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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum
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The common core curriculum is the centerpiece of FCRH's liberal arts education. It is a carefully organized progression of 17 courses that are taken by all students.

Students begin with a series of introductory courses, designed to acquaint them with the ideas and methodologies of the nine major academic fields of study:

Following this introductory material, students move on to more advanced studies where they develop the ideas and skills learned in their introductory courses.

Finally, students complete their common core experience with two capstone courses, intended to integrate their learning across disciplines and within a broader social and personal framework of values.

In addition, students enrich their core experience with a variety of distributive requirements that may be chosen from a variety of academic departments and areas, and in many cases they may also fulfill other core or major requirements.

Introduction to Disciplinary Ways of Knowing and Concepts

The initial courses of the core curriculum place a strong emphasis on language mastery in written and oral expression. The second step of the core continues the development of writing and oral expression as well as social awareness in the study of ways of knowing characteristic of liberal arts disciplins.


Essential to success is the ability to effectively communicate with others. The study of the English language and its traditional literary forms provides the basis for effective communications skills. In these courses, you will learn not just about our common literary heritage but also fundamental techniques for reading critically, speaking clearly, and writing effectively.
Required of all freshmen, this course is designed to teach students to write literate, forceful and persuasive essays. Students will learn advanced writing strategies as well as basic research techniques. Students will engage in writing assignments on a weekly basis to practice their skills. Required 1 course*
Composition II (ENGL 1102)

* Depending on placement, Composition I (ENGL 1101) may be required.
Texts and Contexts
The introductory core course in English literature, which may include literature in translation, will teach the arts of literary interpretation by developing techniques of close reading, an appreciation of the relations among literary works and the contexts in which they are written and read, and an ability to write critically about the interplay between text and context. The sections of this course will offer students choices among thematic and topical foci, which will be specified in each section title and spelled out in the section's description. All sections will be offered in the eloquentia perfecta format, which emphasizes writing and presentation.
Course Attribute Code: Texts and Contexts
Required 1 course
Texts and Context (ENGL 2000, CLAS 2000, MEDV 2000, MLAL 2000 or COLI 2000)

Composition II (ENGL 1102)

Sections will be available with a variety of different topical foci. See Banner for current options.
Fulfills one Eloquentia Perfecta requirement
Advanced Disciplinary Course in Literature
An advanced course in literature may be taken to satisfy one of the two required Advanced Disciplinary Courses in Literature, History, and Social Science. See below for details.
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Key to a liberal arts education is the development of one's intellect and developing good habits for thinking and reasoning. The study of philosophy developstheseskillsandhabits. In these courses you willlearn not just aboutthe great ideas from our shared intellectual history, but perhaps more importantly you will learn to think critically and independently.
Philosophy of Human Nature
A philosophical reflection on the central metaphysical and epistemological questions surrounding human nature, which includesdiscussion of some or all of the following problems: the body/soul distinction and the mind/body problem; the problem of knowledge (relativism, skepticism, the objectivity of knowledge, faith and reason); free will and determinism; and self and society (subjectivity, personhood, sociality, historicity, and tradition). At least 60 percent of each section of the course is devoted to readings from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine or Aquinas, and Descartes. Each section includes some writings by at least one contemporary figure.
Required 1 course
Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 1000)
Philosophical Ethics
Philosophical Ethics fulfills the Advanced Disciplinary Course requirement in philosophy. See below for details.
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To work effectively in this dynamic and global environment, we must have a solid set of core values that ground our actions and inform our choices. Theology offers insight into the beliefs and values of not only oneself but also others. Informed in this way, one strengthens their own beliefs and values, while at the same time deepening their respect for those of others.
Faith and Critical Reason
An introduction to fundamental theological issues including the dialectic between religion and modernity that has shaped our cultural heritage,and some of the ways that various cultures and individuals have confronted the pressing questions of meaning in human life. When apposite, comparisons with religious traditions other than Christianity are made. Required 1 course
Faith and Critical Reason (THEO 1000)
Sacred Texts and Traditions
Sacred Texts and Traditions fulfills the Advanced Disciplinary Course requirement in theology. See below for details.
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The ability to contextualize information, to see the "big picture", is an important skill. By studying history, you will gain a sense of where and when ideas originate, and how they have interacted, been modified, and passed down. Your study of historical events, the ideas that made those events possible, and the impact those events have had over time, even into the present, will lead to a greater understanding of your current situation and your place in a larger narrative extending across the globe and back though time.
Understanding Historical Change
Through the introduction to the discipline of history, students will begin to achieve knowledge of the structure of societies, how they function, and how they change. Each section of the course will consider how to assess evidence, identify and evaluate differing and often contradictory explanations and arguments, and appraise the relative scale and importance of particular changes in the past. Students will be able to choose from different sections of the course each with the title Understanding Historical Change, and a descriptive subtitle such as Classical History, American History, etc.
Course Attribute Code: Understanding Historical Change
Required 1 course
Understanding Historical Change (HIST 1000-HIST 1990, AFAM 1600)

