Crossroads

Leonardo Da Vinci Viruvian Man

Learning . . . Living . . . Exploring

The Crossroads Learning Community is for first-year students who have an interest in both the humanities and science. Students in the community are enrolled in a designated section of the ACS  humanities seminar. The goal of the Crossroads Learning Community is to engage the perspectives of both the sciences and the humanities as we take part in a collaborative interdisciplinary inquiry into enduring and fundamental questions. Since the guiding question of the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is “Who am I?,” the unique slant of our team-taught section invites questions like the following:

  • What is our origin and what is our destination?
  • Is there a purpose to life and to the universe?
  • What kind of a thing is a human being?
  • Does an understanding of the natural world provide insight into human purpose and ethical conduct? 
  • How do philosophical ideas and culture relate to scientific facts and discoveries?

In ACS Crossroads, we will explore such questions through conversations that engage both philosophical and scientific ideas and thinking. Class activities will include lectures by visiting faculty on course related topics, as well as field trips to Philadelphia theaters and museums. 

The Crossroads Learning Community does NOT include a living community, that is, students will live across campus rather than in a designated residence hall. The community does not include an additional credit hour but is based solely on the ACS experience, which is a 3-credit course each semester fulfilling a core curriculum requirement.  

Space is limited, so, to sign-up for Crossroads Learning Community, indicate your interest when you complete the Housing Contract in May.

 

Being in Crossroads means ...

Professors who are committed to learning in and out of class

Dynamic weekly conversations with your classmates about issues that matter

Community within Crossroads ... strong friendships that last a lifetime

Connections to faculty, administrators, Junior or Senior students, campus life, and your own classmates

Explore Crossroads ...  engage both philosophical and scientific ideas and thinking

Nurture your passion for music, performance, or literature

Look at the world through the eyes of culture through the ages

About the Community

Students selected will live across campus rather than in a designated residence hall.  Crossroads does not include an additional credit hour but is based solely on the ACS experience, which is a 3-credit course each semester fulfilling a core curriculum requirement.