Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions about the Core Program.

Are the Core courses just the same as the equivalent non-Core courses? 

Though they cover much of the same material as equivalent non-Core courses, Core courses have been specially adapted to the Core structure and theme. For example, the first-year course, ASI 110-120, enables Core students to explore English, history, philosophy, and religious studies in small interdisciplinary seminars and large, specialized lecture presentations where music and the visual arts are incorporated. Second and third year Core courses build upon the experiences of the first year, reinforcing and deepening what students have already studied.

Can I postpone joining the Core Program until my second semester or second year? 

No. The first semester of the Core Program is a set of tightly interrelated basic courses upon which the later courses build.

Do Core students have to take any extra courses? 

No. The Core Program consists only of Common Academic Program courses, that is, courses that all students at UD must take in order to graduate.

How can I obtain further information about the Core Program? 

Please contact:

William Trollinger
Director, Core Program
Department of History
University of Dayton 

Dayton, Ohio 45469-1540 

(937) 229-2827
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Marissa McCray
Assistant, Core Program
Marianist Hall, Room 203
(937) 229-5369
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How do I apply for the Core Program? 

Select Core as your top choice for a learning living community on this site. You have a good chance of being in the program until the program is full.

How does Core integrate material from different courses? 

In the first year students take ASI 110-120, a fifteen credit-hour sequence in which English, history, philosophy and religious studies are integrated chronologically and thematically. Courses in the second and third years of Core build upon concepts and methods from the first year and carry Core themes into discussions of contemporary issues. Core faculty work closely together to ensure that students find meaningful coordination among their courses.

How does the Core Program differ from the regular Common Academic Program requirements? 

The Core Program fulfills many of the Common Academic Program requirements. In fact, the Core Program served as a model for the Common Academic Program. Due to its structure and small size, however, Core can offer much closer coordination of courses and more systematic development of its theme than is possible in other parts of the Common Academic Program.

How large are Core classes? 

Core classes are smaller than non-Core Common Academic Program classes and students receive close faculty attention.

In what other ways do Core students receive academic support?

There are four second-year Core students who serve as teaching assistants (Core Fellows) for the first-year Core students. There are also Core Residence Assistants in Marycrest, and there are two Core Houses in the student neighborhood that provide academic support and that organize social activities for Core students.

Is the Core Program solely for advanced students? 

No. The 80-120 students selected represent a cross-section of new students, with differing backgrounds and abilities. However, all Core students – even those who do not enter as Core students – who finish the program with a B average are eligible to receive 15 hours of Honors credits (which means they are but two courses or one honors thesis away from graduating with Honors). That is to say, the Core Program creates Honors students.

What is a Living Learning Community? 

Core students live together on the same floors in Marycrest. Students report that this is the best thing ever about UD. Because you are taking most of the same classes and living with the same 80-120 people, you make more friends and get help when it is needed. When everyone takes the same test, the dorm quiets down accordingly!

Who are the Core Program faculty? 

Faculty teaching in Core are selected on the basis of teaching excellence and interest in innovative teaching. Core faculty have chosen to devote extra time and attention to their Core students and courses.

Who chooses the Core Program? 

Each year 80-120 new first-year students join the Core program. The students are from all of UD's undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Engineering. Core is not an honors program. Most students accepted at UD are eligible. Core is designed to enrich the learning experience of any UD student.

Why choose the Core Program? 

The Core Program helps students to understand, appreciate, and critically evaluate historical roots and contemporary expressions of competing values in Western culture and some non-Western cultures. Core faculty help students to see interrelations among courses from different disciplines and to develop skills in critical reflection on ethical, social, and political issues.

Students particularly enjoy the friendships they form in Core. Because they take courses together and participate together in extra-curricular events, they get to know each other well. A special sense of community develops among Core students that enhances both their academic and extracurricular college experience.

Find Us.

Core Program

Marianist Hall 203 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0725