While earning your baccalaureate degree at Virginia Intermont College, your academic experience involves not only your major concentration of study – such as history, physical education, or photography – but a core curriculum which contributes to the wholeness of your education. The liberal arts-based core ensures that each Intermont graduate is equipped with a broad set of academic knowledge and includes specific coursework in a First-year Experience program to enhance foundational academic skills.
These courses, normally taken during freshman year, are designed to usher students into what scholars call a “life of the mind.” This program develops your collegiate research skills necessary for finding and evaluating source materials required for scholarly work and introduces you to the most important thinkers in human history.
Whether pursuing a B.S. in equine studies, a B.A. in business, a B.S.W. in social work, or a B.F.A. in theatre arts, through the core curriculum you will experience courses in composition, speech communication, computer fundamentals, physical education, mathematics, history, literature, laboratory sciences, and the visual and performing arts. You will also have an opportunity to choose within the core requirements among courses in economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.
The faculty of Virginia Intermont designed the core curriculum on the premise that learning to think critically and creatively makes the foundation of a good college education. We also believe that critical and creative thinking develops most assuredly when students are intellectually challenged by engaging professors who develop content-rich courses and active assignments. In this way, Intermont learners develop practical habits of mind while expanding worldly knowledge and seeking to:
For an in-depth look at core curriculum coursework, please refer to our catalog or contact the Registrar’s Office at 276.466.7875