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The Jesse Macy House at 1205 Park Street opened in spring 2008— a newly renovated home for many of the College's distinguished programs. The house brings together programs that regularly enrich the lives of Grinnellians by bringing special speakers and performers to campus,...

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Caleb Neubauer '13 created a three-part short film installation as the culmination of his Grinnell-sponsored travels to China. He talks about how he finds inspiration, being mentored by art professor Lee Running, and coming into his own as an artist. Meet Grinnell in a minute...
"Grinnell put us together. This is the meeting place," says Serbian Kristina Duric '13. She and Californian Cynthia Amezcua '14 talk about international friendships, the global Grinnell family, and living abroad. Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our...
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...

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At the center of a Grinnell education is intensive mentoring of students by the faculty. This mentoring begins in the First-Year Tutorial, the only required course at Grinnell College. While faculty members from all academic departments teach the tutorial and their topics vary...
About Claire Forrest ’13 Claire Forrest ’13, originally from Minneapolis, Minn., earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. Claire has cerebral palsy, and used a motorized scooter and manual wheelchair to navigate the campus. While at Grinnell, Claire was a 4-year member of...
The Grinnell Science Project is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences -- students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics and...
About Jennifer Jen Brooks ’15, who is originally from Atlanta, Ga., graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology. Jen was the third Grinnell student in recent years who used a wheelchair. She also needed full-time personal care attendant (PCA) services and a communication aid...
In a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), you’ll work closely with a faculty member on a research or creative project that integrates the knowledge and skills you’ve gained at Grinnell. Many MAPs result in papers, presentations, performances, and exhibits that share the results of...
About Merlin Mathews ’17 Merlin Mathews ’17 will be graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and gender, women's, and sexuality studies. Merlin is neurodivergent and chronically and mentally ill. He writes about the variety of accommodations he has received and...
REPORT OF A COMPREHENSIVEEVALUATION VISIT TO GRINNELL COLLEGEGrinnell, Iowa November 16-18, 1998 for theCommission on Institutions of Higher Education of theNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools EVALUATION TEAM James W. Lyons, Ph.D., University Dean Emeritus of...
Nearly 60 percent of Grinnell students spend a semester or year on a wide range of carefully selected offcampus study programs in the U.S. and abroad. Whatever your interests, you can broaden and deepen your education by using Grinnell as your portal to the world. Grinnell...
What's it like to be a student with a disability at Grinnell? Three of our recent graduates tell their stories, talking about why they choose Grinnell, what it's like being a student with a disability here — both in and out of the classroom — and how they handled things like...
Grinnell College gives students a great deal of freedom to build the college experience they want. Patrick Comparin ’12, Claire Forrest ’13, Jennifer Brooks ’15, and Maddie O’Meara ’17 — Grinnellians with disabilities — offer tips for new students on how to get the most out of...
*/ Live, learn, work and explore in the center of U.S. politics and domestic policy.  Experience Washington D.C. as an extension of your classroom with a Grinnell learning community – living and learning together with other Grinnell College students, faculty and alumni. Intern...

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Ready to dig deeper into a burgeoning interest? Grinnell will give you the tools. ... through courses For Lilianna Bagnoli ’15, the topic she wanted to dig into was international development. Her First-Year Tutorial about corporations and their role in developing countries got...
Are you interested in learning more about a healthy, active lifestyle and about rehabilitation? Two free public talks on the research and practice of movement science, with a specific focus on physical therapy, are part of the Inaugural Meeting of the Pre-Physical Therapy...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Amar Sarkar '12 If you come to Grinnell, there are some classes that current students recommend strongly. If you join our ranks, you’ll write your own top 10 classes list. Here, in no particular order, are mine: Calculus i and ii. Calculus relates to...
Grinnell College faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to attend the College's 2015 Faculty Named Chair Installation Ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. The event will take place in Herrick Chapel. This celebration provides a unique opportunity to honor...
