Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is divided into three categories of learning:  Habits of Mind, Pathways to Knowledge, and Engaging the World.  See course descriptions below.

Western Tradition

An exploration of the great writings that have shaped the thoughts and imagination of the Western World. Students reflect critically on important ideas and learn to cultivate habits of careful and disciplined reading.

Argument and Research

Students develop the rhetorical and critical thinking skills needed to analyze texts and to structure complex arguments. In addition, the course gives students practice in exploring ideas through library research and in supporting a thesis.

Kinesiology and Human Performance

An introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological mechanisms pertinent to the study of the sportive body. The adaptations of the human in response to exercise will be explored with particular emphasis on energy systems and cardiorespiratory performance. Muscular anatomy, physiology, strength, endurance, and flexibility will be examined.

Personal and Professional Assessment

The exploration of the learning cycle, from reflection on experience to construction and application of knowledge. This analytical and self-reflective process is recorded in an Experiential Learning Portfolio, a collection of essays and supporting documentation, which may be further evaluated for transcripted academic credit.

The Global Conversation of the 20th and 21st Centuries

The course focuses on issues of significant relevance for a 21st century student, as well as texts that allow for integrative thinking across the entire Collegiate Seminar sequence.  The last portion of the course will include students reflecting on what they have learned and how they have grown, revisiting the steps of their intellectual development in a capstone experience.

The Art and Practice of Mathematics

A reflective examination of basic mathematical ideas and patterns. Through participation in the discovery and development of mathematical ideas, the student will view the subject as a vehicle for human creativity. The course also traces the historical and contemporary role of appropriate mathematical topics. 

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

The course examines the nature of culture and the diversity of societies worldwide. It focuses on cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas, and introduces the beginning student to some of the main topics of anthropology, including kinship, gender, the world system, fieldwork, magic and religion, race and ethnicity, social change, and the political system of societies throughout the world.

Wealth, Poverty and Social Justice

With sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity as the foundation, this course focuses on history and culture over the past two thousand years, primarily in the West, in areas such as art, literature, music, philosophy, politics, and, in particular, issues of wealth, poverty, and economic justice.

Senior Project & Elective

The Senior Project and Elective courses encourage students to pursue their individual interests in dance or other subjects.


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