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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

The All College Curriculum

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
  • self-confidence
  • 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.

Transferable Skills

critical thinking
oral and written communication
quantitative reasoning
creative thinking
information literacy
technology competency
interpersonal skills

Subject Areas and Perspectives

literature and the arts
historical understanding
scientific understanding
the social world
appreciation of diversity
moral and ethical reasoning
multidisciplinary perspectives
professional preparation

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:


CC 101
EN 101
EN 102
  First-Year Seminar
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.


Interdisciplinary Seminar

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