Pathways in the Marist Core
What is a Pathway?
Recognizing that today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges are not confined to separate academic subject
areas, the Marist Core engages you in a four-course interdisciplinary Pathway. This set of courses
addresses a focused question or area of study from at least three disciplinary perspectives.
Language study is particularly crucial in today’s global community. Students may pursue proficiency
through a Pathway in French, Spanish, or Italian, or take language courses as part of Pathways engaging
with a particular culture.
All students must select their Pathway by the end of the first year of study. Even as it fulfills requirements
in the Marist Core, this "bundle" of courses can help you explore a new area of interest and even begin working
toward a potential minor or second major. A Biology major might decide that competency in Spanish would be
an important asset and choose a Pathway in Spanish or Latin American & Caribbean Studies. An Accounting
major with an interest in international business might opt for a Pathway involving cross-cultural analysis, such
as Global Studies, Contemporary European Studies, or African Diaspora Studies. Courses taken in Pathways
can count toward minors or second majors in a wide variety of areas.
Whichever Pathway you choose, its courses may help you pursue a minor, a second major, or any subject that
will enrich your academic experience as a whole. Use your Pathway as an opportunity to explore new ground!
Pathway Topics--complete list
Ready to declare your Pathway?
Other advising resources:
- Breadth and Pathway designations for Fall 2016 Honors and special-topics courses
- "Choosing Your Pathway" handout