Core Curriculum

U N E students in class, joined by Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, a Tibetan Buddhist monkThe Core Curriculum provides an innovative common learning experience for UNE College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates. It invites students to explore four college-wide themes from multiple disciplinary perspectives and to develop important intellectual skills.

Students focus on a theme each year: (1) Environmental Awareness, (2) Social and Global Awareness, (3) Critical Thinking: Human Responses to Problems and Challenges, and (4) Citizenship. Students are taught skills of communications, mathematics, and critical thinking throughout the core.

Designed to provide a foundation in the liberal arts, the Core reflects the values of the College and is designed to prepare students for living informed, thoughtful and active lives in a complex and changing society.

Core Handbook

The Core Handbook was created as a guide to UNE's Core Curriculum for undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a tool for understanding what the undergraduate faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNE wants its students to know and be able to do at the end of their undergraduate studies.

The Core Handbook contains information on the curricular goals of the Core, themes, requirements, implementation guidelines and other relevant topics. This information can be used to guide the development of Core courses and to inform students and faculty alike about the nature of liberal arts education at UNE. 

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