Discover an Education that Makes a Statement.

The Mills core curriculum is at the heart of our undergraduate academic experience. You’ll learn strong critical thinking skills, enjoy the freedom that comes from creative experimentation and open debate, develop a respect for diversity, and value the importance of social justice.

You’ll gain knowledge, analytic skills, and new perspectives that will enable you to adapt to change and succeed in a rapidly evolving world as you forge your own unique path.

How It Works

The core curriculum consists of 10 specific knowledge and skill areas organized into three main categories: foundational skills, modes of inquiry, and contributions to knowledge and community. You can choose to earn the required credits through courses, for-credit internships, independent study, and qualifying transfer or AP credit. With guidance from your academic advisor, you’ll design a core curriculum plan tailored to your interests by selecting from a list of eligible courses and educational experiences in each required area.

Core Curriculum Requirements

In addition to studying classes for your major, you’ll personalize your core curriculum to reflect your own personal interests and values.

Foundational Skills

  • Critical analysis (3 credits)
  • Information literacy and technology skills (fulfilled through a non-credit online course in your first semester)
  • Written and oral communication (7 credits)
  • Quantitative literacy (3 credits)

Modes of Inquiry

  • Race, gender, and power (3 credits)
  • Scientific inquiry (3 credits)
  • Language other than English (3 credits)
  • International perspectives (3 credits)

Contributions to Knowledge & Community

  • Community engaged learning (2 credits)
  • Creativity, innovation, and experimentation (3 credits)

Note that all course descriptions in the Mills course catalog indicate which of the knowledge areas are covered.