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The Core: Critical Thought and Inquiry

The aim of the Core Curriculum program is to prepare students to be both successful and reflective citizens of a global community. Such reflective citizenship demands a broad base of learning skills, a depth of intellectual perspective and ample opportunities to apply both the skills and the knowledge to meaningful and relevant questions that shape modern civilization. Throughout the Core, three important questions are imbedded within most, if not all, of the courses and provide a unifying theme for inquiry: What is real? What can we know? How should we live? William Jewell’s Academic Core Curriculum, entitled “Critical Thought and Inquiry (CTI),” seeks to equip students in an integrated curriculum that moves through three levels for about 35 credit hours.

Critical Thought and Inquiry is divided into three levels, each designed to equip students to be world citizens and leaders for the 21st century:

  • Introductory Level: The introductory level, beginning with the humanities-based course The Responsible Self and courses in communication and mathematics, bridges the crossing from high school to college learning.
  • Second Level: The second level offers an exciting choice of interdisciplinary courses grouped around four topic areas: Culture and Traditions; Science, Technology and the Human Experience; Power and Justice; and Sacred and Secular. In these courses, students learn how building bridges between the academic disciplines is a necessary part of learning in our fast-changing world.
  • Capstone Level: Finally, the capstone course will build bridges between the program's previous levels and the student's study of an academic major by applying questions of responsible, ethical citizenship to critical problems facing our society.

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