Coursework Categories for Undergraduate Degrees

Clarkson College curricula require the completion of four types of courses de­signed to provide the components of a well-rounded education. These include: 1) General Education courses; 2) Health Care Core curriculum; 3) Support courses; and 4) Major courses.

General Education Courses

These are courses that serve as a foundation to the declared major. The General Education department has created courses specifically with health care students in mind. These courses are uniquely student-centered and facilitate the application of classroom learning to real life situations. General Education courses ensure that we provide the foundations necessary for successful progression through each of Clarkson's programs of study.

Health Care Core Curriculum Courses

Health Care Core courses provide common intellectual experiences, enhance student success while in college, and enrich a student's professional skills. They provide opportunities for students to share their unique skills and talents through service learning and provide for further enrichment through Academic Travel Abroad. Undergraduate students will choose at least one Health Care Core course from each of three categories:  Intercultural Communication, Humanities, and Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy. Because these courses are unique to Clarkson College, students are required to take those included in the curriculum of their academic programs.

Support Courses

These courses are identified by the student’s major area of study and are in direct support of the student’s major courses. Support courses in the major course areas are identified by faculty in the major course areas. They are developed in cooperation with major faculty and faculty prepared in the subject of the support course.

Major Courses

These courses are taken to fulfill requirements for a specific area of study or profession. New students are encouraged to discuss areas of interest, when applicable, with their advisor when enrolling.