About Life of the Mind

The Life of the Mind Program consists of a set of interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core courses involving faculty members committed to the belief that the Liberal Arts Core curriculum should include courses that cross the boundaries of traditional academic program to deal with broad intellectual concerns.

"The Life of the Mind" is the unifying theme of all the courses.  Through these courses students are introduced to the great historical traditions of Western and Oriental thought and to the most provocative ideas of the 20th and 21st century.  The faculty do not present these ideas as accepted truths, but instead faculty and students together explore them as possible answers to the central human questions.  Through this exploration, students come to value the social ethical and spiritual significance of intellectual activity – of the life of the mind.

Every Life of the Mind course is planned by an interdisciplinary team.  Some courses are also team-taught while others are individually taught, but offered by faculty members from several different programs. (For example, MIND 182 may be taught by an Anthropology professor one year and by an English professor the following year.)