Valpo Core: "The Human Experience"

The Valparaiso Core is a two-semester long, interdisciplinary course called “The Human Experience.”  The Valpo Core creates the foundation for a student’s general education at Valpo (unless that student is in Christ College in the Freshman Program). It fosters skills, attitudes, and work habits essential to success at the university as it initiates students into the life of the mind and into this academic community.

What's Core all about?

It’s about what it means, what it has meant, and what it will mean in the future, to be human. It’s organized into six units, three per semester, each unit a dialogue of texts on the following topics:

Fall semester:


• Origins

• Education

• Love

Spring semester:


• Leadership and Service

• Work and Vocation

• Life and Death

Four days a week (or the equivalent two-day schedule), you meet with a group of around 20 students and your instructor for about an hour each session, to talk about what you’ve read or written, to relate it to your lives, to share perspectives and sometimes debate them. You talk about real and complex, life and death issues from the very first unit, drawing upon the resources of the humanities and social sciences (and more rarely, the natural sciences) to examine our lives together, where we have come from and where we are headed.