In light of the centennial anniversary of the Core Curriculum, spirited discourse surrounding its content, merit, and practice has emerged. However, we see the Core representing more than just an extensive set of academic requirements. In a campus culture that emphasizes career preparation and financial success after graduation, the Core epitomizes and reinforces the liberal arts model of higher education. Is this liberal arts education actually valuable to us? How does our experience of academia intersect with various personal identities to benefit or detract from our prospective futures? With these factors in mind, what kind of education should Columbia be providing for the modern pre-professional student?...
By Max F. Neuman, Blythe Edwards, Nathan Santos, Liberty Martin, Milagro Chavez-Cisneros, Sam Wilcox, Lana Awadallah, Daphnie Ordoñez, Sabina Jones, Kalena Chiu, Jacob Kaplan, Emma Gometz, Venice Ohleyer, Sabina Maurer, and Yasna Vismale
DISCOURSE & DEBATE