The Integrative Core Curriculum highlights four areas of foundational competencies: written expression, oral expression, quantitative analysis and technological/informational literacy.

In most cases, students will be introduced to these competencies during their first year at John Carroll. The skills learned in these courses are re-iterated throughout the entire curriculum, and students receive additional training in writing and oral communication, specifically, in their majors. Technological and information literacy is embedded in the writing, speech, and quantitative analysis courses. All courses in the foundational competencies include discussion of ethical argument and ethical use of data.