Common Texts and Common Concerns

Fisk, Rosemary
April 2006
International Journal of the Humanities;Apr2006, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p243
Academic Journal
As administrator of Samford University's core curriculum, I negotiate ideological battles each year when faculty from many disciplines who teach the two-semester sequence called Cultural Perspectives meet to vote on a new common text as an old one rotates off the list. Often because of the personnel conflicts that can result from these discussions, many universities have given up on the idea of a core and adopt instead a distribution requirement. I argue that the existence of the core creates the opportune space that can guarantee every student's exposure to diverse ideas, and that diverse ideas can be represented in the framework of the core curriculum.


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