The Fairhaven College Core Curriculum - Old

Core Curriculum

The Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum replaces WWU General University Requirements for Fairhaven College students, regardless of choice of major.

Fairhaven's unique core program includes a series of courses designed to widen students' exposure to areas of study, to connections among disciplines and to interdisciplinary theory and practice. Its purpose is to help students become perceptive, probing learners who can ask questions and pursue answers with care and confidence. Skills in reading, writing, presentation and analysis are emphasized. Each course deals with methods of knowing and understanding, themes, modes of creativity and practical applications to be found in each area of study.

Liberal arts coursework in the "Exploratory Studies" sequence of the Core Curriculum has been carefully crafted as interdisciplinary foundational coursework. Additional courses in the Core foster skills for independent learning, support enhancement of college-level writing skills, advance the development of the Interdisciplinary Concentration, provide opportunity for applied learning and promote reflection and evaluation of the educational experience.

Core classes are characterized by:

  • Collaborative seminar format
  • Small classes to encourage interaction (15-20 students)
  • Strong mentoring/advising
  • Thematic interdisciplinary studies mirroring the shape of complex issues
  • Instruction shared by faculty members adapting diverse themes of their disciplinary expertise to core studies

Curricular Stages

The Fairhaven College Core Curriculum is required of all Fairhaven students and has 3 curricular stages: Exploratory Studies, Concentrated Studies, and Advanced Studies.

 

Stage 1: Exploratory Studies

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    Fair 101A: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study at Fairhaven (1 credit) (required in the 1st quarter of enrollment)
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    Fair 201A : Critical and Reflective Inquiry (5 credits) (required in the 1st quarter of enrollment)
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    Fair 203A: Social Relationships and Responsibility: Theories and Critiques (5 credits) (required in the 1st or 2nd quarter of enrollment)
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    Fair 305A: Writing and Transition Conference (3 credits)
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    Fair 202A: Humanities and the Expressive Arts I* (5 credits)
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    Fair 206A: Science and Our Place on the Planet I* (5 credits)

One upper-level Fairhaven College course in EACH of the following areas:

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    Humanities and the Expressive Arts II* (4-5 credits)
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    Science and Our Place on the Planet II* (4-5 credits)
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    Society and the Individual II* (4-5 credits)

*These courses waived for students transferring into Fairhaven College with a Direct Transfer Associate of Arts Degree (DTA- AA) from a Washington state community college.  Other students transferring coursework into Fairhaven College's program will receive individual transfer credit evaluations at the time of enrollment.

 

Stage 2: Concentrated Studies

Option A: WWU Major

Option B: Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration

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    Fair 303A Concentration Seminar (5 credits)
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    Fair 401A Senior Project (Variable credit)

Option C: Upside-Down Degree Program

 

Stage 3: Advanced Studies

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Fair 403A Advanced Seminar (4 credits) taken the last quarter prior to graduation

 

Key:

These icons designate courses that meet Fairhaven's Core Curriculum Requirements:

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  Core Curriculum

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Humanities & Expressive Arts

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Science & Our Place on the Planet

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Society & the Individual