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Curriculum XXI

A Flexible Curriculum

While the essential elements of Curriculum XXI are specified, each requirement may be fulfilled by a variety of courses. Below are some examples of specific courses that may fulfill the requirements in each category.


Examples of Courses That May Be Used to Fulfill Requirements

Any course that meets a Curriculum XXI requirement has a notation at the end of its description, e.g., (NTW), (MWE) etc. While some courses may be eligible to meet more than one requirement, the student must choose which requirement the course is to fulfill. A course may be used only once toward Curriculum XXI.



To reach a clear understanding of Western culture, our graduates will need to become acquainted with its primary texts, with its art, and with its history.


Two courses in major works (one treating a period before 1660, the other a later period)

                        Before 1660: (MWE)            

Shakespeare’s England

The New Testament

After 1660: (MWL)

African-American Literature

Women and Fiction

One course in creative or performing arts (CPA)

                        History of Architecture

Drawing and 2D Design

Creative Writing

                        American Popular Music

Photography I

Theatre in NYC

One course in Western history (WHS)

                        Western Medicine Since 1850

America at War         

The Renaissance

American Environmental History

Tudor-Stuart History

African-American History



To participate fully in an interdependent world, our graduates will need to understand how people behave and how they interact in organizations and societies; they will also need to be aware of other cultures, develop a critical perspective on their own culture and cultivate a global consciousness.



Two courses in social and behavioral analysis in two different departments (SBA)

Europe 1815-1914

U.S. Government and Politics

Microeconomic Principles

General Psychology

Public Opinion and Voting

Global Business Cycles

Theory of Learning

Gender and Sexuality

Deviance and Social Control

International Relations

Foreign language (LN 1, 2, 3)

For students continuing a language studied more than 2 years at high school level, completion of 1 foreign language course at intermediate level or above.

For students pursuing a language studied 2 years or less at high school level, successful completion of a 2-course sequence at introductory level or of a language and related civilization course or of an off-campus program with a language component and its related preparatory course. Students also may satisfy this requirement by achieving a 3 on Advanced Placement or 500 on ETS Achievement Test.

            A non-Western or Third World course (NTW)

                        People & Cultures of Central Asia


Worldwide Ceramics

Music of the World’s Cultures

Middle East Politics

Caribbean Literature


Science and Technology

As preparation for life in an era heavily influenced by science and technology, our students will need to understand the language and analytical methods of science and the different levels on which it explores nature; they must also become sensitive to the impact of science and technology on society.


            A course in mathematics, logic, or computer use (MLC)

                        Problem Solving



Lego Robotics Programming

Single Variable Calculus

Finite Mathematics

            A course in chemistry or physics (LAB or SCI)

                        Chemistry in Today’s Society


Chemistry, Science & Life

Physics of Everyday Objects

Light and Relativity

General Chemistry

A course in biology or geology (LAB or SCI)

                        Ecology and Environment

Historical Geology



The Global Environment Genetics


Critical Thinking and Effective Communication

The sheer mass of information will demand more than ever that our graduates be able to sift and analyze data, apply well-honed intellectual skills, think profoundly and critically and express their own ideas effectively.


            Competence in writing


Classical Mythology

Reading Philosophy

A major program

                        One of 30 majors or an Individual Student Program

A baccalaureate thesis or project

A major research paper or project in the student’s chosen field



To prepare for a future in which decision making will be central, our students must become aware of recurring dilemmas of the human condition and be willing to deal honestly with the complexities of personal, social, intellectual and moral issues.


A First-Year Seminar (FYS) such as:

                        Being a Man: The Masculine

Children’s Lives

Biology of Reproduction

Horror in Film and Story

Understanding Religion

Hollywood and History

A contemporary issues seminar (taken no earlier than January of the junior year) (CIS) such as:


Unruly Women

Understanding Cancer

Origins of War and Peace

Travels to the Third World

Philosophy, Race & Gender