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.
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 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.
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.
The Core Curriculum is comprised of three units:
The units do not cost extra or extend the length of the course.
Read more about the Core Curriculum units:
From January 2019, all ACU undergraduate students who meet the required criteria will have the option to fulfil their two unit Core Curriculum requirements by completing certain philosophy units.
The Core Curriculum offers a range of exclusive study abroad opportunities – in cities such as Rome, London, Beijing, Paris or New York.