In the best tradition of the liberal arts, the Centenary curriculum aims to produce graduates of extraordinary intellectual and vocational versatility who are prepared to take responsible positions in their societies. The College prepares its students through consistent instruction across the curriculum in critical thinking and in the fundamental communication skills of writing, speaking, and numeracy. The core curriculum begins with the First-Year Experience, which initiates the emphasis on critical thinking and rhetorical skills in an interdisciplinary context. The balance of the core curriculum further develops these skills while it introduces students to basic areas and fundamental techniques of human inquiry. Electives enable students to explore their own academic interests unencumbered by institutional requirements. The major provides the opportunity for intensive study in a carefully circumscribed area. In all aspects of its curriculum, Centenary emphasizes a participatory model of education, in the beliefs that students learn most effectively when they are actively involved in the educational process and that an experiential emphasis best prepares them for situations they will encounter beyond the academy.
The core curriculum at Centenary College cultivates the liberal arts, those diverse skills and habits of mind that characterize a liberally educated person. Courses in the core emphasize fundamental communication skills and basic areas and techniques of intellectual inquiry. In our core program, Centenary students
- Develop written and oral skills in an interdisciplinary context
- Critically analyze and evaluate human artistic and cultural accomplishments
- Develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning
- Explore the nature of the material universe
- Examine human behavior through the systematic collection and analysis of data
Specific Core Requirements
- The First-Year Experience, a two-course sequence that introduces students to the liberal arts in an interdisciplinary context with an emphasis on rhetoric (written and oral communication). 2 four-hour courses.
- The humanities requirement, where students critically analyze and evaluate human artistic and cultural accomplishments. Students may—and are encouraged to—take up to three hours in fulfillment of this requirement in courses that teach aesthetic appreciation through performance or production. 4 courses (at least 12 hours) in at least two departments or schools, with at least one course at or above the 300 level.
- The mathematics requirement, in which students develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning. 1 course (min. 3 hours).
- The natural sciences requirement, through which students explore the nature of the material universe. 2 courses (8 hours) that include laboratory experience
- The social sciences requirement, in which students examine human behavior through the systematic analysis of data. 3 courses, in at least two departments or schools, with at least one course at or above the 300 level (minimum of 9 hours).
(Total Core Courses: 12 courses, min. 40 hrs.)
Additional Degree Requirements
- For the Bachelor of Arts, proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to the first year.
- For the Bachelor of Science, proficiency in mathematics equivalent to a course in calculus and a second course in calculus or one semester in statistics. CA (2003-04), pp. 53-55
The Registrar has authorization to accept as meeting the foreign language requirement... the non-English native tongue of international students. (11/21/1994)