The Core Curriculum guides learning across all majors within Lasell’s unique connected learning environment. With its emphasis on multidisciplinary thinking, ethical reasoning, and problem-solving, the Core provides the basis for the skills and breadth of knowledge students need to succeed in the working world.
The Core Curriculum is built on a set of 14 outcomes that are also integrated across courses in all majors. They represent three goals: core intellectual skills, knowledge perspectives, and synthesis & application.
Core Intellectual Skills
- Read and respond in an informed and discerning way to written texts of different genres
- Write clear, well-organized, persuasive prose
- Use listening and speaking skills to express ideas and information clearly and confidently in a variety of settings
- Apply quantitative reasoning to solve problems effectively
- Use appropriate technological tools to solve problems efficiently
- Collect, analyze, and synthesize appropriate data and sources effectively, ethically, and legally
- Work effectively in collaborative settings
- Experience modes of self-expression and creativity (Aesthetics & Creativity)
- Apply the process of scientific inquiry to comprehend the physical world and to solve problems (Scientific Inquiry & Problem-solving)
- Interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global and historical context (Global & Historical Perspectives)
- Evaluate and understand how individual differences and societal contexts impact human behaviors, beliefs, values, interactions, and emotional and intellectual processes (Individuals & Society)
Synthesis & Application
- Analyze how meanings and knowledge are created by diverse cultures and how they evolve over time
- Respond critically and analytically to moral issues and make informed, ethical decisions
- Participate actively as a citizen in local and global communities
The Core Curriculum is made up of inquiry-based courses and internship and capstone experiences, creating a common core learning experience for students each year. As the courses increase in depth and complexity, students develop knowledge, skills, and ownership of their education, and create the habits of lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility. Students earn 51 credits for courses taken within the Core Curriculum.
The theme-based First Year Seminar emphasizes the core intellectual skills, while providing an introduction to the knowledge perspectives; connected learning projects and challenging class assignments incorporate synthesis and application.
In the first year, students also complete a self-paced, technology-enhanced mathematics course and take two courses focused on writing skills. Students build on the skills in writing and quantitative literacy established in these foundational courses in two writing-intensive courses within the major and an additional mathematics course, often also within the major. In addition, two speaking-intensive courses within the major focus on oral presentation and speaking skills.
Four courses taken during the first two years engage students in understanding and solving problems they will encounter in their professional and personal lives from four different Knowledge Perspectives: Aesthetics and Creativity, Scientific Inquiry and Problem Solving, Global and Historical Perspectives, and Individuals and Society. In their last two years, students further explore at least one of the Knowledge Perspectives in an upper-level Explorations course.
A Multidisciplinary Course, usually taken in the sophomore year, introduces a social or intellectual problem (such as sustainable cities) that cannot be addressed from a single knowledge perspective. Faculty guide students through a critical thinking process that crosses traditional disciplinary lines.
The Ethics Experience course, usually taken in the junior year, challenges students to analyze and grapple with real, current moral dilemmas, and their complex ethical solutions, by connecting cultural and historical ways of understanding ethical thinking with professional standards.
Capstone and Internship Experiences serve as the culmination of the Core Curriculum where students experience the highest level of connection between Core and department outcomes, skills, and knowledge.
Usually by the end of their fourth semester, students will choose a class in which they will experience modes of self-expression and creativity.
