The Core Curriculum
Since 1919, the Core Curriculum has been a fundamental part of the academic experience for both Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduates, though in different ways. The Core is made up of Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, Art Humanities, Music Humanities, Frontiers of Science, a Global Core course, University Writing and a physical education requirement. While College undergraduates take every component of the Core Curriculum, Engineering students differ in that they only are required to take half the humanities offerings.
The Core experience is not about mastering particular texts or works of art; rather the purpose is for you to investigate and consider philosophies, ideas and works of art and your own personal response to them, while hearing the perspectives of others in your seminar classroom. The habits of mind developed in the Core cultivate a critical and creative intellectual capacity that students employ long after college, in the pursuit and the fulfillment of meaningful lives.
Through Countdown to Columbia, you’ll hear from various members of the Core Curriculum community about what to expect, how to prepare and what lies ahead for you as you join this more than 100-year old Columbia tradition.
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