What's the point of the Core? The Core learning goals are one key part of the answer: They are five abilities and habits of mind that our courses help you develop over your first three years at Champlain. These learning goals represent both the promise of a well-rounded general education and also the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will help you be a more successful professional and citizen. Although every Core course has an individual focus or specific topic, together they also help to develop these abilities and habits of mind from semester to semester.
Upon successful completion of the Champlain Core Curriculum, you will be able to:
- Develop interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems (Integrative Thinking).
The world is a complex place, and solutions to the most pressing challenges demand the ability to integrate knowledge and approaches from many different areas. This learning goal focuses on the capacity to recognize what disciplines and methods are most appropriate for a complex question and to knit those different perspectives into multi-faceted, effective answers.
- Analyze fundamental institutions and ideas of western and world civilizations and demonstrate their connection to contemporary global issues.
Ideas and institutions shape the way we understand and operate in the world around us. The ability to analyze how those ideas and institutions work and interact gives us greater insight into how they shape us and, in turn, how we can account for, and even break through, that shaping process.
- Evaluate diverse perspectives and ethical frameworks and integrate them into a fuller understanding of themselves and others.
The world is filled with people who are different from you. Understanding how diverse people think and what drives their actions helps us better operate in today's society. Understanding different perspectives also promotes better understanding your own perspective and values, so that you are prepared to act on those values when encountering ethical challenges.
- Read critically and communicate effectively in ways that are mindful of audience, purpose and context.
The ability to communicate your ideas is a skill that transfers to virtually every aspect of your life—from your profession to your relationships to your community. Core courses sharpen your ability to read, write, and speak in ways that effectively convey your thoughts and convince your audiences.
- Demonstrate a questioning frame of mind and commitment to lifelong learning.
Learning doesn't stop once you leave college, and the Core will help you learn how to learn. Through the inquiry-driven nature of the Core, you will develop the ability to take stock of yourself, identify what skills and knowledge you want to develop, and then discover the best way(s) to learn in order to get where you want to go.