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What defines a good person and a good society?

Defining principlesCore classes focus on what it means to be a good person and to live in a good society

The Core Program at Queens is an interdisciplinary, common academic experience that first-, second- and fourth-year students pursue as part of our commitment to the liberal arts.  Core classes focus on what it means to be a good person and to live in a good society, and the curriculum includes summer reading and service learning.

"The Core Program embodies in its course of study the Queens mission statement 'to educate students for noble lives, productive careers, and responsible citizenship, all within a changing global community,'" said Dr. Dorothy "Deje" McGavran, who leads the program. 

Here's a peek at the courses required:

Core 112                   Noble Lives

Today's students live in a diverse and multicultural world that makes it increasingly challenging to understand what it means to be a noble person.  This course explores the lives of several noble persons and the cultures and experiences that shaped them.  Core 112's Defining Questions: What does it mean to live a noble life?  What can pre-modern traditions teach us about nobility today?  What can "nobility" mean in an increasingly democratic, twenty-first century world?  How do noble people inspire us to act?


Core 122                  Modern Citizenship 

Building on examples of noble lives from the first semester, this course will explore what it means to apply those lessons in the American context.  In particular, students will experience what it means to be an active and responsible citizen in the modern world.  Core 122's Defining Questions:  What are the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship?  How have the definition and cultural meaning of citizenship changed over time?  How have the economic, technological and globalizing transitions of the modern era challenged the practice of citizenship?  How can we sustain and remain active American citizens in a rapidly changing and expanding society? 


Core 222                  Global Citizenship 

During the sophomore year, students will explore what it means to be a noble person who is actively engaged in the world.  In particular, students will investigate the political, economic, and social issues shaping other nations and the world.  Using this new perspective, students will then seek to understand the responsibilities that accompany citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.  Core 222's Defining Questions: How can Americans better understand other cultures?  What does it mean to be a global citizen?  How does a region or nation's place in the world impact its global rights and responsibilities?  What are some of the most pressing problems in the world and why do they exist?  How might a global citizen approach resolving some of these problems?  


Core 412                  Applying Ethics

This case-based course refines and applies the powers of critical thinking and ethical judgment developed in earlier Core Program courses.  It begins with an examination of ethical theories and then applies them to a variety of issues.   Core 412's Defining Questions: What ought I to do in this or that situation?  What kind of person do I want to be?  What do I regard as the best possible life?  What do I regard as a good or just community?
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