Magis Core Curriculum

Applies to Class of 2023 and Later

Humanistic education rooted in Jesuit ethos, guides Fairfield's commitment to "preparing young women and men for others" through a distinctive academic experience. Crucial to student success in academia and as future professionals in the workplace, the Magis Core Curriculum engages students to establish their own values and understanding of the world while emphasizing excellence in writing, critical reasoning, synthesis of solutions, communication, and an understanding of the "why" and "how" of associated human behaviors.

The Magis Core Curriculum is a discipline-based, tiered learning experience (Tier I: Orientation; Tier II: Exploration). Further, it requires students to engage in interdisciplinary learning, be exposed to social justice issues, and undertake intensive writing both within the discipline and across the curriculum. The Magis Core provides a common experience for ALL undergraduates, one that is grounded in the humanistic tradition and is thus a hallmark of a Fairfield education.

Tier I: Orientation

The Orientation Tier requires seven courses, to be completed in the first two years of undergraduate study.

English
ENW 0100Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition3
History
Select one HI 100-level course3
Mathematics
Select one MA course below the 300-level, based on placement 13
Modern or Classical Language
Select one language course based on placement 23
Philosophy
PH 0101Introduction to Philosophy3
Religious Studies
Select one RS 100-level course3
Modern/Classical Language or Mathematics
Select one additional course in Modern/Classical Languages or Mathematics 33
Total Credits21

Tier II: Exploration

The Exploration Tier requires eight courses, to be completed throughout four years of undergraduate study. Each department listed below determines which of its courses fulfill the Tier II Exploration requirements.

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Select two courses from the following fields:6
Communication
Economics
Politics
Psychology (except PY 0261)
Sociology and Anthropology (except AY 0110 and AY 0115)
History, Philosophy, Religious Studies
Select two 200-level courses from two different disciplines6
Literature
Select one course from the following fields:3
Classics
English
Modern Languages and Literatures
Natural Sciences
Select two courses from the following fields:6
Biological Anthropology
Biomedical Anthropology
Biology
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Physics
Behavioral Neuroscience 1
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one course in Visual and Performing Arts, below the 200-level, from the following fields:3
Art History and Visual Culture
Film, Television, and Media Arts
Music
Studio Art
Theatre
Total Credits24

Signature Elements

The Signature Elements requirements include seven courses, which may be covered by Orientation, Exploration, and major courses. Courses approved for these Signature Elements will be appropriately noted in the online registration system.

Interdisciplinary

Select either one team-taught course, one cluster course, or one individually taught course (with at least one instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences). All courses fall within the Orientation and Exploration areas. (Attribute: MSID)

Social Justice

Select one course providing an introduction to social justice (Attribute: MSJ1), and two additional social justice courses (Attribute: MSJ2), at least one of which accomplishes the learning outcomes through a focus on race, broadly construed, studied intersectionally with gender and class (Attribute: MSJR). MSJ1 and one MSJ2 course must be fulfilled within the Orientation and Exploration tiers. One MSJ2 course may be fulfilled within either the Orientation and Exploration tiers or within a major.

Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Discipline

Select two courses within the Orientation and Exploration areas, plus one additional course fulfilled within either the Orientation and Exploration tiers (Writing Across the Curriculum, Attribute: MWAC) or within a Major (Writing In the Discipline, Attribute: MWID).