Field Courses: Breadth of Knowledge

The Core Curriculum provides for a distribution of seven courses, one in each of seven Fields. The courses provide a broad exposure to the liberal arts tradition, which is an invitation to recognize the multiple ways that natural and social phenomena have been studied and categorized. Many courses designated for Field credit also count as major requirements.

Collectively through the Breadth of Knowledge requirement, students are encouraged to reflect about their inner lives, to consider how attention to the life of the mind bears upon reality, and to discern the human relationship to the natural world and to social institutions. The skills and knowledge students develop through the Breadth of Knowledge reflect the variety of disciplinary norms specific to each Field.

The student learning objective for each required Field is described below. Courses designated in any Field may have more learning objectives in addition to these related directly to Core goals.