Core Requirements & Courses

Core Requirements & Courses

The Boston College Core Curriculum is a 15-course program required of all Boston College undergraduates.

Arts

​The need to make, experience, and comprehend art has been one of the essential, defining human activities since history began. The arts are thus integral to human experience and expression, the development of critical interpretive skills, an understanding of creative processes, and the fostering of imagination and empathy. The critically engaged practice of the arts, arrived at through rigorous training, uniquely nurtures creativity and innovation. Anchored in experimentation and creative problem-solving, the arts challenge students to make connections across traditional disciplinary boundaries. ​

Three credits of coursework in art history, studio art, film, music or theater are required and will address some combination of the following criteria: students will acquire a greater understanding of the technical skills required to create works of art; students will gain knowledge of the aesthetic questions raised by works of art; and students will understand the historical contexts in which such works were created. As a result, students will be able to engage meaningfully with art through creative work and/or to articulate their understanding of art in oral and written expression.

Courses Fulfilling the Core Requirement

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
ARTH1101 Art from Prehistoric Times to the High Middle Age
ARTH1107 History of Architecture
ARTH1109 Clues to Seeing 
ARTH1701 Living on Water: Venetian Art/Architecture/Enviroment
ARTH2221 Mysteries and Visions: Early Medieval Art
ARTH2258 Twentieth Century Art
ARTH2267 Salt Box to Skyscraper: Amer Archit 17th-2Oth Century
MUSA1100 Fundamentals of Music Theory I
MUSA1200 Introduction to Music
MUSA1300 History of Popular Music
MUSA1701 Aesthetic Exercises: Engagement, Empathy, Ethics
THTR1120 Elements of Dance
THTR1170 Introduction to Theatre
THTR1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process
THTR1702 Your Brain on Theatre: Neuroscience & the Actor
ARTS1101 Drawing I: Foundations
ARTS1102 Painting I: Foundations
ARTS1104 Design: Seeing is Believing
ARTS1107 Design I: Foundations 
UNAS1104 / UNAS1105 Modernism & the Arts I/Perspectives II

 

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
ARTH1102 Art: Renaissance to Modern Times
ARTH1109 Clues to Seeing
ARTH2206 / CLAS2208 Art and Myth in Ancient Greece
ARTH2222 Imagination and Imagery: Later Medieval Art
ARTH2251 Modern Architecture
ARTH2280 Masterpieces of Islamic Art
ARTS1101 Drawing I: Foundations
ARTS1102 Painting I: Foundations
ARTS1104 Design: Seeing is Believing
ARTS1150 Painting Plus: Collage
MUSA1100
Fundamentals of Music Theory I
MUSA1200 Introduction to Music
MUSA1300 History of Popular Music
THTR1120
Elements of Dance
THTR1170 Introduction to Theatre
UNAS1106 / UNAS1107 Modernism & the Arts II/Perspectives II

Cultural Diversity

A critical component of a liberal education is the capacity to see human experience from the point of view of others who encounter and interpret the world in significantly different ways. Courses in Cultural Diversity, by introducing students to different cultures and examining the concepts of cultural identity and cultural differences, are aimed at developing students' appreciation of other ways of life and providing a new understanding of their own cultures.

More specifically, the Task Force envisions a one-course Cultural Diversity requirement being fulfilled by:

  • courses on Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultures
  • courses on minority cultures of the United States derived from these cultures
  • courses on Native American cultures
  • courses that address the concept of culture from a theoretical and comparative perspective either separately or in the context of the courses listed in above.

Cultural Diversity courses could be designed as departmental offerings or as interdisciplinary courses and could approach the culture in various ways: through its religious or ethical values; from an understanding of its historical development; from the perspective of its social, economic and political systems; or from an appreciation of its literary, artistic or other cultural achievements.

The Cultural Diversity requirement functions as a graduation requirement, and, unlike other Core requirements, may be fulfilled by a course above the Core level. It may simultaneously fulfill another requirement of the Core or the major.

Click here for a list of Core courses on the theme of Difference, Justice, and the Common Good, which fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement.