The January 29th deadline is fast approaching for submissions to the 2016 SCMS Undergraduate Conference, to be held April 14-17 on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the intellectual and social exchange that...
*/ Studying is hard, especially when you’re just getting used to college classes or transitioning from introductory courses to higher-level studies. But it doesn’t have to be so hard that you feel like you’re not getting anywhere! Read on to learn tried and true techniques for...
Grinnell College students will have the chance to question a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist during the opening of “A Century of War: 1914 and Beyond.” Chris Hedges spent two decades as a war correspondent, most of them with the New York Times. On Sept. 16, he will Head a...
Vincent Sherry will present a free public lecture, “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Sherry will consider the fate of “sacrifice” as a category of value in the political, military, and...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
Grinnell College will host "A Conversation about the Iowa Caucuses with E.J. Dionne Jr. and David Shribman" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights is sponsoring...
For the past decade, Grinnell College has prioritized environmental sustainability, which is itself a social justice issue, in both constructing new buildings and maintaining century-old ones. Building a Sustainable Campus The Conard Environmental Research Area’s Environmental...
Dear Grinnell, Could you explain to me how I became a college senior? I understand that classes were involved and the passage of time and a whole bunch of homework, but what happened? And now it’s my last year and in eight short months, I will be released into the world to...
Sociology professor Matthew Hughey of the University of Connecticut will deliver a lecture on Monday, Nov. 30, about how media coverage of athletics perpetuates the myth of "black brawn vs. white brains." The free, public lecture, titled "A Level Playing Field? Zombie Theories...
Grinnell College student Conard Lee ’16, a biology major, was one of 24 undergraduates from top colleges and universities nationwide and abroad who sailed the high seas this spring to tackle one of the most prominent scientific challenges of their generation: global climate...
*/ Jennifer Worley, associate professor of English, women's studies, and LGBT studies at City College of San Francisco, will present two events at Grinnell College. Screening and Talk — Sex On Wheels:  A Secret History of Sex Workers 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, Rosenfield Center...
Plan on attending this free workshop! Wednesday, September 16 noon - 1 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 209  
The inaugural Associated Colleges of the Midwest Student Film Conference and Festival will be held April 1-3 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. The event showcases work from student filmmakers, screenwriters, and scholars from ACM affiliated campuses, including Grinnell...
Author and human rights activist Richard E. Lapchick — often described as the "racial conscience of sport" — will discuss “Addressing Socioeconomic Diversity: The Power of Sport to Heal” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Harris Center Cinema. Lapchick is a pioneer for racial...
In 2005, Luna Ranjit ’00 co-founded Adhikaar, a non-profit organization dedicated to human rights and social justice issues faced by more than 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City. She knew the depth and range of needs of the Nepali people long before the devastating April...
Professor Stephanie W. Jamison will present "Adulterous Woman to Be Eaten by Dogs: Women and Law in Ancient India" at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in ARH Room 102. Jamison will introduce the textual sources for women and law in ancient India and suggest some ways in which they...
I traveled to Nanjing, China, during spring break 2008 — for the first time as a member of the Russian department. The previous three times had been in my former capacity as director of the Center for International Studies, where one of my charges was to coordinate and...
Professor Dhananjay Singh, of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, will present "Ancient Indian Theatre Traditions and their Representation in Contemporary Bollywood" at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Lawson Lecture Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Room 152. In a...
Students in professor J. Montgomery Roper’s Practicing Anthropology class took their studies to the community in the fall semester, performing studies on behalf of local organizations. They used surveys, interviews with local experts, focus groups, archival research, and hours...
Huiping Pang, professor of art history at the University of Iowa, will give a talk using Chinese art as historical documents to investigate the legal history and imperial violence of the Ming imperial era. The free, public lecture starts at 4 p.m. Nov. 20, in Alumni Recitation...
Award-winning poet and playwright Dan O’Brien will be in residence March 1–7 and April 16–19, sponsored by Writers@Grinnell and Artists@Grinnell. O’Brien is giving a free public works in progress talk about his creative process at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Faulconer...
