Geneva College Core Curriculum

The Core

By combining your major area of study with the core curriculum you will learn to Integrate faith and learning. To think constructively and creatively. To seek God’s design in all things and welcome one another wholeheartedly. Together we discover the compelling significance of God’s calling.

The Core ensures a comprehensive education that is...


The core curriculum helps you discover the breadth and complexity of creation and seeks to help you integrate faith and life.


The diverse nature of the core equips you with the skills needed for today’s ever-changing work environment.


Our core is not a smattering of random courses. The core is purposeful and bold and will help you think constructively and creatively in all your learning.

Geneva's Core Curriculum Textbooks

  • Encountering the Old Testament - Bill Arnold
  • Encountering the New Testament - Walter Elwell & Robert Yarbrough
  • Creation Regained - Albert Wolters
  • Delighting in the Trinity - Michael Reeves
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Qureshi
  • Hidden Worldviews - Steve Wilkens & Mark Sanford
  • The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
  • Alone Together Sherry - Turkle
  • Rhetoric & Poetics - Aristotle
  • They Say, I Say - Gerald Graff
  • The Silver Chair - CS Lewis
  • The Last Battle - CS Lewis
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O’Connor
  • The Inferno - Dante
  • The Odyssey - Homer
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • The Sunflower - Simon Wiesenthal
  • Remembering - Wendell Berry
  • Concise Guide to Critical Thinking - Vaughn
  • The City of God St. - Augustine
  • Great Political Theories, Vols. 1 & 2 - Michael Curtis
  • The Virtuous Minds - Philip Dow
  • Here I Am (Now What on Earth Should I Be Doing?) - Quentin Schultze

What Courses Will I Be Taking?

GodThe Triune God reveals himself in the created world. The Bible Core at Geneva College seeks to give students confidence in the Bible as God’s written, inerrant, inspired and authoritative special revelation, and ultimately in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. 3 Courses

HumanityHumanity courses explore the purpose of human life which is to glorify and enjoy God as humans in Coram Deo. This requires a knowledge of self in light of one’s knowledge of God building upon the Christian intellectual tradition. 2 Courses

Community of LearnersStudents will gain an understanding of who they are within an institution of higher learning oriented by the Christian faith and structured around the liberal arts ideal. 1 Course

CosmosCosmos courses explore the nature of the physical and biological universe–from galaxies to oceans to human beings. As the creation of God, the universe serves to reveal God’s glory and attributes and is meant to be understood, appreciated, and stewarded by humankind. 3 Courses

SocietyBy nature, humans, made in the image of the Triune God, are social beings. Society courses explore the purpose and contours of human society, enabling students to understand and evaluate its varying forms. 2-3 Courses

Reason & RhetoricRhetoric and Reason courses prepare students for prudent and thoughtful engagement of culture and require facility with languages, written and oral. As individuals created in the image of God, students must learn to listen, speak, read, write and reason with wisdom, care, and integrity. 2 Courses

Cultural EngagementCultural engagement courses build on the other core areas to prepare students to engage in prudent care and responsible participation in culture and civic life. In keeping with the love of Christ and growth in wisdom, students develop an informed, thoughtful, caring, understanding of and approach to culture. 3 Courses

The Geneva College core provides the framework to promote growth in the student’s knowledge, skills, biblical understanding and attitude.

The Core and Your Degree

Every student takes between 43-49 credits in Geneva’s core curriculum this is paired with 48-72 credits in your major area of study and can be combined with additional majors, minors, or elective courses of study.

Key Themes of The Core

Bible Knowledge and Christian Life

Articulate the essential Biblical truths of the Christian faith and discover your calling to participate biblically in relationships, vocation, family, and church


Understand the nature, strengths, weaknesses, and uses of worldviews and apply worldview analyses critically and thoughtfully to every area of life


Learn to communicate clearly, responsibly, and with integrity in written and oral forms, and evaluate the written, oral and artistic communications of others based on the same criteria

Liberal Arts & Critical Thinking

Demonstrate value in developing the lifelong learning skills necessary to critically respond to world-shaping intellectual and artistic works, and complement those skills with lifelong habits that nurture physical, mental and emotional well-being

Cultural Engagement

Develop discernment of both historic and current causes and effects of contemporary cultural issues and participate in civic life with cross-cultural awareness as shaped by the Biblical principles of humility and justice

Discover the synergy between Geneva’s Core Curriculum and your Major Area of Study

  • Explore how Ideas are interconnected – you are not one-dimensional – your education shouldn’t be either.
  • The unity of the core curriculum helps you understand the discord and conflict in society
  • As part of a diverse community of learners studying everything from engineering to communication you are challenged to constructively engage the world’s promise and seek God’s design in all things.

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