Courses Fulfilling the Core Requirement

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
AADS1104 / HIST2481 African American History I
AADS1110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
AADS1137 / MGMT2137 Managing Diversity
AADS1139 / SOCY1039 African World Perspectives 
AADS2253 The Modern Black Freedom Movement
AADS2470 / ENGL2470 Black and Popular: Speculative Fictions by Black Writers
AADS3340 / HIST4484 Gender & Sexuality in African American History
AADS4482 / HIST4482 Ghana/U.S. Historical & Cultural Connections 
BIOL2240 Health and Science Education Disparities
ECON3374 / INTL3374 Development Economics and Policy
FREN3300 The French and the Peoples of America
HIST1077 Globalization I
HIST1083 Globalization I
HIST1087 Globalization I
HIST1055 Globalization I
HIST1113 African Diaspora and the World I
HIST4150 / POLI2420 Modern Iran
HIST4552 Race, Rights and the Law
ICSP1199 Islamic Civilization
ICSP2309 / MUSA2309 Music and Culture in the Middle East
INTL3374 / ECON3374 Development Economics and Policy 
MGMT2137 / AADS1137 Managing Diversity
MUSA1320 Introduction to Musics of the World
MUSA2307 Musics of Asia
MUSA2309 / ICSP2309 Music and Culture in the Middle East 
PHIL3344 What is Racism
PHIL4454 Unheard Voices: Philosophy and Crossroads of Identity
PHIL6578 / THEO6578 Daoism
POLI2302 Dilemmas of Unity and Diversity in American Society and Politics 
POLI4590 East Asian Security
SLAV2065 / SOCY2280 Society and National Identity in the Balkans
SOCY1030 Deviance and Social Control
SOCY1036 Introduction to Latin American Societies 
SOCY1150 / NELC2062 States and Minorities in the Middle East
SOCY2280 / SLAV2065 Society and National Identity in the Balkans
SOCY3367 Social Justice in Israel/Palestine
SPAN6655 Writing and Memory in the Andean World 
THEO1161 Religious Quest: Comparative Perspect I
THEO2800 Race, Freedom, and the Bible in America
THEO3557 Catholicism and Social Responsibility
THEO6578 / PHIL6578 Daoism
UNCP5544 / ENGL4637 Capstone: Vision Quest: A Multicultural Approach 

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
AADS1105 / HIST2482 African American History II
AADS1110 Introduction to African Dispora Studies
AADS2199 Introduction to Caribbean Writers
AADS2222 Black Education Movements
AADS2243 Gender and Slavery
AADS2248/ SOCY2254/ UNAS2254 Advanced Community Service Research Seminar I
AADS2306/ MUSA2306 Musics of Africa
AADS3302/ RLRL3302 Racism: French and American Perspectives
ARTH2244 Chinese Visual Culture
ARTH2250 Introduction to African Art
ARTH2274 The Arts of Buddhism
ARTH2280 Masterpieces of Islamic Art
ARTH3350 Object in Islamic Art
ARTH4402 Art and Architecture of the Forbidden City
COMM4442 Intercultural Communication
EALC2162 Gods and Heroes in Chinese Literature (in trans)
ECON2273 / INTL2274 Development of Economics
ECON3374 Development Economics and Policy
ENGL2482 African American Writers
ENGL3346 Asian American Experience
ENGL4447 The Poetics of Rap
ENVS3315 Sustainable Agriculture
FILM3312 World Cinema
HIST1056 Globalization II
HIST1078 Globalization II
HIST1084 Globalization II
HIST1088 Globalization II
HIST1114 African Diaspora and the World II
HIST2302 Modern Latin America
HIST2482 African American History II
HIST2487 Race and Identity in African American History
HIST4003 Public Culture in Postwar Japan
HIST4140 Middle East in the 20th Century
HIST4476 Social Action in America
HIST4551 American Hate
ICSP3310 / THEO5500 Women and Gender in Islam
MUSA1320 Introduction to Musics of the World
POLI2405 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
SLAV2067 Gender and War in Eastern Europe
SLAV2169 Slavic Civilizations
SOCY1043/ AADS1155 Introduction to African American Society 
SOCY1093 Comparative Social Change
SOCY1148 / NELC2061 Language, Memory and Identity in the Middle East
SOCY3388 Culture Through Film
THEO1162 Religious Quest: Comparative Perspect II
THEO5387/ PHIL5387 Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia

History

History Core courses offer long-term and global perspectives on the social, economic, political, and cultural factors shaping human experience. They introduce students to the importance of historical context and the process of historical change by examining which aspects of human life have changed and which have endured over time and across different regions of the world. Students learn how to interpret the past using primary sources, and they acquire breadth of knowledge, a critical framework, and analytical skills. By studying past events, students develop an understanding of the historical roots of contemporary societies and come to view the present with a sharper eye, appreciating that it, too, is contingent and will one day be re-examined and reconstructed. Through this process, students become better-informed and more open-minded whole persons, prepared to engage in the world.

