Core Areas of Understanding
The Core Program at Elizabethtown College consists of eight areas of understanding (AU):
Power of Language- emphasizes the use of the English language in logic, rhetoric, and persuasive communication. Students learn to articulate ideas and critically evaluate arguments. \
Creative Expression- include analysis and interpretation of artistic works. Students focus on creation or performance within a particular artistic discipline.
Western Cultural Heritage- introduces students to Western culture and history through the critical analysis of significant human endeavors in Europe and the Americas.
Non-Western Cultural Heritage- introduces students to Non-Western culture and history through the critical analysis of significant human endeavors in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.
Natural and Physical Sciences- explores the natural and physical world through discussion and discovery of major scientific concepts and theories. Students must complete two courses in different disciplines.
Humanities- examines ethical and moral dilemmas, values, and choices from an analytical or critical perspective. Students are engaged in the decision-making process and consider the implications of their choices for self and society.
Social Sciences- observes and analyzes human behavior, ranging from the formation of the self and family structures to economic trends and the interactions of nations.
Mathematics- develops competency in quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills.