Contact Linda Goodrum, Core Division Operations Manager
Phone: (802) 860-2753
The Core curriculum at Champlain College merges two distinct approaches to traditional academics — a comprehensive liberal arts program and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The result is a rich experience that combines academic rigor, self-exploration, and local and global awareness, preparing twenty-first century students to live rich lives and enjoy satisfying careers.
First-year students take Concepts of the Self (fall semester) and Concepts of Community (spring semester). They study in linked learning communities, cohorts of twenty students who share two Core faculty members. Employing the Inquiry Method, these small discussion-based classes emphasize critical thinking skills and reflective learning. Each Concepts course is paired with a Rhetoric course.
Through a sequence of four courses, students study the influence of Western thought on science, religion, art, music and politics.
Because international study is transformative and provides lifelong insight into the world in which we live, all third-year students will take two courses in common (COR 310 and COR 320) and two courses that are culturally focused (COR 330s). Students who choose to spend a semester at a Champlain Abroad campus will take two place-based COR 330s while abroad—many COR 330 courses to choose from are offered each semester at our Montreal and Dublin campuses—in addition to COR 310 and COR 320 at our main campus in Burlington. Students who choose to study abroad through a third-party program will be required to choose from a pre-approved list of institutions that have place-based cultural courses that will substitute for the two-course COR 330 sequence. They will also take COR 310 and COR 320 in Burlington.
The college capstone is an opportunity for students in their final year to pursue a self-directed experience in their professional program that intentionally integrates their liberal learning in the Core curriculum with their program learning. In addition to the substantive professional-based, hands-on project in this class, the capstone will include a professional ethics component and a self-evaluation/self-reflection component.
You'll have the opportunity to define and articulate critical questions and possible solutions for a challenge that professionals in your field face today. Your college capstone is highly personalized and will serve as a career-launching experience.