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The best preparation for the demands of a diverse and global society is a comprehensive, wide-ranging background in the liberal arts and sciences, combined with in-depth knowledge of more than one field of study. To that end, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers Newark, with the cooperation of faculty from all of the campus' other schools, has redesigned the general education requirements for the campus to prepare students to successfully pursue a wide range of professional activities as well as to pursue graduate training. The Core Curriculum is organized around a set of concrete learning objectives that encompass the skills most needed for active citizenship and most valued by employers, such as the ability to think critically and creatively, to reason quantitatively, and to communicate effectively. Each Core Curriculum course is designed to ensure that students are conversant with the basic modes of inquiry specific to each of the core disciplinary foci of a liberal education. Through the Core Curriculum, students will emerge from their Rutgers Newark education with the ability to apply their knowledge to the major questions of the 21st century.
A central feature of the Core Curriculum is the second concentration. Increasingly, employers and many graduate programs desire graduates whose educational background is both diverse and multidisciplinary. The second concentration ensures that students develop substantial expertise in two areas of study, at least one of which will be in the liberal arts and sciences. The second concentration can be fulfilled through participation in the Honors College, completion of the Urban Teacher Education Program, declaration of a second major, or completion of a combined baccalaureate-master’s degree curriculum. Many students, however, will complete this requirement through the declaration of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary minor. Because students themselves select their second area of academic focus, they are encouraged to take control over and responsibility for charting an intellectual course that is personally meaningful and optimally suited for the achievement of their scholarly and professional goals. The most ambitious students may choose to complete three or possibly even more concentrations.
The Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all graduates acquire a broad range of knowledge, skills, and competencies across the arts and sciences. The seven general education categories are:
|Basic Writing Skills||6 credits|
|Quantitative Reasoning||3 credits|
|Natural Sciences||8 credits|
|Social Sciences||6 credits|
|History & Literature||9 credits|
|Arts & Media||3 credits|
|Other Liberal Arts||3 credits|
Courses in each of these areas must be chosen from a list of approved courses.