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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 111-112, enables Core students to explore 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 courses that all students at U.D. have to take in some form in order to graduate.

How can I obtain further information about the Core Program? 

Please contact:
Core Program Director, Danielle Poe, Ph.D.

Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton 

Dayton, Ohio 45469-1546

(937) 229-1550

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How do I apply for the Core Program? 

After making your deposit for UD, you are able to enter the Enrollment Confirmation website. Pick 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 111-112, a twelve credit-hour sequence in which history, philosophy and religious studies are integrated chronologically and thematically. Readings in the first-year English composition courses are coordinated to correspond to the historical sequence of ASI 111-112. 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 Humanities Base and thematic cluster requirements? 

The Core Program fulfills the Humanities Base and thematic cluster requirements for General Education. In fact, these requirements evolved out of the Core Program's successful experimentation with integrated learning. 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 for other General Education.

How large are Core classes? 

Core classes are smaller than non-Core General Education classes and students receive close faculty attention.

Is the Core Program mainly for advanced students? 

No. The 150 students selected represent a cross-section of new students, with differing backgrounds and abilities. Core is designed to deepen the learning experience of any interested University of Dayton student.

What is a Living Learning Community? 

Since Fall 2005, most first year Core students have lived together on the same dorm floors. Students report that this is the best thing ever about UD. I did not believe it, but that is what they say. If a dog eats your notes you just ask your neighbor. Because you are taking most of the same classes and living with the same 150 people, you make more friends and get help when it is needed. When everyone takes the same test, the dorm quiets down accordingly! We even had a great cookout after the first exam!

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 150 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. All 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.