Central to undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame is the core curriculum, a set of required courses intended to provide every undergraduate with a common foundation in learning. These requirements play a critical role in the University's goal to "offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit."
Because these requirements signify and determine the knowledge, skills, and dispositions every Notre Dame student should have upon graduation, the University undertakes a thorough review of its core curriculum every 10 years.
That current review process began in August 2014, when University President John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Provost Thomas G. Burish appointed a Decennial Core Curriculum Review Committee to review the current requirements and deliberate possible changes. The committee is co-chaired by John McGreevy, I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Michael Hildreth, professor of physics; it also includes 11 other faculty members from across the University.
The committee is charged with consulting as widely as possible, given the many faculty, students, programs, and departments directly involved in general education requirements.
The committee issued a draft report in November 2015 based on its analysis of the ideas and feedback gathered during the 2014-15 academic year.
During the next phase of the core curriculum review—campus-wide faculty deliberation on the draft report through the spring 2016 semester—the committee encouraged every member of the faculty to read the report, consider it as a whole, and offer comments on how it might be improved.
Taking into account all assessments and comments gathered, the committee issued a final report in August 2016, which will be presented to each College Council (or equivalent body), Faculty Senate, Academic Council, and, ultimately, the University president during the fall 2016 semester.
Members of the Notre Dame comunity are encouraged to share their thoughts directly with the committee using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.