Lake Erie College’s CORE Curriculum

A Component of the Empowerment: C2C (College to Career Initiative)

What is the Lake Erie College CORE curriculum?

Lake Erie College is committed to providing a personalized education that empowers each student to lead a life of significance. Vital to the Lake Erie College experience is our CORE (Checkpoints On your Road to Empowerment) curriculum. Other colleges and universities may refer to this as “general education.” For us, our CORE is much more than a general education program. 

The Lake Erie College CORE (Checkpoints On your Road to Empowerment) includes courses comprising the central core of your LEC education. You will have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge from across fields—sometimes in unexpected ways—to help you define your life of significance.

As part of our CORE, students take courses from each of five Checkpoints. Every student’s path through these Checkpoints will be unique, however. That is part of our personalized education!

Why is the CORE curriculum important to my education and life?

The CORE program aims to promote student success beyond any one classroom. Providing LEC undergraduates (most of them in their first or second year) a lens through which they might approach their subsequent studies, internships, and career experiences, the CORE curriculum encourages students to expand their intellectual horizons and embrace multi-disciplinary approaches to learning.

The CORE emphasizes critical thinking, communication skills, perspective-taking, open-mindedness, and a well-rounded education. It thus prepares LEC students to be adaptable to a wide range of academic, internship and vocational experiences—and to collaborate with a wide range of internship partners in a professional and civil manner. Additionally, Lake Erie College benefits from being a small school with significant student-faculty interaction. Close faculty mentorship during the CORE experience encourage student integrity and accountability.

Did you know that communication skills are sought after regardless of your profession? It is true. In fact, a recent article in Forbes magazine was titled, “Why Communication Is Today’s Most Important Skill.” We live in an increasingly global and complex society, and Lake Erie College has responded by creating checkpoints that “builds bridges with international cultures” and explore the dynamics of people and their societies. A recent report by Kaplan, Inc stated that, “Graduates believe that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to prepare them for today’s global economy and workforce.” We believe that, too! Integral to an education is understanding the Arts and Humanities, which is about the expression of emotions, the creation of ideas, and the multidimensional means by which we communicate.

How does it work?

As you go throughout your academic experience, you will take a combination of CORE courses, electives, and classes specific to your major. The CORE courses are designed to be complementary to the rest of your academic journey and will, in many cases, directly integrate with your major courses. For instance, marketing majors must learn to communicate effectively in order to market.

We have five exciting and innovative “checkpoints,” which are described below.

Checkpoints On your Road to Empowerment

✔Join the conversation, developing effective communication and critical thinking skills.
✔Build bridges with international cultures, contributing to the world dialogue as you venture onto exciting new paths.
✔Understand the language of nature, applying quantitative reasoning and becoming part of the scientific process.
✔Explore the dynamics of people and their societies, discovering yourself as an individual, community member, and citizen.
✔Engage with the arts and humanities, appreciating and adding to the full range of human expression across time.

What types of courses are in the CORE?

You will find that you have lots of interesting choices for courses in each category. When you meet with your advisor to discuss your academic plan, you will have an opportunity to have an individualized discussion regarding which courses align with your goals and interests, or learn about something completely new to you.

CORE Groups or “Checkpoints”

✔Communicative and Critical Literacies (15 total credit hours)
Written Communication (2 courses—6 CH)
Oral Communication (3 CH)
Information (Computing) Literacy (3 CH)
Critical Thinking (3 CH)
✔Global Perspectives (11 total credit hours)
Second Language (2 courses—8 CH)
Multi-Cultural Perspective (3 CH)
✔Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning (6 total credit hours)
Quantitative Reasoning (3 CH)
Scientific Inquiry (3 CH)
✔Personal and Social Inquiries (9 total credit hours)
Behavioral and Social Sciences (3 CH)
Civic Literacy (3 CH)
Philosophical and Ethical Reasoning (3)
✔Fine Arts and Humanities (9 total credit hours)
The Fine Arts (3 CH)
Literature (3 CH)
Historical Perspective (3 CH)

Final Thoughts Regarding YOUR CORE Curriculum

The LEC CORE requires that students take their responsibility to education seriously and that each student meet basic competencies in skills such as written and oral communication and quantitative reasoning, among others. At the same time, our CORE has been designed so that each student may tailor his/her coursework to his/her particular career and life goals. By allowing students to personalize their studies, the CORE aims to produce students who take ownership of their education and who are empowered to prepare themselves for the specific internships/careers of their choosing. The LEC CORE is flexible enough to allow students to choose their coursework deliberately, with a particular internship experience or career in mind.