All students seeking an undergraduate degree at Montevallo must complete a core curriculum, which includes courses in oral and written communication; literature, humanities, and fine arts; the natural sciences and mathematics; history and social and behavioral sciences; health and activity education; and computer applications.
Purpose and Goals of General Education
The core curriculum is the most complete embodiment of the University’s mission as Alabama’s publicly funded liberal arts college. In this curriculum, the University bears continually in mind the special meaning of freedom embodied in the term “Liberal arts”: the arts that free or enable students to explore the perennial questions that confront every thoughtful human being–questions about nature, human nature and society, and metaphysics. The University provides opportunities to explore these questions through liberal studies in the sciences, literature, the fine arts, history, behavioral and social sciences,and philosophy. The University is committed to liberal inquiry, not only in its core curriculum, but also in its professional and pre-professional programs. In all of these, the University aims to graduate students who can bring to their vocations, their private lives, and their civic participation the habits of lifelong learning and energetic, informed reflection.
Liberal education is possible only if the student has acquired some degree of mastery and understanding of the instruments or skills through which the human mind can absorb information about the world, come to a deepened understanding of that information, and transmit that understanding to others. Accordingly, the University dedicates a substantial portion of the core curriculum to acquiring the skills and symbol systems that, because they make it possible for the mind to grasp what is not apparent to the senses, enable genuine learning.
- Students will acquire knowledge of English grammar, logic, and rhetoric,
- Students will acquire knowledge of mathematical skills,
- Students will acquire knowledge of the special “languages” and symbolic structures of the fine arts,
- Students will acquire knowledge of nature,
- Students will acquire knowledge about human nature,
- Students will acquire knowledge of society and politics,
- To support and enable their academic work, students will master basic computer use and become skilled in the acquisition and analysis of information.