Lasell to Launch New Core Curriculum this Fall

Lasell to Launch New Core Curriculum this Fall

June 16, 2014

This Fall, Lasell will launch a revised Core Curriculum that will guide learning across all majors and serve as the basis for preparing students with the skills and breadth of knowledge to succeed in the working world. The new Core emphasizes multidisciplinary thinking, ethical reasoning, and problem-solving within Lasell's unique connected learning environment, according to Steven Bloom, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Core Curriculum is built on a set of 14 student learning outcomes representing three goals: Core Intellectual Skills, Knowledge Perspectives, and Synthesis and Application. The outcomes are integrated across all majors.

"The new Lasell Core develops and spirals upward and outward as students take ownership of their education - and form the basis for lifelong learning after graduation," said Bloom.

The new Core Curriculum is the result of a four-year process involving a multi-disciplinary task force. The incoming Class of 2018 will be the first students to begin coursework under the new Core requirements. Current students will either continue with the previous general education requirements or receive waivers from certain new Core Curriculum requirements.

Among the exciting new changes are:

A First Year Seminar, using a variety of engaging themes chosen by faculty, introduces the expectations and resources students need to succeed at Lasell. The course emphasizes the core intellectual skills, while providing a splash of the knowledge perspectives; connected learning projects and challenging class assignments incorporate synthesis and application. In the first year, students also hone their quantitative skills in a foundational, self-paced, technology-enhanced math course and take two courses focused on writing skills.

Four courses will be required over the first two years to engage students in the Knowledge Perspectives - Aesthetics and Creativity, Scientific Inquiry and Problem Solving, Global and Historical Perspectives, and Individuals and Society. In these courses, students learn to use these perspectives to understand and solve problems they will encounter in their professional and personal lives.

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.

In their last two years, students will further explore at least one of the Knowledge Perspectives in an upper-level Explorations course.

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.