Studying a broad sweep of time is essential to forming a rich sense of history. Toward this end, and as part of the Core Curriculum, students take two (2) three-credit History Core courses, one pre-1800 and one post-1800. Learning history also involves more than books and lectures. We learn by doing, and the History Core shows that history is alive and that we are part of it. In addition to reading documents, examining artifacts, writing essays, and attending lectures, students move outside the classroom to explore living history in interdisciplinary ways. We make use of the outstanding resources on campus and in the greater Boston area, visiting museums and historic sites, attending special presentations and performances, and conducting oral interviews.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
AADS3340 Gender & Sexuality in African American History
CLAS1701 Death in Ancient Greece: Achilles/Alexander Great
CLAS2205 Greek History
HIST1001 Europe in the World I
HIST1011 Atlantic Worlds I
HIST1055 Globalization I
HIST1094
Modern History II
HIST1113 African Diaspora and the World I
HIST1503 Understanding Race, Gender and Violence
HIST1511 Science and Technology in American Society
HIST1821 Odysseys in Western & Islamic Traditions
HIST2201 Greek History
HIST4552 Race, Rights and the Law

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
HIST1002 Europe in the World II
HIST1012 Atlantic Worlds II
HIST1042 Europe in the World II
HIST1056 Globalization II
HIST1078 Globalization II
HIST1084 Globalization II
HIST1088 Globalization II
HIST1093 Modern History I
HIST1114 African Diaspora and the World II
HIST1505/ SOCY150901 Planet in Peril:History & Future of Human Impacts
HIST1509/ POLI104301 The History and Politics of Terrorism
HIST1703 Religious Diversity in a Muslim World
HIST1704 The Worlds of Moby-Dick
HIST1705 Revolutionary Media: How Books Changed History
SOCY1706 Human Rights and Social Welfare

 

Literature

Classical Studies, English, German Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures

Literature, in all its genres, is a fundamental vehicle for understanding human experiences. By taking three credits of the Core Curriculum in literature, students read in order to explore the characteristics and values of their own and other cultures; to discover alternative ways of looking at the world; to gain insights into issues of permanent importance and contemporary urgency; and to distinguish and appreciate the linguistic and formal satisfactions of literary art.

To read literature critically is to examine the human condition through language’s expressive power and to place the reception of literary works in cultural, historical, and social contexts. In Literature Core courses, students will be introduced to disciplinary skills including close reading, analysis of texts, and the practice of writing about them with clarity and engagement. Through shared critical and reflective inquiry, students will explore ways in which meaning is textually produced in the world.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
ENGL1080 Literature Core
ENGL1702 Reading the Body
ENGL1703 Humans, Nature, and Creativity
ENGL1711 Growing Up Gendered: Literary Representations Difference
ENGL1712 Roots & Routes: Reading Identity/Migration/Culture
ENGL2227 Classics of Russian Literature (In Translation)
FREN3301
The French and the Peoples of America
GERM2221 Madmen, Hysterics & Criminals: Inventing Deviance
SLAV1164 Death in Russian Literature: Heroes/Cowards/Human
SLAV2162 Classics of Russian Literature (In Translation)
SPAN3395 Contextos

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
ECON1501/ ENGL1503 Beyond Price: Markets, Cultures, Values
ENGL1079 Literature Core for English Language Learners
ENGL1080 Literature Core
ENGL1709 Living in the Material World
ENGL1714 Reading Melville's Moby-Dick
ENGL1715 Revolutionary Media: How Reading Changes Us
ENGL1716 Metamorphosis: Story-Telling
ENGL1717 Fictions of Development: Adolescence Hist. Context
ENGL1718 Reading In/Justice: Literature as Activism
ENGL1720 Creating the Modern Identity: Power/Politics
SOCY1705 Growing Up Gendered: Contemporary Media
SPAN3395 Contextos

