In keeping with the recursive nature of
learning transformations and the goals stated in the Preamble and the Goals and
Objectives, the core curriculum is designed to enable students to
realize their intellectual potential,
- add breadth and depth to their educational experience,
- increase their personal well-being, and
- participate actively in their communities.
Moreover, the University recognizes its
responsibility to ensure that students are conversant with ways of knowing,
with criteria for judgment, and with types of information outside their majors.
To succeed in the 21st Century, where work often requires a group effort by
experts from multiple disciplines, university graduates will need to form,
lead, or be members of problem-solving, brainstorming, or decision-making teams
in a wide variety of professional settings. Thus the core curriculum requires
students to engage disciplines outside the domains of knowledge in which their
majors reside, to develop skills in written and oral communication, to become
mathematically, scientifically, and historically literate, and to understand
issues in the areas of physical wellness and personal finance. Any
forward-looking curriculum must also address the mounting issues, problems, and
opportunities in the areas of civic engagement, diversity, and international
and environmental awareness.
The UCC has six distinguishing
- Intellectual development: As indicated in the Preamble and Goals and Objectives, UCC
courses must have intellectual development goals, not simply content area
- Exposure to multiple domains: The UCC ensures that students will be able to distinguish among
domains of knowledge based on their specific epistemologies and methods,
as well as on the basis of content.
- Integration of 21st Century skills: In addition to developing writing
skills beyond those of the required course in English composition, the UCC
asks students to engage issues related to civic life, diverse cultures,
and the environment, not in separate courses for each of these areas, but
in courses that address one or more of these areas either inside or
outside the major, inside or outside the UCC.
- Integration of Core courses and the major: The UCC allows course work in the
major to count for as many as six hours in the Core as long as the courses
in the major meet learning transformation requirements.
- Experiential/immersion experience or similar learning experience:
The UCC envisions
that students will demonstrate the ability to work successfully in the
major (and related areas, as appropriate) through experiences that are
cumulative and integrative,
that include individual or collaborative reflective components, and that
provide an opportunity to communicate, both orally and in writing, at a
level expected of a college
- Learning outcomes: The UCC encourages participation by any department in the
university because the acceptability of courses for the core depends on
learning outcomes, as well as course content.