• The Core Curriculum

    ODU's Core Curriculum, taken by all undergraduates, is a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student's academic journey. The Core Curriculum is unique to Ohio Dominican.

    What is the Core Curriculum?

    ODU's Core Curriculum is a combination of four seminar courses and the general degree requirements. In the Core seminars, students draw from all of their courses to engage in thought-provoking interdisciplinary discussions, readings and experiences. 

    For example, in CORE 179 students could explore the nature of life through biology and science fiction as well as by attending a lecture by a world-famous author.

    By emphasizing lifelong learning, critical thinking, strong writing and ethics, the Core Curriculum provides students with a solid foundation for careers and life experiences. It is this foundation that will make students valuable and competitive in today's changing job market. 

    Core graphic 


    Each year, Ohio Dominican explores one of the Core Curriculum themes campus-wide.

    For example, in 2014-15 the theme is Community & the Common Good. This theme will be discussed and emphasized throughout the academic year and through campus activities, including classroom discussions, talks, and common readings.


    Campus events will included visiting authors Connor Grennan, who wrote Little Princes, and Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

    The Seminars

    Students generally take one seminar a year in numeric order. The first three years incorporate and are relevant to all academic disciplines. In the fourth year, student take a capstone course in their major. 

    CORE 179 is an exciting blend of common experiences, unique perspectives and creative learning methods. Here’s a sample of some of the CORE 179 topics:

    • Gender Matters
    • Gods, Beasts, or In-Between
    • Virtue and Vices
    • Know Thyself
    • Machine versus Human
    • Human Nature in Sport
    • Applied Storytelling 

    CORE 279 reflects upon the Common Good and asks the question, what does it mean to belong to a community?

    CORE 379 reflects upon Justice and asks the question, how shall we live?

    Both 279 and 379 courses are focused in various disciplines. Here’s an example of some of these courses:  

    • BIO 279 Biological Evolution
    • ENG 279 Conflict and Community
    • HST 279 History of Western Monasticism,
    • SWK 279 The Politics of Aging
    • ECN Social and Economic Justice
    • ENG 379 Feast & Famine: Class and Culture in Literature and Film
    • THL 379 Theology of Justice and Mercy.

    CORE 479 reflects on Truth and asks the question, What have we learned, and how will we continue to contemplate truth

    The Core seminars make learning interactive, integrative and relevant. With the problem-solving and strong communication skills developed in the Core, students will be prepared for careers, professional training, graduate school and life. 

  • Some Common Readings for 2014-15

    • Allegory of the Cave, an excerpt from The Republic by Plato
    • Selections from The Gospel of Matthew 

    • The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

    • Selections from John Henry Newman's The Idea of the University 

    • Little Princes, Connor Grennan

  • Contact Info

    Academic Advising Center
    Erskine 214
    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43219

    Phone: (614) 251-4230
    Fax: (614) 251-4315

    Office Hours: 
    Monday – Friday:
    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.