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Discover Lesley’s engaging general education curriculum: the CommonLynx

The CommonLynx provides you with the skills and knowledge to excel in your career and address pressing issues in the world, such as social justice and environmental sustainability. Collaborating across disciplines, faculty started with the end in mind (referred to as “outcomes”) to design learning experiences that set you up for success in the 21st century.

Description of gen ed pathway

The CommonLynx: a path to your unique degree plan.

Through the CommonLynx, you can get creative and choose courses based on learning outcomes and your goals, rather than simply checking boxes in each subject area. The new curriculum integrates coursework in the arts and design with numerous liberal arts and science majors, including psychology and applied therapies, education, business, social work, the sciences—for greater collaboration and opportunity to pursue a degree plan and career path that is uniquely yours.


  • Foundational Outcomes

    In your first year, you will take innovative courses that introduce the first four foundational skills—collaboration, analysis, quantitative reasoning, and communication. These skills will provide you the bedrock to support your work at Lesley and beyond.


    You will take unique courses to explore critical issues and develop skills to work collaboratively with your peers, such as:

    • Art and Social Justice
    • Thinking Outside the Bubble
    • Romantic Relationships
    • Prison Stories
    • Doing Good and Looking Good
    • Image in Context


    You’ll take a course that enhances your skills to critically examine media, literature, and visual images.

    Quantitative Reasoning

    You’ll take courses that sharpen your skills in using numbers to analyze and solve real world problems.


    You’ll take a course that inspires powerful expression.

  • Perspective Outcomes & Inquiry Methods

    The main part of The CommonLynx curriculum is arranged around these next five outcomes. By looking at issues from multiple viewpoints, you gain new perspectives for improved solutions. Faculty encourage students to pursue their areas of interest and explore critical issues and different ways of problem solving to promote a more just and sustainable future.

    Create, Perform & Design

    Sample courses:

    • Art and Craft of Screenwriting
    • Swing Dance
    • Figure Painting
    • Principles of Art Therapy

    Human Relationships to the Natural World

    Sample courses:

    • Why nature?
    • Environmental Politics and Policy
    • History of Science
    • Astronomy
    • Environmental Sustainability

    Local & Global Connections

    Sample courses:

    • Comparative, International, and Alternative Medicine
    • World Mythology
    • Art Across Borders
    • Children in Global Perspective
    • Anime: Roots to Modern Day

    Examining Power & Inequity

    Sample courses:

    • Young Adult Literature
    • African American History
    • Tech-Disaster Films
    • Challenging Racism
    • Cross-cultural Psychology
    • Gender, Race, and Animation

    Ethical Reasoning, Social Action, & Civic Engagement

    Sample courses:

    • Activism and Change
    • Embracing Diversity in Classroom Communities
    • Disability Studies
    • Postcolonial History and Literature
  • The Applications Course

    The capstone of The CommonLynx is one of our newly designed Applications courses. In these problem-based, transdisciplinary courses, you will engage with others and reflect on your learning through exciting community projects and real issues facing today's world.

    Sample courses:

    • Urban Ecological Gardening
    • Active Hope
    • Politics and Climate Change
    • Children's Literature, Mindfulness, and Human Development
    • Public Space and the Politics of Representation
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The redesign of Lesley’s general education was supported by a grant received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.