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Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum, A


Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum, A

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Publisher: ISI Books

Author: Mark C. Henrie

List Price: $7.95

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Beverly Krueger

What are you going to be studying? What's your major? How many times does a freshman headed off for college field these questions? As parents, we want to be certain that our children are going to get their money's worth from college. We want focus and direction. In the past, students expected to receive a liberal education from the university they attended. They were expected to complete a core curriculum outside their primary field of study. That core usually consisted of a variety of courses from a broad range of disciplines. Today, with the focus on specialization, the concept of a liberal education has gone by the wayside.

Mark C. Henrie writes A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum to help the college freshman understand what he will miss if he neglects obtaining a liberal education while at the university. He then goes on to explain how a liberal education can yet be had by taking a series of eight course generally available at most American universities. He writes thorough descriptions of what each of these eight course should entail. They include:
  1. Classical Literature in Translation
  2. Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  3. The Bible
  4. Christian Thought Before 1500
  5. Modern Political Theory
  6. Shakespeare
  7. U.S. History Before 1865
  8. Nineteenth-Century European Intellectual History
For those with additional room in their schedules, he concludes with a list of ten additional course worth your while.

I recommend this book for all high school seniors who have yet to seriously think about what they intend to get out of college.
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Available From: ISI Books
Address: 3901 Centerville Road, P.O. Box 4431, Wilmington,
Phone: 800.621.2736
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