General Education: Catholic Core Education, Humanities and Natural Science
Each student takes a prescribed set of general education courses covering the Catholic core, humanities and the natural sciences. The Catholic core provides a solid understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, particularly in the Gospels. Students study Catholic theology, philosophy, ethics, moral and social teachings, The humanities curriculum covers the writings of the great intellectuals of civilization, the great music and of art. Natural science explores the principles of the life sciences and it broad applications in the world around.
The following table outlines the general education courses required for all students:
|1||1||Getting to Know Jesus - Scripture I|
|1||1||Introduction to Philosophy|
|1||3||Masterpieces of Literature, Art & Music - I|
|2||1||Getting to Know Jesus - Scripture II|
|2||2||Foundations of Catholicism|
|2||3||Masterpieces of Literature, Art & Music - II|
|3||1||Theology of the Catholic Church|
|3||2||Moral Theology & Ethics|
|3||3||Masterpieces of Literature, Art & Music - III|
|4||1||Catholic Social Teaching|
|4||2||Marriage and Family|
|4||3||Wonders of Natural Science|
For centuries a foundation in philosophy was considered essential for the development of the whole person and preperation for advanced studies. The philosophy core at JP Catholic provides the framework for understanding the world and preparation for advanced studies in their major and in theology.
Any authentically Catholic education must culminate in the study of theology. The theology program at JP Catholic not only informs students academically but strives to help each student build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The traditional liberal arts are those defined as the Trivium (Grammar, Rhetoric and Logic) and the Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy). For centuries these were the recognized foundation for higher education. Unfortunately most high school and college liberal arts programs no longer focus on building this foundation. The Catholic core begins with this understanding.