Core Curriculum: A Liberal Education
A strong liberal arts foundation is the hallmark of a Catholic University education. A liberal education provides an exceptional undergraduate background, regardless of one's intended life or career path. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) summarized the power of a liberal education when it issued its "Statement of Liberal Learning:"
…Liberal learning is not confined to particular fields of study. What matters in liberal education is substantial content, rigorous methodology and an active engagement with the societal, ethical, and practical implications of our learning. The spirit and value of liberal learning are equally relevant to all forms of higher education and to all students.
…The ability to think, to learn, and to express oneself both rigorously and creatively, the capacity to understand ideas and issues in context, the commitment to live in society, and the yearning for truth are fundamental features of our humanity. In centering education upon these qualities, liberal learning is society's best investment in our shared future.
The B.A.I.S degree program reflects Catholic University's commitment to a liberal education. To help make the liberal arts courses particularly engaging, MSPS introduced the concept of Themed Interdisciplinary Course Clusters.