What is the Core?
The Core Learning Community
The CAS Core is a distinctive learning community for students who place a high value on liberal education, intellectual friendship, and close contact with faculty. Its wide-ranging, interdisciplinary program focuses on the classic works of the humanities and social sciences and on the important ideas, methods, and discoveries of the natural sciences.
The Core is designed as a serious and thoughtful foundation for further study in any area of the college or university. Our goal is to ask what the greatest works throughout the ages have to say to us here, right now, to empower the mind and sharpen what Confucius calls “human-heartedness.”
In the Core, we feature:
- Small seminar classes that emphasize discussion, collective learning, and the development of critical skills in thinking and writing
- A dedicated group of Core faculty, tied together by a love of learning and a commitment to the lively exchange of ideas in a small seminar setting
- A wide variety of co-curricular activities, including a student drama society, a literary journal, a film society, expeditions to Boston’s major cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony, and Boston Ballet, and a wide array of social gatherings that bring faculty and students together for informal conversation
- The opportunity to live on Core Floors in Warren Towers, the primary first-year residence hall, where specially selected Resident Assistants and Peer Advisors help students make the most of their college experience.
The Intellectual Spirit of the Core
The Core will challenge you intellectually and give you the support and encouragement you need to meet the challenge.
We explore great works by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Laozi, Rabelais, de Tocqueville, Marx, and Dostoevsky. We study the art of Michelangelo and the music of Bach and Mozart. We study topics such as genetic evolution and the origins of the universe from philosophical and ethical as well as scientific points of view. Several times each semester, the Core brings together scholars from across the university to discuss such issues as free will and determinism, the scope and limitations of the sciences, and the nature of material reality.
You can take advantage of the Core in many ways. The full series of eight courses satisfies all General Education requirements, while specific Core courses satisfy particular Divisional Studies and Writing requirements. Core courses also count as foundational courses in many majors, such as Anthropology, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.
No matter how you participate in Core, you will be making a choice that many students consider a highlight of their college careers.
To learn more about the Core, we invite you to explore this website. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Core faculty member or Core student, please call, write, or e-mail us.
College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum
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