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..U .............. U.., , ....... U Ilenge "... University's New Curricu the University hopes that high schools will con- sider giving some of the Core offerings in History, English and Science to their honor students in the senior year. In this way, the ,ery able student will begin his or her academic work at Seattle University at the highest level of scholastic preparation and perhaps graduate in less than four years. The movement to revise the Core curriculum got its start at a Faculty Orientation Confer- ence opening the 1963 school year. Shortly thereafter, the Academic Council appointed a nine-man faculty committee to formuiate a new program. The Rev. John A.. Fitterer, S.J, then clean of the College of Liberal Arts and now presi- dent-designate of the University, chaired the committee and worked the wonders of leader- ship necessary to produce a consensus in a group of strong-minded experts. No aspect of academic life of the University escaped the committee's scrutiny; no opinions went un- heard for want of a hearing, and no conclusions were reached a priori. The' committee's proposals, which subse- quently received the Academic Council's ap- proval and the Facuhy's concurrence, are con- tained in a 55-page report :that stands as a thoughtful synthesis of the aims and purposes of liberal education. The heart of the new Core is the wholly reshaped and revitalized Philosophy sequence of five courses totalling 20 hours. The first three courses, consisting of a survey from the early Greek philosophers through the Ex-' istentialists, will be taken in the freshman year and the remaining two in the sophomore year. The latter will be systematic courses that in- vestigate the problems of man and his knowl- edge and the general problems of value and ethics. F'our courses in Theology are included in the new Core because of the University's con- viction that it is a liberal art and, as such, is "a cardinal instrument for channeling the rich cultural heritage of Western civilization to the university student." The first ,two courses in the sequence, which will begin in the final quarter of the sophomore year, will cover the Old anl New Test,ments and the Early Chris- tian writers. The final two courses organize and clarify the truths discovered in the earlier studies. Non-Catholics will not be required to take the entire Theology sequence but will be en- couraged to take some courses in this area to broaden and deepen their knowledge of their spiritual origins. There are some options in the Core offer- ings in English and History, although a mini- mum of 12 hours is required in each discipline. For Information Write or Phone Director of Admissions Seaffle 98112 EA 3-9400