Melinda Messineo, associate professor of sociology"One of the reasons I enjoy teaching in the University Core Curriculum program at Ball State is because of the personal impact a similar program had on my own life as a freshman at another academic institution. I would never have found sociology—my life's passion—if it had not been part of my core course work as an undergraduate. That experience changed my life. I feel so fortunate to now have the opportunity to possibly touch students' lives in a similar way by teaching in Ball State's Core Curriculum program. "Teaching in the core also provides me with an opportunity to reach a broader range of students and use the diversity of the classroom to more effectively present the concepts of sociology. Similarly, it gives students a chance to spend time with students with a variety of interests, talents, and perspectives. This exposure helps students further clarify their own personal values while developing sensitivity to the values of others. "The core gives students an opportunity to explore the many interrelated facets of the university. It gives them a chance to see connections and develop solutions to problems with an interdisciplinary mindset. "I see the core as the foundation of a liberal arts education. The skills necessary for many occupations can be obtained in other settings, but it is through the foundational education received through the University Core Curriculum that well-informed citizens are created with the skills necessary for lifelong learning. You can get a job with less, but our future requires that our students be equipped with more. This is what the core offers."
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