ERIC Number: ED332647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
[Liberal Arts/Mathematics Based Alternative Core, Case Western Reserve University.]
Angus, John C.
The report describes development of an alternative core curriculum of courses grounded equally in both mathematics/sciences and traditional humanities. The alternative core curriculum is based on the belief that mathematics, broadly defined, is the common language and basis for the contemporary revolutions in the physical sciences, social sciences, technology, and information sciences. The program serves students majoring in the following fields: anthropology, computer science, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Currently an average of 33 undergraduates per semester elect the alternative courses. The program has involved development of specific core courses, development of courses in the major field programs based on the alternative core, and preliminary development of entirely new Bachelors programs based on the alternative core. Eight Bachelor of Arts degree programs based on the alternative core are now in place. Recommendations include adding two more Bachelors programs to maintain a critical mass of students and ensure the long term viability of the alternative curriculum. Separate brief reports by faculty participants in each of the new courses are included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH.