Core: Human Values in a Pluralistic Culture

The Core Program is a 2 1/2 year interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes the University of Dayton’s signature characteristics: a student community that forms lasting friendships, excellent faculty who are enthusiastic about teaching and working closely with students, and dynamic engagement with the arts and culture in Dayton. Core fulfills many aspects of the University’s Common Academic Program (CAP) requirements.

As one of our graduates said, "The Core Program offered an experience that helped me to build a foundation as an undergraduate that enabled me to thrive, both in the classroom and in co-curricular activities." All of our students work closely with faculty and have opportunities to work with second-year Core students (Core Fellows) who provide peer support and help with exam prep and paper writing.

By studying English, history, philosophy, and religious studies in an integrated program, students have the advantage of understanding the connections between disciplines, how narratives develop, and the ways in which important human values change and emerge in diverse cultures. Another graduate wrote, "Core developed in me the ability to critically consider multiple and varying perspectives at once - a skill that is invaluable to me as a Social Studies teacher. I constantly have my students engage with primary sources and the critical reading and analysis skills that I learned in Core are being passed on to them."

Students: Students who major in American studies, art history, and the humanities are preselected to take Core, but it is open to all students unless restricted by major.

ILLC Coordinator: Bill Trollinger, Director, Core Program

ILLC Faculty:  Una Cadegan, John Inglis, Denise James, Alan Kimbrough, Elizabeth Mackay, Anthony Smith, Susan Trollinger, William Trollinger

Residence: Marycrest Complex

Shared Courses: ASI 110 and ASI 120 (Development of Western Culture in a Global Context). ASI 110 is taken fall semester, and ASI 120 spring semester.

Students in the second year of Core take 3 designated Core classes that fulfill CAP requirements. Core concludes in the fall of junior year with a capstone class, ASI 37X.

A special “Core graduation” banquet is held in the spring of junior year to honor students who complete the program.

Graduation Requirements: Core fulfills many University CAP requirements. All of the courses in the Core Program meet graduation requirements.

Community Activities:

  • Live with other Core students in the residence halls.
  • Interact with Core Fellows (second-year Core students) when they visit your residence hall to address questions, assist with papers and help you prepare for exams.
  • Get together with friends for ice cream, cookouts and other activities. Some events are officially planned by the program, but many are planned by Core students with support from faculty, Core Fellows, Core Resident Assistants (RAs), and residents of the Core houses in the student neighborhood.
  • Core students spend time in Dayton attending arts and cultural events related to course content.

For more information about the Core Program, please visit our website at go.udayton.edu/core >