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University Core Curriculum (the Core) is William Paterson University's new general education program that gives you the flexibility to customize your undergraduate academic experience by selecting from a broad range of courses in six areas of study. The Core is designed to let you explore a variety of fields and disciplines, connect these courses with your major, and become a well-educated citizen, both locally and globally.

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  • The Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future

    Report of National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

    In response to widespread concern about the nation’s anemic civic health, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future calls for investing in higher education’s capacity to make civic learning and democratic engagement widely shared national priorities. The report calls on higher education and many partners in education, government, and public life to advance a 21st century conception of civic learning and democratic engagement as an expected part of every student’s college education. A New Vision for Civic Learning in Higher Education An earlier definition of civic education stressed familiarity with the various branches of government and acquaintance with basic information about U.S. history. This is still essential but no longer nearly enough. Americans still need to understand how their political system works and how to influence it. But they also need to understand the cultural and global contexts in which democracy is both deeply valued and deeply contested. Moreover, the competencies basic to democracy cannot be learned only by studying books; democratic knowledge and capabilities are honed through hands-on, face-to-face, active engagement in the midst of differing perspectives about how to address common problems that affect the well-being of the nation and the world. Civic learning that includes knowledge, skills, values, and the capacity to work with others on civic and societal challenges can help increase the number of informed, thoughtful, and public-minded citizens well prepared to contribute in the context of the diverse, dynamic, globally connected United States. Civic learning should prepare students with knowledge and for action in our communities.


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  • Our World Needs The Humanities

    Text of an interview published in The Australian, July 13, 2011

    MARTHA Nussbaum's belief that the good of humanity can, and should, be brought to light has transformed international politics. Her capabilities approach, developed with Nobel prizewinner Amartya Sen, classifies respect for imagination, emotions and play alongside reason, health and life, and gave rise to the UN human development index. Now the American philosopher has turned her attention to education, warning that the cultivation of citizenship through a liberal education is vital to democracy. But is this tradition under threat from an ethos that puts profit before people?


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  • Why Liberal Education Matters

    Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2010

    The true aim of the humanities is to prepare citizens for exercising their freedom responsibly.


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  • How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today’s Global Economy?

    American Association of Colleges and Universities

    Based On Surveys Among Employers And Recent College Graduates


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  • A New Vision for Learning As A Nation Goes to College

    The Association of American Colleges and Universities' report titled "Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College."


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