Integrative Pathways

Students will have the option of enrolling in an Integrative Pathway. Designed and implemented by interdisciplinary groups of faculty members, Pathways offer students an opportunity to achieve academic integration within a broad intellectual framework. Every Pathway is organized around a central theme, in relation to which students will consider an animating question that provides a focus for their work.

Each Integrative Pathway consists of four principal components:

  • Thematic Inquiry: Every student must take a designated course that presents the theme and provides an overview of the Pathway.
  • Curricular Itinerary: These three courses, taken in a variety of departments and disciplines, allow students to explore the theme of the Pathway in light of their animating questions. (See the links below to specific Pathways for a list of possible Curricular Itinerary courses.)
  • Global/Local Engagement: Each Pathway requires students to pursue purposeful engagement in a local or international context, such as study away, an internship, or community-based learning.
  • Senior Reflection: Each Pathway provides an opportunity during the fall of the senior year for students to reflect on the different elements of their Pathway, in the context of their overall undergraduate experience. This component is connected to an All-College Symposium, at which students will share their responses to their animating questions with the wider College community.

While many Integrative Pathways are still under development, the following Pathways have been approved by the faculty:

A certificate from one of the College’s academic centers will be considered equivalent to the completion of an Integrative Pathway:

Students obtaining a center certificate will still be expected to complete courses in four Modes of Inquiry, taken in different departments.