History of the Revision Process

Seven-Year Process of Revising the College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum


Phase One (2012-2015)

Should the Core be improved?


  1. 2012-13: A&SPIRE subcommittee wrote "Promoting Liberal Education through Core Curriculum"
  2. 2014: A&SPIRE approved by Council of Chairs with AODs to investigate the Core
  3. Fall 2014: Dean Nordt met with 70 A&S faculty members to discuss the Core
  4. 2015: Co-chairs of A&S Curriculum Committee surveyed all departments to assess competencies in 4Cs
Result: In 2015, based on a consensus that the Core should be improved, Dean Nordt appointed a task force to write a Vision document for the Core.


Phase Two (2015-2016)

What is the Core trying to achieve?


  1. 2015-16: Task force worked for 13 months to produce a Vision Document
  2. May 2016: Council of Chairs unanimously approved the Core Curriculum Vision

Result: Building upon the University's General Education Outcomes, the Vision states that the "core curriculum, taught within a community of Christian scholars, enables men and women to acquire the knowledge, skills, and virtues needed to uncover and recognize truth, to deepen their faith, to live virtuously, to strengthen their communities, and to affect the world in transformative ways."


Phase Three (2016-2017)

What is the size and content of the Core?


  1. Based on the Vision's requirement to review the Core, Dean Nordt appointed a 40-member task force with representation from all 22 departments with undergraduate degrees to determine the appropriate size and content of the core.

Result: Following a 16-month process, the task force provided a set of recommendations to the A&S Council of Chairs. The recommendations call for a core of 49/50 hours for the BA, BS, BFA and BSAS degrees.


Phase Four (2017-2019)

If approved, how are changes to the Core to be implemented?


  1. The Council of Chairs received the recommendations on Aug. 18, 2017.

Result: On Oct. 12, 2017, the Council of Chairs approved the recommendations (with amendments) by a 20 to 4 vote.