The General Education Program provides the framework for a Christian liberal education at the University of Saint Katherine, equipping students with the competencies to pursue their advanced studies, and become well-rounded individuals and contributors to communities to which they belong. The exposure to diverse fields of study enables students to live as informed, historically conscious citizens of a democracy, to contribute to the society and common good, and to make intellectually honest, ethical decisions that reflect a knowledge of and respect for diverse people, ideas, and cultures. Such a breadth of General Education also cultivates skills critical to student success in academic, personal, civic, and professional endeavors both within and beyond the University.
The Integrated Core Program provides a solid backbone for Christian liberal arts education at the University of Saint Katherine, unifying both the student experience and curricular progression through cohort-based learning across a cumulative series of interdisciplinary courses. The Integrated Core exposes students to literature, philosophy, theology, history, anthropology, art, economics, sociology, music and political science, and invites them to participate in creative and synthetic thinking about the relationship of the object of these disciplines in reality. Through exposure to diverse fields of study within an interdisciplinary pedagogy that foregrounds the principle of integration and integral knowledge, the IC program engages students in ways that are challenging and rewarding. The Integrated Core exemplifies the centrality of the liberal arts tradition at the University and its commitment to educating the whole person: created in the image of God, formed in community, and inquiring for life in the search for Wisdom.
At the University of Saint Katherine, education is understood to be both a pursuit of truth and a formation in virtue. These two aspects are reflected in the institutional motto, Inquiry Seeking Wisdom. This motto is intended to convey a sense that the search for knowledge should unfold over the course of a life that engages faithfully with present challenges by drawing on the wellsprings of the past.
The University of Saint Katherine is committed to classical learning and a model of education that attends to the rich intellectual and cultural heritage of Western civilization and the broad commonalities of human nature explored by that heritage and its unparalleled depth. This commitment is manifested most of all in our unique Integrated Core curriculum, our faculty scholarship and teaching, and rootedness in the Orthodox Christian tradition.
The Integrated Core curriculum provides a solid backbone for Christian liberal arts education at the University of Saint Katherine, unifying both the student experience and curricular progression through cohort-based learning across a cumulative series of seven interdisciplinary courses. These courses move through ancient, late antique, early Christian, medieval and modern periods, and connect insights into the “everlasting questions” (Dostoevsky) from theological, philosophical, historical, artistic, literary, political, and anthropological perspectives.
Through exposure to diverse fields of study within an Orthodox Christian interdisciplinary pedagogy that foregrounds the principle of integration and integral knowledge, the Integrated Core curriculum engages students in ways that are challenging and rewarding. Amounting to a revamped trivium, the Integrated Core is meant to encourage true, Aristotelian friendship across programs and beyond graduation. The Integrated Core exemplifies the central role of liberal arts at the College and its mission of Inquiry Seeking Wisdom through a commitment to educating the whole person.
The General Education program supports the Integrated Core with a solid grounding in writing, mathematics, science, foreign language, theology, and economics. Faculty-student interaction in small classes, which includes exposure to faculty scholarship on classical topics, encourages the practice of Socratic dialogue and ratiocination. Finally, the Orthodox Christian mission and identity of USK offers a unique approach to the significance of Eastern Christianity and Byzantium as a preserver and transmitter of classical texts and learning to the West. The Orthodox Christian educational approach in the Integrated Core strives to connect intellectual and spiritual life, person and community, beauty and truth.
Within the Integrated Core curriculum, students have the option of pursuing an Honors track in six of the seven IC courses. In return for extra contact hours, reading, and assignments, students will receive an extra unit in addition to the normal 3-units when they apply to take an IC course for Honors. This track enables students to accrue up to an additional 6-units of credit. This distinction will be indicated on the student’s transcript.
Rebecca Coleman, Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language
Professor Rebecca Coleman has been living in San Diego since 1998 after moving from the northwestern US. She graduated from Palomar College’s English/American Sign Language Interpreter Training Program in 2011 and has worked with the Speech/ASL department at Palomar ever since. She went on to graduate in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science degree in ASL Interpretation Studies from Missouri’s William Woods University. Rebecca is an active volunteer working with her church in children’s ministry and as an interpreter for many events throughout San Diego County. She plans is to complete her PhD in the field of ASL Interpreting and/or Higher Education.
Jim Getman, Adjunct Professor of Communication
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Professor Jim Getman served 24 years in the Navy as an enlisted and officer in the submarine and surface communities. Before retiring from the Navy, he finished his MBA degree from Regis University in Denver, and holds a Doctorate in Management from the University of Phoenix, with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Behavior.
Bethany Getz, Adjunct Professor of Literature & Composition
Professor Bethany Getz earned her PhD from Baylor University in 2010 and has been teaching writing, composition, and literature classes for over eight years. Her areas of interest include 18th-century and early 19th-century British literature, virtue in literature, early American literature, the great works, and the development of the novel. Her publications include “Virtue” an essay in Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789 and a review of The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature which appeared in the journal of the Conference for Christianity and Literature.
Garrett Miller, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Professor Garrett Miller was born and raised in north San Diego County, and he has been teaching philosophy in the region since 2008. He completed a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego in 2005, graduating summa cum laude. He then traveled to England to study philosophy at King’s College London, University of London, where, in 2007, he received his M.A. in Philosophy. His Master’s dissertation at King’s, he explored a prominent philosophical argument for the conclusion that perceptual knowledge is impossible and proposed a novel account of how to overcome it. His current research interests primarily concern issues in epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and ethics.
David Orozco, Adjunct Professor of Spanish Language and Literature
Professor David Orozco has taught Spanish at the collegiate level for over 24 years, at SDSU, Mesa College, Grossmont College, Point Loma Nazarene University and the University of Saint Katherine. He thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion for Hispanic culture, language, and history with his students. A graduate of the MA program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at SDSU and the Bachelor’s programs in Spanish and Physical Education at CSUB, his overarching area of interest is Chicano Studies