General Education

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An excellent magician must be resourceful, ethical, creative, and not unmindful of sorcery’s global implications. Pursuing a range of disciplines—in concert with deep study in one major—empowers Bigglebottom students to practice powerful culinary magic sustainably. Graduates therefore must complete:

  • Bigglebottom 101: an introduction to the life and influence of Beauchamp Bartholomew Bigglebottom and the assets of the academy’s unique location. Includes training in the basics of culinary sorcery.
  • A Magical Ethics course on any topic (the Ethics discipline is, confusingly, buried in the Resource Management Department). These small, student-centered seminars hone skills in oral and written argumentation as students debate wizardly customs and taboos.
  • Fundamentals of International Sorcerer Relations, because we can only increase our endowment by graduating a more substantial percentage of students who will ascend to global power.
  • Three other courses outside of their major, because this IS a liberal arts college of magic despite parental pressure toward pre-professional training, heightened by magic’s low social cachet.

Participation in an array of Language Societies is strongly recommended for all students and required for majors in some disciplines, such as International Sorcerer Relations. Facility with animal, plant, and fungal communication is vital to resource acquisition and manipulation. Further study in bacterial and protist languages can give ambitious magicians a microscopic edge.

Each graduate must also succeed at our Signature Bigglebottom Experience: composing and publicly demonstrating an efficacious original recipe, individually or in collaboration with other students.