An ACU education is about your integral human development. You are more than your degree.

It’s learning to look at the world with empathy and confidence. It’s learning to listen and lead. It’s challenging stereotypes, and having the courage to make an impact.

See the world through the eyes of others

The University’s Core Curriculum lies at the heart of this transformation. It’s a key part of every ACU student’s education, giving you time to reflect on ways we can change the world by applying the principles of Catholic Social Thought.

Catholic Social Thought principles

  • The dignity of the human person: every person has value, is worthy of great respect and must be free from slavery, manipulation and exploitation
  • Solidarity: we are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences
  • The common good: everyone should have access to what they need to live a fulfilling life
  • Rights and responsibilities: every person has a fundamental right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are responsibilities, to one another, to our families, and to the larger society
  • Stewardship of the earth: it is our collective responsibility to care for the world we inhabit.

Catholic Social Thought has informed the development of universal approaches to human rights and justice in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is closely aligned with the most fundamental principles of many of the world’s religions and has influenced the codes of practice for many of our professions.

About the Core Curriculum

The Core at ACU is made up of three units, one of which is a community engagement unit – taught by academic staff from all faculties of the University. You’ll be in classes with students from other disciplines, ensuring different viewpoints and lively debate.

Core units can be taken face-to-face, online, or intensively. There’s even the chance to complete a unit overseas.

The Core is unique to ACU. It will challenge you to see the world from different perspectives and engage with the world in a meaningful and transformative way.

Core Curriculum structure

The Core Curriculum is comprised of three units:

  • two University Core Curriculum (UNCC) units that are common to most undergraduate programs
  • a Core Curriculum Community Engagement unit that is also specific to each program, serving to draw the Core Curriculum experience together and offering students an opportunity to live the Core Curriculum in action.

The units do not cost extra or extend the length of the course.

Read more about the Core Curriculum units:

International Core Curriculum study options 

The Core Curriculum offers a range of exclusive study abroad opportunities – in cities such as Rome, London, Beijing or New York.

Study the Core Curriculum overseas

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