Mathematics

Mathematics has been a significant component of human knowledge throughout history, and today its reach has expanded beyond the natural sciences and technology to encompass the social sciences, business, law, health care, and public policy, among other fields. The study of mathematics fosters the use of quantitative methods to analyze diverse problems, the urge to recognize commonality in such problems and seek generalization, comfort with mathematical abstraction, and the ability to solve problems in new and unfamiliar contexts. Mathematics is universal, and a well-educated person will rely on these skills throughout life.

Students taking one (1) three-credit Core course in mathematics should therefore:

  • learn the nature of mathematical inquiry: abstraction and generalization;
  • understand the power of mathematical reasoning to reach conclusions with assurance;
  • communicate solutions clearly and effectively;
  • study and appreciate applications of mathematics to other disciplines.

Courses Fulfilling the Core Requirement

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
CSCI1101 Computer Science I
MATH1004 Finite Probability & Applications
MATH1007 Ideas in Mathematics
MATH1100 Calculus I
MATH1101 Calculus II
MATH1102 Calculus I (Math/Science Majors)
MATH1190 Fundamentals of Mathematics I
MATH1701 Understanding Mathematics: Origins/Evolution/Human
MATH2202 Multivariable Calculus
UNAS1109 Horizons of New Soc Sciences I/Perspectives III
UNAS1119 New Scientific Visions I/Perspectives IV

 

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
MATH1004 Finite Probability & Applications
MATH1007 Ideas in Mathematics
MATH1100 Calculus I
MATH1101 Calculus II
MATH1103 Calculus II(Math/Science Majors)
MATH1180 Principles of Statistics for the Health Sciences
MATH1191 Fundamentals of Mathematics II
MATH2202 Multivariable Calculus
UNAS1121/ UNAS112202 New Scientific Visions II/Perspectives IV
CSCI110101
Computer Science I

Natural Science

Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics

We live in a vast and complex universe and natural world, from the largest cluster of galaxies to the smallest subatomic particle. Science is our way of making sense of and understanding nature through systematic observation and experimentation. Scientific knowledge is organized through logical, theoretical, and mathematical frameworks. Mindful of the impact that discoveries and technology can have on our society, we seek to apply scientific understanding to the ultimate benefit of humankind.

The Natural Science Core consists of two (2) three- or four-credit courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences or Physics. Students completing the Natural Science Core will:

  1. expand their understanding of the principles, body of knowledge, and investigative strategies that comprise science and its technological applications;
  2. develop a scientific literacy that will promote curiosity, respect for the scientific method, and general awareness of the limitations of scientific conclusions;
  3. recognize the role of scientific discovery, past, present and future, in interrelated concerns such as human health, societal well-being, and planetary sustainability; and
  4. appreciate the role of science in defining their relationship with the natural world and their position within the cosmos.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
BIOL1100 General Biology
BIOL1420 The Genetic Century
BIOL1503 Science and Technology in American Society
BIOL1703 Neuroscience of the Brain: Perform Normal/Abnormal
CHEM1105 Chemistry and Society I
CHEM1109 General Chemistry I
CHEM1117 Honors Modern Chemistry I
EESC1132
Exploring the Earth
EESC1150 Astronomy
EESC1157 Oceanography
EESC1170 Rivers and the Environment
EESC1172 Weather, Climate and Environment
EESC1180 The Living Earth I
EESC1501 Global Implications of Climate Change
HIST1511
Science and Technology in American Society
PHYS1500 Foundations of Physics I
PHYS2100 Introduction to Physics I (Calculus)
PHYS2200 Introductory Physics I (Calc)

