University Curriculum and Seminars

Quinnipiac's liberal arts philosophy is embodied by our University curriculum: academic offerings in disciplines ranging from writing to biology to history. Quinnipiac students graduate with a balanced view of the world and a well-rounded education, and this is one big reason why. More in our catalog...

University Seminar
Through three interdisciplinary seminars, students are introduced to the University community-and also study community at the national and global levels.

Freshman Composition
To get ready for their course work at Quinnipiac, students practice the fundamentals of good writing in two composition classes, equaling 6 credits.

Quantitative Literacy
All Quinnipiac students round out their liberal arts studies with at least one 3-credit math course.

Breadth Component
Most of the general-education requirements fall under this category. Students balance their major studies with 28 hours of foundational courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts. More in our catalog...


University Seminar Series

Through three special courses, Quinnipiac students are introduced to major topics from university life to international issues.

QU 101: The Individual in the Community
This interdisciplinary seminar for first-semester freshmen explores specific individual-community relationships at Quinnipiac. Sections examine the concept of community historically, in literature and from the perspective of the social and natural sciences, and explore topics such as:

  • The relationship between individual and community identities
  • Forms of engagement in communities
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Ethics of community life
  • Diversity and pluralism in community
QU 201: National Community
The second-level seminars look at the structure of the pluralistic American community. Students have the chance to investigate the interaction of people, ideas, science and technology or political, economic and social movements. The course covers a variety of disciplinary and ethical perspectives in literature, fine arts, religion, economics, business, science and technology.

QU 301: Global Community
In these seminars, students learn about the political, social, cultural, ecological and economic systems that shape global communities. They explore their role as citizens of these global communities and examine cultural values and identity in the context of various religious belief systems.

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