Core: Human Values in a Pluralistic Culture

The Core Program emphasizes the University of Dayton’s signature characteristics: a student community that forms lasting friendships, excellent faculty who are enthusiastic about teaching and working closely with students, and dynamic engagement with the arts and culture in Dayton.

As one of our graduates stated, “The Core Program offered an experience that helped me to build a foundation as an undergraduate that enabled me to thrive, both in the classroom and in co-curricular activities.”  All of our students work closely with faculty and have opportunities in the afternoon and evenings to work with second-year Core students who can help study for exams, give advice for writing papers, and organize social events. 

By studying English, history, philosophy, and religious studies in an integrated program, students have the advantage of understanding the connections between disciplines, how narratives develop, and the ways in which important human values change and emerge in diverse cultures.  With respect to the skills that she learned in Core, another graduate wrote that, “Core developed in me the ability to critically consider multiple and varying perspectives at once -- a skill that is invaluable to me as a Social Studies teacher. I constantly have my students engage with primary sources and the critical reading and analysis skills that I learned in Core are being passed on to them.”

Students: First-year students majoring in American studies, art history, and the humanities take CORE, but it is open to all students unless restricted by major.

ILLC Coordinator: Bill Trollinger

ILLC Faculty:  Una Cadegan,  Denise James,  Alan Kimbrough,  Anthony Smith, Susan Trollinger, William Trollinger

Residence: Marycrest Complex

Shared Courses: ASI 110 (Core Integrated Studies: Development of Western Culture in a Global Context) during the fall semester, and ASI 120 (Core Integrated Studies), during the spring semester.

Graduation Requirements: Core completes a student’s Humanities Commons, and for students who remain in the program in the second and third year, it completes Common Academic Program (CAP) requirements.  All of the courses in the Core Program meet graduation requirements.

Community Activities:

  • Live with other Core students in the residence halls
  • Interact with Core Fellows (second-year Core students) when they visit your residence hall to address questions, assist with papers and help you prepare for exams
  • Get together with friends for ice cream, cookouts, volleyball and other activities; some of these events are officially planned by the program, but many are planned by Core students with support from faculty, Core Fellows, and Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Core students spend time in Dayton attending concerts by the Dayton Philharmonic, viewing local art exhibits and learning about our rich African-American history
  • Core students also have unique opportunities to learn from UD’s artists-in-residence.  In March 2010, for example, we had a lecture and demonstration from two nationally-known Lakota Hoop Dancers
  • On-going Opportunities: Second year courses to fulfill general education requirements in the social sciences, philosophy or religious studies, and arts studies.  Third year courses to fulfill Common Academic Program requirements in philosophy or religious studies.  In the third year, you are also eligible to apply for reserved special-interest housing in the South Student Neighborhood