Core Program

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Students on field trip photoThe Core program prepares students for success at the upper division level by focusing on campus-wide learning goals: communication and self-expression, civic engagement, critical inquiry, global perspectives, diverse cultural views and the ability to solve problems.  The program is a coordinated series of courses representing the various disciplines in the university.  Students take four courses that fulfill a portion of 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.  Students participating in the Core program are part of a learning community that involves students, faculty and staff.  Each Core class is capped at 25 students, and Composition courses are capped at 20.  The small class sizes foster a sense of community and engaged learning.  Students complete the Core requirements over the course of their first year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters).


Summer Advising and Registration Workshops for Core Students

The Office of Undergraduate Education was delighted to partner with the Academic Advising Center and New Student and Family Programs to deliver a series of advising and registration workshops for incoming first-year students during Summer.  These workshops were a great opportunity for students to make connections, get registered for classes, and hear from a variety of people - faculty, staff, and fellow students - who are here to help as they take the first steps of their college journey!  We also scheduled Math Placement testing to coincide with the dates of these workshops. We look forward to offering similar workshops again next summer!