CORE Course Series

The College One CORE Course sequence, The World at Home: "Planning for the Future in a Complex World", is future-oriented and focused on devising solutions to real-life problems. It is unique in the UC system in that the sequence draws on the disciplines and faculty of all three UCM Schools—Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts—to introduce students to the fields in which they will first major and later may make their career.

Hallmarks of the CORE Course sequence are:

  • The curriculum characterizes connections: faculty working together to connect academic themes and subjects, and students connecting what they have just learned with what they will learn.
  • Students will learn to think analytically and communicate effectively in the context of problems directly affecting their lives and futures.
  • Faculty will explore new directions by working with colleagues in the Core course, as well as by stimulating student interest in the diverse fields of study.

CORE 1 will introduce all UC Merced freshmen to the issues facing informed citizens in the 21st century and provide the tools needed to address them. The CORE 1 faculty will show you how their disciplines identify and define a problem, emphasizing the intersections and contrasts among diverse intellectual approaches. Capitalizing on this interdisciplinary approach, CORE 1 will demonstrate how different experts, from what has been called “the two cultures” – humanist and scientist -- view the world, analyze information and attempt to solve problems. You will learn that complex questions are best understood not from a single, decoupled perspective, but by insights gained from different – even seemingly disparate – approaches.