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Through the Baccalaureate Core at Oregon State University, students explore knowledge in many fields across the university and learn to think critically about significant issues--locally, nationally, and globally. Students will learn how knowledge is made in fields from science and mathematics to the arts, geography and political science. While courses in the major provide expertise in a specific field of study, courses in the Bacc Core offer students a broad sense of what it means to be an educated person and to be well equipped for the challenges of the workplace, citizenship, and constructing a life with meaning.
In the Skills categories, students will gain knowledge and practice in foundational areas of education:
In the Perspectives categories, students engage learning and critical thinking across a broad spectrum of academic areas: the biological and physical sciences, literature and the arts, the social sciences, and the humanities, among others. Each Perspectives category offers many course options, so this is a place where students can really shape their own OSU education and follow their true interests. See the Bacc Core Playlists for some ideas of ways to mold the Bacc Core to individual needs and interests.
Synthesis courses teach students to address contemporary issues using a multi-disciplinary approach, thus engaging the world’s problems with the complexity they require. Synthesis courses are upper division and are best taken after students complete their Skills and Perspectives courses.
Through courses in Difference, Power, and Discrimination, students gain understanding of how the unequal distribution of social, economic, and political power in the United States and in other countries is sustained through a variety of individual beliefs and institutional practices. Students explore the complexity of structures, systems, and ideologies that sustain discrimination and the unequal distribution of power and resources in US society in order to enhance democratic participation from the OSU campus to American society and beyond.