The Neighborhoods


The neighborhoods

The neighborhoods empower students to meet the demands of the 21st century by linking courses across a unifying theme. Students take courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences and learn how to apply these approaches to different dimensions of that central theme. From this foundation, students graduate ready to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

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Innovate, Create, Elevate

The future. What does it hold for us? The Innovate, Create, Elevate neighborhood invites you to develop your creative skills and build the world of tomorrow. Our courses investigate innovation and creativity across the centuries in all their forms, including science, philosophy, art, and entrepreneurship. Students in our neighborhood live and work as creative citizens, bringing positive changes to their global and local communities. Join us as we test boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of living in a rapidly changing world.
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Identities: Mirrors and Windows

Who do you see when you look in the “mirror”? How does your self-image relate to the view beyond your own “window”? As the title of our neighborhood suggests, the study of identity is fundamentally the study of context.  In IMW, we will examine the communities and networks that shape the ways that we exist in and interact with the world around us. As we analyze these intersections between self and community, we will come to understand how people of diverse backgrounds impact, and are impacted by, the larger social, cultural, natural, and physical networks of which we all are a part.  What you learn in our neighborhood will ultimately empower you to take meaningful and responsible action as citizens of the world – a goal that is central to our College’s overarching mission.
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Mysteries and Marvels

Jack the Ripper, climate change, Bigfoot, crime scenes, suicide bombers, peace building, pirates, the Third Reich, American politics, and one hit wonders: If you are drawn to big questions that do not have simple answers, Mysteries and Marvels is the neighborhood for you. As we find comfort in what we hold to be true, we remain fascinated by that which eludes us. This neighborhood invites students to explore what we may not know about our world, our community, our friends and families, and ourselves. Through a diverse array of courses, students will examine all kinds of mysteries— ranging from artistic marvels and scientific wonders to political and cultural blind spots—in order to acquire the skills necessary to unlock the enduring mysteries of the universe… or at least of contemporary college life.
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When Cultures Collide

This neighborhood encourages students to examine the scientific, artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic dimensions of our evolving world. Students in this neighborhood are challenged to think strategically and act ethically in their roles.  They develop the capacity to analyze issues with multiple complexities and develop nuanced perspectives.  Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in religion, music, and philosophy; the effects of globalization on humanity and the natural world; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from societal, and natural migrations around the world.
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