As an Undecided student at Dordt, you’ll have numerous opportunities—through academics, co-curriculars, and guidance from the Career Development office—to help you reach the point where you’re ready to declare a major.
Throughout the process, you’ll be learning through Dordt’s Core Program curriculum, which helps you explore classes that may help you discover your passion. The Career Development Center offers resources to help you pair your strengths and knowledge with a career that fits your future.
Curriculum development at Dordt is guided by a document titled "The Educational Framework of Dordt University." The program helps students understand what it means to have a Reformed worldview or Christian perspective on life. Students read and reflect on writings by John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and other Reformed thinkers.
The Core Program offers some flexibility for students to meet its requirements. For example, students with weaker writing skills need to take the basic writing course, but students with stronger writing skills can meet the writing requirement by taking a course that will help them further develop the skills they already have. Many requirements can be fulfilled by choosing from among several courses the one that will best meet their needs or interests.
At Dordt, students are able to take what they've learned in the classroom and use it in practical learning situations such as internships, practicums, and research and design projects.
For many students, spending a semester in an off-campus study program is a favorite way to be immersed in hands-on learning. Students travel to major metropolitan areas like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., or to other countries like Nicaragua and New Zealand.
Our aim is to weave experiences and classroom learning, curricular and co-curricular activities, core courses, and major courses into a seamless whole. Such an education, rooted in a commitment to Christ, can lead to a rich life of effective Christian discipleship.
As an Undecided student, you won’t just learn through Core Program classes. You’ll also better understand how to live your life academically, socially, and spiritually, which prepares you for a successful future. Whatever your plans may be when you arrive here, you’ll leave Dordt ready for a successful career in whatever field you pursue. And you’ll be equipped to impact the world for God’s kingdom along the way.
EXHIBIT A JOYFUL COMMITMENT TO LIVING OUT CHRIST'S WORD
You will take courses that will help you examine your faith, consider key theological ideas and their cultural-historical background, and reflect upon issues you encounter as a Christian.
UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE DISTINCT REFORMED BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE Review history, examine your own life, and dive into understanding how theological perspectives have been established.PRACTICE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
We want you to be able to think critically in every area of life—whether within your academic discipline or using other skills.
EVALUATE WESTERN CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
In these courses you will evaluate and respond to cultural themes in our increasingly global society.
PARTICIPATE AS AGENTS OF GOD'S PEACE WITHIN HIS DEEPLY INTERCONNECTED CREATION
Learn to explore, understand, and respond carefully within our relationships with other people and the broader creation.
The Core Program requirements for Bachelor's degrees is 41 - 63 credits.
- Kingdom, Identity, and Calling
- Biblical Foundations
- Calling, Task, and Culture
- Roots of Western Culture
- Introduction to Christian Philosophy
- Advanced Reformed Thought
- English Composition
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Communication Foundations
- Cross Cultural Studies
- Responding to Literature
- Western Culture in a Global Context
- Introduction to the Arts
- Core Science
- Persons in Community
- Justice and Stewardship
- Through our Core Program, you'll have the chance to explore a variety of classes that may help you find your passion.
- Our Career Development Center has resources like Jobzology and more to help find out where your strengths lie.
- Your academic advisor will support you and answer your questions as you discern what you'd like to study at Dordt.
The Core Program, the set of requirements that all students must take to graduate, lies at the heart of a Dordt education. We help you to become not just good professionals, but also good parents, faithful church members, and responsible citizens.
A Core unified by these elements and focused on common needs and responsibilities gives students a stronger foundation than they would have by simply taking courses that add variety and diversity to their studies.
The Core provides a broader context to their studies and prepares them for shared areas of life.
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