The Linfield Curriculum (LC) (General Education Requirements)

The purpose of the general education requirement called the Linfield Curriculum is to foster the development of wholly-educated persons by providing a coherent experience spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social-behavioral sciences. The Linfield Curriculum seeks to enable students to communicate effectively; appreciate literary, artistic, and historical works; be conversant with various philosophical and religious conceptions of humanity; understand the role of diversity both globally and nationally; analyze how human beings behave individually and socially; understand, formulate, and critique quantitative arguments; and comprehend the methods and accomplishments of modern science.

Grounded in the multidisciplinary spirit of the liberal arts, the Linfield Curriculum stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices, and assert opinions. It encourages students to cultivate intellectual and personal flexibility, pursue independent action, and engage in responsible decision-making. The Linfield Curriculum emphasizes communication and facilitates self-discovery in personal, cultural, and academic contexts. It affirms the need to understand people and societies both nationally and internationally. In short, the Linfield Curriculum encourages inquiry, analysis, and imagination, habits of mind that provide the foundation for reasoned action, wonder, and continued learning in all aspects of life.

The Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) promotes innovation in liberal arts education and civic engagement through the exploration of thematic connections among modes of thinking and inquiry within the Linfield Curriculum. It has several goals:

  1. To motivate experimentation in liberal education both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. To promote civic engagement and social enterprise by encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills at all levels—local, national, and global—within the public domain.
  3. To cultivate an intellectual, interdisciplinary community through the exploration of a single theme from a variety of perspectives.
  4. To create a forum in which to share experiences from faculty, students, and community members and to disseminate this information.

The Linfield Curriculum consists of four major components:

Courses contributing to the Linfield Curriculum are normally a minimum of 3 semester credits. Any single class transferred from outside institutions must be at least 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits to fulfill the requirement. To encourage intellectual breadth, no student may count more than two courses from a single department toward completion of the Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies components of the Linfield Curriculum. For the purpose of the LC requirements only, theatre (THTR) and communication arts (COMM) are viewed as separate departments.