A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum

ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines

by Mark C. Henrie
College students today have tremendous freedom to choose the courses they will take. With such freedom, however, students face a pressing dilemma: How can they choose well? Which courses convey the core of an authentic liberal arts education, transmitting our civilizational inheritance, and which courses are merely passing fads? From the smorgasbord of electives available, how can students achieve a coherent understanding of their world and their place in history? In a series of penetrating essays, A Student’s Guide to the Core Curriculum explains the value of a traditional core of studies in Western civilization and then surveys eight courses available in most American universities which may be taken as electives to acquire such an education. This guide puts “the best” within reach of every student.


Angelo M. Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and has taught political theory and international relations at Princeton and Georgetown. A former Foreign Service officer and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is the author of many books, including Advice to War Presidents and The Character of Nations, and a translation of MachiavelliÕs The Prince.


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