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Core Curriculua

With recent changes in Harvard's core curriculum for law school and its undergraduate program, there's been a lot of arm chair discussion on what constitutes a good core curriculum. I thought I'd throw out my two cents. My core curriculum would span two semesters and every class would have an integrated writing element - that is to say, every class would be writing intensive. Numbers in parentheses denote credit hours.

Semester 1:
Economic Analysis Core (5)
American Gov. and Contemporary Political Issues (5)
Psychology, Biology, and Human Nature (6)

Semester 2:
Analytic Philosophy Core (5)
Sociology and Critical Theory Core (5)
Empirical Analysis (5)

Semester 3:
Great Books (5)

Economic Analysis Core
This is micro and macro in one semester, with extra emphasis on utilitarianism, public policy, and the philosophy of economics.

American Gov. and Contemporary Political Issues
This is your garden variety American gov. class with additional assignments, discussion section debates, etc. related to contemporary political issues. This will require, and somehow test students on, their reading newspapers, academic journals, and becoming informed of debates on a variety of issues. The goal is to cultivate informed, well-read citizens.

Psychology, Biology, and Human Nature
This is a survey of biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Psychology 101 is a joke, and biology is bland, but putting them together and applying them to a broadly important and appealing issue makes for a great class.

Analytic Philosophy Core
Students learn to think clearly and argue persuasively.

Sociology and Critical Theory
Students get exposed to social scientific theories where culture is functionally exogenous to human nature (sociology, anthropology, marxism, media studies, etc.)

Empirical Analysis
Statistics with attention to hypothesis formation. Students will read actual academic journals in all disciplines to learn about a variety of statistical methods to learn how hard scientists, economics, political scientists, pharmacists, financiers, etc. arrive at the conclusions of their disciplines.

Great Books
A variety of sections featuring maybe a book every two weeks and a paper on every book.