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Course options in particular core categories may change from time to time as the structure of the departments offering the courses may change. This page will contain the most current options; please refer to your particular catalog year for options in effect at that time.

*Some majors have been granted core adjustments. Please refer to the appropriate catalog and major for details.*

FIRST YEAR CORE
COR 107 or COR 108/109: The Great Conversation: Foundations in Thinking, Reading and Writing
COR 110: The Great Conversation: Introduction to the Liberal Arts (for first year students with AP or dual enrollment credit for composition)
PE 015-017: La Vida or Discovery

COMMON CORE
BCM 101: Old Testament History, Literature and Culture
BCM 103: New Testament History, Literature and Culture
BCM 308: Christian Theology - Prerequisites: BCM 101, BCM 103
PHI 118: The Examined Life OR 4 credits of PHILOSOPHY (choose from PHI202, PHI203, PHI220, PHI233, PHI234, or PHI236)
HIS 121: Historical Perspectives on Culture, Belief and Civilization
NSM 202: The Scientific Enterprise - Prerequisites: BCM101, COR107 or 109, sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Unique nature of this course requires matriculated students to take NSM202 at Gordon College. Activity fee.

Language Study (8 credits)
One year of foreign language study (in the same language) at the beginning college level is required. 

  • Students who validate language I or language I and II will complete 4 credits each in social sciences, fine arts, and literature.
  • Students who do not validate the language requirement will complete 8 credits of language and 8 credits total in social sciences, fine arts, and literature, with at least two credits from each of those three categories.

Physical Education (each course 0 credits; course fee applied)
Two DIFFERENT courses from PE018–099. Physical Education Activity Classes should be completed prior to junior year.

GENERAL CORE (Choose 4 credits from each division)

Natural Sciences 
BIO150, BIO151, BIO222, BIO225, BIO250, BIO302, CPS101, CPS121, CPS331, BIO/KIN213, KIN112, MAT121 (fmr MAT141), MAT134, MAT200, NSM220, PHY111, PHY121, PHY125, PHY200, PHY283, PHY293, PHY372

Social Sciences
ECB101, ECB349, POL104, POL312, POL322, PSY180 (fmr PSY220), SOC103, SWK201

Fine Arts
ART150, ART151, ART152, ART410, COM356, COM358, FNA112, MUS241, MUS245, MUS337,  ORV270, THT234, THT243, THT291

OR

Ensemble Option

The Fine Arts requirement may be fulfilled by completing four semesters of ensembles; there is no two semester option.  Ensembles may be taken for one or zero credits; completion of more than one ensemble in any semester still counts as one semester towards the requirement.

MUS250, MUS251, MUS252, MUS253, MUS254, MUS257, MUS258

Literature
ENG 140, ENG141, EDU232, SPN372

There are several sections of ENG140 and special "selected topics" courses being offered during the Spring 2017-18 semester.

Course Descriptions

 

FIRST YEAR CORE
COR 107 or COR 108/109: The Great Conversation: Foundations in Thinking, Reading and Writing
PE 015-017: La Vida or Discovery

COMMON CORE
BCM 101: Old Testament History, Literature and Culture
BCM 103: New Testament History, Literature and Culture
BCM 308: Christian Theology - Prerequisites: BCM 101, BCM 103
PHI 118: The Examined Life
HIS 121: Historical Perspectives on Culture, Belief and Civilization
NSM 202: The Scientific Enterprise - Prerequisites: BCM101, COR107 or 109, sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Unique nature of this course requires matriculated students to take NSM202 at Gordon College. Activity fee.

Language Study
One year of foreign language study in the same language at the beginning level is required.
 
Physical Education (each course 0 credits; course fee applied)
Two DIFFERENT courses from PE018–099. Physical Education Activity Classes should be completed prior to junior year.

THEMATIC CORE

Click on link below for list of courses

2015-16 ARCHIVED CATALOG


The Natural World (4 credits)
Purpose: To deepen student appreciation for constructs and methods of science, explore scientific insights about the natural world, and reflect on responsibilities such knowledge requires of individuals and society.

The Human Person (4 credits)
Purpose: To explore many facets of “humanness” including emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual, both from perspective of self-reflective individual and on larger level of social interaction.

Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices (4 credits)
Purpose: To enhance understanding, practice and critique of creative expression through study of relationships between meaning, style, experience, and emotional and rational responses.

Civic Responsibility (4 credits)
Purpose: To explore within Christian framework our individual and communal citizen responsibilities to do justice and love mercy in local communities, on national level, and in the wider world.

Global Understanding (0-4 credits)
Purpose: To promote responsible living in modern world, enhance understanding of cultural differences, communicate across cultural boundaries, and work for peace and justice among people and nations.
May be fulfilled through study abroad opportunities.  Please see Global Education Office for specific programs.

 

NOTE: One of these themes must be taken as an approved literature class.

 

 

To view the status of Core courses being offered in a given term, visit Course Schedules on the public website, click the appropriate term link on the left, and then choose "All Core Courses," "Common Core Courses", or "Thematic Core Courses" from the Show dropdown.