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The Oglethorpe Core



The liberal arts on steroids

For over six decades, the Oglethorpe Core has defined a modern liberal arts education. It's not just a menu of required courses you have to choose from to fulfill your degree requirements. The Core is different.

During all four years, you and your professors share an intellectual exchange that addresses life’s big questions across all disciplines. You learn about yourself, the global community, the historical perspectives that brought us here, and how all of these come together. Consider the Core to be your second major-- one that every student at Oglethorpe shares. Explore the Core courses.


We'll change your mind.

The Core will challenge how you think about yourself, the world, and everything in it. Our graduates say that it actually changes the way their minds work-- a function that they can never turn off.

Philip Weltner, Oglethorpe's president from 1944-1953 and founder of the Core, once said "Oglethorpe University insists that the object is not to pass a subject; the object is to take and keep it." The Core is designed to ensure that what you learn, you keep.


Job training... for every job you'll ever have

The Core is an intentionally designed sequence of courses, with each course building upon the body of knowledge in the previous course. It's very likely that early in your academic career at Oglethorpe, you'll find yourself wondering what the text you're reading has to do with your major in... whatever. But you'll stick with it until that one day when you have that "aha!" moment. We call that the "Core Moment".

Yours may come one day in class. It may come during your internship or while studying abroad. Or it may come to you while serving in the community. Whenever or wherever it happens, you will have your Core Moment, because it's at this intersection of the Core and real-world experiences that the real "magic" of an Oglethorpe education happens.

That "magic" is called learning-- and we promise the type of learning that will send you into the world prepared for every job you'll ever have.


Core Stories