ARTH107 - Special Topics in Art (KP)
This course introduces students to the study of Art History by focusing on one theme, one artist, or one form of art. Painting, sculpture, architecture, as well as prints and drawings may be considered. Stylistic, cultural, and historic elements are components of the course.X
ARTS106 - Museum Discovery (KP)
This course introduces students to the world of art museums, galleries, auction houses, and various other art institutions, through a series of site visits and some involvement in actual gallery work. By exploring venues and the communities they serve, students will address the question, "What is an art museum or gallery, and why is it a part of our society?"X
ARTS126 - Principles of Design & Color (KP)
This course is an introduction to the theories and concepts of design and color with an emphasis on developing an awareness and sensitivity to art as an integral part of one’s life and as a way to complement one’s aesthetic needs. This is a lecture/discussion/critique course with visual material, critical essays, individual expression, and museum/gallery trips. NOTE: First year Graphic Design majors should seek out the majors-only section when enrollling.X
MUS101 - Music Appreciation I (KP)
This is a survey course in which students acquire listening skills and learn how to talk about music. The Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods of European music (1450-1800) are covered, with an emphasis on the history and development of music in its social and historical context. Students will learn to identify music from these three periods and will gain a more general understanding of music that can be applied to all eras and styles. Composers include Ockeghem, Palestrina, Byrd, Gabrieli, Purcell, Telemann, Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.X
MUS102 - Music Appreciation II
In this course, students will explore the role of music in various contexts, in order to better understand its role in culture and in society. The hands-on curriculum calls for lots of listening and active participation; students will develop their listening skills, their awareness of the elements of music, and their understanding of the musical experience.X
MUS109 - American Folk Music (KP)
Integrating folklore, American history, and songwriting, this course examines American culture through the lens of American folk songs-songs written by others and songs we will write ourselves. Readings, recordings, and class discussion illustrate the importance of love songs, protest songs, work songs, and ballads as resources for understanding and expressing American life.X
MUS203 - Popular Music (KP)
The years after World War II found American society and culture evolving in ways that both led to and reflected the birth of rhythm 'n' blues, rock 'n' roll, and soul music, creating a new popular music. From pop music's roots in the blues, jazz, and country music to its flowering around 1970, this course will trace the pop explosion that created many styles still dominant today. Artists include Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, the Motown stable, Bob Dylan, James Brown, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Sly and the Family Stone.X
PERF203 - Dance Explorations (KP)
This course is designed for the undergraduate students of Lasell College, in partnership with the Boston Ballet School. Through lectures, readings, and practical applications, students will explore history and theory, gaining knowledge and understanding of the importance of the development of technique in relation to the artistry of ballet and modern dance. Students will also participate weekly in a ballet/modern technique class focusing on ballet technique, with an emphasis on contemporary movement. The dance portion of the class will be held at the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio and will be taught by a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School.X
After their first semester, but usually by the end of their fourth semester, students will choose a class in which they will interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global and historical context.
HIST104 - World Civilization II (KP)
This Knowledge Perspective course will provide students with the opportunity to interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global historical context. Emphasizing the interrelatedness and mutuality of influence between East and West, we examine questions of exclusiveness, intolerance, and cooperation. Prerequisite: ENG101.X
Usually by the end of their fourth semester, students will choose a class in which they will interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global and historical context.
CJ101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (KP)
This course is an overview of the history, philosophy, ethics, and legal issues related to the criminal justice system. The course provides an overview of the criminal justice system, focusing on critical decisions with an emphasis on contemporary issues, controversies, and trends.X
COM103 - Human Communication (KP)
This course is a basic survey of human communication, especially interpersonal and group. Attention is given to perception, language and meaning, listening, theories of persuasion, verbal and nonverbal communication, small group discussion, interpersonal conflict, and interviewing. The course focuses on understanding how human communication is fundamentally related to issues of interpersonal relationships; the history of human communication and language development; perception and intrapersonal communication; leadership; group/team work; multicultural diversity in organizations; decision-making; power; public speaking; and ethical challenges. This course helps students to develop and practice skills that will guide effective action in their professional careers and interpersonal relationships. This course includes a Service Learning component.X
ENV101 - Intro to Environmental Studies (KP)
This course uses case studies to explore global environmental challenges and engages students in considering sustainable solutions. Solutions that promote a healthy environment, social equality, and economic viability are discussed. Students explore steps individuals, organizations, and communities can take to reduce their ecological footprint and to slow global warming. Leaders from community organizations and local government agencies are invited to discuss issues with students.X
LS101 - Foundations of American Legal System(KP)
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the law. Students are introduced to the basics of the legal system in the United States including its organization and operation. The course covers major areas of legal practice and the legal principles that apply. Legal concepts are explained and legal terminology defined.X
PSYC101 - Psychological Perspectives (KP)
In this course, students learn to think like psychologists as they study classic and contemporary topics in human behavior, feeling, and thought. Students learn to apply psychological perspectives of thought, including biological, cognitive, sociocultural, humanistic, psychodynamic, and behaviorist, to better understand the human experience. Students will learn to use these perspectives to explore how individual behavior is influenced by and influences one’s biology, family, community and society. Topics may include human development, personality, psychopathology, human relationships, language, memory, perceptual processes, and intelligence, among others.X
SOC101 - Sociological Imagination (KP)
This course is designed to help students develop their ability to think critically about the world around them using the framework of sociology. Students explore the relationship between individual and society – how personal experience is shaped by social forces, but also how society is created and changed through individual interaction. The focus is on the interrelationships of groups, social organization, and social institutions such as education, religion, family, and the economic and political order.X
SOC102 - Introduction to Women's Studies (KP)
This course is designed to help students develop a critical framework for examining feminist thought and gender-related behaviors. Utilizing sociology, anthropology, history, and literature the course examines the roles and stereotypes society ascribes to women and how those roles impact the development of a feminist perspective in a contemporary world.X
Usually by the end of their fourth semester, students will choose a class in which they will apply the process of scientific inquiry to comprehend the physical world and to solve problems.
