LAS Core Literacy Mission
The Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum teaches students to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce various kinds of texts in order to become thoughtful and effective as citizens, artists, and communicators. As part of this process, the core curriculum makes students active readers—for informed citizenship, critical engagement, and personal pleasure. In addition, the LAS core equips students to write capably across disciplines for intellectual exploration and purposeful expression. While developing these strengths, students also enhance their capacity for responsive listening. Recognizing the close relationship between traditional print and new media literacies, LAS courses offer students a strong foundation of textual skills that can be applied to rapidly changing technological environments. By empowering students in their relationships with texts, the LAS core nurtures lifelong reading and writing habits that can facilitate the student’s personal and professional growth. By cultivating textual skills within the rich complexity of context afforded by the study of history, mathematics, science, languages, and the humanities, the LAS core stimulates curiosity and mobilizes the critical imagination, preparing students for meaningful and rewarding participation in diverse communities.