SCIENTISTS are more effective when they know how to write.
BUSINESSES make smarter decisions when they’re informed about history.
ART gains wider appreciation when it’s presented with confidence.
LEADERS understand diverse viewpoints and the value of relationships.
What is the Core?
The Core curriculum is a set of interdisciplinary courses that every student takes. It is the foundation for all other courses, complementing your major and ultimately, preparing you for your career and your calling.
Discover Your World: In your studies at Redeemer, you will discover more about our rapidly changing global world. Begin to understand your place in God’s unfolding story.
Transform Your Mind: In your classes, you will learn to think more critically as your broaden your intellectual horizons and transform your imagination. Use your knowledge to engage the challenges of today’s world.
Deepen Your Faith: Grow in your faith, deepen your understanding of who God is, and take classes where faculty actively integrate faith into their teaching. At the same time, experience a spiritually vibrant campus community and student life programs.
Find Your Calling: Redeemer’s academic program will prepare you for whatever career or further study you’re considering. Explore how your talents can make a positive difference wherever God leads you. Find your purpose and prepare to make an impact.
Why do we have the Core?
The Core gets you to engage beyond the boundaries of your major area of study, teaching you to think broadly and innovatively.
Our world is complex and rapidly changing. We want to send our graduates into the world, ready to make a difference. Rooted in the Reformed tradition, the local, global, and non-Western elements of the Core give you the opportunity to think biblically and philosophically about the liberal arts and sciences. You’ll love how everything holds together in Christ and be inspired to go out into the world prepared to be a culture maker for Him.
What’s at the Core?
(Four core courses required)
CTS-110 Introduction to Reformed Worldview: Being and Knowing in Our Age
This course explores the meaning and application of a reformed, Christian worldview from an interdisciplinary perspective, including its posture to the major challenges of our time, such as sexuality and identity, consumerism and corporate power, populism and political power, and scientific and technological transformations.
HUM-110 Western Culture & Tradition I
This course explores the foundational themes in the story of Western culture from its classical origins to the Renaissance through history, philosophy, literature and fine arts.
HUM-120 Western Culture & Tradition II
This course traces the development of Western culture from 1500 to the present through history, philosophy, literature, science, and the fine arts.
REL-110 The Drama of Scripture
This course is a survey of the progressive unfolding of the biblical story and the main theological tenets that emerge from that story. The students will see how the story of the Bible yields a view of the world from a Reformed Christian perspective. The course will help students to understand their place in this story and to live intentionally out of this story in their personal and public lives, their academic studies, and their engagement with and response to issues and challenges faced by the world in the early 21st century.
(Three core courses required)
PHL-210 Faith and Philosophy
In this course, students will explore how the Christian faith and Scripture shape academic study.Through an examination of the diverse elements that constitute the ecology of academic study, the course will focus in on the foundational role of philosophy. Students will be introduced to key elements in Christian philosophy that will enable them to pursue integrally Christian scholarship in whatever subjects they study.
2 of 3 required:
Students take the two courses outside their major area of study:
HUM-210 Understanding Our World Through the Arts
This course introduces students in the Sciences and Social Sciences to the modes of inquiry in the Arts and Humanities through an exploration of aesthetic and reflective aspects of being human.
SCI-210 Understanding Our World Through the Sciences
This course explores how the human activity of science and mathematics is an important and powerful way of knowing by which we gain understanding of the natural world that God created. The nature of scientific knowledge, its importance and impact on society, as well as its limitations and relationship to other ways of knowing and Christian faith will be examined. The course will explore scientific aspects of contemporary issues such as human health, agriculture, climate change, genetic cloning, and ecosystem degradation.
SSC-210 Understanding Our World Through the Social Sciences
This course explores the ways in which social scientists understand how people function individually and collectively, and the influence of communities, institutions, and the social environment in shaping individuals.
(Two core courses required)
Local/Global Issues Elective
This course requirement is designed to engage students in learning about contemporary problems. It seeks to build awareness of the relevancy and applicability of their learning for modern challenges. It will encourage greater discovery of their world and hopefully shape a sense of calling and purposefulness as they begin thinking about post-graduation life.
Non-Western Perspectives Elective
This course requirement gives students an understanding of non-western perspectives and cultures. It promotes an awareness of diversity and engagement with the relationships between western culture and the non-west. It seeks to foster students’ appreciation for the perspectives and experiences of others.
(One core course required)
CTS-410 Core Capstone Experience
This course will place 4th year students in interdisciplinary teams to wrestle with current relevant issues and challenges. Students will utilize the various disciplinary tools acquired during their university education in order to carefully analyze and explore a problem or question and to present an innovative response. The course will be open to final year students and will focus on discussion, project management, teamwork, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking.