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The Goshen Core

The Goshen Core is the set of courses for all traditional undergraduate students, no matter what major they choose.

Our Core curriculum has some elements that are common among many colleges and universities. For example, students take foundational coursework to continue building skills like communication, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking. All students take classes in a variety of disciplines–not just their major–to learn how various academic fields solve problems and examine the world.

The Goshen Core is distinctive, however, in a few important ways. In keeping with our Anabaptist-Mennonite roots, we require a Bible course, religious studies course, and peacemaking course. These classes are designed to help students build religious literacy, develop ethical reasoning skills, and see themselves as agents of justice and peace in the world. Global education also has a long tradition at Goshen College, making up about a third of our Core. Students can choose to study locally or abroad, in a full semester or one course at a time. However, all students have an immersive, intercultural experience that will prepare them as global citizens to work for the common good.

More About the Core

This is an image of how we see these three threads working together to complement students’ majors and minors. Core courses aren’t just a checklist of requirements to “get out of the way.” Rather, they enhance students’ chosen majors and foster our graduates’ ability to undertake creative, integrative work in the future.

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Complete list of Core courses

Note that not all courses in the catalog are offered every year.