Core Curriculum Review Committee


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

The Core Curriculum Review Committee will hold its first open forum for faculty on Wednesday, November 19, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

All members of the faculty are encouraged to participate in what will be the first in a series of open forums and meetings to gather ideas as we begin our shared review of the University’s general education requirements and consider possible changes to the core curriculum.

University President John Jenkins, C.S.C., has asked us to focus on five questions:

  1. What knowledge, dispositions, and skills should all Notre Dame students possess upon graduation?
  2. How best can these be instantiated in core curriculum requirements, and what set of organizational structures—from academic advising to the relationship between the First Year of Studies and the Colleges and Schools—best facilitate their acquisition by students?
  3. How can our core curriculum not only sustain but also deepen our commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic character?
  4. What, if any, relationship should exist between core curriculum requirements and advanced placement examinations?
  5. How do and should core curriculum requirements work in conjunction with academic major requirements?

In its first few meetings, the Core Curriculum Review Committee has focused its attention on questions #1 and #3, but comments on any and all of the questions posed above are welcome at the open forum.

If you are unable to attend this forum, you are encouraged to send comments or questions to

We will send out more information as it is finalized about the additional open forums and meetings we are planning for this academic year.

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