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The IDEAS program brings together undergraduate students from any major who want to learn to think across and between disciplines and who want to make their own liberal arts experience more coherent. Students enter the fellowship as sophomores and may remain throughout their college careers. During their tenure, IDEAS Fellows serve as ambassadors to the broader student body and as catalysts for liberal learning through activities that promote and encourage the four goals of the program:

  1. To understand and implement the core values of a liberal education: independent thinking, self-reflection, and the capacity to understand questions and issues from multiple perspectives;
  2. To learn to think across and between disciplines, to apply an interdisciplinary perspective to the complex problems society faces in the twenty-first century;
  3. To integrate their educational experience into a coherent whole;
  4. To articulate the value of their educational experience and understand how that experience informs all aspects of a fully realized ethical, personal, professional, and civic life.

Each week, the fellows come together over lunch with faculty advisers and invited guests to reimagine the liberal arts experience. Lunches may be devoted to community-building activities or planning activities. Often the lunches serve as a venue to discuss important issues that arise on campus or in the world. In all cases, students and faculty work together to create a community of shared values, responsibility, and respect.

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