“One of the most important things for Grinnell students is to get past the idea that adults are completely independent,” says Joyce Stern ’91, dean for student success and academic advising. “Adults are constantly consulting each other when they run into a challenge.” While this...
Since Anna-Lisa Bowans ’12 graduated from Grinnell, she: spent a year in Bangalore, India, on a social enterprise fellowship worked for a for-profit, social enterprise company in Berkeley, Calif., and recently moved into the tech industry “The biggest skills that I got out of...
  Congratulations to all of this year’s winners of national scholarships, fellowships and grants! Grinnellians secured three Watson fellowships, a Davis Project for Peace award, two Barry Goldwater scholarships, and seven Fulbright grants, for a total of 13 awards. These winners...
Journalist and author Michael Erard will present a free public talk on “Finding the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners (and Other Stories)” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 102. Erard says his second book, Babel No More: The Search...
Ever wonder about handling the rigors of both academics and athletics at Grinnell? Fully one third of Grinnell’s student body participates in varsity athletics. And while many Grinnell students achieve big things in sports (search Jack Taylor 138), all Grinnell student athletes...
The Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), which features works in the creative arts by students at Grinnell College, will open with a reception at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. BAX is an exhibition of works by advanced art...
*/ Grinnell College will host a national conference June 19-20 that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and to develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The conference includes four free, public keynote talks in Noyce Science Center,...
Rebecca Rasmussen ’16 and Edward Hsieh ’16 helped find what turned out to be the largest super colony of ants ever recorded in North America. By large, we mean all the way from Iowa to the Appalachian Mountains. Those Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) in summer 2014 earned them...
Two Grinnell students recently won awards for research presentations at the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) annual meeting in Des Moines. IPS provides networking opportunities for physiologists in applied research and teaching. “The IPS experience gives the students an...
Off-campus study (OCS) is a major part of the Grinnell experience, in part because so many students — nearly 60 percent — spend at least one semester away from campus. That was one of the reasons Florian Perret ’15 chose Grinnell. “I have this wanderlust,” he says. “I wanted to...
Grinnell College will hold a Campaign Finance Symposium on Feb. 9-11 to investigate the role of money in politics and propose potential solutions from different perspectives, including campaign finance scholars, journalists, professors, lawyers, and activists. The symposium,...
*/ The Rosenfield Program is bringing experts from across the political spectrum and from different professions to speak at a series of free public events leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. "Iowa is a politically impactful state and the Iowa caucuses are an important part of...
Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in Steiner Hall 305 with Prof. Paul Hutchison.
Pi Day is upon us! It is always held on March 14, since Pi starts with 3.14. The latest video from Professor Marc Chamberland's youtube channel, Tipping Point Math, asks "How Many Digits of Pi are Useful?" With trillions of digits crunched out by supercomputers, one wonders...
Jessi L. Smith, a noted expert on social psychology, will deliver the Scholars' Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 1, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public with a free pizza lunch provided. Smith, a professor of psychology at...
Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, will lecture on the topic of his new book China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa. The free public...
Are you ready to shape your own learning? The individually advised curriculum at Grinnell College puts you in charge. There’s only one required course outside of your major, the First-Year Tutorial. So each semester you’ll have 16­–18 credits for exploring the academic world....
Jonathan Rose will deliver a Scholars' Convocation on "Churchill: The Politician as Playwright" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Although he was known chiefly as a politician and wartime leader, Churchill was also a best-selling author,...
Liz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change, and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris Nov...
Janet Schlapkohl, author and performer of “Coming of Age in Chore Boots,” will read from her play and discuss the experiences of women during the 1980s farm crisis when she visits Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 18. “Chore Boots – Women Experienced the Farm Crisis of 1980”...
Join the Rosenfield Program to celebrate Constitution Day by discussing excerpts from the new book The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic by Yale Law professor Akhil Reed Amar. With Professor Sarah Purcell leading the discussion, we'll discuss chapters...
Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas, co-authored by Associate Professor of Sociology David Cook-Martín, has won several national awards. Cook-Martín wrote the book with David FitzGerald, associate professor of sociology at the...
"Current Styles in African Illustration" highlights a diverse selection of some of the best talents in children's illustration in Africa. The Burling Gallery exhibition, on display Oct. 26 through Dec. 18, showcases current and distinctive styles coming from various regions on...
Dr. Dale L. Boger, Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute will present a free, public talk, “Discovery of a New Therapeutic Target in an Academic Setting” at noon Thursday, Nov. 12, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. In this general talk, he will discuss...
Joanna Bourke, professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London, will present “Designed to Kill: The Science and Art of Killing, 1914-1945” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Bourke says “Weapons have a social life. They move in...
Disability culture activist Petra Kuppers will deliver a free public lecture, “Disability Culture Pedagogy and Social Justice,” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance...
At Grinnell, students are encouraged to find ways to pursue as many of their interests as they can. This can mean participating in clubs and athletics in addition to academics, but some students want to take their interests even further by declaring a double major. A double...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of physics at Middlebury College, will give a free public talk, "Energy and Climate: Breaking the Link," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Alumni Recitation Hall Room 302. In his talk, Wolfson will discuss energy consumption, the...
Eliza Kempton, assistant professor of physics, has received the Cottrell College Science Award to “exoplanets” — planets that exist outside this solar system. Kempton’s research has focused on modeling and characterizing the atmospheres of low-mass exoplanets known as super-...
Grinnell College and the University of Iowa have received a $1.6 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop humanities-centered collaborations that expand the use of digital technology among faculty and students. The new partnership is distinctive because it...
Here's a complete list of all the tutorials offered in Fall, 2012. Clicking on a title below will take you to that tutorial's description, or you can scroll down to read them all. Our Prairie Town: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives Castles, Foundations, Freedom: Walden ...
Dudley Andrew, Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University, will give a lecture on French cinema of the 1930s and ’40s on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "From Ciné-Liberté  (1936) to Film...
Ruth Isaac ’17 enjoyed her Making History class last fall and wanted to take another history course in the spring. With her interest in the Civil War, she selected The American Civil War and Reconstruction with Professor Sarah Purcell ’92. What Isaac didn’t know until the class...
Marc Chamberland, Myra Steele Professor of Mathematics and Natural Science, loves to share his passion for math, not just with his students, but with the public, too. On his YouTube channel, Tipping Point Math, he explains seemingly complex mathematical ideas using examples...
Please join Grinnell music faculty Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin, and Eugene Gaub, piano, as they perform sonatas by Franck, Beethoven, and Debussy at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the Faulconer Gallery.
Josie Bircher ’16 came to Grinnell undecided about what field she was going to pursue. That has turned to inspired certainty, and she credits Grinnell’s individually advised curriculum with helping her chart her course. A First-Year Tutorial is the only required class at...
There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the principal environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous threats to the global economic and social order as well. Climate change belongs to the category "wicked problems,” difficult or even...
The Faulconer Gallery’s thought-provoking art exhibitions benefit more than the casual visitor. Students in courses across science, social studies, and humanities disciplines find that the Faulconer is more than just an art gallery — it’s an extension of the classroom.  Gallery...
A close-knit, multi-generational alumni network isn’t typically something students look for when searching for the perfect college experience. But for Sara Lowenburg ’13, the opportunity to connect with a network of Grinnellians has been a hallmark of her education and post-...
Dr. Paul Farmer, physician, humanitarian and founding director of Partners in Health, will close the College's Global Public Health Symposium. Farmer will participate in two events: 4 p.m. Question and Answer Session 7 p.m. “Global Public Health" Presentation (followed by book...
Mary Seely, a scientist with a history of work in environmental science, education and policy in southern Africa, will deliver a lecture at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Noyce Science Center, Room 2021. Seely's lecture is titled "Gobabeb, Grinnell and the Namib Sand...
