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University Core Curriculum

Pace University offers an innovative, cutting-edge Core Curriculum central to all undergraduate degrees at Pace University. Core courses, regardless of a student’s major, address fundamental problems and issues in the Arts and Sciences. These courses consider diverse perspectives and approaches, and ensure that Pace graduates achieve competency in a variety of skills that are sought by employers and are needed for graduate level work.

Core courses are enriching intellectually and personally, and will prepare students to become lifelong learners, better able to respond to the inevitable changes and challenges of their professional and personal lives. Students will develop abilities that are essential to success in college study and in careers through the 12 learning outcomes of the Core Curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Intellectual depth, breadth, integration and application
  • Effective citizenship
  • Social Interaction
  • Global, National, and International Perspectives
  • Valuing
  • Problem-solving
  • Aesthetic response
  • Information Literacy and Research
  • Scientific and quantitative reasoning
  • Technological Fluency

Features of the Pace University Core Curriculum include:

  • Community Building
  • Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement
  • A Focus on Student Learning Outcomes
  • Choice and Flexibility
  • Ability to complete a minor in the Core

In the required Civic Engagement and Public Values course, students will apply the theories they learn in the classroom to a real-life need within the community. Students will reflect upon the experience and consider their role as educated citizens and as problem-solvers. Community-based learning is consistent with Pace University's longstanding tradition of applied, experiential, and interactive learning and to our commitment to fostering an engaged campus.

If you enrolled prior to fall 2010 or are resuming your studies after an absence of three or more years, please contact an advisor. Email core@pace.edu if you have any questions about the Pace University Core Curriculum.