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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 an experience that combines academic rigor, self-exploration, and local and global awareness, preparing 21st-century students to live rich lives and enjoy satisfying careers.
The academic information that follows is based on the curriculum for all current students.
First-year students take Concepts of the Self (fall semester) and Concepts of Community (spring semester). They study in linked learning communities: cohorts of 20 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).
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.