In addition to completing a major course of studies to prepare for a career, Bluffton students also prepare for lifelong learning by completing an integrated general education program. This core program begins with First Year Seminar, a course to guide students' exploration of individual identity, and concludes with a Senior Capstone course, which addresses our role as global citizens.
In between, students develop skills in writing and reasoning, and study the world
around them in interdisciplinary courses in the arts, natural science, social science,
humanities and religion. They then cross boundaries into a culture different from
their own by participating in a cross-cultural learning experience. This program is
designed to provide a basis for success in the 21st century.
>>>General education course descriptions
Sharing the knowledge
Bluffton's mission statement reminds us that Bluffton prepares students "for live as well as vocation." One of the ways our students prepare for life is by actively making connections between coursework from across the curriculum.
Students integrate that learning by sharing it. Examples of recent integrated student learning include:
- "Behind the Scenes of the May Day Musical" podcast produced for The Wit.
- "DEMO: A Theatrical Exploration of Trauma in Adolescence" two-act play created as a departmental honors project in education and theatre.
- "Social Media and Conflict: Eradicating Online Drama through Compassion and Peacemaking" winning speech from the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest
- "Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal" charter issue published with a team of students serving as editorial associates. "Undergrounds," an original "Best of Bluffton" short fiction, is included in this national publication.
- First Tuesday Forums with presentations given by Bluffton students, including "Sticky Geckos: My Research Experience Studying Gecko Adhesion"
- Campus wellness fair presentation and dietetics Lunch and Learn series
- Celebrate the Library research fair