The moon and Saturn will be the featured celestial objects at an open house at the College's Grant O. Gale Observatory on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland Professor of Science, professor of physics, and director of the observatory, will lead the...
Grinnell College is among nearly 40 liberal arts colleges joining forces with Amherst College Press and the University of Michigan Library to create Lever Press, a new collaborative peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly publishing enterprise. Grinnell College and Coe College in...
Grinnell's new Computer Science curriculum and Computer Science major have received international recognition by the major computing professional societies. Every 10-12 years, the international professional societies for computing publish extensive recommendations regarding...
On October 2, 2015, approximately 40 students on campus watched the live stream of the first annual Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). The section broadcasted was...
Join historian Alan Barenberg for a free public talk, “Gulag Town, Company Town: Reconnecting the ‘Archipelago’ to Soviet Society and History.” He will speak at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in ARH Auditorium – Room 302. Refreshments will be provided. Barenberg is assistant...
Celebrate the last day of classes and the holiday season by joining the 11th annual read-through of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts' Rotunda. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate; non-musicians are invited to listen...
Ruth Scodel, the D. R. Shackleton Bailey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver the ninth annual McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25...
Balancing Acts, the theatre department’s first production of 2014, is the culmination of a year of research, collaboration, and production. Six students completed a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) in the summer of 2013 examining how Grinnell residents relate to work. Doug...
Rosenfield Program Alum-In-Residence Dorje Gurung ’94, an activist and educator, will speak on “Human Rights and Education of Marginalized People of Nepal” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. The talk is free and open to the public. While on...
Zoe Schein ’12 created "If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want Your Chocolate Chip Cookies" for one of her favorite classes — a six-week radio essay course taught last fall by visiting professor Jeff Porter, author of the memoir Oppenheimer Is Watching Me. For more works by Grinnell...
Dan Kittredge, an organic farmer and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, advocates improving the nutritional quality of our food supply by improving the health of our soils. He will bring his message to Grinnell College on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when he presents...
When introducing the iPad, Steve Jobs said " “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” Grinnellians are experts at marrying the liberal...
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) presents two international faculty development opportunities to teach or research abroad during the summer or fall of 2016. Teach Abroad IES Abroad invites academic deans and department chairs to nominate...
Two international scholars, Urvashi Butalia and Billy Kahora, will give a joint lecture about publishing houses in India and Kenya at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. Butalia, founder and CEO of Zubaan, a feminist publishing house in India,...
Professor Andrew Stewart will deliver the tenth annual McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies, “Inventing the Female Nude: Praxiteles, Phryne, and the Knidia,” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public...
Three national political journalists will discuss the role of the news media covering the 2016 Iowa caucuses at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will conclude the fall series of public...
Edward Cohn, assistant professor of history, has won two grants that will support his archival and oral history research on KGB tactics to manage threats to political stability in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 to the collapse of the...
The purpose of the Lan-Chang Fellowship is to promote cultural understanding of China and award initiative, originality, and creative exploration.  Two Grinnell College students shall be awarded support for the expenses of traveling to and from and living in China for six to...
Babel Tower teachers (l to r): Nikeisha Sewell ’12, Juli Garcia-Vicente ’10, leader Claire Moisan, Camila Barrios-Camacho ’12, Mairéad O’Grady ’10, Hiba Elnour ’12, and Heidi Chun ’10. Photographer: Grant Dissette '12 At the same time globalization makes communication across...
*/ Grinnell College will stream six of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions live and in high-definition from January through April at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. The Met celebrates its 10th anniversary of “Live-in-HD” movie theater transmissions this...
Jonathan Miller-Lane’s teaching and writing center on a single question: How do we draw from the best traditions of a liberal arts education while responding creatively and compassionately to the realities and challenges of contemporary society in the USA?   Miller-Lane will...
Toby Baratta ’17 arrived at Grinnell intending to focus mainly on Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and political science. “Then I took computer science,” Baratta says. “It totally changed my life.” Since her introductory class in functional problem-solving, Baratta has...
