The Core Curriculum: Dialogues of Learning

At the heart of Lynn University’s Dialogues of Learning is the idea that learning requires questioning—thinking, asking, wondering why—along with robust discussion.

Through the Dialogues, students examine the “big questions”:

Who am I, and who are you? What do we believe and why? What is right, and what creates a just society? Hence, Lynn’s new integrated core addresses these perennial questions and others, through 12 seminars which span the four undergraduate years. These seminars center on three themes: Self and Society; Justice and Civic Life; and Belief and Reason.

Self and society

The Dialogues of Self and Society focus on the development of identity and the “situated self” historically and in the contemporary environment from an interdisciplinary perspective. The courses are designed to help students become better acquainted with their own values and attitudes.

Justice and civic life

The Dialogues of Justice and Civic Life prepare students to be responsible, informed, and ethical citizens. The courses in Justice and Civic Life focus on the ideas, values, institutions, and practices that have shaped civic life within human societies. In these seminars, students examine the nature of society and the state by analyzing justice, freedom, equality, and civic engagement.

Belief and reason

From ancient civilizations to the present, the desire to understand the nature of existence and the mysteries of life has inspired human thought, creativity, aesthetics and artistry while occupying a central place in both religious and secular world views. The Dialogues of Belief and Reason allow students to investigate these and similar ideas that incorporate many different views, from across history and across cultures.

Core knowledge areas and critical skills

The Dialogues of Learning also focus on skills and knowledge areas essential to the success of the 21st century student. The core knowledge areas include quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy.

Quantitative reasoning

In place of College Algebra, Lynn students are learning math for the real world through an “Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning.” This course is all about how data, statistics and other mathematical information impact everyday life.  Students gain an understanding of loan agreements, the credit and mortgage industry, and other challenging and useful concepts.

Scientific literacy

In the realm of science, Lynn has given serious thought to what students need to know about the subject. Instead of single-focused biology, chemistry or physics, students now take the course “Introduction to Scientific Literacy,” which explores the methods, discoveries and theories of science from an interdisciplinary and historical perspective.

Core skills and proficiencies

Learning is about questioning and thinking, better enabling a student to reason, analyze, reflect, write, speak and create. The best way to enhance these skills is through meaningful dialogue with classmates and professors. Embedded within the Dialogues are assignments that teach students skills in critical thinking and reasoning, oral and written communication, information literacy and technological literacy.

The Dialogues of Learning Lecture Series

Throughout fall and spring terms, the university offers a Dialogues of Learning Lecture Series that brings to Lynn theorists and practitioners who are actively involved in creating new ideas, approaches and practices in their respective fields. Students are able to interact with influential and innovative speakers on campus during this time. 

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