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Building the Intentional UniversityMinerva and the Future of Higher Education$
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Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037150

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.001.0001

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A New Look at Majors and Concentrations

A New Look at Majors and Concentrations

(p.121) 9 A New Look at Majors and Concentrations
Building the Intentional University

Vicki Chandler

Stephen M. Kosslyn

James Genone

The MIT Press

In most universities, majors are determined largely by tradition. The main engine for change is new interdisciplinary fields that emerge in research, which subsequently may be converted to fields of study. At Minerva, we start from scratch, building a highly structured, flexible curriculum that enables students to obtain interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and transdisciplinary training that is on the cutting-edge of knowledge. However, we treat these fields as sources of practical knowledge and treat them primarily as good starting points, not ends in-and-of-themselves. We assume that these fields will continue to evolve and aim to give students the intellectual foundations to adapt to the future.

Keywords:   interdisciplinary education, structured curriculum, intellectual foundations, majors and minors, breadth versus depth

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