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)
The New Testament
After 1660: (MWL)
Women and Fiction
One course in creative or performing arts (CPA)
History of Architecture
Drawing and 2D Design
American Popular Music
Theatre in NYC
One course in Western history (WHS)
Western Medicine Since 1850
American Environmental 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)
Public Opinion and Voting
Global Business Cycles
Theory of Learning
Gender and Sexuality
Deviance and Social Control
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
People & Cultures of
Music of the World’s Cultures
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)
Lego Robotics Programming
Single Variable Calculus
A course in chemistry or physics (LAB or SCI)
Chemistry in Today’s Society
Chemistry, Science & Life
Physics of Everyday Objects
Light and Relativity
A course in biology or geology (LAB or SCI)
Ecology and Environment
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
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
Biology of Reproduction
Horror in Film and Story
A contemporary issues seminar (taken no earlier than January of the junior year) (CIS) such as:
Origins of War and Peace
Philosophy, Race & Gender