Core Program

The Core program is a coordinated series of courses representing the various disciplines in the university. Students take four courses that fulfill the university's general education requirements, one course in each of the three areas of knowledge plus composition. The courses are designed to challenge first-year students to develop critical thinking, writing, research and analytical skills while they engage socially relevant topics.

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Core program structure

Freshmen participating in the Core program will be part of a learning community that involves students, faculty and staff. Each student will be part of a cohort, a group of 100 students who choose and take their Core classes together each quarter throughout the year. Each Core class is capped at 25 students, and each cohort will have 3-4 classes to choose from for each course category. The academic classes are distributed over three quarters (autumn, winter and spring). Each class will meet on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Core faculty and staff have designed an interconnected learning experience that fosters competency in specific learning objectives. Through their work across the first year, students are expected to develop their abilities in these areas.

Core Learning Community 2013-2014

Academic Writing Support: TCORE 100

In the 2013-2014 academic year TCORE 100 will provide additional support for students preparing to succeed in academic writing at the college level. Pre-autumn, as well as autumn quarter, sections of this 2 credit course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis to assist with the transition from high school to college writing and academic exploration of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. For more information please email