Integrating the Humanities and Sciences: The Human Journey: Sacred Heart University's Common Core

By Michelle Loris, Nicole Cauvin and Kathryn LaFontana.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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One way to respond to the crisis in the humanities is to integrate learning for our students. In fact one of higher education's greatest challenges today is for faculty to develop ways to integrate knowledge and learning across the disiciplines. This essay describes a common core curriculum, THE HUMAN JOURNEY, which engages students in an integrated, common, and coherent understanding of the humanities,arts, and sciences, and the Catholic intellectual tradition framed by four enduring questions of human meaning and value. THE HUMAN JOURNEY is a five course sequence including literature, history, the social and natural sciences, and religious studies and philosophy. The courses are framed and yoked by the four questions of human meaning and value, by common readings, by faculty collaboration to make connections across the disciplines, and by co-curricular colloquia and events which include art and music. This common core engages students in a multidisciplinary understanding of the humanities, arts, and sciences as the fundamental mode of inquiry of the human person and of the entire human community, and it provides students with an ethical and moral lens with which to understand the world in which they live.

Keywords: Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Core Curriculum, Integrated, Common, Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.137-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 482.542KB).

Dr. Michelle Loris

Professor and Associate Dean of the Core Curriculum, Sacred Heart University, College of Arts and Sciences, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Dr. Loris holds doctorates in both American Literature and Clinical Psychology. She is a Professor at Sacred Heart University where she teaches both literature and psychology. She is the author of books and articles in literature and psychology. She is currently the Associate Dean of the new core curriculum at Sacred Heart University.

Dr Nicole Cauvin

Chairperson, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, USA

Dr. Cauvin, a Professor of Sociology, is the Chairperson of the department of Sociology and Social Work at Sacred Heart University.

Dr Kathryn LaFontana

Chairperson of Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, USA

Dr. LaFontana, Associate Professor of Psychology, is the Chairperson of the department of Psychology at Sacred Heart University.

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