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.
Three days a week, you meet with a group of around 20 students and your instructor. Two of the class sessions are 50 minutes in length, and the third session is scheduled for two 50 min. periods. In class, you will talk about what you’ve read or written and relate it to your lives. You will share perspectives and sometimes debate them. You talk about real and complex issues from the very first unit, drawing upon the resources of the humanities and social sciences (and more rarely, the natural sciences) to examine the purpose of human life, our societies, and issues of justice.