Columbia Core

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The Columbia Core replaces the previous Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Core and provides students with a common educational experience that blends the best of arts and media training, fundamental business and marketing acumen, and technological fluency with cutting-edge scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences, which collectively, serve as the foundation for creativity and innovation in professional practice. The Columbia Core also leverages the numerous strategic advantages of our location in the heart of a world-class city by engaging students at every turn in the cultural, economic, and social vibrancy of diverse urban neighborhoods, people, and practices.

As its name implies, the Columbia Core reflects the strengths, talents, and ambitions of faculty, staff, and students across the entire institution and is designed to highlight the distinctiveness of our academic offerings though required coursework in two complementary categories, the Columbia Experience and the Essential Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The required 42 credit hours of the Core are broken down into two parts

Part One. “The Columbia Experience”

  • First Semester Experience- Big Chicago (first year)
  • Creative Communities (second year and upper division for transfer students)
  • Innovation and Impact (upper division)

Students choose one course, of 3 credits, in each of the above categories.

For information about proposing a new course as one of the three Columbia Experience courses, click here. 

Part Two. “Essential Liberal Arts and Sciences”

Communication

 

6 Credits Total

Writing and Rhetoric I

3 credits

 

Writing and Rhetoric II

3 credits

 

History and Social Sciences

 

9 Credits Total

History

3- 6 credits (minimum 3 credits)

 

Social Science

3- 6 credits (minimum 3 credits)

 

Humanities

 

9 Credits Total

Humanities

3- 6 credits (minimum 3 credits)

 

Literature

3- 6 credits (minimum 3 credits)

 

Math

 

3 Credits Total

Science

 

6 Credits Total

Science

3 credits (4 in certain classes)

 

Science with Lab

3 credits (4 in certain labs)

 

 

 

33 Credits Total

Students take 33 credits to fulfill the Essential Liberal Arts and Science requirements. A minimum of 9 of the 42 Core credits must be at or above the 200-level. Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation in the Core. Courses completed in the Core may count toward any minor. However, no credits earned to fulfill the Columbia Core shall also count as a required course in a student’s major, with the exception of in specific degree programs –BFA, BMus, or BScience degrees -- which may share up to 6 credits between the Core and major-required courses.

Proposing New Courses for the Columbia Core

forthcoming

 

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