BIO101 - Principles of Biology (KP)
This is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in biology to develop an appreciation for the patterns and functions that characterize living organisms. Emphasis is placed on cellular biology. Topics include: the chemistry of life, cell structure, and cell metabolism (respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis.) Corequisite: BIO 101L.X
BIO107 - Topics In Biology (KP)
Preliminaries of the molecules of life and cell structures are investigated in this course. Topics from cell biology, nutrition, energy production, respiratory and circulatory systems, genetics, reproduction, evolutionary thought, and ecosystems are also explored.X
BIO112 - Human Biology
This is a one semester lab course focusing on the functions of the human body in health and disease. The structure and function of the major body systems are emphasized. Systems discussed include: skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, excretory, reproductive, nervous and endocrine. Corequisite: BIO 112L.X
ENV206 - Special Topics in Environmental Science
This course examines a particular area of environmental studies with the goal of allowing faculty and students to explore issues that meet special interests.X
ENV211 - Environmental Science (KP)
During this course, students are introduced to the concept of environmental sustainability. Issues such as climate change, biodiversity, food and agriculture, water resources, and energy are explored. Students are challenged to consider the impact of Lasell College on the environment and will complete a greenhouse gas inventory. Students also examine the role of science and technology in the pursuit of environmental sustainability.X
PHYS111 - General Physics I (KP)
This is the first semester of a one-year course that surveys the field of physics at a non-calculus level. Topics include motion in one and two dimensions, force, uniform circular motion, work and energy, and statics of rigid bodies. The laws of thermodynamics are introduced. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 203 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: PHYS 111L.X
PHYS112 - General Physics II
This is a continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include waves motion, electric potential, electric current, resistance, capacitance, and magnetism. Geometrical and wave optics are introduced. Atomic and quantum theory are also included. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 111. Corequisite: PHYS 112L.X
SCI103 - Science for Educators I
This course provides education students with an introduction to the scientific principles governing the contemporary technological world. Topics include scientific methodologies, gravity, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, and introductory chemistry. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lecture.X
SCI104 - Science for Educators II
This course provides education students with an introduction to earth science, astronomy, and environmental science. Topics include the weather, solar system, stars, the universe, and global pollution. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lectures. Prerequisite: ED Majors onlyX
SCI105 - Introduction to Astronomy (KP)
Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major with a focus on our place within the universe. Topics include the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the large scale structure of the universeX
SCI106 - How Things Work (KP)
This course explores how things from our everyday lives work according to the rules of nature. The principles that influence how objects fall, cars move, scales weigh, planes fly, stoves heat, copiers copy give insight into the workings of the universe. Connections between our immediate surroundings and the universe at large are illustrated.X
SCI114 - Modern Science & Technology (KP)
This course investigates how areas of science work to develop the technology and materials of our daily lives. Topics may include the design of sports equipment, GPS, demolition derbies, food science, the weather, and modern materials. Students will do some in-class data collection and analysis.X
Usually in their sophomore year, students will choose a multidisciplinary course that introduces a social or intellectual problem (such as sustainable cities) that cannot be addressed from a single knowledge perspective, in which faculty guide students through a process of critical thinking that crosses traditional disciplinary lines.
Usually in their junior year, students will enroll in an ethics course in which they will analyze and grapple with real, current moral dilemmas and their complex ethical solutions, by connecting cultural and historical ways of understanding ethical thinking with professional standards.
During their last two years, students will choose at least one upper-level Explorations course in which they will further explore one of the four Knowledge Perspectives.