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  • What Is the YC Core?

    We’re glad you asked! The new Yeshiva College Core Curriculum allows students broad exposure to multiple academic disciplines and teaches you to engage in sophisticated ways with cultures beyond your own. We realize that college students don’t always come in on the first day with a specific field of study in mind. The new Core courses introduce you to different academic subjects so that you can choose your major in an informed way. And if you come in already knowing what you want to study, these courses teach you essential methods of critical thinking that will help you excel in whatever subject or career path you have chosen. What do you have to do? Take the YC Core courses and immerse yourself in the disciplines and fields that are essential to a college education and beyond.

    Watch the video to find out more!


    To complete the requirements, you will take one course in each of the following categories. Find out more by selecting a category below.

  • First Year Writing (FYWR)


    First Year Writing introduces students to college-level writing and prepares them for other academic work by deepening reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
    This course emphasizes the writing process so that students can develop strategies for invention, exploration, and revision. First Year Writing encourages rhetorical flexibility and helps students integrate and build on sources in order to consider topics from different viewpoints, gain more knowledge, and learn how to cite others’ words and ideas according to academic documentation practices.

    See course description

    For more information on First Year Writing, contact Professor Liesl Schwabe, Director of the Writing Program

    Office: BH 533
    Phone: 212-960-5400 ext. 6853



    Cultures Over Time (CUOT)

    Students explore the distinctiveness of the past in relationship to the present through an investigation of values, traditions, modes of thinking and modes of behavior of one or more cultures, beginning before 1900. These courses engage academic methods and approaches in more than one field and foster understanding of the complex and multiple ways in which cultures evolve over time.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    Contemporary World Cultures (COWC)

    Students explore the diverse values, modes of thinking and behavior that characterize cultures in global contexts, while investigating the meaning of "culture" itself through the academic methods and discursive practices of more than one disciplinary field. These courses are comparative in nature and examine multiple cultural groupings through a variety of forms of expressions, ranging from the literary, political, philosophical, social scientific and artistic.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    Interpreting the Creative (INTC)

    These courses provide students with foundational tools for appreciating, understanding and interpreting works from various domains of the creative arts—literary, visual, theatrical, musical and even philosophical. Courses should address more than one genre and discipline. Students learn to see how shared issues or questions can be explored through different kinds of creative forms, and they gain familiarity with more than one critical approach for analyzing these forms.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    Human Behavior and Social Institutions (HBSI)

    Students explore various disciplinary and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry and methods of examining the complexity of human behavior and/or social institutions. Students learn to interpret and analyze qualitative and quantitative data through the approaches of at least two social science disciplines to a substantive area of interest.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    Experimental and Quantitative Methods (EXQM)

    An interdisciplinary course that teaches students to appreciate scientific thinking in the social and natural sciences and to employ mathematical quantitative and logical reasoning. Students learn to connect theory and experiment and to test hypotheses via experimental design. In this modular-structured course, students interact with a biologist, physicist and chemist, as well as social scientists to explore research on a particular topic.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    The Natural World (NAWO)

    An integrated natural science course that explores major questions which have engaged scientists in multiple disciplines over the years. The course pays particular attention to recent developments at the interface of traditional disciplines (such as bioinformatics, nanotechnology and computational physics) and teaches students to engage in creative problem solving and scientific thinking.

    See course offerings and descriptions.

    Writing Intensive (WI)

    Writing-Intensive Courses  

    • Can be both Core courses and courses in majors
    • Can be taught by faculty members from any discipline
    • Can easily designate work you’re already doing


    Each W Course Will Articulate  

    • ·       Role of writing in the course / How does writing help students learn, comprehend, remember, and synthesize course material?
    • ·       Role of writing in that discipline
    • ·       Expectations of Students: Assignments and Participation
    • ·       Approaches to Research and Use of Outside Sources (includes citation)
    • ·       Opportunities for Strengthening Writing (clarity, complexity, argument?)
    • ·       Opportunity(ies) for Revision


     What Does Writing-Intensive Mean?   

    • Students should write at least one substantial assignment appropriate to the discipline.
    • Faculty should spend the equivalent of at least one class period addressing students’ writing.
    • Faculty should provide feedback on student writing, with the aim of helping students do better on future writing.
    • Faculty will have the option to consult with Writing Program Director for guidance with syllabus development, assignment writing, grading strategies, and in-class writing activities.


     Honors Sections

    In consultation with the Honors Director, faculty teaching Honors-designated WI courses might wish to require more writing. 


    For more information or to propose a WI course, click here.  



  • You will also take courses in academic Jewish Studies.

    **Please note that science students who take one or more years of college laboratory science courses and one or more years of college level mathematics courses will be exempted from the Experimental and Quantitative Methods core category. AP credits cannot be used towards this (or any other) requirement.

  • Important Tips

    Students are strongly encouraged to take courses from the YC Core in their first two years on campus. Also note that students can fulfill some of these requirements using French and Spanish classes. Learn more about about the language option.

  • Questions?

    If you have any questions about the new YC Core curriculum, please e-mail thecore@yu.edu.

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