Letter from the CORE Director

Greetings from the University Core Director

Our Core Curriculum is a four-year program of study completed by all Gonzaga students. With the skills gained through courses in understanding and creating, being and becoming, caring and doing, and imagining the possible, students probe the depths of their own capabilities not only to experience their own perception of the world and its provocative ideas, but to develop empathy for others’ views and practice mature, thoughtful responses to ideas they find challenging.

A Core curriculum housed in the context of a liberal arts in the Jesuit tradition offers, in my view, the most complete environment for developing courageous individuals in any major who are ready to take on any career.

Each member of the Gonzaga community is invited to experience our collective commitment to a vibrant, academically and spiritually rigorous and foundational experience for our incredible, talented students.

- Dr.Emily Clark

About Dr. Emily Clark:

Dr Clark teaches courses about religion in the Americas. Her classes address the complexity of religion and culture in the Americas. Her award-winning first book, A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), explores the racial and religious politics of talking to the dead. Her current book project, Spiritual Matters from the Rochester Rappings to the Ouija Board, examines American Spiritualism and material culture and is under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press. She is also the co-editor of Race and New Religious Movements in the USA: A Documentary Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019, with Brad Stoddard) and co-editor of Digital Humanities and Material Religion: An Introduction (De Gruyter, 2022, with Rachel Lindsey).