The Value of the Core Curriculum

At Bemidji State University, your education will include studies in both your major and in the core curriculum, which combines multiple disciplines to prepare you to examine ideas, collaborate with others and solve problems. 

The core curriculum is more than just a requirement for graduation — it’s an opportunity to explore new ways of thinking and make unexpected connections. 

Business administration majors will benefit from learning about human psychology and the environment, just as English majors will enrich their study of literature by exploring global perspectives on art, politics and culture.

Nursing students might apply the logic of mapmaking to improve their spatial awareness. (Or use their new graphic design skills to make better memes.)

Core curriculum serves as a core foundation that gives you the knowledge and skills to stay curious and to think critically and creatively in a diverse, global society.  

  1. Enroll in courses that interest you. 
  2. Connect what you’re learning to the issues facing your community. 
  3. Identify patterns across fields of study. 
  4. Prepare for the future. 
  5. Develop into a lifelong learner.  

What You Get With the Core Curriculum

The job market is fast-paced and ever evolving. Career opportunities and pathways that didn’t exist 10 — or even 5 years ago — are sure to be mainstays for the foreseeable future. By the time you graduate, you may even choose to pursue a career completely outside your major.  

One thing that won’t change, however, is the skills the top employers expect from recent college graduates. 87% of employers stated that a college degree was worth a student’s investment in time and money. But not all colleges and universities are equal.

As a student at Bemidji State University, you have a unique opportunity to receive a well-rounded education that prepares you for anything.

Review the core curriculum requirements.

Contact Information

Travis Ricks

Travis R. Ricks, Ph.D.

Director of Core Curriculum
& Professor, Dept. of Psychology

(218) 755-2106
Box# 35