Different sections will focus on different historical periods and/or cultures. See Banner for course descriptions.
Advanced Disciplinary Course in History
An advanced course in literature may be taken to satisfy one of the two required Advanced Disciplinary Courses in Literature, History, and Social Science. See below for details.
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Mathematical/Computational Reasoning

Given the remarkable progress being made in science and technology, you must be prepared to adapt to the changing theories and tools that are developed. Mathematics provides the basis of this technological revolution, and so one cannot truly understand the challenges posed, both practical and moral, without a solid foundation in mathematics.
Mathematical/Computational Reasoning
The principal courses for the fulfillment of this core requirement are Finite Mathematics and Structures of Computer Science. The core requirement can also be fulfilled by the following more sophisticated courses: Applied Calculus, Calculus, Math Modeling, Discrete Structures, and Computer Science I.
Course Attribute Code: Math/Computational Reasoning
Required 1 Course
Choose from:
Finite Mathematics (MATH 1100)
Applied Calculus (MATH 1203)
Calculus (MATH 1206)
Mathematical Modeling (MATH 1700)
Structures of Computer Science (CISC1100)
Discrete Structures (CISC1400)
Computer Science I(CISC 1600)
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Natural Science

Understanding what is and is not possible is always an important part of forming an effective solution to a problem. By studying the natural sciences you will be given the tools, both intellectual and technological, to investigate how the physical world, in which we live and work every day, functions. Knowing such details about our world, you are better equipped to develop effective and even innovative solutions to the problems you will face.
Physical Science and Life Science
Science majors meet this requirement through disciplinary introductions. Arts students are offered modular or integrated courses on various topics. The physical science section, which is taken first, covers energy (kinetic and potential, electromagnetic, thermodynamics), matter (atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding), and interactions (strong, weak, electromagnetic, gravitational). The subsequent life science sections cover evolution, genetics and genetic engineering, human biology, including nervous and sensory systems, environment, and behavior and learning (classical, operant, and observational).
Physical Science Attribute Code: Physical Science Core Req
Life Science Attribute Code: Life Science Core Req

Required 2 courses
Either choose one physical science and one life science course from the following two lists, or choose one two-course sequence from the list provided:

Physical Science
Food Chemistry (CHEM 1101)
The Chemistry of Art (CHEM 1104)
Chemistry of the Environment (CHEM 1109)
Forensic Science (CHEM 1110)
Introduction to Astronomy (PHYS 1201)
Geology (PHYS 1202)
Environmental Physics (PHYS 1203)
Atmospheric Science
Nuclear Science
The Physics of Everyday Life (PHYS 1206)

Mathematical/Computational Reasoning course (see above)
Life Science
Intro. to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 1200)
Life on the Planet Earth (BISC 1000)
Human Biology (BISC 1001)
Ecology: A Human Approach (BISC 1002)
Dinosaurs, Mastodons and Dodos (BISC 1004)
AIDS: A Conspiracy of Cells (BISC 1005)
Mind, Brain and Behavior (BISC 1006)

Physical Science course
Two-Course Sequences
General Chemistry I & II (CHEM 1321 & 1322)
General Physics I & II (PHYS 1501 & 1502)
Introductory Physics I & II (PHYS 1601 & 1602)
Introductory Biology I & II (BISC 1403 & 1404)

Labs are required
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Social Sciences

