Core Curriculum Requirements
<p>At Lasell University, students earn 42 credits for courses taken within the Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum guides learning across all majors within Lasell's unique connected learning environment. With its emphasis the overarching goal of <strong>Synthesis & Application</strong>, the Core provides students with intellectual experiences and skills necessary for success in the working world. Designed around multidisciplinary thinking, active learning, and problem-solving, the Core prepares students for meeting challenges in not only their chosen fields but also in our wider world. <strong> </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>CORE CURRICULUM REQUIRED COURSES</strong> <strong> </strong><br /><br /> <strong>Foundational Requirements: </strong></p>
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<li><strong>FYS 103 First Year Seminar (3)</strong></li>
<li><strong>ENG 101 Writing I (3) </strong></li>
<li><strong>ENG 102 Writing II (3) </strong></li>
<li><strong>MATH 106 Algebraic Operations (3) </strong></li>
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<p><br /> <strong>Knowledge Perspectives </strong></p>
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<li><strong>Aesthetics & Creativity (3)</strong> <strong> </strong></li>
<li><strong>Global & Historical (3)</strong> <strong> </strong></li>
<li><strong>Individuals & Society (3) </strong></li>
<li><strong>Scientific Reasoning & Problem-Solving (3) </strong></li>
</ul>
<p><br /> <strong>Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (3) </strong></p>
<p><strong>Multidisciplinary Experience (MDSC203) (3) </strong></p>
<p><strong>Ethical Reasoning (PHIL302) (3) </strong></p>
<p><strong>Writing-Intensive courses (6) </strong></p>
<p><strong>Speaking-Intensive course (3) </strong> <br /> <br /> <strong>Total minimum Core Curriculum Credits (42) </strong></p>
<p>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. <br /> <br /> The theme-based <a href="/x33671.xml"><strong>First Year Seminar</strong> </a>emphasizes the core <em>intellectual skills</em>, while providing an introduction to the <em>knowledge perspectives</em>; connected learning projects and challenging class assignments incorporate <em>synthesis</em> and <em>application</em>.<br /> <br /> In the first year, students also complete a self-paced, technology-enhanced <strong>mathematics</strong> course and take two courses focused on <strong>writing</strong> skills. Students build on the skills in writing and quantitative literacy established in these foundational courses in<strong> two writing-intensive courses</strong> within the major and an additional <strong>mathematics</strong> course, often also within the major. In addition, one<strong> speaking-intensive course</strong> within the major focuses on oral presentation and speaking skills.<br /> <br /> 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<a href="https://www.lasell.edu/x25501.xml"> </a><strong>Knowledge Perspectives</strong>: <em>Aesthetics and Creativity, Scientific Inquiry and Problem Solving, Global and Historical Perspectives, </em>and <em>Individuals and Society</em>. <br /> <br /> A <strong>Multidisciplinary Experience course</strong>, 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. <br /> <br /> The <strong>Ethical Reasoning course</strong>, 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 practice high-level <strong>Synthesis and Application</strong> by further integrating the skills, perspectives, and multidisciplinary approaches in many of their major-specific courses. In particular, the <strong>Internship and Capstone Experiences</strong> serve as the culmination of the Core Curriculum where students experience the highest level of connection between Core and Department outcomes, skills, and knowledge. </p>