Mount Ida College has moved away from the traditional categories of “general education” and “major” to the idea of an integrated, cumulative, and progressive four-year curriculum in which courses inside and outside the major mutually reinforce each other; lower-level courses provide the foundation for upper-level courses; and co-curricular experiences are recognized as valuable learning opportunities. The All College Curriculum recognizes that each student is a whole person, not solely a career specialist. Students will need both breadth and depth of knowledge, and will use the flexibility and resources provided by their education to meet a lifetime of personal and professional challenges. The curriculum encourages:
- intellectual and personal growth
- leadership development
- the cultivation of mature judgment
- responsible citizenship
The curriculum encompasses two general areas within a framework composed of the student’s major, required courses outside of the major, open electives, and enrichment experiences.
oral and written communication
Subject Areas and Perspectives
literature and the arts
the social world
appreciation of diversity
moral and ethical reasoning
In order to acquire the skills and master the subject areas and perspectives listed above, students must complete the following requirements during their four-year program of study:
Composition and Literature I
Composition and Literature II
Literature* (1 course): any literature course that meets criteria; taken in freshman or sophomore year.
Quantitative Reasoning* (1 course): mathematics or statistics.
The Social World* (1 course): psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, or law; taken in freshman or sophomore year.
Historical Understanding* (1 course): any history course that meets criteria.
Scientific Understanding* (1 course): taken in freshman or sophomore year.
Humanities or Fine Arts* (1 course): art history, philosophy, religion, humanities courses, foreign language, music appreciation, studio art, drama, photography, creative writing.
Exploration Courses*: three (3) additional Perspectives courses.
* If any of these areas are already required as professional preparation in a student’s major, the All College Curriculum requirement is satisfied.
The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Seminar is to create a shared academic experience for all students, to integrate knowledge learned in the first two years, and to illustrate that comprehensive understanding best emerges from an interdisciplinary approach. The overall theme of the seminars is “Understanding the Human Condition.” Each course covers a broad-based subject that looks at significant issues from multidisciplinary viewpoints. The seminar format includes readings, group discussions, and research and writing assignments. Each course is writing-intensive. The Interdisciplinary Seminars, which have a “JR” prefix, can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this Catalog.
300-level Course in approved social science (history, legal studies, psychology, sociology), humanities (art, English/literature, philosophy), or science (applied forensics, biology, science, vet tech) courses.
Senior Capstone Course (within program or major)
Additional Skills and Perspectives
Oral and Written Communication Requirements
Note: These are not additional requirements, but courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive or oral communication courses:
- Written: 3 courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
- Oral: 2 courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.
Courses that have been approved to date as meeting the All College Curriculum (ACC) writing-intensive (“W”) and/or oral communication (“O”) requirements are also identified in the Course Descriptions section of this Catalog at the end of the description of each applicable course in bold print as follows:
- ACC: “W” course
- ACC: “O” course
Programs/majors must also demonstrate which courses or experiences (instructional or co-curricular) provide students with the opportunity, over four years, to develop the following skills and perspectives:
- critical thinking
- creative thinking
- information literacy
- technology competency
- interpersonal skills
- appreciation of diversity
- moral and ethical reasoning
- professional preparation