First-Year Success

First-Year Success is a course designed to facilitate students integration into the University learning community. The course enhances academic success, increases self-awareness, and fosters educational engagement. Students connect with Roosevelt’s mission, build supportive relationships, reflect on their learning, engage with campus resources, and explore their academic and professional goals.

Ideas Across Disciplines

Ideas Across Disciplines courses foster intellectual curiosity and community by encouraging faculty and students to explore an enduring idea, theme or question that illuminates the diversity of human experience. Classes will also promote critical thinking about the forces that shape our world. These courses engage students in ethical questions, cultural conversations, and analytical methods characteristic of the liberal arts.


CORE courses in communication — often writing- or speech-intensive — prioritize analysis, interrogation and practice in more than one mode of communication. Students will practice close reading and effective listening, and learn to develop their own voices and perspectives so that they can contribute effectively, meaningfully and confidently to significant cultural conversations they will encounter in college and elsewhere.


Mathematics students are problem-solvers that combine a deep knowledge of statistics, functions, structures and their interconnections to solve real-world problems. Our students analyze and draw objective conclusions from data, which can be used to engage in evidence-based decision-making. We seek to develop your understanding of social justice issues such as voting and gerrymandering, incarceration rates, crime, and incidence of disease. Mathematics as part of the CORE curriculum encourages students to be confident in their ability to communicate about and be a critical user of quantitative information, in all of its forms.

Physical and Life Sciences

The natural sciences use the scientific method to observe, predict and explain nature’s phenomena based on empirical evidence. Like life itself, the natural sciences are diverse and complex, but are typically broken down into two major divisions: the life sciences (the study of living organisms) and physical sciences (the study of non-living systems). Life science fields such as biology and ecology explore the structure, function, distribution, environmental context, and evolution of organisms. The physical sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry, geology and physics, explore the fundamental constituents and forces of nature, the relationship between matter and energy, and changes in the physical world over time. Within the CORE, students take both a life and physical science course, with one of these courses including a laboratory component. The laboratory setting provides hands-on learning experiences that complement the facts and theoretical concepts learned in the classroom.

Humanities, Fine Arts and Performing Arts

Students engage with the products of human thought, experience, culture and imagination through study of art, philosophy, language, music, history, dance, literature, and women’s and gender studies. Studies in these majors deepen awareness of the complexities of the human condition and its diverse challenges, histories and cultures. You will connect and identify with diverse audiences and reflect on the values of global communities. Because they require reflection and creation, the arts and humanities are heavily invested in aspirations toward cultural and social change.

Social Sciences

Disciplines in Roosevelt’s social science courses study human behavior and promote civic and social engagement. You will learn about diverse cultures; examine the relationships between individuals, communities and the physical environment; and attempt to solve issues of social justice. Become more aware of your assumptions, formulate compelling questions, and generate strategies of analysis and interpretation that are both critical and creative.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning connects the classroom to issues and constituencies beyond the classroom by offering opportunities for direct application of course material to concrete topics and communities. This brings clarity to the many uses of academic study, expands your capacity to cultivate skills and values important to your personal and professional development, and creates conditions for students to experience contributing to communities. Experiential learning is a strong aspect of Roosevelt University’s mission.