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Why College? Imagining Your Education

“Why College?” will prompt you to explore how you imagine your college education. We will discuss the history, practice, and the reasoning behind college education by putting canonical texts in conversation with contemporary works in many areas of study— STEM, arts, humanities, and the social sciences. We will discuss the ways in which these areas of study relate to your future careers and your life more generally. You will contemplate on your life path, question how and why you make decisions, and practice constructing arguments for your viewpoints, while respecting the views of others. This course will be a collective and collaborative process—an attempt to discover the purpose of education through class discussions and group activities.  Our focus is not so much on the answers, but on the questions: What kind of education do you imagine for yourself? How does that imagination relate to what kind of life you want to live? Join us to explore what others have said about these big questions and begin to answer these questions for yourself.

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Session Two
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live online class during this window of time. The third hour is used for online office hours. Students will be admitted to and attend just one course section and time. The exact course time and office hour schedule will be set closer to the start of the program. In addition to the live meeting times, students complete out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.