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Our New Core Curriculum

Our New Core Curriculum

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The Core Curriculum at Chestnut Hill College provides students with a well-rounded education, accountable skill development, and a wide variety of engaging learning experiences

Unlike traditional Core requirements at other liberal arts schools which only touch on various disciplines, the Core Curriculum at CHC digs deeper to offer students not only a more complex knowledge base across multiple disciplines, but also accountable skill set development​.  The combination prepares CHC students for success ​when facing real-world challenges. 

The NEW Core structure aligns with and reinforces the College’s interdisciplinary Academic Center Model, integrating the student's major, their Center's interdisciplinary focus, and the knowledge and skills that the student gains in the Core. These connections make the CHC degree distinctive, graduating students who are alert to changing interrelationships that characterize the fast-paced 21st century.

Additionally, CHC students receive real-world learning experiences throughout their college curriculum, helping them “connect the dots” of their cross-discipline learning and put their new knowledge into action solving real-word problems happening now in the world.


The NEW Core Curriculum offers students:

  • Broader exposure to wider array of disciplines

  • Heightened practical training and applicable workforce skill development

  • Deeper awareness of the larger world and their capacity to make change in it



The Core Curriculum consists of approximately 39 credits (out of the 120 credits students need to graduate), and layers academic content with skills and mission development, for a well-rounded approach.

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*Tech Skills - courses cover essential technology basics and ethics of social media.

*Sisters of Saint Joseph Mission - courses introduce students to the mission of our SSJ founders, including a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and hands on experience with our Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

*Writing and Communication - courses use a common vocabulary and rubric to develop skill in writing arguments as well as place an emphasis on public speaking skills.

*Broad Knowledge Base - courses cover an exposure to a breadth and variety of disciplines, paramount to a liberal arts education. Courses will also have a strong emphasis on DEI


The Core Curriculum is comprised of study in four areas:


DISCOVERY courses prepare students to launch into a college career by familiarizing themselves with the college, college-level work and responsibilities, and reviewing and renewing vital technology and communication skills necessary for the next four years and beyond.

Courses include:

  *Welcome to CHC 
  *Discovery Seminar
  *College Writing 
  *Foreign Language and Culture


MISSION courses intentionally highlight certain aspects of the College’s mission. Students are encouraged to not just study the mission, but to live it. Students take one course in each area.

Courses include:
  *Religious Studies
  *Global Studies


INQUIRY curriculum consists of areas of study intentionally designed to help students recognize and embrace the interdisciplinary nature of the way modern thinkers approach real-world problems. The Inquiry curriculum also includes components of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as all students will take courses that emphasize this core tenet of the College mission.

Students take one course in each of six areas (one of which will be an interdisciplinary team-taught course that incorporates Religious Studies content):

  *Arts and Creative Expression
  *Meaning and Interpretation of the Human Experience
  *Scientific Investigation
  *Qualitative Analysis/Data Literacy
  *Analysis of the Social World
  *Civic Life and Engagement


The REAL-WORLD CONNECTIONS: INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE is a CHC signature experience. In this course, students contemplate and address a real-world issue from two disciplinary perspectives.

Topics in this course might include general issues like climate change, poverty, war, or combatting disinformation, or more specific issues like the 1619 Project.

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