CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Innovation continues at Thomas More as the University announces a new core curriculum design. The Second Century Core curriculum streamlines the path to graduation and offers students greater flexibility. Officially gaining Board approval in March 2023, the new core curriculum allows the University to modernize its approach to liberal arts education by moving from a traditional “two-bucket” (core and major) design to a “three-bucket” (core, major, and more) design. Courses completed in the “more” category are intended to help students supplement their degree program with other areas of interest, allowing them to prepare for modern-day career demands uniquely.
A core redesign team of faculty and staff from across the University worked for more than a year to build the new core curriculum. Together the team researched various core programming models before innovating, planning, and presenting ideas for the redesign. “Thomas More University’s mission drives the second-century core,” explains Kimberly Haverkos, Ph.D., dean of Thomas More’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. “It provides space for students to explore their interests and their place in the world while also taking opportunities to figure out their responsibilities to others. Focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of life provides the breadth and depth our graduates will need to succeed in the 21st century.”
With an inner core focused on breadth and an outer core sequence focused on depth, the Second Century Core provides students with a common intellectual experience and choice, both necessary for a successful education. Students choose a 9-credit concentration of study for their outer core, which can be part of a second major, a minor, or an approved interdisciplinary cognate of coursework. “I’m excited to be able to do my art major and a sequence in biology and still have room for other interests I have,” shares Hannah Haverkos, an incoming first-year student at Thomas More. “It will help me be better prepared for my future.” Incoming students will begin with the new core design in fall 2023, with an institution-wide rollout for fall 2024.
The new curriculum is a result of goals outlined in the University’s five-year Strategic Plan: Lighting the Way, supported by the major comprehensive fundraising campaign, The Second Century: It’s Time for More. Through new academic offerings, the University propels forward, maintaining its commitment to student success and academic innovation.
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