Lilianna Bagnoli ’15 is one of 35 young professionals from India and the United States to receive the American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in 2015. The fellowship matches participants with leading nongovernmental organizations and social...
Celebrated artist and musician Ellen Fullman is in residence at Grinnell College Nov. 4 -14, building, rehearsing, holding workshops and performing her Long String Instrument installation. For nearly 30 years, Fullman has been exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces...
Alison Bechdel, a noted cartoonist and graphic memoirist, will deliver the Scholars' Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 8, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public with a free pizza lunch provided. Bechdel is best known for her long-...
Grinnell’s Department of Anthropology and the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College are delighted to celebrate the publication of Maria Tapias’ Embodied Protests: Emotions and Women’s Health in Bolivia (University of Illinois Press). Please join us on Tuesday,...
Melissa Hardy ’16 has received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses for the academic year.  A senior chemistry and French double major from Billings, Montana, Hardy is using the scholarship to fund her senior year at...
Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...
*/ Beverly Semmes, "RC" 2014. Velvet, 119 x 35 in. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection. Building on its last exhibition theme of asking questions, Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery will be showing a variety of feminist works alongside a collection of historic...
Although several departments offer film courses each year and there is an active calendar of film-related events and film clubs at Grinnell, there is no film major or concentration. Nevertheless five Grinnellians presented research at national film conferences in April — making...
Most students have to worry about finishing 20- or 30-page research papers or equally long essays in their final semester of college. Emily Mesev ’15 will hand in a 300-page novel. Originally from Northern Ireland, Mesev considered attending a university in the United Kingdom...
If you’re interested in astronomy, “Grinnell is one of the best places you can go,” says Bob Cadmus, professor of physics. Grinnell — without offering a major in astronomy — has graduated about one student per year who goes on to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy. Cadmus attributes that...
Old maps are rich sources of historical information, but manually cataloging the information on them is time-consuming and costly. Jerod Weinman, associate professor of computer science, and his co-researchers have plans to make them “searchable the way scanned books have become...
Come join in an interactive discussion of microbiology and how novel technologies have created opportunities to access and learn about our microbial neighbors and how they influence our lives. Adina Howe, Iowa State University assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems...
Watch a free public screening of Our School, followed by a panel discussion, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Community Room of the Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Grinnell, Iowa. This award-winning documentary follows the lives of three Roma (“Gypsy”) children who...
Grinnell College has entered into an agreement with HBX, the online arm of Harvard Business School, to provide additional benefits for Grinnell students taking Harvard’s online business fundamentals course, the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. The partnership expands...
  Grinnell College president emeritus George Drake '56 looks back on the 100-year history of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa. You are here because you've made a habit of excellence. Occasional brilliance will not get you into Phi Beta Kappa. You are not one-...
**New schedule changes due to weather** As thousands of athletes prepare to gather in Sochi for the XXII Olympic Winter Games beginning Feb. 7, the eyes of the world are on Russia — and its mercurial leader, Vladimir Putin. To help understand this fascinating and powerful man —...
“Happy Birthday, Marsha!” is a forthcoming film about legendary transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us for a discussion and preview screening of clips of the film with...
Seeking to maximize the benefits of the decennial accreditation process for formative reflection and conversation, the College requested and received permission from the Higher Learning Commission to engage in a Special Emphasis self study focused on an issue critical to...
Former Grinnell students Philip Guarco ’82 and Kathryn Jackson ’83 generously established an endowment that permits the Spanish department to recognize the achievement of a Spanish major through a yearly monetary award. The department selects a junior Spanish major taking into...
Pro Arte Quartet, with Eugene Gaub on piano, will performing Mozart’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Anton von Webern’s Langsamer Satz, and Antonín Dvořák’s Quintet for Piano and Strings No.2 in A Major in a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk — Iowa state medical director and epidemiologist — is visiting Grinnell College on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  She will present a  talk on vaccines and vaccine policy at 4:15 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 225. Quinlisk will also lunch with Policy...
