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Program Goals

Hutchins is committed to seminar-based teaching with an emphasis on writing, critical thinking and self-expression. We aim to create lifelong learners who will successfully contribute to the greater social good. The Hutchins pedagogy focuses on:

  •  Showing students how to participate in and become motivated to pursue their own learning
  •  Using small seminar-based courses to foster discussion, critical thinking, and analysis
  •  Providing strong background and practice in multiple forms of writing
  •  Providing a viable learning community among students and faculty
  •  Organizing learning around broad interdisciplinary themes rather than narrow disciplinary focus
  •  Integrating independent learning and community service into the curricula

In order to achieve these goals, we have established the following Student Learning Outcomes that are introduced, developed, and assessed in the core Hutchins curriculum:

Interdisciplinarity: Identify and Draw on Multiple Disciplines

Students have the ability to analyze multiple disciplines in a way that is purposeful, nuanced, and respectful. They integrate different disciplinary and epistemological ways of knowing.

Seminar Skills: Participation and Facilitation

Students demonstrate substantial evidence of participation or facilitation within seminars. They consistently participate within seminars and show expertise facilitating discussion with multiple peers.

Equity and Social Justice: Understanding of Systemic Inequality

Students can integrate numerous perspectives on systemic inequality both in the United States and worldwide. They are able to discuss solutions to address equity and social justice and makes the connections to broader concepts, processes, and theories.

Critical Thinking, Metacognition, and Analysis: Addressing Multiple Viewpoints

Students can address and analyze multiple conflicting ideas. Their analysis of conflicting viewpoints is thoughtful, accurate, and precise. They acknowledge and reflect on the different knowledge systems and epistemologies in society.