Overviews of the Core

Overviews of the Core

Tue Sep 20,
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The College’s Core provides an introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline to establish the habits of mind and the critical, analytic, and writing skills that are expected of an educated, well-informed member of modern society. As these requirements cross a number of disciplines, both qualitative and quantitative in nature, these sessions will consist of two parts, with faculty representing different Collegiate divisions addressing both meetings. 

For Students Interested in the Sciences

Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
For the first part of this meeting, faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences will help students understand the options to complete the Core requirements for the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Civilizations. The Core sequences for Hum, Sosc, and Civ provide a common experience for all College students by introducing original texts, formulating original questions based on those texts, and cultivating the understanding of fundamental concepts, theories, and philosophies. The second part of the meeting will feature faculty from the Biological and Physical Sciences, as well as Mathematics. There will be a discussion of the core options in these areas as they relate to specific majors in the sciences. 

For Students Interested in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 5706 South University Avenue
There are a number of options for students not intending to pursue a career in the sciences to satisfy the general education requirements in the Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences. These courses are intended to be taught with a high level of intellectual rigor, but at a level accessible to students with more limited prior exposure. The first part of this meeting will be hosted by faculty in the sciences, who will describe these options and help students choose the ones best suited to their interests. Following that, faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences will present descriptions of the Core sequences in those areas, as well as in Civilization Studies. The characteristic features of sequences and the relationship between Core courses and various majors will be discussed, as will study abroad options.