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What is the core curriculum?

The University's Core Curriculum is the foundational education that students must fulfill as part of any undergraduate degree program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Goals of the Core Curriculum

  • To provide students with a valuable education which will enrich any major
  • To broaden students' horizons by exposing them to a variety of subjects and disciplines

Core Curriculum Learning Objectives

A student successfully completing Core Curriculum at Nevada will be able to:

  1. Compose and communicate effectively in a range of media for a variety of rhetorical and creative purposes;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to frame and analyze a problem, find and interpret relevant information, develop and evaluate possible solutions, come to well-grounded conclusions, and craft an appropriate argument, report, application, or other expression of such inquiry;
  3. Understand and apply the knowledge, perspectives, principles, and modes of reasoning employed in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics;
  4. Understand how the knowledge, perspectives, principles, and modes of reasoning embodied in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics have contributed to human achievement;
  5. Develop habits of mind that foster integrative thinking and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from one setting to another.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of culture and cultural difference, and develop the habits of mind that allow for intercultural understanding and responsible individual and social choices for citizens of the global community.

Why do I need to take these classes?

What does (fill in the blank) have to do with what I'm going to study?
Whatever path you choose, you'll need to be well-rounded:

  • Writers and artists start businesses to sell their work
  • Scientists write grants to fund their research
  • Engineers actually need to talk to non-engineers

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