Liberal Learning at CNU

Christopher Newport University involves students in a rich, multifaceted tradition of intellectual exploration grounded in the common principles of liberal learning.  The program of study develops students' capacities of empowerment, knowledge and responsibility.  All coursework at CNU -- whether in the Liberal Learning Core, in the major, or in elective courses or courses in a minor -- seeks to introduce, reinforce, and advance student aptitude in these primary capacities.

  • Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
  • Intellectual and Practical Skills
  • Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Integrative Learning

The Liberal Learning Council has developed Goals for Liberal Learning to help faculty, students and parents better understand the principles of the liberal learning curriculum.

CNU students begin their academic careers by taking courses in the Liberal Learning Core Curriculum.  The Liberal Learning Core Curriculum consists of:

Liberal Learning Foundations

Liberal Learning Areas of Inquiry