The Elon Core Curriculum

“Don’t approach the liberal arts and sciences as requirements to be met or hurdles to be cleared, but rather as the bedrock upon which all your other learning at Elon will be based."
- Leo Lambert, President of Elon

The Elon Core Curriculum is the set of courses and experiences that are shared by every undergraduate.  The curriculum complements your major, providing the liberal arts and sciences so important to Elon’s mission and so vital for globally engaged citizenship in a democratic society.  It is an opportunity to explore ideas and expand your worldview.  In the process, you will gain the lifelong benefits of complexity of thought, personal fulfillment, economic opportunity, and global awareness.

Challenge your mind.  Success in a rapidly changing, interconnected world requires the ability to think broadly, critically, and creatively across many disciplines.

Find your passion.  Through a diversity of experiences, you will discover new opportunities – the beauty of the arts, the joy of culture, the excitement of discovery, and the fulfillment of caring about something bigger than yourself.

Make your way.  Surveys of employers and graduate schools routinely show that career training is not enough for success in today’s complex world.  The learning goals of the Core Curriculum reflect the same skills expected in the workplace such as critical thinking, research, and communication.

Engage your world.  The Core Curriculum is preparation for global citizenship and inspired leadership in the service of your community, country, and world.

The Elon Core Curriculum has six interrelated parts:




Jeffrey S. Coker
Director of the Elon Core Curriculum
Belk Pavilion 117