Perspectives-Enduring Questions

You'll take courses in the following eight Perspectives-Enduring Questions areas so you can expand the way you understand yourself and the world. Each course examines "enduring questions" (big questions without easy answers) through different perspectives.

  • In Perspectives-Enduring Questions (P-EQ) courses, you will develop your ability to reason effectively, incorporating foundational skills in writing, reading, listening, speaking, and logical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning. You will practice higher-order analysis, integration, and application of arguments and information across the disciplines.
  • P-EQ courses use writing-to-learn strategies and have significant global and cultural content. In each course, you will archive an Enduring Questions Artifact and Reflection.
  • See a list of questions asked in P-EQ classes.
History, Uncommon Core


Study the World in Historical Context

We study history to understand human experience across time, to understand patterns of politics and power, and to view the present in relation to those patterns. History helps to frame your culture and experience in a larger context of time and to help you understand where you fit. You will learn to think critically about the world through analysis of the past.

Literature, Uncommon Core


See the World Differently through Text

Great literature from diverse cultures and identities gives us a lens through which to view the human condition. Literature provides a source of meaning and a way to understand human experience, relationships, power, beauty, and language. You will learn to ask and explore enduring questions through careful reading and analysis.

Math, Uncommon Core


Solve Complex Problems and See Patterns in the World

Mathematics develops your ability to reason logically, organize information, and solve complex problems. Learn how to explore the world through mathematical thinking, what it means to prove something through math, and how to approach problems through mathematical reasoning.

Philosophy, Uncommon Core


Question Everything about the World

Through the tools of philosophers, you will explore enduring questions such as "What is human happiness?" or "What is the meaning of life?" You will learn to use logic to think critically about life, meaning, beauty, freedom, and other elements of your world.

Religious Symbols, Uncommore Core

Religious Studies

Discover How We Ascribe Meaning to the World

Explore the meaning and purpose of life through the distinctive experiences, practices, and beliefs of major world religions. You will learn about the relationship between religion and culture in a global context with a focus on the diversity of human experience and religious practice and belief.

Science, Uncommon Core

Science with Lab

Ask Questions about the Natural World

Through courses in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, nutrition, integrated science, or the science of sound, you will learn how to understand and explore the natural world with the use of scientific methods and reasoning.

Sociology, Uncommon Core

Social Science

Examine People Relating in and to the World

Learn about human cultures across the boundaries of time and space (anthropology), the science of human behavior (psychology), human systems to manage and use resources (economics), forms and function of political systems (political science), or group behavior and social systems (sociology). The various perspectives in the social sciences give you insight into human relationships, systems, and behavior.

Music and Arts, Uncommon Core

Visual/Performing Arts

View the World through the Creative Lens of the Arts

Learn about human creative expression through bodily movement (dance), creative sound and melody (music), writing and performing dramatic scenes (theatre arts), or the communication of meaning through creative two- and three-dimensional forms (visual arts).