The Traditional Curriculum

The Traditional Curriculum, our area & competency requirements, provides an extensive base of intellectual content and skills that enables students to explore ideas, evaluate evidence critically, draw reasoned conclusions, and communicate in a clear, coherent manner. Such abilities are particularly important in a world in which knowledge and professions are changing rapidly, and which grows more globally interconnected everyday. A good liberal arts and sciences education demands not only rigor and depth, but also sufficient breadth to expose students to a wide range of subjects and methods of studying them.

Competency Requirements

Students in this general education curriculum must complete three competency requirements: the First Writing Requirement, the Second Writing Requirement, and the Foreign Language Requirement. 

Area Requirements

Students in this general education curriculum fulfill Area Requirements by earning the proper number of credits from courses taken in each of five different academic subject areas. The list of subject areas and their related credit requirement is:

  • Social Sciences - 6 credits from two different departments
  • Humanities - 6 credits from two different categories
  • Historical Studies - one 3 or more credit course
  • Non-western Perspectives - one 3 or more credit course
  • Natural Science and Mathematics - 12 credits from two different departments