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.
Contemporary Global Perspectives
Inquiry to the Past
Ethics and Values
- 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.