Minor in the Core Curriculum

The minor in the Core Curriculum offers students an integrated and interdisciplinary pathway that brings together the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in a set of explicitly interrelated courses that also satisfy students’ Hub requirements. By bringing together students and faculty from a wide range of departments and disciplines, the Core minor enables students to gain an extensive background and context for any major or field of study, from Mesopotamia to Modernism, from Homer to Virginia Woolf, from Confucius’ China to quantum theory, and from Plato’s ideal Republic to Karl Marx and Adam Smith. Although individual Core courses can be taken independently to fulfill Hub requirements, the Core minor allows students to benefit from the interconnections built into the Core sequence, thereby filling out their study of the texts, works, and ideas that have brought us to the modern world.

Benefits of the Core Minor

  • An opportunity for continuous and integrated study. The minor allows students to go beyond courses taken for their general education requirements and fill in the entire set of interrelations considered in Core.
  • Community. The Core minor allows students an opportunity to study with a self-selected group of peers interested in a general liberal arts education at the same time that they pursue and share their individual fields of expertise in their majors and other minors.
  • Interdisciplinary scope. Completion of the Core minor enables students to pursue knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, from the ancient to the modern world and from religion and the visual arts to quantum theory and economics. The broader background that the minor provides will serve as a valuable larger context for students in any major.

Students complete the Core minor by taking the two gateway humanities courses, CAS CC 101 and 102, and at least four of the other six basic Core courses: CAS CC 201/202 Core Humanities 3 and 4; the two social science courses, CAS CC 112/211; and/or the two natural sciences courses, CAS CC 111/212.

All students choosing to take the Core minor are encouraged to participate in their choice of a selection of other opportunities made available through Core, such as the Core Cocurricular Docent Program, Core Honors, the Core journal, the summer study in Athens program, Core’s 2-credit DME course (CC 220), and the Word & Way Society, Core’s SAO student group.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who complete the Core minor will demonstrate knowledge of notable works of literature, philosophy, and visual culture and learn to evaluate important arguments from the fields of natural and social sciences. Students will be able to make meaningful connections through an interdisciplinary lens and be able to relate and connect their knowledge to multiple fields of study and to their own experience and that of others.
  • Students will master skills in reading and in oral and written communication, work upon their analytical skills, exercise creativity, and reflect upon all of these processes.
  • Students will demonstrate the skills and vocabulary needed to reflect on issues of critical thinking, ethical questions, concerns of society and the individual, aesthetic concerns, and the validity of scientific arguments.