CORE Curriculum
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CORE Curriculum

An EPIC Education

Educating Productive Involved Citizens (EPIC), Lyon College’s Core program, is a defining feature of its liberal arts curriculum. EPIC aims to develop and nurture the intellectual, institutional, and societal foundations of a constitutional democracy and develop in students the integrity and fundamental skills essential for lifelong achievement and success. It aims to help students learn, discover, reflect, and live with an expanding awareness of their responsibility to the community, the world, and themselves.

Through Lyon's Core curriculum, students will develop an understanding of the intellectual and practical skills essential for engaged citizenship, the historical and cultural heritages that have shaped modern society, the differences within communities and regions around the world, and the personal responsibilities necessary for engaged citizenship.

 

Core Curriculum Requirements

Proficiency requirements

  • ENG 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
    Basic college expository writing, emphasizing mastery of purpose, focus, organization, development, and mechanics.
  • ENG 102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
    Essay writing, emphasizing stylistic development through more difficult expository tasks, including argumentation, persuasion, textual analysis, and a research paper.
  • MTH 101 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
    Review of algebra and the study of functions, including the real number system and the exponential and polynomial.

First-year Core requirements

  • CORE 100 YEAR ONE
    A freshman “bookend” to COR 400 in which students design and conduct a group service project.
  • ENG 105 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE
    Reading and analysis of at least three major works of Western Literature common to all sections, with additional Western and non-Western works chosen by individual instructors. 
  • POL 105 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
    An introduction to the main institutions and ideas in the American political tradition for all first-year students who wish to enhance their ability to perform duties of citizenship within that tradition.

Second-year Core requirements

  • HIS 201 WESTERN CIVILIZATION I
    Major political, economic, cultural, and social forces and events from the time of the ancient Hebrews and Greeks through to the Reformation of 16th century Europe.
  • HIS 202 WESTERN CIVILIZATION II
    Major political, economic, cultural, and social forces and events from the time of the Early Modern period through to present-day.

Fourth-year Core requirements

  • COR 400 YEAR FOUR
    A senior “bookend” to COR 100 in which students design and conduct an international service project.

Additional courses

Students will take additional courses during the four years to strengthen their understanding of quantitative and scientific thought, human and institutional behavior, different cultures, and religious and philosophical thought.

Courses include the following:

  • One year of a foreign language

  • One mathematics course

  • One lab science course

  • One social science course

  • One fine arts course

  • One religion/philosophy course

  • Two PE courses