Associate Professor Nancy Locklin-Sofer, Chair, Core Curriculum
The Maryville Curriculum, a core program of general education, is based on the conviction that liberal learning is the best preparation for a satisfying and successful life, whatever one’s vocation. While many aspects of the college experience, including major-field requirements, allow students to prepare for a variety of careers and professions, general education emphasizes the cultivation of those intellectual and personal qualities that mark the educated person. Through the enhancement of skills and knowledge, the deepening of sensitivities, and the clarification of personal purpose, students learn to deal responsibly with a world of uncertainty and accelerating change.
General education is the centerpiece of any liberal arts degree; it provides curricular definition to the mission of a liberal arts college. The Maryville Curriculum follows directly and consciously from the College’s Statement of Purpose and Educational Goals.
The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of sixty credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts degree and fifty-four credit hours for the Bachelor of Music degree. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence.