Encouraging Change In Core Curriculum

March 1, 2016

By Christopher Sich

The faculty and committees at Dominican are working towards providing an improved core curriculum for students, which will include new diversity courses and at least one new minor.

“There will be a new possible minor, Health Communication, which will be available if the process continues smoothly,” said Jeffrey Carlson, dean of Rosary College.

However, students have already had the choice of 33 new courses this semester. This list includes four new nursing courses as well as diversity courses such as:

  • Multicultural Diasporas and Diversity
  • Solitary Confinement and Human Rights
  • Gendering of Science: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
  • Man’s Freedom: Torment or Grace the Good Life

According to Carlson, Sheila Radford-Hill, chief diversity officer, has encouraged the implementation of a diverse curriculum.

“She is encouraging us to make sure the curriculum is engaging students to embrace different cultures,” Carlson said. “She is showing why it is valuable.”

Carlson commented that Dominican has done a lot of good things in the past few years, but there is still room for improvement.

“The faculty is always thinking about what the students need,” Carlson said.

According to Carlson, students can be selected to be a part of the various committees revolving around the curriculum, as well as other important matters at Dominican. The students are nominated by faculty and selected by the Student Government Association.

sichchri@my.dom.edu