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The Committee on General Education

The responsibility of the Committee on General Education is to assess the effectiveness of the General Education curriculum and to share the results of its assessment with the Faculty. These results will usefully inform the deliberations of the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards in its role of proposing policies to the Faculty regarding the curriculum.

After the three year General Education revision process ended with a faculty vote on a new general education curriculum in May 2020, the committee has taken up the implementation of the new curriculum and is designing a process to assess the new curriculum's effectiveness. This page contains documents relevant to the general education curriculum, including catalog language, learning goals, advising materials, and course approval forms.

Doctrina Lux Mentis General Education Rationale and Requirements

Catalog language outlining the central components and specific requirements of the General Education Curriculum can be accessed here.

General education at Centre will prepare students to communicate effectively in a variety of modes. First-year seminar courses (DLM 110 and 120) emphasize written and spoken communication, and also provide a foundation in information literacy and visual communication. A college-level math course develops quantitative literacy and problem-solving skills. At least one college-level course in a second language will build language and cross-cultural communication skills. Together, the Communication requirements form a shared foundation that will prepare students to succeed in the rest of their coursework at Centre.

The general education curriculum introduces students to the breadth and richness of the liberal arts and helps students learn how to learn as they approach the world through a variety of different perspectives. Students explore the arts and humanities, social studies, and sciences by taking two exploration courses in each of these three categories. Students also explore essential questions of sustainability and perspectives on difference and equity by taking one course in each area. Exploration courses prepare students for lifelong learning, introduce them to critical and creative thinking from a variety of perspectives, and allow them to place their area of specialization within a broader context.

Students also have the opportunity to experience the world through our Connection requirements. Building on Centre's commitment to experiential learning, students have the option to choose two experiential courses where they can apply what they learn and practice their chosen disciplines. Options include courses in arts engagement such as studio art, theater, creative writing, or music, community-based courses, global engagement courses including study abroad, internships, or undergraduate research experiences. 

Finally, the general education capstone (DLM 300) brings together students with different majors in an interdisciplinary group to study pressing questions and topics. The capstone provides an opportunity for students to apply what they've learned, collaborate with colleagues who have different training and perspectives, and to develop nuanced, interdisciplinary perspectives on a range of topics.

This table summarizes our general education curriculum and requirements:

COMMUNICATION

 

 

HOURS

Doctrina Lux Mentis I & II

2 from 2 Divisions or interdivisional

 

DLM 110-1, DLM 110-2, DLM 110-3, DLM 110-4

 

DLM 120-1, DLM 120-2, DLM 120-3, DLM 120-4

6

Second Language

1-2 from Languages:

ARB, CHN, FRE, GER, GRK, JPN, LAT, SPA 110; 

ARB, CHN, FRE, GER, GRK, JPN, LAT, SPA 120; 

ARB, CHN, FRE, GER, GRK, JPN, LAT, SPA 200+

3 - 8

Mathematics

1 from 

Mathematics:

MAT (students may satisfy this requirement with a college-level math course or a score of 4 or 5 on Calc or Stats AP exam)

3

EXPLORATION

 

 

HOURS

Arts & Humanities

2 from 

Arts & Humanities:

Two courses from two different disciplines

6

Social

Studies

2 from 

Social Studies:

Two courses from two different disciplines

6

Science & Mathematics

2 from 

Science & Mathematics:

Two courses from two different disciplines, at least one with lab

7-8

CONNECTION*

 

 

HOURS

Experiential Learning

 

2 courses

(Courses could be major, minor, or elective courses; students cannot count the same course toward both an Exploration requirement and an Experiential Learning requirement)

Arts Engagement (A): Students create, perform, respond and connect through artistic practice. 

4-8

Global Engagement (G):  Students practice skills and acquire knowledge while immersed in a community beyond their own, with the goals of enhanced cultural sensitivity and broader global understanding.

Community-Based Learning (C):  Students apply skills and knowledge to field-based experiences with community partners.

Mentored Research (R): Students, guided by a faculty member, apply skills and knowledge with the goal of making an original contribution to a discipline.

Internships (INT 400) (I): Students connect skills and knowledge from the classroom to the world of work.  

Sustainability

1 course*

Sustainability (S):  Students will understand environmental sustainability and the interdependence of social and ecological communities.

0-4

Difference and Equity

1 course*

Difference and Equity (D):  Students will develop and practice skills necessary for effective and respectful engagement within or among local, national, or global communities.

0-4

CAPSTONE

 

 

HOURS

Doctrina Lux Mentis III

1 course

DLM 3XX: Connections & Interdisciplinary ThinkingStudents will explore complex issue(s) informed by perspectives, scholarship and theories drawn from multiple disciplines. 

3

 

 

TOTAL

38 - 56

*Sustainability and Difference and Equity requirements may be fulfilled by Exploration, major, minor, or elective courses

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