Core Curriculum

All students take courses that cover the central subject areas of a liberal arts education. These courses, called the core curriculum, develop the student’s basic understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.

The core curriculum addresses the 8 student competencies that have been developed. These competencies identify core values that LCC expects its graduates to leave with.

In the first years, the central ideas of Western civilization are discussed, focusing on the contributions that Christian thought has made throughout history. Basic skills in the areas of writing, mathematics, and computers are also emphasized, providing students with a foundation for success in any area of their life.

In advanced years, core courses encourage the student to integrate concepts learned in their major field. Studies of ethics and metaphysics teach students to develop their critical thinking abilities, and help them to apply their studies to every area of their life.
There are 9 required core courses (51 credits).

Language and Culture – Business, English and Theology students are required to take 12 credits of Lithuanian language classes (6 credits go to core curriculum and 6 to student’s major). Psychology students are required to take 6 credits of Lithuanian. Lithuanian residents are placed in the appropriate level Lithuanian language courses based on a proficiency exam. Non-Lithuanian residents must take Introductory Lithuanian I but may substitute an approved language or culture course for Introductory Lithuanian II. Culture courses include ENG 271 Introduction to Linguistics, HIS 221 Baltic History and SOC 315 Intercultural Communication.

Computer Proficiency – Computer skills are essential to academic success and it is assumed that students enter LCC with appropriate skills. Students may demonstrate computer proficiency in various ways, including evidence that the student has passed a national computer proficiency examination or the European Computer Driver’s License examination or by passing the LCC computer proficiency examination, which is offered during orientation activities prior to the start of the students’ first term at LCC.

If the student does not provide evidence of computer proficiency, he/she must enroll in CIS 105 Computer Proficiency and pass the course before enrolling in any 200-level courses. The student must pay the normal tuition for this two-credit course; however, no credits are earned for CIS 105.

The table below identifies the core courses that all students should take.

The sequence of courses according to year recognizes the normal progression of learning from the general to the more advanced courses. Courses in any given year are normally considered prerequisite to those in successive years.

Code TitleCredit
ENG 131 Introduction to Literature* 6
HIS 123 History of World Civilization 6
PSY 122 Introduction to Psychology* 6
    or  
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 6
BIB 200 Introduction to the Bible I 6
BIB 201 Introduction to the Bible II 6
CST 200 Introduction to Conflict Studies 3
LTH   Lithuanian Language part II** 6
HIS 315 Political Economy* 6
THE 341 Worldview and Christian Faith* 6
PHI 435 Moral Philosophy 6
   
Total credits:
51

* ENG 131 Intro to Literature goes to major for English and Contemporary Communication major students. PSY 122 Intro to Psychology goes to major for Psychology major students. HIS 315 Political Economy goes to major for Business and International Relations and Development major students. THE 341 Worldview and Christian Faith goes to major for Theology major students. HIS 123 History of World Civilizations goes to major for International Relations and Development major students.

**Lithuanian Language part II is required for Business, Contemporary Communication, English, International Relations and Development and Theology majors. It is not required for Psychology majors.