The Common Curriculum

The Common Curriculum

The Complex Questions: Global Challenges and Social Justice Curriculum is the new General Education program for students entering Union College in the fall of 2022. This program combines the breadth of traditional liberal arts distribution requirements with addressing contemporary and enduring global issues affecting society, from global conflicts to climate change to gender inequities to artificial intelligence to mental health to racial injustice and more. Students will tackle these issues from multiple Perspectives. The Complex Questions: Global Challenges and Social Justice Curriculum will be phased-in, with the class of 2026 completing a minimum of six Perspectives and the class of 2027 completing a minimum of seven Perspectives. The curriculum will be fully implemented for students entering in the fall of 2024 (class of 2028), with students completing eight Perspectives.

Complex Questions: Global Challenges and Social Justice

The Common Curriculum embodies Union’s commitment to build intellectual foundations, explore the Liberal Arts, and create dynamic connections across boundaries as you discover new interests and contribute to humanity. The courses in the Common Curriculum create the essential foundation of a Union education in the Liberal Arts. Through them you begin to find the creative intersections of ideas that contribute to society and touch lives.