Core Program Requirements

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Core Program Requirements

The Core Program ensures that, by the time of their graduation, all students will have developed a specific set of skills and will have been exposed to crucial topics, ideas, and issues. Core Program requirements fall into two primary areas: skills and perspectives.


Skills are concrete abilities we require all our students to master before leaving Bryn Athyn College. Development of those skill areas are woven throughout the curriculum in a variety of courses. Skill requirements include:

  • Information Literacy—locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly.
  • Language, Mathematics, or Programming—communicate outside one’s native spoken language.
  • Public Presentation—communicate effectively in the context of formal presentations.
  • Quantitative Reasoning—apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve real-world problems.
  • Service Learning and Internships—explore skills learned in the curriculum beyond the classroom.
  • Writing—communicate clearly and effectively in written form.


Perspectives expand your ability to think broadly and deepen your understanding of how different disciplines are interrelated and contribute to a comprehensive, well-developed world view. Perspectives fall into what we call disciplinary and elective perspectives.

Spiritual, Moral, and Civil Areas include:

  • Spiritual—anchoring the Core Program and supporting development in spiritual practice, content proficiency, and communication. Religious instruction is the heart of our academic experience.
  • Moral—fostering personal ethics and encouraging responsibility for the well-being of others.
  • Civil—preparing students to be responsive to local, national, and international contexts.

Distribution Areas include:

  • Aesthetic—focusing on human creativity in the arts.
  • History and Social Sciences—addressing issues of human society.
  • Physical—encouraging physical fitness, skill development, sportsmanship, and health.
  • Scientific—focusing on the study of nature and scientific investigation.
  • Worldviews—surveys of human experience and values.