Your degree at Richmond University will take place over four years (or eight semesters) and in the first year you will study a variety of subjects from the core curriculum.
A liberal arts education encourages you to reach across disciplines and build connections between different academic areas. The idea behind the core curriculum is that you receive the best possible start when adapting to the academic world of university, and that you also begin to learn and develop the key transferable skills that the employers are looking for; giving you the competitive edge when you graduate. These skills include written and verbal communication, problem solving, cultural sensitivity and the flexibility to work in a complex and dynamic environment. Initially studying the core curriculum means you do not have to decide on your major on day one, or even day two, you can take your time, you can try things out before you decide on your specialism (no ‘major’ rush). If you know what you want to do, you don’t have to change, but you can try other things that may complement and add to the subject you are passionate about.
Your first year courses
The core curriculum consists of ten three-credit courses, which are outlined below.
This course focuses on you as a student, an active citizen and a future employable graduate. How do you imagine yourself in one, five or even ten years’ time?
During the course you will discuss and respond to issues related to the transition to university, reflecting on how you can become an independent learner.
You will research the context of and plan for service learning in the London area. You will learn to use a range of digital platforms for individual and group project work, focussing strongly on effective communication, including oral presentation and taking into account issues of accessibility for all.
This course aims to provide a means by which you can effectively communicate an understanding and appreciation of the impact of science on everyday life and academic enquiry. What do you take into account when you consider your carbon footprint? How do you evaluate the quality and conclusions of a double blind trial?
You will explore scientific areas ranging from ethics to evolution, physics to physiology, climate change to conservation, trials and testing to thinkers and innovators.
This course teaches you to reflect critically on scientific theory and information so that you may make informed personal decisions about matters that involve science and understand the importance of science in other areas of your studies.
Choose one of the following (may not overlap with a course used to fulfil a major requirement):
- AMS 3200 Foundations of American Studies
- COM 4100 Intercultural Communications
- DEV 3100 Culture and Dev
- DEV 4100 Rich World/Poor World
- ECN 3200 Foundations of Economic Ideas
- ECN 4100 Introduction to Economics of Development
- ECN 4115 Modern Economic History
- HST 3200 World Cultural History
- HST 3205 The Global Cold War
- HST 4100 When Worlds Collide
- HST 4105 Versailles to Vietnam
- INR 4100 Introduction to International Relations
- LIT 4200 Introduction to World Literature
- PHL 4100 Introduction to Philosophy
- PLT 3100 Foundations of Politics
- PLT 4100 Major Political Thinkers
- SCL 3100 Foundations of Sociology
If you enter with A-levels at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications, you may be exempt from some of these subjects and could complete your degree programme sooner. Students entering with a US High School Diploma or equivalent usually complete in four years. In order to assess you for potential exemptions we will need to complete a TCE (transfer credit evaluation). For more information please visit our transfer credits page.