Academic Excellence

Each Champlain College degree is built on a foundation of uncompromising academic excellence. We're committed to teaching that matters and results that work, and this spirit of integrity informs every aspect of our educational experience.

The Classroom

Small class sizes and a 14:1 student/teacher ratio create an intimate learning environment. You'll never join faceless crowds in cavernous lecture halls. Instead, you'll work closely with professors who offer individualized attention and address your personal areas of interest. These relationships often result in exciting internship and employment opportunities supplied by your teachers' connections.

Your Major

Our majors are not static programs but living platforms of applied learning. Each is refined annually to assure that it continually reflects the evolving needs of its field and remains focused on today's issues and tomorrow's challenges. Emerging trends in communication technology and industry best practices are constantly integrated into the architecture of each program to keep the fundamentals similarly aligned.

Our Upside Down Curriculum presents courses in your major in your first semester so you can devote four full years to developing the skills and instincts an exceptional career demands. You'll couple this experience-based learning with extensive field work that further expands your capabilities and keeps you ahead of the curve.

The Core Curriculum

Every undergraduate takes Champlain's Core Curriculum, a four-year course of interdisciplinary study that cultivates the intellectual leadership prized by a complex economy and a rapidly changing world. This inquiry-focused learning examines important questions from multiple perspectives and explores Western traditions and the global experience through history, science, culture, and other themes.

The Core Curriculum supplies seven essential competencies:

  1. Critical and Creative Thinking enables you to examine a problem, question or situation; integrate all available information about it; arrive at a solution or hypothesis and adapt your conclusions to new realities.
  2. Written Communication teaches you to clearly express your point and purpose to a specific audience using appropriate supporting evidence and standard English conventions.
  3. Quantitative Literacy ensures your understanding of numerical rules, pattern manipulation and associated terminology in everyday applications, and your ability to communicate these ideas.
  4. Ethical Reasoning helps you deliberate fully when considering what individuals and groups should do and how they should act.
  5. Oral Communication is the art of conveying ideas, information and intentions effectively and in a manner suited to the topic, situation and audience.
  6. Technology and Information Literacy helps you identify the potential applications of today's technologies in any given situation and locate, select and deploy the proper tools and information.
  7. Global Appreciation builds your knowledge about a planet increasingly characterized by economic, cultural and environmental interdependency while increasing your ability participate in this evolution.

Learn More about Champlain's Core Curriculum


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