Understanding the interactions of people in society is essential to being able to live and work with others effectively. The social sciences will give you the tools necessary to understand human behaviors both from a personal and more broadly from a cultural and social perspective. By learning these skills, you will not only come to a deeper understanding of your own place and impact on society, you will also deepen your awareness of other individuals, cultures, and societies. Understanding breeds respect, and respect is the foundation of productive human interaction.
Social Sciences
Students will be introduced to the ways of knowing characteristic of the social sciences through introductory courses in anthropology, communication, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. The courses will usually focus on a substantive concern of the social sciences and include historical overviews, consideration of the variety of research methods typically used (especially empirical research), reviews of the major theoretical orientations and models, and real world implications and applications to practical problems.
Course Attribute Code: Social Science Core Req
Required 1 course
Choose from:
Basic Macroeconomics (ECON 1100)
Basic Microeconomics (ECON 1200)
Intro to Political Science (POSC 1100)
Intro to Sociology (SOCI 1100)
Intro to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1100)
Intro to Archaeology (ANTH 1300)
Intro to Communication & Media Studies (COMM 1010)
Intro to Media Industries (COMM 1011)
Communication & Technology (COMM 2010)
Mass Communication: Theory & Research (COMM 2011)
Persuasion & Attitude Change (COMM 2701)
Social Psychology (PSYC 2600)
Infant and Child Development (PSYC 2700)
Adolescent and Adult Devel. (PSYC 2710)
Personality (PSYC 2800)
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2900)
Advanced Disciplinary Course in Social Science
An advanced course in anthropology, communication, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology may be taken to satisfy one of the two required Advanced Disciplinary Courses in Literature, History, and Social Science. See below for details.
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Fine and Performing Arts

We humans express ourselves in many varied and creativeways. Through the studyof creativeformsof expression, specificallyin the fineand performingarts, you will learnto understand some of our moreextraordinary and beautiful forms of communication. In addition, you will be developing your own capacity for creativity, an intellectual skill that is necessary for adapting to a changing environment, both personal and public.
Fine and Performing Arts
By seeing or hearing visual or musical works and understanding them, students learn to appreciate the non-verbal and how such works both are influenced by and exercise influence on their cultural milieu. The courses take advantage of and encourage students to appreciate the extensive cultural offerings of New York City. The requirement is met through a course selected from among the following: Art History Introduction, Urbanism, Music History Introduction, Opera: An Introduction, and Invitation to Theater.
Course Attribute Code: Fine & Performing Arts
Required 1 course
Choose from:
Art History Introduction (ARHI 1100)
Urbanism (VART 1101)
Music History Introduction (MUSC 1100)
Opera: An Introduction (MUSC 1101)
Invitation to Theater (THEA 1100)
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Foreign Language and Literature

Language is our primary means of communication, and the simple act of speaking connects us with each other in a very basic way. The study of foreign languages allows us to connect and interact with a broader global community. Such connections have become even more important within the world of the internet and international travel and business. Learning a new language also provides a broader basis for research, as one can understand the ideas communicated in written form by others, both contemporary and historical.
Modern or Classical Language
2001-level courses in a classical or modern language other than English fulfill the language requirement. In order to achieve a level of mastery of a foreign language that will allow students to comprehend a text of average sophistication in its oral and written form, and to be able to comment on it orally and in writing in a coherent and correct manner, the courses provide either a critical analysis of selected cultural and literary texts, with composition, conversation, and review of pertinent grammatical structures, or advanced reading in classical authors.
Classical Language Attribute Code: Classical Lang & Civilization
Modern Language Attribute Code: Modern Languages & Literature

Required 1 course*
Choose from:
Arabic (ARAB 2001)
French (FREN 2001)
German (GERM 2001)
Greek (GREK 2001)
Italian (ITAL 2001)

Japanese (JPAN 2001)
Latin (LATN 2001)
Mandarin Chineese (MAND 2001)
Russian (RUSS 2001)
Spanish (SPAN 2001)

* Depending on placement, one to three Intermediate and/or Introductory language courses may be required prior to reaching the exit level of 2001.
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Advanced Disciplinary Study

The third phase of the core enables students to deepen and extend their disciplinary study and enrich their major courses, which they will be taking concurrently, through a diverse spectrum of advanced courses, thereby assuring the achievement of intellectual perspective with breadth. The following upper-level courses will build on the knowledge, skills and methodological foundations of the disciplinary introductions to develop and extend their awareness of questions and approaches outside their majors. Courses at this level will be numbered in the 3000 range, and may be taken when students have completed the introductory disciplinary course in the area, beginning in sophomore year. Philosophical Ethics
This course involves philosohpical reflection on the major normative ethical theories underlying moral decision making in our everyday lives. The principal focus of the course is a systematic introduction to the main normative ethical theories, i.e., eudaimonism, natural law ethics, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, virtue ethics and feminism. The differences among these approaches are illuminated by studying various moral issues. In each section of the course, at least half the readings will be selected from Aristotle and Kant. Each section will include writings by at least one contemporary figure.
Required 1 course
Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy of Human Nature
Sacred Texts and Traditions
The second theology course, selected from a group of offerings called Sacred Texts and Traditions, builds on the foundation of critical reasoning about traditions in the first theology course through analytical study of one religious textual tradition. The sections of this course will offer students a variety of of texts from which to choose. All sections will draw on the disciplines of history, literary analysis, and theology, interpreting religious traditions and texts as both historically embedded and always evolving responses to the experience of the transcendent in human life.
Course Attribute Code: Sacred Texts & Trad Core Req
Required 1 course
Courese are being developed for this requirement

