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The Core Program in Liberal Arts

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." It tackles issues through a sequence of four courses: Noble Lives and Modern Citizenship in the Freshman year; Global Citizenship in the sophomore year; and Applying Ethics in the senior year. In each of these courses the faculty will ask you "to connect:" Connect the values of the past to today, connect your life with the issues of today, connect with the history of America, connect with other countries and cultures, connect with how to make ethical decisions for ethical living.

The Core Program in the Liberal Arts has been a part of the Queens experience since 1989. It provides a common academic experience for you, the students, and is designed to help you integrate into college life. During the first semester of your freshman year, your Core professor is also your academic advisor. Professors teach using an interactive style, facilitating discussion among the students. Activities that expose you to the surrounding community are part of the curriculum so students can make connections between the classroom and life beyond the walls of the academy. The program's goals and content are derived directly from the term "Liberal Arts." Traditionally, those arts are incisive reading, persuasive writing and speaking, sound reasoning and thoughtful judgment - skills that serve you upon graduation in all venues of life.

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? 4 Hrs. Fall term, every year.   

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? 3 Hrs. Spring Term, every year.  

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? 3 Hrs. Fall or Spring Term, every year.  

Core 412 - Applying Ethics

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? 3 hrs.

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