Core Curriculum for General Education
The core curriculum at Mercer builds upon our strong liberal arts heritage and supplements the knowledge students attain from majors and minors. A hallmark of a Mercer education is that students take interdisciplinary courses to build strong academic skills while exploring interesting ideas and texts. These classes are small (18 students or fewer) and are typically taught in roundtable style so that students can interact easily with each other and the professor. Students can choose between the Great Books Curriculum or the Integrative Curriculum. Both tracks include a foundation of Writing Instruction and are supplemented by Experiential Learning.
Great Books Curriculum
Within the Great Books program, students study and discuss the works of classic writers and thinkers of Western civilization. The Great Books series of classes surveys political, religious, philosophical, and scientific thought to explore how ideas of the past shape our 21st century lives. The approach is text-centered and student-focused, and the Great Books program at Mercer is unique in that it is open to all interested students, not just a select few.
The Integrative Program combines traditional disciplinary course requirements with three multidisciplinary courses exploring self and others, community, and world. Mercer students explore these themes in innovative ways that combine perspectives from the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Students can have the unique opportunity to engage in high-impact activities such as service-learning and study abroad. By wrestling with ideas and delving into the unknown, students gain new perspectives and make sense of the world.
We believe that effective writing is a crucial skill for success throughout your Mercer education and to a wide variety of career paths. Writing is more than a means of communication—it is also intrinsically connected to critical thinking, analysis, and reflection. Because writing is so important, students in both the Great Books Curriculum and the Integrative Curriculum take three writing instruction courses during their first two years.
At Mercer, we recognize that the academic learning experience must extend beyond the classroom. This requires engaged learning associated with extensive active learning experiences, such as community service, course-related service learning, internships, supervised research, or study abroad. Such experience must incorporate the act of doing and the act of reflection.