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Common Academic Program

COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS

Innovative Curriculum

The Common Academic Program is a learning experience that is shared in common among all undergraduate students, regardless of their major. The CAP’s distinctive structure is built on the notion that, while students will have unique experiences at UD, all academic programs and learning encounters are informed by the seven institutional learning goals articulated in the Habits of Inquiry and Reflection (HIR). Students begin with a set of courses that all undergraduate students complete and then put together a program that suits their own interests and goals as they progress throughout our developmental model.

Sharing Commonality in Our Aspirations

Evolving & Flexible

Responsive to the changing times while remaining grounded in the HIR principles and Catholic and Marianist intellectual traditions.

Integrated Approach

Builds and demonstrates connections across curricular and co-curricular aspects of student learning.

The Foundation of a UD Education

We live in a global society that is constantly changing. As tomorrow's leaders, UD students must understand its complexities and how to respond thoughtfully to its challenges and opportunities. The CAP introduces key questions and topics across a wide range of academic disciplines. Students will learn to value and synthesize diverse points of view and to examine issues critically, yet with an open mind.

The Foundation of a UD Education

We live in a global society that is constantly changing. As tomorrow's leaders, UD students must understand its complexities and how to respond thoughtfully to its challenges and opportunities. The CAP introduces key questions and topics across a wide range of academic disciplines. Students will learn to value and synthesize diverse points of view and to examine issues critically, yet with an open mind.

CAP Highlights

Humanities Commons

To establish a foundation for learning, Humanities Commons is framed to exhibit the value of humanistic inquiry and reflection, and challenges students to ask: What does it mean to be human?

Social Sciences

SSC 200 is a theme-based course that varies across sections but shares common learning outcomes related to scholarship, critical evaluation of our times, and the diversity of the human world.

Diversity & Social Justice

With a responsibility to promote the dignity, rights and responsibilities of all persons and peoples, DSJ engages dimensions of social justice, bias, intercultural competence and intersectionality.

Students and Campus Life

Finding Passion and Hope While Celebrating Diversity

Amira Fitzpatrick ’22 reflects on how courses in the Common Academic Program prepared her to engage in her own history as well as the histories of other underrepresented groups on campus.

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CAP Diversity & Social Justice

Student Learning Assessment

You're invited to help us disseminate a student learning survey in your DSJ course this Spring. The survey is designed to serve as an opportunity to learn more about how students are engaging with DSJ learning.

DSJ Hangouts Connecting Peers

DSJ Hangouts aim to connect DSJ educators, facilitate introductions and social engagements around classroom experiences, share insights and cool ideas, as well as address any CAP-DSJ related questions.

Summer 2021 Global Learning Opportunities

The Center for International Programs has a series of international, domestic, and virtual opportunities incorporating a series of CAP DSJ courses though the Global Learning Academy.

CAP in Blogs

CONTACT

Michelle C. Pautz, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302
937-229-3651
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