Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum provides all students a common, robust intellectual experience and serves as the basis for lifelong learning. The 49-credit Core Curriculum, which extends over four years, reflects the College’s commitment to an authentic liberal arts education, which aims to develop the whole person.

Students complete classes in a broad range of disciplines—literature, languages, art, music, history, philosophy, religion, mathematics, as well as the natural and social sciences—to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, an appreciation of moral and ethical values, and essential skills such as critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, and effective communication.

What the Core Gives Students

  • A mission-focused introduction to college life, academic expectations, and support systems
  • An introduction to critical thinking and information literacy
  • Literary analysis skills and the ability to communicate them orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Immersion in literature, history, fine and performing arts, and philosophy
  • Immersion in economics, sociology, psychology, and communication
  • Basic scientific and quantitative reasoning skills
  • A fundamental knowledge of religious terms and concepts
  • Insight into fundamental ethical questions