In the Classroom
The core curriculum at Ursinus is inquiry-based. It introduces students to a life of thoughtful deliberation, independence, and informed obligation. Issues of diversity, inclusion and equity are central to the academic and social lives of students.
Our core curriculum provides multiple avenues for students to develop their own answers to four central questions:
- What should matter to me?
- How should we live together?
- How can we understand the world?
- What will I do?
Through this inquiry students come to know themselves and the world more fully, preparing them for creative, useful, and fulfilling lives.
A liberal education pushes us not only to take a more penetrating look at the familiar norms of our own culture, but to investigate how members of other communities and societies live together, past as well as present.
As we do, we are challenged to acknowledge that others live and believe differently from ourselves. As we ask what we can learn from them, we build awareness of the needs of our fellow human beings, our obligations as citizens, and the meaning of our humanity in a more-than-human world.
Recent Student Research
How does music shape who you are? Codi Yhap ’20 is studying the history of rap and its impact on personal identity.
Research reflects and analyzes queer history in the United States to create a syllabus for a class on the topic.
An Ursinus College junior is introducing dance to Philadelphia K-12 students to help enhance academic performance.
Jessie Fauset’s novel There is Confusion was a catalyst for the Harlem Renaissance. Jada Grice ’19 brings her work to life in a digital humanities project.
A summer research project tackles the gender pay gap and asks why more women aren’t CEOs.
When Mya came to Ursinus, she was seeking a theater program in which she could be truly involved. She found that, and more, as she brings theater into her summer research.