As of this semester (well, technically the end of last semester) I am a Communications Major, and I really love it. The things I’m learning in my Communication classes are interesting and applicable and hopefully I will use them for the rest of my life.
I went to Dordt for a whole year, though, before I chose this major. So why exactly did I choose to spend thousands of dollars on Dordt if I didn’t even know what I wanted to study? True, I knew it would provide a quality education no matter what major I chose, but so would many other schools. I guess I came to Dordt for the Core classes.
Even now that I have a major I love my Core classes. Even when I hate my Core classes I love my Core classes. Let's look at some examples. This semester I’m in Core 150 (Biblical Foundations), Core 266 (Economics, Justice, and Christian Stewardship), and Stats 131 (Elementary Statistics; a Core requirement). None of them have anything to do with my major, but all of them have everything to do with my life. Of course I’m not going to “use” knowing how to calculate a z-statistic when I’m out of college, but now I understand better how statistics are calculated, and how I can apply them. Now I’m a little less entirely clueless in a discussion of economics, and I can contribute as a more knowledgeable citizen when I voice my opinions. Where do I even start with Biblical Foundations? Understanding the parallel structure of the flood account to the creation account does affect how I understand the rest of the Bible (also read: how I live my life).
Taking these Core classes has made me a more well-rounded person (is that what they mean by getting a liberal arts education?). I can see God’s sovereign hand in each area of study. So you could say that I came to Dordt to study Core. I did because not only am I given knowledge beyond my major, I am shown where that knowledge fits in the context of Christ’s Kingship, and I am challenged to apply that knowledge to my life as a Christian.