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Core Designator Purple

Big Changes Are Coming to Ashland University’s Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Starting in August, 2016.

The core is being streamlined to specific disciplines and reduced to 45 hours.

These changes will mean that several core courses will be gradually losing their ‘core’ status.

HS 180 [Lifetime Wellness] is no longer a core requirement.

Starting in August, students on any catalog will no longer need this requirement.

The ‘GPS’ area of the Core is being changed to a Critical Cultural Inquiry requirement.

This new “C.C.I.” requirement can be satisfied with a single three-credit (value-added) ancient or modern language course, or a single three-credit course in Critical Cultural Inquiry, or one approved study-abroad or study-away program that includes a CCI narrative. Progress toward the old GPS will count as satisfying this new requirement.

These changes will mean that Border Crossing courses will be gradually losing their ‘core’ status.

See your advisor for more details.

William Vaughan, University Core Director

IMPORTANT: Do not make immediate class changes as a result of this announcement. Consult with your advisor carefully, as sudden drops could put you below the recommended number of credit hours for full-time status or graduation. 

What is the Undergraduate Core Curriculum?

The ideal of the core curriculum at Ashland University, consistent with that of the liberal arts, involves the development of the wise person. This requires certain competencies, which, in turn, require a curriculum with certain essential components. These components, in turn, require a variety of teaching formats to develop those essential competencies.

In general any core curriculum seeks to get students to be able “to think.” Suffice it to say, “to think” is to not merely do one kind of thing, but a variety of different things, the most important of which find representation in the core, understood as modes of inquiry. All Ashland students eventually designate a major in a specialized discipline, but the core should be thought of as the undergraduate common major of the university. All undergraduate students have to take 44 credit hours across a variety of areas to satisfy the requirements of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum.

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