The centerpiece of a Shalem education, the Core Curriculum is required of all students, regardless of their major. By stimulating thinking across disciplines, and helping to fit pieces into a coherent whole, the Core provides students with a solid basis for further study in any field, and success in most any profession.
Moreover, when all students encounter the same texts at the same time, their ideas and questions create a conversation that permeates and enriches the learning experience in a way no other curriculum can.
The Shalem Core is grounded in seminal works that explore both the human condition and the mysteries of the natural world—across time and place, in diverse styles, and from different, often conflicting perspectives. Read together, these classic texts compel students to ask both timeless and timely questions. They teach students to think critically and meaningfully about what it means to be an active participant in both the Western and Jewish intellectual traditions, and an influential citizen of a modern Jewish state.