Why It Matters
Staying true to the original meaning of “liberal arts” is starting to feel like a rediscovery.
At Hillsdale, “the liberal arts” isn’t another name for general education requirements you’re supposed to slog through before you go on to your major. The liberal arts here are studied the way they were meant to be: as a means of understanding the good, the true, and the beautiful. You’ll study inescapably relevant ideas, whether they originated in Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, America’s founding era, or our own times.
While liberal arts curricula at other universities take on contemporary works with temporary relevance, at Hillsdale you’ll explore timeless themes and learn from some of humanity’s greatest thinkers. That might read like a grand overstatement: trust us, it isn’t. Here, the questions are provocative, the debates robust, and the coursework intense. This journey is designed to lead you to universal truths.
The Core Curriculum
Your first two years may very well last a lifetime.
Here’s how it works: For much of your first two years on campus, you and your classmates will read the same brilliant books, wrestling with the same timeless ideas, at the same time. The intellectual exuberance and diligence that the Core inspires, the hard questions you tackle together, the references and habits of mind you develop—these are all things you’ll share with your fellow Hillsdalians for the rest of your lives. Because you’ll be united by something much more meaningful than simple proximity. And when it’s time for exams and papers—well, you’ll have a lot of shoulders to lean on.
Great Books in the Western Tradition: Ancient to Medieval
This course will introduce the student to representative Great Books of the Western World from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.Read More
Great Books in the British and American Traditions
A continuation of English 104 but with a focus on Great Books in the British and American traditions.Read More
History of Art: Renaissance through Modern
A follow-up to Art 203, this course surveys Renaissance, Baroque and the parade of changing styles of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.Read More
The Understanding of Music
Provides non-music majors with basic listening skills, the ability to discuss music intelligently, and a survey of historical styles and periods of music via the study of representative composers and works.Read More
Readings, lectures, discussion, live performances, video presentations and creative projects provide the student with the basic concepts and terms necessary to appreciate the theatre as an art, and its development as an expression of Western culture.Read More
Introduction to Philosophy
A general introduction to the problems, methods, scope and history of philosophical inquiry as exemplified by the course of moral theory.Read More
Introduction to Western Religion
A study of the origins and development of religious thought and practice in the Western tradition, beginning with the Old and New Testaments and extending through modern theological developments in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.Read More
Mathematics and Deductive Reasoning
This course is designed to explore the nature of mathematics and give the student an introduction to logic and mathematical reasoning as a means for that investigation.Read More
This lecture and laboratory course is a joint offering by the Physics and Chemistry Departments. It is designed to introduce students to the physical and chemical world and also lay the foundation for the succeeding course, Biology 101.Read More
Core Principles in Biology
Major themes will be consistent in each section offering, including historical aspects, principles of evolution, understanding science as “a way of knowing” and others, but most important is the connection made among man, his environment, society, and the scientific proc…Read More