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
BIOL1440 Sustaining the Biosphere
BIOL1702 Human Disease:Plagues, Pathogens & Chronic Disorder
BIOL1704 Metamorphosis: Evolution and Genetics of Change
BIOL2000 Molecules and Cells
BIOL2010 Ecology and Evolution
CHEM1102/ ARTH113001 Intersection of Science and Painting
CHEM1103 Chemistry in the Marketplace I
CHEM1106 Chemistry and Society II
CHEM1110 General Chemistry II
CHEM1118 Honors Modern Chemistry II
CHEM1701 Living in the Material World
EESC1125 Exploring Earth History
EESC1146 Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth
EESC1174 Climate Change and Society
EESC1177 Cosmos
EESC1182 The Living Earth II
EESC1187 Geoscience and Public Policy
PHYS1500 Foundations of Physics II
PHYS2101 Introduction to Physics II (Calculus)
PHYS2201 Introductory Physics II (Calc)

Philosophy

Philosophy has a permanent and central place in Jesuit higher education and is an important part of the Boston College Core Curriculum. By introducing students to the great philosophical questions, philosophy offers a perspective which makes possible an integrated vision of physical, human and spiritual reality; it weighs propositions fundamental to personal identity, dignity, religious belief, and social responsibility; and it examines moral issues that affect individuals and communities. The philosophy Core teaches critical and analytical skills so that students develop an intellectual and moral framework for considering questions of ultimate value and significance, challenging them to translate philosophical principles into guides for life. All Core offerings in philosophy bring students to reflect critically on the kinds of claims made in different disciplines from the natural sciences to theology by considering questions about the nature of reason, evidence, belief, and certainty. The two (2) sequential three-credit courses in the philosophy Core aim to teach students that the philosophical habit of mind is part of a well-lived life, providing the perspective and tools for critical evaluation of and engagement with contemporary problems and questions.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
HONR1131 Being Religious I
HONR1141 God and Politics I
PHIL1070
Philosophy of the Person I
PHIL1071 Philosophy of the Person II
PHIL1088 Person and Social Responsibility I
PHIL1090 Perspectives on Western Culture I
PHIL1793 Inquiring about Humans and Nature
PHIL1705 Being Human: Philosophical Problem Nature & Math
PHIL2281 Philosophy of Human Existence I

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
PHIL1070 Philosophy of the Person I
PHIL1071 Philosophy of the Person II
PHIL1089 / THEO1089 Person and Social Responsibility II
PHIL1091/ THEO1091 Perspectives on Western Culture II
PHIL1704 Inquiring about Humans and Nature II
PHIL1706 Being Human II : Phil Problem Nature/Math
PHIL2282 Philosophy of Human Existence II

Social Sciences

Psychology in Education, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

The social sciences help us better understand the social worlds in which we live. The social science Core requirement explores the influences on the way people think, feel, and behave in those social worlds by considering the nature of the individual, institutions, and social interactions. Although the social science disciplines have different approaches, they share a common methodology—a theory-driven empirical analysis of data that has relevance to real-world issues. The majority of complex problems that we face in today’s world have economic, political, psychological, and sociological dimensions. The social sciences help students to develop skills to grasp the complexity of the world and to understand themselves and their place in the world.

The Core requirement consists of two (2) three-credit courses chosen from one or more of the following disciplines: economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Core courses in the social sciences emphasize one or more of the following: major concepts and central questions of the discipline, key methods for using logic and evidence to evaluate findings and conclusions, or real-world and policy applications.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
ECON1131 Principles of Economics I/Microeconomics
ECON1132 Principles of Economics II/Macroeconomics
EESC1501
Global Implications of Climate Change
EESC1702 Living on Water: Coasts, Development, Sea Level
HIST1503
Understanding Race, Gender and Violence
POLI1021 How to Rule the World: Intro to Political Theory
POLI1041 Fundamental Concepts of Politics
POLI1042 Introduction to Modern Politics
POLI1091 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSYC1072 Memory in Everyday Life
PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
SOCY1001 Introductory Sociology
SOCY1002 Intro to Sociology for Healthcare Professions
SOCY1030 Deviance and Social Control
SOCY1036 Introduction to Latin American Societies
SOCY1039 African World Perspectives
SOCY1049 Social Problems
SOCY1089 Women and the Body
SOCY1092 Peace or War: United States/Third World
SOCY1503 Understanding Race, Gender and Violence
SOCY1702 The Body in Sickness and Health
SOCY1705 Growing Up Gendered: Contemporary Media Represent
NURS1210 Public Health in a Global Society

