Core Division

Examine the world around you and develop essential skills to navigate it. Anything but gen ed, our Core Division equips you with the ability to ask the right questions, create solutions, and communicate effectively.

A Fresh Take on the Liberal Arts

At Champlain, we bypass the traditional general education model. Instead, the Core Curriculum works hand-in-hand with your chosen program to encourage reasoning, critical thinking and curiosity.

Through project-based research, you’ll practice how to explore the various aspects of any issue — the historical facts, the psychology and culture of the people involved — and learn how to recognize influences beyond the obvious.

Semester after semester, our Core curriculum builds upon itself, equipping you with the ability to ask the right questions, create solutions, and communicate effectively — skills to help you land your first job but also drive your long-term success.

Expand Your Outlook

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New Views

Explore the history and social influences that shape your perspectives. Investigate topics of personal interest, while looking at all the factors that influence it, developing new mindsets and ways of thinking.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Experience cultures different from your own by participating in a study abroad or in the local Burlington community.

Pull It Together

Bring together the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your core courses and chosen major into one representative capstone project.

It’s important to remember that the college experience is about much more than what a student chooses to major in. Core classes in general … help students think broadly about complicated questions, the richness of human experience, and what it means to live authentically in a globalized world.
Cyndi Brandenburg, Professor in Core and DDL, Special Assistant to the Provost (2023 Jordan trip)

Meet Our Faculty

Core faculty members are a diverse group of experienced educators dedicated to providing you with transformative learning experiences. Experts in their respective fields, they encourage critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary learning, helping you explore a wide range of subjects and perspectives.

Katheryn Wright
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Digital Humanities; Director of Study Abroad

posthuman critical theory, media studies, and modern culture, digital humanities and feminist maker pedagogies…

Faith Yacubian
Adjunct Instructor


Kristian Brevik
Adjunct Instructor

Environmental humanities/multispecies relating, evolutionary biology/ecology/entomology…

Amy Howe
Assistant Professor

Critical Gender, Race, and Religious Studies, Engaged Pedagogy, Experiential Learning…

Fred Kosnitsky
Adjunct Instructor

Ecology, Environmental Science, Climate Change, Sustainability

Ariel Burgess
Adjunct Instructor

Climate & Ecological Psychology (e.g. climate anxiety), Environmental Humanities & Ecological Art

Erik Shonstrom
Associate Professor

Nonfiction Writing, Outdoor Education

Kelly Bowen
Adjunct Instructor

Creative and Professional Writing, Global Trade, History, Political Science, Public/Government Sectors, NonFiction, Poetry, Memoir, Personal Essay, Editorial…

Isabella Jeso
Adjunct Professor

Literature: World Literature in Translation, Literature in English Literary Theory and Practice, Deconstructionism, New Historicism; Colonization/Post-Colonialism; Feminism…

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