The four Pathways lead Cornerstone students through the university’s general education requirements in classes that complement students' majors by framing the subject matter in terms of humanistic inquiry. Each Pathway consists of three courses that build on the gateway courses and are contoured for particular majors. The Pathways are designed to build students’ abilities to think in complex ways about the big questions that drive research in today’s world by honing their skills as advanced readers, writers, and speakers, while also helping to fulfill their general education requirements in a cohesive way. All Pathways require students to engage in close reading and clear, convincing oral and written communication.

Cornerstone Scholars will complete one of the following Pathways:

Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities Pathway introduces students to the cultural and societal contexts that shape our perceptions of healthcare and wellbeing. Students on this Pathway will see how the humanities and social sciences allow us to consider the relationship between health and culture. The Medical Humanities Pathway is intended for students pursuing a career in healthcare.

REQUIREMENTS

Choose 3 of the following:

  • PHIL 303: Biomedical Ethics* -or- PHIL 311 Contemporary Moral Issues* -or- TRS 333: Bioethics*
  • PHIL 313B: Philosophy of Human Nature*
  • PHIL 331B Philosophy of Knowledge*
  • TRS 335: Christian Marriage & Family*
  • TRS 353: Religion and the Life Cycle*
  • CLAS 244: Greek Tragedy and its Modern Reception*
  • ENG 330: Memoir*
  • ENG 461 -or- 462: Plays of Shakespeare*
  • HIST 214: Pandemics: A Comparative History*
  • HIST 316: England After the Black Death*
  • SOC 102: Global Social Problems and Social Justice*
  • SOC 109: Health and Society
* Indicates courses that fulfill a Liberal Arts Curriculum “foundations” or “explorations” requirement

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The PPE Pathway is designed for students who are interested in how political theory, political philosophy, and economic theory intersect in organizing and running institutions and societies. Its aim is to help students acquire basic fluency in each discipline and to provide extracurricular forums in which the disciplines can be brought to bear on common problems. The PPE Pathway is intended for students going into government, civil service, and/or professional schools.

REQUIREMENTS

Choose two of the following:

  • PHIL 313B: Philosophy of Human Nature*
  • PHIL 333B: Philosophy of Natural Right and Natural Law*
  • POL 112: Introduction to Comparative Politics*
  • POL 211: Introduction to Political Theory*
  • POL 403: Person and the Common Good
  • CLAS 205: History of Ancient Greece*
  • CLAS 206: History of Ancient Rome*
  • ENG 461 -or- 462: Plays of Shakespeare*
  • HIST 226: British Empire, 1750-1970*
  • HIST 336: Wealth and Poverty: A History

Choose one of the following IF in the Busch School of Business:

  • SRES 101: Markets, Enterprise, & Prosperity I
  • SRES 102: Markets, Enterprise, & Prosperity II
  • SRES 345: Marriage, Family, & Social Order*

Choose one of the following IF in any other school:

  • ECON 101 -or- 103: Principles of Macroeconomics*
  • ECON 301: Ethics in Business and Economics
  • ECON 360: Public Policy
* Indicates courses that fulfill a Liberal Arts Curriculum “foundations” or “explorations” requirement

Global Scholars

The Global Scholars Pathway is designed for students who are interested in the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary global issues. Its aim is to help students to analyze culture from multiple viewpoints, acquire the communication skills needed to work effectively in an international and multicultural context, and develop as leaders in a global society. The Global Scholars Pathway is intended for students going into foreign service, education, and/or professional schools.

REQUIREMENTS
All students participating in this Pathway are expected to complete the standard university of
requirement of completing the study of a foreign language though the intermediate two level.

Global Scholars are expected to spend at least one semester abroad. To support students in studying abroad, the Cornerstone Program provides:

  • Study abroad information sessions held in the Cornerstone dorms
  • Study abroad application workshops for Global Scholars
  • Study abroad scholarship workshop for Global Scholars in partnership with the Writing Center
  • Exclusive Global Scholars welcome event in Rome
  • Financial assistance for applications

Global Scholars can complete their Pathway by completing 3 courses from the following list -or- by taking 3 humanities courses while abroad. Individual humanities courses taken on summer study abroad programs may also count towards completion of this Pathway.

  • TRS 290: World Religions*
  • HIST 140: Travel and Tourism in Latin America*
  • HIST 231A: Soccer: A World History*
  • HIST 308B: Modern Islam*
  • HIST 348: America and the World
  • ENG 232: The History of English Literature II*
  • ENG 461 -or- 462: Plays of Shakespeare*
  • FREN 220:Pirates of the Caribbean in Atlantic Literature*
  • FREN 242: From Earth to the Moon: Rockets, Space Travel and Imagination in French and Francophone Literature and Film*
  • GER 230: Grimms' Fairy Tales*
  • GER 255: Mysteries, Murders, and Thrillers: German Crime Fiction in the Modern Context
  • ITAL 220: The Splendor of Rome in Literature & Film*
  • ITAL 226: Fascism, Racism, and War in Italian Literature*
  • SPAN 224: Cervantes's Don Quixote in Translation: A Conversation with the Don*
  • SPAN 240: Reading Madrid: from Royal Court to Global City*
* Indicates courses that fulfill a Liberal Arts Curriculum “foundations” or “explorations” requirement

Research Scholars

Note: This Pathway is intended exclusively for STEM students

The Research Scholars Pathway is designed for students who are pursuing degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Psychology (B.S. degree only) who wish to place their research interests in a humanistic context. Students will learn to think about their work creatively and analytically. Through their interdisciplinary study, they will consider how values and culture shape their colleagues and clients, enabling them to better serve those constituents.

REQUIREMENTS
Research Scholars are placed in a match program to be assigned to a research lab during their first year. They take SAS 125: Cornerstone Research Mentorship, a one credit course, during the spring of their freshman year. This course allows students to present their research to faculty and students, consider the broad implications of their work, and receive professional development.

Research Scholars in the School of Engineering take PHIL 362 Professional Ethics in Engineering or a discipline-specific ethics course.

Research Scholars in other schools choose two additional courses from the following list:

  • PHIL 303: Biomedical Ethics* -or- TRS 333: Bioethics* -or- PHIL 311: Contemporary Moral Issues*
  • PHIL 313B: Philosophy of Human Nature*
  • PHIL 331B: Philosophy of Knowledge*
  • TRS 335: Christian Marriage & Family*
  • TRS 353: Religion and the Life Cycle*
  • FREN 242: From Earth to the Moon: Rockets, Space Travel and Imagination in French and Francophone Literature and Film*
  • HIST 214: Pandemics: A Comparative History*
  • HIST 340A: Mapping History
  • CLAS 244: Greek Tragedy and its Modern Reception*
  • ENG 461 -or- 462: Plays of Shakespeare*
  • ENG 232: The History of English Literature II -or- ENG 236: American Literature II
* Indicates courses that fulfill a Liberal Arts Curriculum “foundations” or “explorations” requirement