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 challenges that confront us are complex and multi-faceted. They must, therefore, be understood from multiple perspectives and using a variety of approaches. Students are therefore required to take a set of challenge courses in which significant instruction is delivered by faculty members from each of the divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Students will explore the following challenges in at least three challenge courses:

  • Expand Our Circle
  • Creating a Sustainable World
  • Live a Meaningful Life

Challenge courses that are cross listed between two (or more) divisions may be used to fill the divisional challenges core requirement for either division but not both. By default, the Office of Re-Enrollment will refer to the subject in which a student enrolls to determine the division that a given course falls within. In cases where this interpretation is not correct, a student’s academic advisor should notify the Office of Re-Enrollment, who will then make the appropriate correction on a student’s degree plan.

Foundations: 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

  • FYE 101 (4 hours, must take the course within their first 24 credit hours of enrollment) and English 101 (must take the course no later than sophomore year)

  • 5 courses (16-20 hours) distributed across the following disciplines chosen from the list of approved courses.

  • Natural Sciences (courses through which students explore the nature of the material universe) 1 course plus lab (4 hours)

  • Social Sciences (courses through which students examine human behavior through systematic analysis of data) 1 course (4 hours)

  • Humanities (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) 2 courses (8 hours)

  • Symbolic Reasoning (a course in which students develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning) 1 course (3-4 hours)

Note : An individual course may count for both foundation and challenge requirements. However, a student may not count a single course for both a foundations course and a challenges course, although a course may satisfy either category for different students.


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
  • TREK requirements