Liberal Arts Curriculum

Bachelor's Level Objectives

For students pursuing applied degrees, the core curriculum in Liberal Arts and interdisciplinary initiatives at Robert Morris University will:

  • Instruct students to communicate ideas effectively through speech and writing using appropriate rhetorical strategies.

    Since the most profound of thoughts is meaningless unless it can be shared, the main predictor of career success is the ability to communicate clearly. With this in mind, the core curriculum includes courses in oral and written communication. Cross-curricular initiatives reinforce these skills in career classes as well.
  • Teach students to assess information from diverse sources to draw conclusions and determine their validity.

    The accelerated pace of technological and telecommunication innovation creates an amazing volume of information. The ability to derive value from a number of sources will be a highly valued skill in the 21st-century workplace; thus, students use and evaluate data from traditional print sources, as well as new electronic resources.
  • Encourage students to solve problems by generating and evaluating alternative solutions.

    Critical thinking requires the ability to see the manifold possibilities of situations and develop various ways to deal with them. Students are challenged to make inferences based on clear analyzes and then defend these conclusions with vigor and logic.
  • Instruct students to analyze historical, political, scientific, technological, and economic influences upon the individual and society.

    We all inhabit a number of worlds. A sense of the relationship between society and ourselves requires an understanding that goes beyond personal experience. The core curriculum provides a coherent survey of the various ways of thinking about the world used by natural and social scientists, historians, economists, artists, and writers.
  • Engage students to a variety of cultural productions so they gain an appreciation of diversity in their personal, professional, and civic lives.

    An appreciation of art in all its forms -- visual arts, music, theater, film, dance -- is one mark of a worldly, educated person. Robert Morris University provides opportunities for students to experience and study the arts, as well as to explore their own potential for artistic expression.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.