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About University Explorations

    Program Overview

    University Explorations is the university’s general education program. General education is a vital part of a student’s course of study at Saint Leo University, as it informs, deepens, and extends learning beyond the major.

    Through a topical focus, University Explorations courses demonstrate the relevance of the liberal arts and sciences to today’s world, cultivating in students essential skills in critical thinking and decision making, effective communication, problem solving, analysis, and creativity.

    The curriculum consists of 42 credit hours comprised of the following:

    • 12 credits from Foundation Courses
    • 30 credits hours spread over five learning clusters representing the liberal arts and sciences

    Visit the course catalog for a complete description of our University Explorations program.

    Foundation Courses

    Foundation Courses in writing, mathematics and computer science prepare students to deal effectively with the rest of their coursework at Saint Leo University. These essential courses lay the groundwork for undergraduate students to succeed by providing them with the basic skills and tools that are required in upper-level courses. They consist of:

    • ENG 121 - Academic Writing I (3 credits)
    • ENG 122 - Academic Writing II (3 credits)
    • MAT 131 - College Mathematics (3 credits) or MAT 141 – Finite Mathematics Complete MAT 131 or higher. Business majors must complete MAT 141. (Note the prerequisite for MAT 141.)
    • COM 140 - Basic Computer Skills (3 credits)


    Campus students only, also complete: 

    • SLU 101- Introduction to the University Experience (1 credit)
    • SLU 125- Choosing Wellness (3 credits)

    Learning Clusters

    The Human Adventure (6 credits)

    Exploring the past, living in the present, and shaping the future

    The Human Adventure captures the nature of the human experience from social, political, psychological, economic, and historical perspectives. These courses require students to examine their lives within the context of a broader society and explore the ways in which humans understand themselves and interact with one another across space and time. Integrating the Core Values of Respect, Community, and Responsible Stewardship, these courses will provide students with the tools necessary to understand the past, live in the present and affect the future.

    • ECO 110HA - Economics for Life (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • HTY 110HA - Immigration: The Changing Face of America (3 credits)
    • POL 110HA - Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times (3 credits)
    • PSY 110HA - Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World (3 credits)
    • SOC 110HA - The McDonaldization of Society (3 credits)

    The Human Mosaic (3 credits)

    Learning to live in a global society

    Focusing on the Core Values of Respect and Community, the courses within the Human Mosaic are designed to prepare students to live and work in our diverse and global society. While exploring issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, and gender, students will come to understand that they cannot understand the totality of the human experience without taking into account its diversity. These courses will provide students with the tools of tolerance, respect, and cultural awareness that will be essential to their success as they encounter new ideas and interact with a wide array of people in their daily lives and in their careers.

    • ART 110HM - Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form (3 credits)
    • HTY 110HM - Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks (3 credits)
    • SOC 110HM - Building a Multiracial Society (3 credits)
    • IDS 210HM - Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture (3 credits)
    • IDS 115HM - The Imagined West: The Western Myth in Literature, Art & Philosophy (3 credits)
    • LBS 120HM - Stories of Resistance: Power & Identity in the U.S. (3 credits)
    • GLO 210HM - Feeding the Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • HUM 215HM - Breaking the Code: Language & Culture (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)

    Science in a Changing World (6 credits)

    Expanding the possible

    Progress in contemporary sciences continues to have a significant, ongoing impact on human life. Science in a Changing World examines the contemporary topics that impact the way humans live. Students will apply the fundamental principles of the natural world to provide possible solutions of today’s real-world problems. As a result, Saint Leo students will be better prepared to be informed members of the 21st century global community.

    • SCI 110SC - Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • SCI 115SC - Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish (3 credits)
    • SCI 120SC - Human Ecology (3 credits)
    • SCI 125SC - The Science of Cooking (3 credits)
    • SCI 215SC - Science in Science Fiction (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)

    The Creative Life (6 credits)

    Expressing the human experience through the arts

    The Creative Life not only introduces students to the producers, products and processes of imagination; it activates their own imaginations. Through these courses, students will investigate the spectrum of human creativity and artistic endeavor, as well as the world’s outstanding artists, gaining an understanding of the contributions of the arts to the world. Just as important, they will be given the aesthetic tools to both appreciate the artists’ work and art in general, and to live a creative life.

    • FAS 110CL - Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines (3 credits)
    • HUM 110CL - Giants of the Arts (3 credits)
    • HUM 115CL - Film: Art of Choice (3 credits)
    • MUS 110CL - Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World (3 credits)
    • ENG 210CL - Love and Desire in Literature (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • ENG 215CL - Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • ENG 225CL - Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres (3 credits) (Note prerequisite.)
    • MUS 210CL - Making Sense of the Sound: The Art of Listening Well to Great Music (3 credits)

    The Reflective and Spiritual Life (9 credits, 3 from philosophy)

    Examining human and divine life

    Reflection and spirituality lie at the center of what it means to be human. The study of philosophy, theology, and religion at Saint Leo University is an integral part of who we are as a Catholic university. The exploration courses in the reflective and spiritual life invite students to critically examine beliefs, understand a diversity of worldviews, and responsibly challenge the ideas and values that instruct our lives.


    Complete one course from the following choices:

    • PHI 110RS - Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry (3 credits)
    • PHI 210RS - Thinking and Doing Ethics (3 credits)


    Complete two courses from the following choices:

    • REL 110RS - The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts (3 credits)
    • REL 123 - Christian Spiritual Vision (3 credits)
    • REL 210RS - Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation (3 credits)
    • REL 223 - World Religions: East and West (3 credits)
    • ST: HUM 100 - Popular Culture: The Bible in Everyday Life (3 credits)
    • ST: REL 200 - Who Would Jesus Kill? Religious Ethics of War and Peace (3 credits)

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