Program Features


Team Teaching

Each course in the core curriculum is taught by a team of 2 or 3 professors. This allows you to see how different faculty members’ personal and disciplinary perspectives influence their thinking and to discover which teaching styles best fit the way you learn.

For some course sessions, all students and all faculty meet together; in other sessions, students are divided into smaller groups for discussion and individual assistance. Overall, there is one faculty member for every 20 students.

Skills Across the Curriculum

The basic intellectual skills of reading and listening, mathematical computation, computer use, obtaining information from libraries and electronic sources, analytical and critical thinking, writing, and speaking are integrated into all courses.

Particular skills play more prominent roles in some courses than others, but each course incorporates at least some aspects of these basic skills.

Multiculturalism Across the Curriculum

Each course includes topics and draws on authors that reflect the ethnic, racial, and gender diversity of America, and also the broader cultural diversity that exists in the world.

Each course furthers the CAP objective by expanding your knowledge of and appreciation for the contributions of women, Americans of color, and other cultures with whom we share the world.

Collaborative Learning Across the Curriculum

While the worlds of business, science, and public service are managed by cooperative teams, most higher education continues to be modeled on the ethic of individual achievement and competition.

CAP courses are an exception. CAP students participate in learning teams in many course assignments, learning not only the assigned material, but how to participate effectively as a member of a team.

A Focus on Leadership

At the heart of CAP is the understanding that leadership is important and that it is only partly intuitive.

Effective leaders learn their leadership skills, usually through trial and error. While not denying the experiential basis of good leadership, CAP’s philosophy is that preparation for leadership should not be hit or miss, but should be a component of higher education for highly qualified students.

CAP courses incorporate the study of leadership and the curriculum-wide focus on collaborative learning emphasizes leadership as an integral aspect of collaboration.