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The Curriculum

It’s up to you to define your experiences…

Paired with our uniquely engaging Block Plan structure, our curriculum creates a rich foundation for unearthing passions and discovering the world. You’ll dig in, you’ll learn how to learn. With our rigorous but broad requirements, you’ll have both ample independence and guidance during your four years here. It excites us that there’s no one path to follow and it’s safe to say that no semester at Colorado College will bore you.


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  • You’ll begin your academic endeavor with something we call First-Year Experience (FYE), a cornerstone of our curriculum. Your first two blocks will be distinctive and intimate, as you delve in with 15 other first-year students, enjoying and adjusting to in-depth critical thinking, analytic discussion, and intensive writing.
  • You might find an unexpected interest while fulfilling an all-college requirement, designed to guide your academic choices and push you to immerse yourself across multiple disciplines.
  • When in doubt, discuss your hopes for the future with your academic advisor and FYE mentor.

An example of a First-Year Block Plan schedule from the 16-17 academic year:

1-2: Comparative Literature  100 Introduction to Comparative Literature
3: Philosophy 247 — Aesthetics
4: French 316 — Topics in French Culture (taught in English): The Discipline of Love
Half Block: Economics 111 — Personal Financial Planning
5: History 244 — Black People in the US since the Civil War
6: Mathematics 110 — Mathematical Explorations: Cryptography
7: Computer Science 115 — Computational Thinking
8: Art History 255 — The Art of Japan

Your schedule could look something like this or completely different! Be sure to explore all your options.