A sign of our modern times has been specialization to the highest degree, an approach to learning that is both valuable and necessary; still, this specialization often yields an unwanted side effect: fragmentation of knowledge.

Put your knowledge to practice.  

How do your courses and their various disciplines connect to one another? First Year Experience Big History, an ambitious program developed by Dominican faculty and unique to our institution, has an immense narrative arc that serves as a scaffold for all knowledge acquired here and beyond. And, once that foundation is in place, the Colloquium Program allows in-depth, creative, and interdisciplinary exploration of a theme or topic. Here you put your knowledge to practice.

Each colloquium consists of two upper-division courses taught together in the same semester. Two faculty members from different disciplines develop and integrate their colloquium courses around a shared theme. The theme of every colloquium addresses issues of human and universal concern in an integrative manner and has a distinct relevance for your life in the 21st century. All colloquium courses employ active learning strategies, with many also incorporating experiential learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Colloquia are anchored in the four LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes articulated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, while emphasizing response to Essential Learning Outcomes 3 and 4. The specific Colloquium Program Student Learning Outcomes are stated below.

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. apply an integrative colloquium idea to large social contexts to deepen understanding of diverse communities and real-world challenges;
  2. evaluate a colloquium idea critically, as evidenced by a sophisticated thesis argued within a logically and coherently organized essay crafted through a process of drafting, revising, and editing;
  3. formulate research questions, utilize proper research methods, integrate evidence appropriately and effectively, provide incisive explanations, and document sources in the appropriate style, MLA, APA, or CMS.