Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is comprised of the Common Core and Global Engagements requirements.
Common Core (CORE) Director
: N. Ries PROGRAM SITE
The Common Core Curriculum consists of four required interdisciplinary components. The first two components are taught by faculty members from across the university who work together to develop these courses: all sections of these two courses share common texts. Legacies of the Ancient World
explores texts from the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world that have given rise to philosophical, political, religious, and artistic traditions that continue to influence academic and intellectual discourse and critical thought. In Challenges of Modernity
, students explore a variety of texts that engage with the modern ideas and phenomena that have shaped the world in which we live. Scientific Perspectives on the World
(SP) courses engage issues of broader social significance that require scientific literacy. These courses are multi-disciplinary in focus: the topics of SP courses span the study of the physical world, biological processes, human behavior, mathematical methods, and technological innovations. Communities and Identities
(CI) courses provide students with a multi-layered understanding of identities, cultures, and human experiences in particular geographically distinct communities and regions of the world. Students are expected to complete the four common core courses by the end of their sophomore year.
Approximately half of the fall 2015 FSEMs fulfill a Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirement.