Within the undergraduate core curriculum, there are a number of interdisciplinary classes that all students take during their course of study. These core courses are designed to link the curriculum/co-curriculum to the values and mission of the University. Many of the courses in the core curriculum are team-taught, providing an interdisciplinary approach to the readings, lectures, and class discussions. Class assignments involve students in community-based learning that links the academic material with social action. In the core curriculum, students develop competencies in writing, oral communication, computer skills, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking. See the Course Descriptions section for a listing of Interdisciplinary (IDS) courses.