Our Courses in the College Curriculum

Teaching Each course has its own goals, content, and structure, and many of us develop our own course sequences within the overall curriculum of our academic unit(s). In addition, many of our courses contribute to college-wide requirements and/or special objectives.  See here for details of the college-wide curricular requirements for each student.

Required courses

Writing Intensive courses focus on teaching students how to write effectively, through a substantial amount of writing (a 20 page minimum for the semester) and through attention to writing style and argumentation via required revisions of drafts, peer critiques of drafts, or other methods. Two of these courses are required by the end of the junior year.

Quantitative Reasoning/Formal Reasoning courses focus on teaching students how to reason mathematically and abstractly, to apply a formal method to reach conclusions, to use numbers comfortably, and to employ the research tools necessary to analyze data via multistep mathematical, statistical, or logical inference. One of these courses is required by the end of the senior year.

Exploring Diversity (EDI) courses focus on teaching students to explore the diverse, globalized world and the multi-cultural character of the United States via analysis of how groups, cultures, and societies interact with and challenge one another, as well as of the multiple approaches that engage these issues. One of these courses is required by the end of the senior year, though students are encouraged to complete this requirement by the end of their sophomore year.

Special courses

TutorialsTutorials focus on teaching students to develop and present their arguments in the context of challenging discussion and debate, in weekly sessions that pair two students with one professor. One student presents their work and the other student critiques it, and the roles reverse the following week. For more information, watch On the Log, a video about tutorials.

Interdisciplinary courses can be created through the Interdisciplinary Studies program, which supports innovative curricular offerings that are interdisciplinary in conceptual focus and experimental in pedagogical form. Interdisciplinary courses can also be created through collaboration with one of the College’s many interdisciplinary programs.