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Liberal Learning

At Christopher Newport University, our approach to the liberal arts and sciences is unique and not available at any other public college or university in America. In fact, we earned a perfect “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for the strength of our curriculum in What Will They Learn? ACTA’s study of 1,098 colleges and universities.

We require the seven subjects deemed essential to a quality education:

  • Literature
  • Composition
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign language
  • Science
  • American history/government

This comprehensive program of study develops students’ capacities of empowerment, knowledge and responsibility. All coursework at CNU – whether in the Liberal Learning Core, in the major fields, or in electives or courses taken for a minor, seeks to introduce, reinforce and advance student aptitude in these primary capacities.


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