Core Curriculum

Through common curricular requirements, our students engage intellectually, integrate knowledge and essential skills, expand their curiosities, and embrace learning and service as lifelong commitments.

Over their four undergraduate years, students encounter topics that arise from the arts, humanities, sciences, and religion; develop thoughtful responses to ethical questions; and seek to understand their political and social responsibilities as citizens in an interconnected world. 

Part I: Core Curriculum Proficiencies

Students develop competencies in the following areas to prepare them for careers and citizenry:
• Computer technology
• Foreign language 
• Mathematics
• Oral communication
• Written communication
• Critical thinking
• Ethical reasoning
• Quantitative literacy & reasoning

Part II: Core Course Requirements

Transitions: The first-year course to help students adjust to living and learning in the academic community.
Foundations: A second-year course that explores historical and contemporary understandings of the human condition, “ways of knowing,” and ethics. 
Lifetime Wellness: A one-hour course designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, along with two physical activity courses.
Great Works in Context: A third-year course that immerses students in a multidisciplinary study to understand how literary and/or artistic ideas influence society.
Religion: Each student selects from various courses to gain a better understanding of the importance of religious beliefs and practices to the lives of people all over the world.
Emory Abroad: Students select an international experience, from a semester abroad to a short trip experience tied to a single course.
Connections: A senior capstone course with students from multiple majors who study a broad public problem with an emphasis on local, regional, and global institutions.

Part III: Modes of Inquiry

Students choose one course in each of the four areas to create a broad, interdisciplinary foundation.
1. Understanding the Individual and Society: Courses to analyze and explain the how people interact with the communities around them.
2. Understanding the Natural World: Courses to apply scientific methodology to natural phenomena.
3. Artistic Expression: Courses to develop the creative process through aesthetic expression.
4. Interpreting Texts: Courses to analyze and interpret texts such as literature, historical documents, and art.