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Secondary Education: Required Core Courses

Much of your first and second years at Calvin will be spent taking core courses. These requirements are not something you must "get out of the way" in order to get on with the real business of college. Rather, the core is intended to help you think more deeply and critically, using the tools of the various disciplines, with the mind and heart of Christ, about the wide range of issues which confront us in today's world. Core courses help you prepare for the variety of roles you will fill beside that of teacher -- citizen, spouse, parent, church member, etc. and solve the problems about which Christians ought to be concerned. The core is elevant to your preparation as a teacher as well, because it will enable you to make instructional decisions with discernment.

The worksheet below lists the courses that you must take to meet the core liberal arts requirements at Calvin. Please check your Academic Evaluation Report (AER) to determine which exemptions, if any, you received for your high school work.

Core Category Required Course Hours Notes
Developing a Christian Mind IDIS 150 Developing a Christian Mind 3 Offered during Interim
First Year Seminar IDIS 149 First Year Seminar 1  
Written Rhetoric ENGL 101 or 100/102 Written Rhetoric 3  
Information
Technology
IDIS 110 Foundations of Information Technology (or any other Information Technology core course) 1 Exemption exam available.
Rhetoric in Culture Choose any Rhetoric in Culture core course; see
catalog or AER for options.
3 Science majors/minors take
SCES 214.
Personal Fitness One from PER 101-112 1  
Leisure and Lifetime One from PER 120-159 1  
Sport, Dance, and
Society
One from PER 160-189 or KIN 223 1  
Foreign Language Choose any Foreign Language core course; see AER or catalog for options. 4 Exemption possible for four years of high school foreign language.
History of the West and the World HIST 151 or 152 History of the West and the World 4  
Philosophical Foundations PHIL 153 Fundamental Questions in Philosophy 3  
Biblical/Theological Foundations 1 REL 121 Biblical Literature and Theology or REL 131 Christian Theology 3  
Biblical/Theological Foundations 2 Choose a 200-level REL core course; see AER or catalog for options. 3  
Persons in Community EDUC 202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity - A Professional Education Course
Societal Structures in North America IDIS 205 Societal Structures and Education as a Social Enterprise 3  
Literature Choose any Literature core course; see AER or catalog for options. 3  
Global and Historical Studies Choose any Global/Historical core course; see AER or catalog for options. 3  
Arts Choose any Arts core course; see AER or catalog for options. 3  
Mathematics Choose any Mathematics core course; see AER or catalog for options. 3  
Living World Choose any Living World core course; see AER or catalog for options. 4 High school science
exemption possible.
PE/Health majors or minors
should take BIOL 115.
Physical World Choose any Physical World core course; see AER or catalog for options. 4
Cross-Cultural
Engagement
Combination of IDIS 205, EDUC 307, and EDUC 398    
Integrative Studies EDUC 398 Integrative Seminar: Intellectual
Foundations of Education
  A Professional Education Course
Total Hours: 54