Core Curriculum

The faculty of the University of Puget Sound has designed the core curriculum to give undergraduates an integrated and demanding introduction to the life of the mind and to established methods of intellectual inquiry. The Puget Sound undergraduate's core experience begins with two first-year seminars that guide the student through an in-depth exploration of a focused area of interest and that sharpen the student's skills in constructing persuasive arguments. In the first three years of their Puget Sound college career, students also study five "Approaches to Knowing" - Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science. These core areas develop the student's understanding of different disciplinary perspectives on society, culture, and the physical world, and explore both the strengths of those disciplinary approaches and their limitations. Connections, an upper-level integrative course, challenges the traditional boundaries of disciplines and examines the benefits and limits of interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge.

Further, in accordance with the stated educational goals of the University of Puget Sound, core curriculum requirements have been established: (a) to improve each student's grasp of the intellectual tools necessary for the understanding and communication of ideas; (b) to enable each student to understand herself or himself as a thinking person capable of making ethical and aesthetic choices; (c) to help each student comprehend the diversity of intellectual approaches to understanding human society and the physical world; and (d) to increase each student's awareness of his or her place in those broader contexts. Students choose from a set of courses in eight core areas, developing over four years an understanding of the liberal arts as the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

University Core Requirements

Each candidate for the first baccalaureate degree shall have completed the following core curriculum.

The First Year: Argument and Inquiry

For students matriculating before Fall 2013

  • Scholarly and Creative Inquiry Seminar: 1 unit
  • Writing and Rhetoric Seminar: 1 unit

For students matriculating in Fall 2013 or later

  • Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry I: 1 unit
  • Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry II: 1 unit

(First-year seminars may not be used to meet major or minor requirements, nor may students enroll in them after fulfilling the core requirement. Students may not enroll in more than one seminar per term.)

Years 1 through 3: Five Approaches to Knowing

  • Artistic: 1 unit
  • Humanistic: 1 unit
  • Mathematical (strongly recommended in the first year): 1 unit
  • Natural Scientific: 1 unit
  • Social Scientific: 1 unit

Junior or Senior Year: Interdisciplinary Experience

  • Connections: 1 unit