The Common Curriculum

Section 1


Total: 10-13 courses; students can double count courses taken in Part B with Part C but are required to take at least 10 courses total to complete general education (see attached sample worksheet on page 11 for explanation of double counting). Students cannot satisfy general education requirements with AP credits.

NOTE: Students may satisfy any of the requirements in Parts B and C with appropriate courses taken on Terms Abroad.

Part A: Core: (2 courses)

Promotes skills in reading, writing, research, analyzing texts, and reflecting on the interpretive move from primary sources to secondary texts; prompts students and faculty to consider how various disciplines come together to promote understanding of "the human condition."

1) First Year Preceptorial

2) Sophomore Seminar

Part B: Distribution requirements: (8 courses)

Promotes breadth of knowledge about the social and natural world, and key skills in analysis, literacy, and numeracy. Students should be encouraged to take several of these courses in their first year in order to accumulate prerequisites, and disciplinary backgrounds, necessary to complete the clusters in Part C.

1. 1 Social Science: this category includes: psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, economics,
and political science.

2. 2 Humanities courses (includes studio and performing arts courses), one of which must be a literature course

3. 2 course in Linguistic and Cultural Competency. This category includes courses in any discipline covering:

· Term Abroad courses that deal with a cultural tradition outside the US

· cross-cultural comparison and theories about cultural complexity

· one or more cultural traditions outside of the US

· one or more "minority" cultural tradition within the United States

· a sequence of 2 courses in a foreign language at level 12 or higher.

4. 3 courses in quantitative and mathematical reasoning (QMR), natural and applied science, engineering, and the impact of science and technology on society.

· one course in natural sciences, with lab

· one course in quantitative and mathematical reasoning (QMR): includes courses in math or those
offered in a number of departments, listed under QMR GenEd

· one a course selected from the following categories:

i) same as in first bullet, but need not have a lab

ii) a course from engineering (includes CS), to foster understanding of technology

iii) a team-taught ID course (including at least one faculty from Div 3 or 4), with significant science or
engineering content, about the impact of science and/or technology on the human world: includes
Converging technologies courses listed as CT GenEd.

Part C: Making Connections across Disciplines (3 courses)

Prompts awareness of interdisciplinary connections by requiring students to take 3 courses in an approved cluster, from at least 2 different departments. Possibilities would include 3 courses in any of the existing ID programs and/or clusters of courses proposed by faculty groups and approved by the General Education Board such as "Ancient studies," "Globalization," or "Media Studies." The committee envisions that the list of approved clusters would change over time with new clusters being proposed and older ones, if no longer a focus of interest, disappearing over time.