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
AADS1110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
ECON1131 Principles of Economics I/Microeconomics
ECON1132 Principles of Economics II/Macroeconomics
ECON1501/ ENGL1503 Beyond Price: Markets, Cultures, Values
ECON1701 Human Disease: Health, the Economy, and Society
POLI1041
Fundamental Concepts of Politics
POLI1042 Introduction to Modern Politics
POLI1043/ HIST1509 The History and Politics of Terrorism
POLI1045 Religion in a Secular World: Church/Mosque/State
POLI1046 Politics of Human Rights
POLI1047 Creating the Modern State: Power/Politics/Propagan
POLI1081 Introduction to International Politics
PSYC1032 Emotion
PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
PSYC1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
SOCY1001 Introductory Sociology
SOCY1002 Intro to Sociology for Healthcare Professions
SOCY1024 Gender and Society
SOCY1030 Deviance and Social Control
SOCY1043/ AADS1155 Introduction to African American Society 
SOCY1071 Global Inequalities
SOCY1072 Inequality in America
SOCY1078 Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCY1092 Peace or War: United States/Third World
SOCY1093 Comparative Social Change
SOCY1509/ HIST1505 Planet in Peril: History & Future of Human Impacts
SOCY1707 Passion, Power, and Purpose: Adolescence
SOCY1708 Growing Up Gendered: Socio-Cultural

Theology

Theology is the disciplined reflection on the mystery of God in the world and on the traditions of belief, worship, and ethics that shape communities of faith. It explicitly reinforces the tradition of Jesuit humanism, which prizes the scholarly investigation of religious faith and its impact on human culture. The study of theology is an essential feature of the Core Curriculum in a Jesuit, Catholic university. This implies an institutional commitment to the Roman Catholic tradition, but also encourages the study and understanding of other theological traditions.

The Core requirement in theology is six credit hours and may be fulfilled by one of several two-semester sequences. Each sequence in the theology core offers a distinctive contribution, but together they share the following goals in common: engaging the quest for truth and meaning that generates theological insight in Christianity and other religious traditions; exploring the fundamental texts and practices that shape Christian theology; understanding the dynamic relationship between religious truth-claims and their moral implications, both personal and societal; engaging the various disciplinary methods required for theological reflection, including textual, historical, social, and cultural analysis; and relating theological inquiry to the enduring questions animating the broader liberal arts tradition.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
THEO1001 Biblical Heritage I
THEO1016 Introduction to Christian Theology I
THEO1023 Exploring Catholicism I: Tradition & Transformation
THEO1088 Person and Social Responsibility I
THEO1090 Perspectives on Western Culture I
THEO1161 Religious Quest: Comparative Perspect I
THEO1701 Spiritual Exercises: Engagement, Empathy, Ethics

 

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
THEO1002 Biblical Heritage II
THEO1017 Introduction to Christian Theology II
THEO1024 Exploring Catholicism II: Tradition & Transformation
THEO1089/ PHIL1089 Person and Social Responsibility II
THEO1091 / PHIL1091 Perspectives on Western Culture II
THEO1162 Religious Quest: Comparative Perspect II
THEO1700 Theological Inquiry

Writing

Writing should be an important component of the Core Curriculum, both as a mode of learning, as well as of expression. Good writing results from an active effort to organize ideas and express them precisely. In addition, it can help students define issues, take stands, and expose their ideas to critical evaluation. In professional, as well as personal life, writing is an important step in translating ideas into action.

Students will be exposed to the practice of writing in two ways. First, freshmen will be required to take a new course entitled "Writing as Critical Practice" (unless exempted through advanced placement examinations). This course will develop the student's ability to think critically and write effectively through frequent writing assignments and individual student-teacher conferences. The course will be best taught in small sections, and will be taken, if possible, in the first semester of freshman year. Second, as an overall goal of the Core Curriculum, a strong writing component, designed to engage students actively with the material they study, will be included in as many Core courses as possible.

Fall 2017

Course Number Course Name
ENGL1009
First Year Writing Sem/English Language Learners
ENGL1010
First Year Writing Seminar
ENGL1713
Roots & Routes: Writing Identity/Migration/Culture

Spring 2018

Course Number Course Name
ENGL1010 First Year Writing Seminar
ENGL1719 Writing In/Justice: The Power of Response