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The Core Brochure
The Core Brochure

The Core

Your intellectual foundation at the University of Chicago will be guided by our famed Core curriculum, a model for American general education and the UChicago student’s introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline—science, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. The Core curriculum takes about 1/3 of your time at the College, but can be less depending on AP/IB credit and placement testing. The Core is distinctive for its small, discussion-based classes (discussion classes are capped at a maximum of 19 students) and its commitment to primary texts. It provides the background for any major and for continuing study after graduation, as well as a common experience for all students in the College; not everyone takes the same classes, but everyone studies similar disciplines, which provides each student in the College a common vocabulary of ideas and skills. Through the Core, all UChicago students engage in the same sorts of classes and read the same kinds of texts, struggling and triumphing together over similar ideas. 

The Core brochure

Learn more about the Core curriculum through the Core brochure, produced by the Faculty of the College and the Admissions Office, which details the Core experience.