Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

  Core Curriculum

As a Jesuit university, Fordham seeks to help its students develop the habits of heart and mind that are the hallmarks of liberally educated men and women. Therefore, it invites them to complete a core curriculum that blends reverence for tradition with openness to new challenges and new ways of knowing and engaging the world. Hence, the common Core Curriculum is designed to nurture curiosity, inspire a love of learning, and to provide students with the foundations they will need to engage in lifelong learning. In short, the Core Curriculum seeks to provide all Fordham students with the liberal arts background that will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Beginning in Fall 2009 with the Class of 2013, the common Core Curriculum includes:

  • Two courses of English composition and literature
  • Two courses of Philosophy, two of Theology, and two of the Natural Sciences
  • One introductory course each in History and the Social Sciences
  • Two additional courses in Literature, History, or the Social Sciences, followed by a capstone interdisciplinary course
  • One course each in Mathematics and the Fine Arts
  • Foreign language up to an advanced level
  • Courses on American Pluralism and Global Studies
  • Four Eloquentia Perfecta seminars, including a capstone Senior Seminar on Values

The core is spread out over four years, with most courses the first two years. For more details on the core curriculum, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin website:

Core details in Bulletin (use Back to return to FCLC webpages
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