III: THE INTEGRATIVE LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Students should have exposure to the Humanities, through their historical development
Students should experience how the disciplines investigate, understand and construct bodies of knowledge differently, through a range of concepts and methods
Students should engage the Arts as a central feature of a true liberal studies education, and understand how they creatively synthesize widely ranging ideas, beliefs, and practices
Students should know how individual disciplines approach those topics, problems, and issues that inform the human condition
Offer opportunities for integration of student experience as widely as possible
Maximize student choice, while providing for a common experience
Offer faculty opportunities to engage in general education from their areas of interest and expertise
Maximize faculty choice and opportunity; increase possibilities for innovation in the general education curriculum
The Humanities Core—description and purpose
Three-course, historical core sequence in the Humanities that examines the intellectual and cultural development of Western and non-Western systems of belief and practice
Students may also take a course in the Arts within this Core, unless they choose to fulfill the Arts requirement elsewhere in the curriculum (see below)
The Topical Distribution—description and purpose
Students must complete 5 courses from two clusters, and their choices must include 2 Social Science courses, 1 Natural Science course, and 1 Arts course, unless they use another route for the Arts requirement (see below).
Courses are arranged under broad topical rubrics; students taking them maximize their opportunities to see connections between and divergence among disciplines and how they construct knowledge about a problem, issue, or idea.
Student experience is cross- and inter-disciplinary, within a topical group
Faculty can develop new topical groupings, satisfying their desire to teach from their areas of professional interest and expertise
Faculty have opportunities, if they wish, to work collaboratively with other faculty in their topical group of courses.
Faculty can offer special topic courses
for the general education program, if they can satisfy basic criteria: