City University of New York
The Core Curriculum
Brooklyn College has established a college-wide core curriculum, effective with the entering class of September, 1981, which must be completed by all candidates for a baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum consists of ten interrelated courses call "Core Studies" courses plus a foreign language requirement. Core Studies courses vary in size and design. Some courses consist of separate but interlocking parts that have separate number designations. Though the parts, in some cases, may be taken separately, they should be regarded as forming a single unit.
The faculty has established the courses in the core curriculum according to the following criteria.
- They are foundation courses designed for nonspecialists and suitable for nonmajors, but each is planned as to introduce material of fundamental and lasting significance.
- They aim to broaden awareness, cultivate the intellect, and stimulate the imagination, rather than to provide specific career preparation. They are intended to develop mental skills, rather than vocational skills. In these respects they constitute the best long-term preparation for any career.
- They offer both substantive knowledge and insight into the way knowledge is acquired. Emphasis varies, some courses stressing the approaches to knowledge, others concentrating more on what are taken to be definitive human achievements.
- Their purpose is to give the student a perspective, an overall view of a subject or branch of learning, and a substantial amount of information, which together with other core courses will provide a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences.
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This is the Biology 8.1 Core course. It has a lot of connections, and is being used in a "Science at a Distance" project. Check it out.
These courses will be getting connections soon. Stay tuned!
Core Sequence: planning a program
- Core Studies 1
- Classical Origins of Western Culture
- Core Studies 2
- Introduction to Art; Introduction to Music
- Core Studies 3
- People, Power and Politics
- Core Studies 4
- The Shaping of the Modern World
Core Studies 5
- Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning and Computer Programming
- Core Studies 6
- Landmarks of Literature
- Core Studies 7 : Science in Modern Life I
- 7.1 Chemistry
- 7.2 Physics
- Core Studies 8 : Science in Modern Life II
- 8.1 Biology
- 8.2 Geology
- Core Studies 9
- Studies in African, Asian and Latin American Cultures
- Core Studies 10
- Knowledge, Existence and Values
- Students are expected to complete and required remedial work before beginning Core Studies courses.
- Full-time students will normally complete the core studies over two or three years of college study.
- Students are encouraged to lay out programs of study in advance, consulting with a college adviser at any time, and bearing in mind any special requirements of possible major fields.
- Part-time students in day or evening sessions may extend sequences over a longer period of time than indicated (without regard to actual number of semesters taken).
- All core studies courses should be completed by the time a student has earned 96 credits. However, students in the English-as-a-Second-Language Program may take Core Studies 6 after the completion of 96 credits.