capacity to analyze texts and ideas and to apply theory and knowledge in practice. To fulfill this outcome, students take the following course: 

Entering Student Seminar

MC 201  Entering Student Seminar  must be taken at Marylhurst University and is intended to be taken in the first term of enrollment. MC 201 has a prerequisite of WR 215  Basic Expository Writing and Critical Thinking  or an equivalent transfer course, or placement into WR 221  Expository Writing, Critical Thinking, and Argumentation  as determined by a placement test. Students who place into WR 215  may take it concurrently with MC 201 . Students who place below WR 215  must delay taking MC 201  until they can meet the writing prerequisite.

Academic Skills and Foundations 

Students demonstrate college-level skills and understanding that are foundational to their success in their academic, working and civic lives. These skills include written communication, argumentation, research, information literacy, dialog, quantitative reasoning and creativity. To fulfill this outcome, students take courses in the following areas:


A grade of C- or better is required in the following two courses. WR 323  must be taken at Marylhurst.

Contact the Advising Center for information about placement testing in writing and math.


The communication experience prepares students to develop skills to effectively relate to and communicate with audiences across a variety of settings. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement:

Quantitative Reasoning

The quantitative reasoning experience prepares students to employ a mix of analytical skills such as calculation, interpretation of data (tables, graphs), statistical reasoning and applied logic to analyze issues found in such social enterprises as health care, science, business or politics. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement:

Note: Any math course accepted in transfer with a prerequisite of Intermediate Algebra satisfies this requirement.

Contact the Advising Center for information about placement testing in writing and math.

Creative Arts

Courses in the Creative Arts category engage students in practicing an art form in order to experience the creative process. Courses meeting this requirement include subject areas such as music performance, studio art and creative writing. Note: Individual course options may not be offered every year.

Core Values

The Core Values requirements ensure all Marylhurst undergraduates gain breadth outside their major in four areas of focus that reflect the values and commitments of the university. Students are encouraged to choose Core Values classes outside their major field of study; consequently courses cannot be used to meet both a Core Values requirement and a major requirement. Note: Individual course options may not be offered every year.

Community & Global Engagement

Courses in the humanities and social sciences ask questions about the relationship between us as individuals and the larger communities we participate in, such as family, work and cultural groups. Subject areas in this category include anthropology, economics, literature, geography, history, psychology and sociology. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Social Justice

Courses that address Social Justice come from multiple academic disciplines and examine the impact of barriers such as class, gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability and their removal in order to improve the common good. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement:

Sustainability & Science

Courses in Sustainability & Science focus on the scientific practice of understanding the natural world so we can become better stewards of the environment we live in. Courses that fit the category include environmental science, lab courses in the biological and physical sciences, geology, chemistry, astronomy, and so on. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement.

Values & Beliefs

Courses in ethics, religion or philosophy examine values or belief systems and prompt questions around the nature of thought and spirit, of right and wrong, of reality and the divine. Any of the following courses can be used to meet this requirement:

Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning

Students reflect on the connection between their entire learning experience at Marylhurst and their ongoing development as whole persons. Students demonstrate their ability to synthesize ideas to make credible and relevant claims about significant intellectual, social or cultural problems.

Senior Core Project

Must be taken at Marylhurst University.