Faithand Critical Reason
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Capstone Courses

The final stage of learning through the core curriculum builds on themes introduced in earlier courses. One course completes the sequence of courses in literature, history, and/or social science, and enables students to recognize interrelations among disciplinary ways of knowing through interdisciplinary study. The second course refelcts on the infusion of values in knowledge and human life, thereby forming a broader perspective that will provide a framework for the development of socially responsible wisdom after graduation. Courses at this level will be numbered in the 4000 range, and may be taken when students have completed or are completing the advanced disciplinary courses.
Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literature, History, and Social Science
For this capstone in the literary, historical, and social scientific sequence, students will select an interdisciplinary seminar from the available options. Courses will use interdisciplinary study to examine the role of disciplines in knowledge formation. Each course will feature at least two disciplines that conceive and study a common topic or problem. The Interdisciplinary Seminars will be team-taught by professors representing contrasting disciplines, or taught by a single individual who has expertise in both disciplines. One discipline featured in each interdisciplinary course must use methods that are literary, historical, or based on a social science, which may include participants from English, history, the social sciences, African and African American Studies, modern languages and literatures, and interdisciplinary programs. The second or other disciplines in each course must be different from the first, but may be literary, historical, social scientific, or drawn from any other discipline, such as the sciences, fine arts, philosophy, or theology. These courses will be capped at 19 students per instructor.
Required 1 course
Choose from:
Courses are being developed for this requirement

The specific implementation for this core requirement is being developed

Senior Values
In their senior year, students will select an appropriately designated values course from among the available options. In these courses, students will learn to identify, take seriously, and think deeply and fairly about complex ethical issues in contemporary and former times. Faculty from all departments in the Arts and Sciences will develop these capstone seminars. These small writing-intensive topical seminars will be offered in the eloquentia perfecta format.
Course Attribute Code: Senior Values
Required 1 course
Choose from:
Courses are being developed for this requirement

Must be completed in senior year

Fulfills one Eloquentia Perfecta requirement
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Distributive Requirements

The following distributive requirements share the common goal of enriching the above core requirements, by emphasizing particular skills and/or issues. You will focus on writing better, the formation of a socially and personally responsible core of values, issues relating to globalization, as well as issues concerning living in a pluralistic society. Each of these requirements may be fulfilled by courses that also satisfy another core or major requirement.
Eloquentia Perfecta Seminars
Special sections of disciplinary core classes will be designated as eloquentiaperfecta (orEP) seminars.They will dedicateat least one-fifth ofclasstime to student writingandoralexpression. Once the core is phased in, students will be expected to take four EP seminars during the undergraduate years; all sections of Texts and Contexts, selected sections of intro courses (numbered at the 1000-level), and all the Senior Value courses will be offered in the eloquentia pefecta format.
Course Attribute Code: Eloquentia Perfecta
Complete four courses designated as an EP seminar
Global Studies courses are intended to ensure that students come to respect, understand, and appreciate the significant variations in customs, institutions, and world views that have shaped peoples and their lives. Courses with a global focus may be drawn from core, major, or elective offerings. They will be applicable both to the Global Studies requirement and to the core and major requirements that a student must complete in the course of his or her college career.
Course Attribute Code: Globalism
Complete one course designated Globalism
Pluralism courses will afford students the opportunity to develop tolerance, sensitivities, and knowledge of the following forms of American diversity: race, ethnicity, class, religion, and gender. American Pluralism courses may be drawn from core, major, or elective offerings. They will be applicable both to the American Pluralism requirement and to other core or major requirements that a student must complete in the course of his or her college career.
Course Attribute Code: Pluralism
Completeone coursedesignated Pluralism
Service Learning
The central goal of the service learning program is that students will test the skills and knowledge they acquire in their courses (e.g., in the humanitites, language, and sciences) through service to the community outside the University. Courses integrating service as a learning resource will be listed having the attribute Service Learning, and students will understand in advance that service hours in the community are required. Students may also add a service learning component to selected courses by attending a service learning seminar and completing additional work, related to their service project, for the course. As the core is implemented, each student will be encouraged to take at least one course as an integrated service course, although they will not be required to do so.
Course Attribute Code: Service Learning
Optional: Complete one course designated Service Learning
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