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Chicago Quarter courses acquaint first-year students with the metropolitan community, its neighborhoods, cultures, people, institutions, organizations and issues. It is through these classes that students make first contact with the university's urban identity and Vincentian mission.
Focal Point Seminars employ a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate a significant person, place, event, text, or idea. A guiding principle is that understanding is deepened when the perspectives of various disciplines and methodologies are brought to bear upon the same issue.
The Quantitative Reasoning course, MAT 120, helps students become confident and critical users of quantitative information, developing facility in the use of spreadsheets, word processors, email, presentation software, and the Internet.
The First-Year Writing Program provides courses to nearly all university students, with the goal of helping students learn to read and write critically within the context of the university and to prepare them for reading and writing in the world beyond.
investigates the intertwined historical roots and/or current legacies of racial inequalities related to differences such as class, ethnicity, gender, age, language, religion, ability, and sexual orientation.
engages students in knowledge discovery about themselves, others, and the larger social context through participation in unpredictable, usually (but not exclusively) off-campus settings.
integrates students' major area of study with broader issues raised in their general education program, encouraging them to draw connections between their major field and those learned through the Liberal Studies Program.
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