The All College Curriculum
Mount Ida College’s core requirement for all students, the All College Curriculum (ACC), provides a 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 ACC requirements develop the following transferable skills:
- critical thinking
- oral and written communication
- quantitative reasoning
- creative thinking
- information literacy
- technology competency
- interpersonal skills
In addition to developing these skills, the ACC provides a foundation of knowledge in core subject areas:
- humanities and the arts
- historical understanding
- scientific understanding
- the social world
- quantitative reasoning
ACC Curriculum Requirements
In order to acquire the skills and master the subject areas and perspectives listed above, students must complete the following course requirements during their four-year program of study:
- CC 101 First-Year Seminar
- EN 101 Expository Writing (or EN 100 Expository Writing Workshop)
- EN 102 Composition and Literature
- One Literature course: any literature course that meets criteria, beyond EN102.
- One Quantitative Reasoning course: mathematics or statistics.
- One Social World course: psychology, sociology, economics, political science, law, geography and regional planning
- One Historical Understanding course: any history course that meets criteria.
- One Scientific Understanding course: any science course that meets criteria. (Note that for BI107, BI108, SC101, SC102 and SC104, only the lecture section is required for non-Applied Sciences majors.)
- One Humanities or Fine Arts course: art history, philosophy, religion, foreign language, music appreciation, studio art, drama, photography, creative writing.
* If any of these areas is already required in a student’s major, the All College Curriculum requirement is satisfied.
- One 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. 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 and satisfies one “W” course requirement. The Interdisciplinary Seminars can be found in the Course Descriptions section of this Catalog.
- Four ACC Electives: any course outside of the student’s major or program discipline.
- Senior Capstone Course (within program or major).
Oral and Written Communication Requirements
- Three writing-intensive (“W” designated) courses beyond EN 102
- Two oral-intensive (“O” designated) courses
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. Courses that have been approved as meeting the All College Curriculum (ACC) writing-intensive (“W”) and/or oral communication (“O”) requirements are identified in the Course Descriptions section of the Catalog at the end of the description of each applicable course.
In addition to the requirements of the ACC, all programs/majors must also demonstrate in their curricula which courses or experiences (instructional or co-curricular) provide students with the opportunity, over four years, to develop the following skills and perspectives within the major:
• critical thinking
• creative thinking
• information literacy
• technology competency
• interpersonal skills
• cultural literacy
• moral and ethical reasoning
• professional preparation