Engaging the World

In addition to developing habits of mind and pursuing pathways to knowledge, the core curriculum requires students to examine and reflect on what it means to be a citizen in a local community and as part of the global community.

To achieve these goals, students will use the habits of critical thought and shared inquiry to explore justice, civic responsibility, and social, economic, and cultural differences. Students will also move out of the traditional classroom to learn from experience and to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom.

There are a variety of ways in which students may demonstrate they have met the outcomes of the goals in this category. Approved coursework, taken as an elective or as part of student’s major or minor or during January Term, is one way. (In fact, some classes may count for more than one learning goal, as double and even triple dipping is allowed.) It will be up to the department (in the case of semester-based courses) or the individual faculty member (for January Term classes) to suggest whether and how their courses meet these criteria. Students may petition for credit based on experiences they have had outside the classroom (such as study abroad, volunteer service, internships, etc.). They must then demonstrate in writing how their experiences advanced their academic understanding in these areas. Finally, students may have the option to enroll in a .25 credit class with faculty supervision (similar to an independent study) in which they do the work of demonstrating how their experience has advanced their learning.