Academic Departments, the Core Program, and the Humanities Commons

In the spirit of the Common Academic Program (CAP), the departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and English are each a part of a Humanities Commons program, introducing the seven institutional learning goals while meeting appropriate disciplinary objectives. Learn more about each department's Humanities Commons courses from the links below.


Writing

Department of English

Students entering the University of Dayton complete a two-year course of study in composition by enrolling in ENG 100 in their first year and ENG 200 in their second year. University of Dayton Honors Program students complete a one-semester course of study in composition by taking ENG 198 or ENG 114 in their first year. ENG 100, ENG 114, and ENG 198 are courses in the Humanities Commons.

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Class in the Plaza

Department of History

Students entering the University of Dayton complete HST 103: The West and the World as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will examine key aspects of world history. We will study how patterns of interactions in the past have contributed to the making of our contemporary world.

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St Thomas Aquinas

Department of Philosophy

Students entering the University of Dayton complete PHL 103: Introduction to Philosophy as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will cover the following topics: Philosophical positions that relate to the Catholic intellectual tradition, philosophical conceptions of human flourishing, the use of philosophical conceptions of human flourishing to analyze human problems, perspectives from non-western cultures, social injustice and institutional structures, theoretical tools, and contemporary issues and global dimensions.

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Virgin Mary

Department of Religious Studies

Students entering the University of Dayton complete REL 103: Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will cover topics that will address the course objectives: religious positions relating to the Catholic intellectual tradition,  the use of these religious conceptions to analyze human problems, perspectives from non-western religions, social injustice and institutional structures, theoretical tools, and contemporary issues and global dimensions.

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The Core Program

The Core Program offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum that address a common theme, "Human Values in a Pluralistic Culture," and are carefully coordinated so that students experience the integrated character of the liberal arts. Co-curricular speakers, arts events, and other activities related to course content are an important part of the program. The 120 students selected each year represent a cross-section of new students with differing backgrounds and abilities. ASI 110 and ASI 120 are the Core Program courses that are part of the Humanities Commons.

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