Foundation Courses

(10 Courses)

NUB 102NU Beginnings NUB 102 has been suspended for the Fall 2022 semester as the University transitions to a 3-credit first-year symposium focusing on Vincentian Social Justice.1
WRT 100Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 110Lit Pers:3
REL 101Introduction to Religion3
or REL 103 Introduction to Christianity
Two religion electives (200 or 300-level courses)6
HIS 199USA in Contemp World3
PHI 206Ethics3
300-level elective course3

Niagara University Beginnings

NUB 102 NU Beginnings

Niagara University Beginnings is a seminar course required of all first-year students, introducing them to the academic culture of Niagara University. In this class, students learn about how their academic course of study is integrated with the university's Catholic and Vincentian missions, the General Education Curriculum, and student life.  NUB 102 has been suspended for the Fall 2022 semester, as the University transitions to a 3-credit first-year symposium focusing on Vincentian Social Justice.

one semester hour

Writing and Thinking

WRT 100 Writing and Rhetoric

This course introduces students to the reading and writing practices that characterize intellectual work in the university. Students are challenged to explore issues of interest and consequence, considering the perspectives of readers as well as their own. This course adopts a process approach to writing in a variety of academic genres., emphasizing pre-writing, researching, composing, revising, and editing, as it prepares students for success at Niagara University and beyond.

Literary Perspectives

ENG 110 Lit Pers:

These special topics courses allow students to concentrate on a significant author, topic, genre, medium, period, or movement set against contextualizing backdrops of literary, cultural, political, and/or historical change. Students write extensively in this course, arguing for their own interpretations, and applying critical theoretical approaches used by literary scholars. Assigned literary works are diverse and multicultural.

Religious Studies

The religious studies program at Niagara is designed to assist students to understand the religious dimension of human life as it influences persons, cultures and the world. The goals include development of an understanding of the Judeo/Christian tradition in the spirit of the Catholic and Vincentian heritage of the university. This is accomplished through the exploration of unity and diversity in the dialogue between Christianity and the world religions by study of sacred texts, beliefs, symbols, rituals and communities. The program also explores how religion entails an ethical response to the personal, social, cultural and political problems of our time.

REL 101Introduction to Religion3
or REL 103 Introduction to Christianity
Two religion electives (200 or 300-level courses)6

America and the Contemporary World

HIS 199 USA in Contemp World

Interpretive overview of developments affecting America and Americans during the turbulent years since World War II. Examines the nation’s rise as a global superpower, the expanding role of government, and related political, economic, scientific, social and cultural developments. Provides perspective on our future by evaluating the impact of developments on fundamental American values.

Philosophy

Philosophy pursues wisdom. It is concerned with the ultimate causes of the universe and human existence, together with a practical understanding of how we ought to live in that universe. The university considers a unified vision of humanity and the universe as fundamental to a Niagara education. To acquire the basic philosophical knowledge leading to this unified vision, all Niagara students are required to take:

PHI 105Introduction to Philosopy3
PHI 206Ethics3
300-level elective course3