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Constellation LVC Core Curriculum

Develop skills to move forward in your career and make a difference in the world. 

Through our Constellation LVC core curriculum, you’ll take a personalized and practical sequence of courses and experiences through which you’ll gain the transferable skills employers want most: critical thinking, written communication, intercultural competence, quantitative reasoning, applied knowledge, and the ability to solve complex problems by approaching them from multiple perspectives.

Learning outside of the classroom is a key element of the LVC approach to education. You’ll complete your degree prepared to demonstrate the value you can bring to your employers and communities as you move forward in life.

Constellation LVC features six components that allow you to develop and refine your skills throughout your years at The Valley.

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First-Year Experiences

Participate in small, seminar-style classes on topics of your choice, and gain a foundation in the core skills essential to your success. Bond with your classmates and mentors.

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Formative Experiences

Develop the specific skills necessary for success in the 21st century intercultural competence, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking through writing, analytical writing, and knowledge of a second language.

Connective Experience

Explore a topic reflecting your interests from the perspectives of the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Integrate those three perspectives to consider why broad knowledge is necessary to solve the world’s most complex problems.

Immersive Experiences

Apply your learning in a real-world context, whether through an internship, directing a play, leading a service trip, writing a book, or conducting research alongside a faculty member.

Integrative Experience

Complete an interdisciplinary project that reflects your passions. Reflect on your Constellation journey and prepare to articulate your skills and experience for the next step after LVC, whether that’s graduate school or the first job in your career.