What is the Core?
The Core is a broad set of courses that lays the foundation for a liberal arts education. The Core is designed to sharpen your academic skills and allow you to explore the various modes of inquiry in the liberal arts. Since your catalog year is prior to 2010, you have probably already completed some of your Core courses, like First-Year Seminar. For a summary list of the Core requirements please reference the catalog years 2006-2009.
Liberal Arts Skills
This portion of the Core includes courses to ensure a foundation in math, writing and foreign language. For the writing requirement you must take Engw 201 or 202. Further details on the math and language requirements may be found in the "Mathematics" and "World Languages" sections of the advising handbook.
The liberal arts consists of four divisions of study: the Arts, the Humanities, the Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences. The Core requires you to complete credit hours in each of these four divisions as follows:
Arts Division: One course or at least 2 credits in Art, Music, or Theatre. Students who complete the art core requirement will do so by one of two means, or some combination of the two. Path 1: Students elect the participatory, hands-on path and complete the requirement by enrolling in one three-credit studio class in the Art Department or by taking three semesters (at one credit per semester) in one or more Music ensembles or Theatre production courses. Path 2: Others fulfull the core requirement in the arts by taking one three-credit course in the history or appreciation of one of the arts. These typical courses operate along the lines of humanities courses.
Humanities Division: Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits. Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits, chosen from Literature**, History (except HIST 326), Philosophy, Media Arts (MEDA 110, 112, 120, 220 only), Peace and Social Justice Studies (PACS 211, 325, 411, 430 only), Rel 110, and Humanities (except HUM 300, but including GSS201). (** Literature courses include English courses with the prefix ENGL and selected courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, as indicated in course descriptions).
Natural Sciences Division: Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits. Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits, chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies (ENV 141, ENV 160, ENV 170, ENV 200 , ENV 210 ENV 230, ENV 260, ENV 325, ENV 334), Exercise Science Integrative Physiology (EXIP), Physics, Science or two courses with laboratory in the same discipline. No 190 courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Social Sciences Division: Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits. Two courses (in two different disciplines) for a total of at least 5 credits, chosen from Anthropology, Economics, Politics and Government, Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences.
All students must take one course or at least 2 credits in courses designated as Comparative Cultural Studies in the schedule of classes or catalog. For a list of courses that fulfill this requirement, consult the current course schedule on BoxerOnline. The courses that qualify are those on the cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America or aspects of American culture that draw upon these areas or the culture of indigenous peoples of North America, excluding foreign language instruction.
Your last Core requirement in your senior year is the Capstone project. For this project you will work closely with your professors in your major field of study. You will integrate what you have learned in the last four years into a high quality written paper, artistic performance or creative work that you will present to a live audience on Senior Projects Day.