Integrative Core Curriculum
At Mercer, we want our students to graduate with more than just a diploma. We want you to be a citizen of the world! The integrative track serves to provide a foundation for this transformative education. Students take a series of interdisciplinary courses in the first, second, and third year:
- Understanding Self and Others (INT 101) – taken in the first semester of the first year
- Building Community (INT 201) – taken in the second year
- Engaging the World (INT 301) – taken in the third year
As truly interdisciplinary courses, students will be able to read classical and contemporary texts; view and discuss works of art, film, and poetry; explore perspectives from the social sciences; interact with how data from the natural sciences shapes our ideas; and learn the skill of writing for a 21st century world.
In addition to the 3 interdisciplinary courses, the Integrative Core Curriculum also includes traditional disciplinary courses. Students get to choose one course in each of these 7 blocks. One of these courses is taken as a writing-instructive course during the second semester of the first year so that all first-year students have a full year of writing instruction.
- Foreign Language
- Mathematical Reasoning
- The Natural World
- Western Heritage
- Religious Heritage
- Creative Expression
- Human Behavior and Society
This blended interdisciplinary and disciplinary approach helps to create the well-rounded, ethically informed student that is a hallmark of a Mercer education.