Why are thematic clusters required at UD?
To provide the opportunity for students to discover connections across academic disciplines.
- To enable students to further explore the question of the Humanities Base, "What does it mean to be human?" by focusing on a particular theme.
- To help students engage in a richer and broader learning experience by exploring this theme in a multidisciplinary way.
What is a thematic cluster?
A cluster is composed of courses that focus on a common theme. Each cluster includes at least three courses from three different domains of knowledge. The six domains of knowledge are:
- Arts Study
- Historical Study
- Physical and Life Sciences
- Religious Studies
- Social Sciences
Clusters are part of general education. They are not an additional requirement, but a way of organizing some of the general education requirements.
What are important considerations when choosing a cluster?
- Interest in the theme
Individual interest motivates students to raise important questions and helps connect general education requirements to issues raised in major areas of study.
Select a cluster after completing the Humanities Base. This should be by the beginning of the sophomore year. Cluster courses should be planned in conjunction with requirements in the major.
- Compatibility with a major
A student may select any cluster. However, some clusters are more compatible with specific majors. Consider how a cluster complements a major area of study and how it is compatible with major requirements. Consult with advisors and departmental chairpersons.