The College curriculum provides students with an academic framework for becoming an educated and successful citizen of the 21st century.

By taking courses in a variety of disciplines (Sectors of Knowledge) and incorporating a range of skill sets (Foundational Approaches), students are prepared to engage in complex thinking and to develop an area of specialization (the major). This combination of depth and breadth of study is the hallmark of Penn's liberal arts education.

The curriculum's framework provides students with a structure for customizing their education in the liberal arts. With help from academic advisors, students will select from a variety of courses to fulfill each element of the curriculum, including the free electives, and may choose to expand their academic experience beyond the classroom through options like research or study abroad.