Core Curriculum

The core develops fundamental skills and habits of mind that are essential for success in college and beyond.

The Value of the Core

  • Interdisciplinarity of knowledge
    Knowledge rarely fits nicely into human-defined disciplines. The core connects to all majors and opens the door to the endless possibilities that a Liberal Arts education provides.
  • Shared intellectual engagements
    The core curriculum explores questions, texts, and patterns of thought that form the foundation of human societies. The core provides an intellectual foundation shared by students, faculty, and all Colgate alumni.
  • Old questions, new contexts
    Society evolves rapidly, casting new light on classic problems. The constantly evolving Liberal Arts Core Curriculum allows each new class to approach these subjects with fresh perspectives and methods of discovery.

Areas of Inquiry

To foster breadth of learning, students take six courses from a range of disciplines across three areas: Human Thought and Expression; Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.