ODU's Core Curriculum, taken by all undergraduates, is a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student's academic journey. The Core Curriculum is unique to Ohio Dominican.
ODU's Core Curriculum is a combination of four seminar courses and the general degree requirements. In the Core seminars, students draw from all of their courses to engage in thought-provoking interdisciplinary discussions, readings and experiences.
For example, in CORE 179 students could explore the nature of life through biology and science fiction as well as by attending a lecture by a world-famous author.
By emphasizing lifelong learning, critical thinking, strong writing and ethics, the Core Curriculum provides students with a solid foundation for careers and life experiences. It is this foundation that will make students valuable and competitive in today's changing job market.
Each year, Ohio Dominican explores one of the Core Curriculum themes campus-wide.
For example, in 2013-14 the question of CORE 379, Justice, was discussed and emphasized throughout the academic year and through campus activities. Students and faculty explored Justice through classroom discussions, talks, and common readings. Campus events included a visit from award-winning writer Wil Haygood who launched his book The Butler at ODU.
Students generally take one seminar a year in numeric order. The first three years incorporate and are relevant to all academic disciplines. In the fourth year, student take a capstone course in their major.
CORE 179 is an exciting blend of common experiences, unique perspectives and creative learning methods. Here’s a sample of some of the CORE 179 topics:
CORE 279 reflects upon the Common Good and asks the
question, what does it mean to belong to a community?
CORE 379 reflects upon Justice and asks the question, how
shall we live?
Both 279 and 379 courses are focused in various
disciplines. Here’s an example of some
of these courses:
CORE 479 reflects on Truth and asks the question, What have
we learned, and how will we continue to contemplate truth?
The Core seminars make learning interactive, integrative and
relevant. With the problem-solving and strong communication skills developed in
the Core, students will be prepared for careers, professional training,
graduate school and life.
Selections from The Gospel of Matthew
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
by Jonathan Gottschall
Selections from John Henry Newman's The Idea of the University
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