May 22, 2018  
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences 
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences

The Liberal Arts Core Program

All matriculated students that entered The School of Arts & Sciences prior to Fall 2016 will complete the Liberal Arts Core Program that corresponds to their year of entry. Transfer students that entered The School of Arts & Sciences in the Fall of 2016 will complete the Liberal Arts Core Program found in the 2015-16 academic catalog. First-year students that entered The School of Arts & Sciences in the Fall of 2016 or later will complete the core requirements summarized below.

The Liberal Arts Core Program is required of all students in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Consisting of interdisciplinary and skills oriented courses, the program develops students’ reading, writing, quantitative literacy, and oral communication skills.  The Core prepares students to demonstrate integrated knowledge, understanding of human cultures and the natural and physical world; critically and creatively identify, explore and analyze content through different perspectives; and employ the ethics and values that support lifelong habits of learning and civic engagement.

Transfer students with fewer than 15 credits upon entry will be required to complete all liberal arts core requirements.

Summary of the Liberal Arts Core Program

To complete the core curriculum in the School of Arts and Sciences, students must take 30-51 credits in the following areas.

I. Signature Program

As keeper of the liberal arts, the School of Arts and Sciences offers signature courses deeply embedded in the spirit of The College of New Rochelle’s founding principles of inclusion, informed citizenship, and academic excellence.  Each course addresses at least two of the core curriculum’s five Modes of Inquiry.  These courses will be open to all students, regardless of major and do not count as electives within the student’s major. Students are expected to take these courses sequentially.

  • First-Year Seminar: Typically taken in fall of first year. Students will be cohorted with WRT 101 class.
  • Second-Year Seminar: Typically taken in fall or spring of sophomore year.
  • Third-Year Seminar: Typically taken in fall or spring of junior year.
  • Fourth-Year Seminar: Typically taken in fall or spring of senior year as capstone course.

II. Core Skills

  • Writing: WRT 101 & 102, followed by three writing intensive classes. WRT 105 is also required if placed into this course.
  • Math: one foundational math course (e.g., MTH109 or 116) followed by one quantitative literacy course.
  • Language: 1-3 courses.
  • Physical Education: 4 PHE courses

III. Modes of Inquiry

The core curriculum consists of five modes of inquiry. Students must complete one course in each category.

Scientific Investigation

Contemporary Global Perspectives

Inquiry to the Past

Creative Expressions

Ethics and Values

Please note:

  • Up to two Modes of Inquiry courses can count towards a student’s major requirements.
  • If a student’s major requirement is at a higher level than a Modes of Inquiry category, that Modes of Inquiry requirement can be waived.
  • Up to two Modes of Inquiry courses may be taken in an online or hybrid format.

V: Student Success Workshops

Students complete the workshops in the first semester of freshman year. Students that enter The School of Arts & Sciences with more than 15 transfer credits are waived from this requirement.



II. Skills

Designed to ensure that the student possesses the necessary competence in thought and expression.

A. Writing

The Writing sequence is designed to prepare students to write successfully in their college courses. Writing courses are interdisciplinary in nature and address both effective communication and self-discovery. Students are placed at an appropriate level in the sequence of courses and must ultimately complete WRT 102 . A student wishing to have her writing placement reviewed may submit a portfolio consisting of 10-15 pages of original work to the School of Arts & Sciences, and complete an in-house writing assignment. Placement decisions may be revised based on the quality of these materials. The minimum passing grade for writing courses is C.

In addition to the Writing Skills courses, students must take three courses designated as Writing Intensive.

B. Mathematics

The goal of the Mathematics Program is to develop students’ ability to reason mathematically and to prepare them to live and work in a world in which technology is increasingly important. In addition, courses in the program offer students opportunities to write, read, listen, and speak within a mathematical framework at each stage of their mathematical development.

All students are required to demonstrate college-level mathematics competency and must complete one foundations course and one quantitative literacy course. The minimum passing grade for the core mathematics courses is C-.

III. Modes of Inquiry

1 course is required in each category (3 credits).