Jan 23, 2019  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

The All College Curriculum

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

•     self-confidence

•     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
  • literature
  • 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.


Program/Major Requirements

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