The goal of the Hutchins Program is to challenge students to launch extraordinary lives. We do this by providing exceptional classes, advising, and enrichment opportunities to academically talented undergraduates at Sonoma State University. From convocation to commencement, we strive to foster a transformational community of critical thinkers.
The Hutchins Program is an inclusive community of engaged learners, working together to expand knowledge and put it into action for the common good. We strive to equip our students with the creativity, adaptability, and understanding required to thrive in an interconnected world.
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.