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Iona Launches New Core Curriculum

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The start of the 2016-17 academic year at Iona College brings the introduction of a new core curriculum designed to be distinctive, innovative and integrated while including mechanisms for assessment of student learning outcomes and further incorporating the mission and values of the College.
The new core curriculum applies to undergraduate students of both the School of Business and the School of Arts & Science who enter this fall as the Class of 2020. It allows an Iona student to have a multi-dimensional educational experience by enhancing in-classroom work with complementary learning engagements outside of it. The goal is to prepare students for lifelong learning through the teaching of diversity, sustainability and a global perspective framed by the values of peace, justice, civic engagement and service.
The new requirements reduce the overall total core credits by 11 to 46 credits for most students. This provides greater flexibility and opportunity to pursue second majors and minors as well as options to pursue courses to satisfy intellectual curiosity. All students will be placed in freshmen learning communities with core courses limited to 25 students.
Development of the new core curriculum was part of the College’s strategic plan, “Advancing Our Legacy and Defining Our Future.” Development of the new program began in the summer of 2013 and was researched and developed by a project team representing a cross-section of college faculty. The team considered models of existing core education programs from peer institutions and worked with all levels of Iona faculty and staff to ensure consensus and endorsement at each level of review.
 “Almost every problem or area of inquiry that we encounter benefits from using a variety of lenses. The new core curriculum fosters an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and examining the questions of a liberal arts education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” said Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of the Core Curriculum and the Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies. “Developing and implementing the new curriculum has been a tremendous team effort involving all sectors of the College. I am constantly inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm of my faculty colleagues as they design new courses for the class of 2020.”
Along with a committee of seven additional faculty members, Dr. Procario-Foley will provide ongoing supervision and review of the curriculum, constantly attuned to integrating the best classical approaches to the liberal arts with newer high impact educational practices.
The new core curriculum involves the following areas:
  • Columba Cornerstone Seminar (an introduction to foundational ideas through the themes of Truth, Justice and Earth)
  • English Composition 
  • Humanities (Philosophy, Religious Studies, Literature, History, Fine and Performing Arts)
  • STEM (Math, Science, Computer Science)
  • Social Science / Business (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Business)
  • Diversity, Cross-Cultural & Global Perspectives 
  • Humanities Centerpiece Course (English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies)
  • Students must also complete an Integrated Core Theme (ICT) in addition to classes specifically designated as writing or oral intensive.
“We believe the new core will give students a better and more flexible academic experience, enhancing the value of their Iona degree,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “It’s a significant achievement by our faculty to design and implement the new core curriculum in a relatively short time – we are most grateful for all those who have been part of the effort.”
For more information on the Iona College Core Curriculum, visit the core curriculum web site.