Live With Purpose


We aim to prepare you to be both successful and reflective citizens of a global community. Our academic Core Curriculum moves through three levels and roughly 35 credit hours, seeking to equip you with the vast critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to make a difference. Important questions are imbedded within our courses throughout the Core and provide a unifying theme for inquiry: What is real? What can we know? How should we live?

Three Levels, One End Goal

Critical Thought and Inquiry offers a learning experience that builds through three stages, each designed to equip you to become a world citizen and leader in the 21st century:

  • Introductory Level: The introductory level, beginning with The Responsible Self, a humanities-based course, as well as courses in written communication and mathematics, will help you transition from high school to college learning.
  • Second Level: The second level offers a variety 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, you will learn how to fill in the gaps between academic disciplines, a necessary practice in our ever-changing world.
  • Capstone Level: Finally, the capstone course addresses complex, real-world issues. You will learn to apply analytical thinking skills, building the bridge between your new knowledge and academic area of interest.

“CTI courses don’t necessarily prescribe how you read the texts. Instead, they raise various questions about the text we are reading and ask you to figure out for yourself how you think they are important, not only your course of study but for your place in the world.”

Tavarus Pennington, English and communication major and nationally ranked debater