The General Education Program
Grounded in the liberal arts, our academic program embraces courses in the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. At the same time, we recognize the shifting landscape of our changing world, and so we provide our students with the practical tools to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.
By connecting the theoretical with the practical, the domestic with the international, the scholarly with the social, Trek encourages a lifelong dedication not only to learning but also to serving others. Our mission is to incorporate into Centenary’s required curriculum distinctive, experience-based programs for students to enhance their self-knowledge and social awareness through career and graduate school preparation, intercultural engagement, and civic involvement. For detailed descriptions, see the Trek pages of the course catalogue.
Liberal Arts Explorations
The core experience at Centenary College includes an integrative introduction to the challenges that confront humankind in the early 21st century, the development of foundational critical thinking and expression skills, with an emphasis on human artistic and cultural accomplishments, an appreciation for symbolic reasoning, the nature of the material universe, and an exploration of human behavior.
The traditions of a liberal arts education help people develop the habits of well-ordered thought. A grounding in the foundations of the liberal arts will allow students to pivot to face the 21st century challenges as they evolve and to derive approaches to new challenges as yet unidentified. Therefore, students are required to take 8 courses (32 hours) distributed across the following disciplines chosen from the list of approved courses.
(courses in which students critically analyze and evaluate human artistic and cultural accomplishments. Students may – and are encouraged to – take up to four hours in fulfillment of this requirements in courses that teach aesthetic appreciation through performance or production)
3 courses (12 hours)
- Natural Sciences
(courses through which students explore the nature of the material universe)
2 courses that include one laboratory course (8 hours)
- Social Sciences
(courses through which students examine human behavior through systematic analysis of data)
2 courses (8 hours)
- Symbolic Reasoning
(a course in which students develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning)
1 course (4 hours)
Additional Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts (BA): proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to the first year
Bachelor of Science (BS): proficiency in mathematics equivalent to a course in calculus and a second course in calculus or one course in statistics