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Message from the Director

SciglitanoHello and Welcome to the University Core at Seton Hall University.

Rooted in the Catholic tradition, we draw upon the resources of that tradition as we engage people of all faiths, cultural and religious traditions as well as those without faith. Our Catholic commitment to the dignity and freedom of the human person means that we seek to educate the whole person, body, mind and spirit.

The Core is a central place where this integrative education takes place. Certainly your chosen major program is essential to your learning and to your life. Yet at Seton Hall we believe that engaging the big questions of life, such as the best way to live a life, the nature of justice, the ordering of our cares and loves, how to respond to suffering, what kinds of community are genuinely good, the difference between reality and appearance, the relation between science and religious belief, etc. are questions all human beings must address. We look to foster a community of lively, passionate and intelligent discussion in the Core on these kinds of issues.

In a way, the great novelist, Marilynne Robinson, sums up our desire in the Core perfectly: "I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it." We hope that you too will see your Core courses as a way to passionately argue over "what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do."

With best wishes for your Seton Hall journey and beyond,

Anthony C. Sciglitano, Jr.
Director, University Core Curriculum

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