Core Curriculum: MIND

Perspective is everything. You will achieve the objectives of the Mind part of the core curriculum through your selected major. You are strongly encouraged to declare your major by the beginning of your second year.

MIND (33-35 credits)

Each program and department recommends liberal arts courses across disciplines:

  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Diversity 
  • Ethics 
  • Holistic Wellness 
  • Humanities 
  • Languages and Cultures 
  • Natural Science 
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 

Faculty and Student Perspectives: How do courses in the Mind connect with your major?:

Ethan Fireside '26, Psychology and Social Work double major: "Psychology relies on diverse perspectives. Originally, psychology was focused on the perspective of white, cisgender, heterosexual men, but has since opened to everyone. If we close ourselves off from diversity we won't be able to learn anything applicable to a wider audience, we need diversity to truly expand our knowledge and better other people's knowledge."

Dr. Michelle Gricus, Associate Professor of Social Work: "Creativity is an essential skill in the social work field. Social workers are called to think on their feet, interpret situations, and problem-solve challenging situations. They also accept and apply feedback from clients, supervisors, etc. Creative and performing arts courses like Improvisation, Ceramic Arts, and Creative Writing give our students excellent opportunities to strengthen their creative muscles."

Dr. Mallory Huard, Assistant Professor of History: "History majors can benefit greatly from the natural sciences because an understanding of the natural world is crucial to understanding how humans interact with it. Some historical fields, such as environmental history, for example, require interdisciplinary training and knowledge of scientific methodologies. Additionally, while much historical research and analysis is qualitative in nature, quantitative approaches provide critical insights into historical questions. The rise of digital technologies and the digital humanities have demonstrated how historians are able to glean important insights from large data sets."