There are times that special academic programs are developed that transcend the typical major/minor/liberal arts and sciences requirements. Sometimes these programs go beyond the academic realm to shape the university as a whole.
Such programs at Bluffton include:
- Civic Engagement Theme: An overarching theme is chosen to be woven into academic presentations, student-life activities and more throughout the coming year. Previous themes have included environmental stewardship, public health, immigration and poverty.
- Study abroad: All Bluffton students have the opportunity to study abroad either for a short-term or semester-long experience. Locations include, but are not limited to, Northern Ireland, Trinidad, China, Italy, Botswana and Israel.
- Discernment grants: Funds are available for students to explore their interests through research projects and experiences.
- Honors program: Academically talented students enroll in honors courses that enable in-depth study. In these courses, students apply what they are learning through service experiences.
- Lifelong learning: Classes for retired individuals are available through the Institute for Learning in Retirement. No tests or homework required, these classes provide individuals the chance to learn about a wide variety of topics.
Juniors and seniors with a GPA of at least 3.3 may be recommended by faculty and invited to apply for membership. Members may serve as a professor's assistant, attend seminars and special field trips. more info >>>
Through the Washington Community Scholars Center, students will explore the city, analyze current issues, take classes and gain experience through a 20-hour per week internship. more info >>>
Campus members will explore the opportunities and challenges posed by constantly-evolving technologies through the Civic Engagement Theme of Virtual Living: Technology's Impact on Culture and Learning. more info >>>