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The Structure of the Uncommon Core


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Your (Ideal) Progress Through The Uncommon Core


First Year: This is your year of learning how to ask. You will learn how to ask good questions and how to explore them in different disciplines. You will start to think about what questions really interest you. Perhaps 'What makes a meaningful life?', 'What role should morality play in business and politics?', or 'How should humans treat the environment?' You will take the following courses (keep in mind that depending on your major, you may not be able to take all these courses in the first year):

  • Two courses in the same Foreign Language (only if you are in a B.A. program & other selected programs--see your program requirements)
  • Two College Writing courses
  • Perspective-Enduring Question First Year Seminar & Academic and College Success
  • Five more Perspective-Enduring Questions courses (P-EQs)


Second Year: This is your year of exploring. In consultation with your Professors and Advisor you will decide on a question that you would like to pursue in your Integrative Studies. You'll also probably want to explore one or more Experiential Learning Pathway in this year. Here's what you'll take:

  • Two more Perspectives-Enduring Questions courses
  • Two Integrative Studies Courses
  • One Experiential Learning Pathway
  • A Health & Wellness course


Third Year: This is your year of integration. After taking (or at the same time as) your third and last Integrative Studies course, you sign up for the Core Milestone Experience. Here you'll look at all the artifacts and reflections you archived in P@N--from your P-EQ and IS courses, and from your Experiential Learning. You'll sign up for:

  • Your third Integrative Studies course
  • The Core Milestone Experience
  • Maybe another Experiential Learning Pathway


Fourth Year: This is your year of application. If there are parts of the Core Curriculum that you still need to complete, you can do it now. But ideally, this is when you apply the skills and knowledge that you gained through the Core in your major area of study. Also, you may want to sign up for another Experiential Learning Pathway to see how what you have learned in the classroom can be applied to real world problems and issues.

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