2017-2018 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2023  
2017-2018 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum

Education for the Common Good

The New England College General Education Program reflects the values and commitments of a liberal arts education as reflected in a humanizing curriculum that supports engaged and responsible learning and teaching.

By placing the Common Good at the center of our Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Core Curriculum, New England College recognizes the importance of understanding and strengthening the interdependencies that form the basis of community and promote life, and human flourishing. As the nucleus of our general education program, the LAS Core Curriculum provides a course of study that demonstrates how each of the disciplines of knowledge contributes to this understanding. Through the application of ideas to real world challenges, LAS seminars encourage responsible, ethical action in service to preserving and maintaining our natural and civic environments as the foundations of our collective well‐being.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum students will be able to:

  • Describe the interdependence between human culture and the natural world;
  • Explain how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy;
  • Explain the relationship between freedom of inquiry in the pursuit of knowledge and democratic/free societies;
  • Discuss the inter‐relationships among the disciplines;
  • Apply critical and creative thinking, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy skills in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • Apply course content (theory) to the world beyond the classroom (practice);
  • Articulate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of knowledge and action.