Quest Core Requirements

Quest Open Question Core summary of curricular requirements.

Question 1: What should matter to me?

□ CIE 1
□ CIE 2

Question 2: How should we live together?

Three courses. One course satisfying each of the following learning goals. No more than two can be taken within a student’s major department.

□ Engage diversity and inequality (DN)
□ Examine global interconnections (GN)
□ Consider obligations (O)

Question 3: How can we understand the world?

□ Linked Inquiry (LINQ) (see the Linked Inquiry explanation)

One course satisfying each of the Ways of Asking requirements, except for the A requirement which can be fulfilled by one three- or four- credit course, or a total of four credits over multiple semesters. Although typically courses only will have one of these designations, a single course under question 3 can fulfill multiple question 3 or a combination of question 2 and 3 requirements.

□ Artistic/performative (A)
□ Deductive reasoning (R)
□ Humanistic inquiry (H)
□ Quantitative reasoning (Q)
□ Scientific inquiry/experimentation (S)
□ Social scientific inquiry (SS)

And two courses, both in the same language, satisfying the requirement:

□ Understanding the world through foreign language 1 (L)
□ Understanding the world through foreign language 2 (L)

Question 4: What will I do?

□ Experiential Learning Project (XLP) (see Experiential Learning explanation)
□ Core Capstone (CCAP) (see Core Capstone explanation)


Linked Inquiry requirement:

Satisfied by completing one of the following:

  • Team-taught course
  • Paired courses (learning community)
  • Completing an approved experience, such as IDS-095 (Topics in Global Film)
  • Successful completion of one of the following interdisciplinary minors:

    Museum Studies
    Management Studies
    International Relations
    Environmental Studies (major or minor)
    Film Studies
    Africana and African American Studies
    Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
    Latin American Studies
    Legal Studies
    East Asian Studies
    Peace and Social Justice
    Biostatistics
    Educational Studies (major or minor)
    Food Studies
    Science and the Common Good

Experiential Learning requirement:

Students explore the question: What will I do? in the Experiential Learning Project (XLP) by completing an immersive experience in one of the following categories:

  • an independent research program or a creative program (including but not limited to honors or Summer Fellows);
  • an internship;
  • an approved study abroad program;
  • student teaching;
  • civic engagement;
  • for pre-engineering students, successful completion of the first of two years at the engineering school.

A required component of the XLP is structured, intentional reflection on the students’ personal, professional, and academic objectives prior to the experience. A second required component is post-XLP reflection on meeting these objectives and unanticipated experiences. More details (link). 

Core Capstone requirement:

Satisfied by completing:

  • Any course designated CCAP