Socio‑cultural anthropologist Erica Lehrer ’92 will present a free public Scholars’ Convocation, “Public Scholarship, Personal Scholarship: the Work of Memory in Poland Today,” at noon, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Lunch will be provided....
*/ Zoe Sherinian, associate professor and chair of ethnomusicology, University of Oklahoma, will present two free public events about the reclamation of an untouchable drum, the parai. Sherinian has conducted extensive research on the Dalit, a class of people in South India who...
Explore topics that affect us all through the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. Throughout its history, Grinnell has emphasized the importance of human rights and social progress, and encouraged the discussion of the public policies...
Drone use has become prolific, despite a lack of public knowledge and debate, says an expert who will speak during a symposium on drones and drone warfare. “The issue of how drones are used, both in warfare and in domestic spaces, is one of the most vital social problems of our...
Vincent Sherry will consider the fate of “sacrifice” as a category of value in the political, military, and personal experience of the Great War of 1914-18 in a talk called “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War.” He will present at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in...
 As 21st century racism unfolds and recedes under scientific scrutiny of human sameness and differences, the American studies concentration in collaboration with the art & art history and biology departments, have invited Bio-Artist Prof Paul Vanouse.     Over the last...
Kecia Ali, a renowned scholar on Islamic law, gender and religion, will deliver a Scholar's Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. Her talk, titled "Contesting Muhammad: Contemporary Controversies in Historical Perspective," will focus...
Fordham University Professor of History Asif Siddiqi will discuss the history of the Soviet space program during the free, public Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. Much of Siddiqi's interests are focused on the history of...
David Schmidtz, one of the nation’s foremost experts on political philosophy, will be the keynote speaker at the Scholars’ Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center, Room 101. Schmidtz has been named the National Phi Beta Kappa Scholar in...
Leading anthropology scholar Katherine Verdery, who studied her own surveillance file from Romania’s secret police force, will discuss the anthropology of the Romanian secret police during the first Scholars’ Convocation of the spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 28. The free,...
Robert "Bob" Haveman — professor emeritus of public affairs and economics and faculty affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison — will present the Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101...
At Grinnell, an array of class-related experiences outside of the main academic buildings gives students a chance to dig deeper into topics in real-world settings. Take Asani Seawell’s Advanced Health Psychology course, for example. Seawell, an associate professor of psychology...
Artist Faheem Majeed will present on the Shacks and Shanties project at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Faulconer Gallery. The project was a multifaceted South Side Chicago installation initiative that served as a collaborative 
platform for artist interventions, and a...
Two Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) in theatre, one in chemistry, an internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and a job managing the campus pub — the key points on Ben Doehr ’15’s resume indicate the chemistry/economics double major’s depth and breadth...
Grinnell students, faculty, and alumni joined more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at 2015 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting. Faculty joined the students as they presented their Mentored Advanced Projects (MAP) research at the Faculty for...
Explore the art and science of saving lives in complex emergencies — providing water, nutrition, security, and health care — in a short course taught by Neil Otto ’72, director of The Otto Family Foundation. The course will also consider real world examples of operational...
Grinnell College students interested in working in public health can now begin their careers more quickly, thanks to a new cooperative degree program linking Grinnell and the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. The new program will enable Grinnell students from any...
Author Joe Orser will present a free public talk on “Siam’s Twins and Early Asian America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Burling Library Lounge. Orser will explore Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who toured as a curiosity throughout the world from the 1820s to the...
Science Learning Center mentors describe SLC mentoring.
With recent coverage by MSNBC and the Huffington Post, sun storms are making a scene. According to the Huffington Post, a strong sun storm caused a solar flare on March 6, 2012, that was strong enough to cause earthly damage — with more such storms likely to come. But what is a...
Ivo Juurvee, an associate professor of history at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences,, will deliver "The Soviet Heritage of Influencing Public Opinion Abroad" at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302. The free public lecture will be on efforts by...
Sarah Weitekamp ’15 spent her summer poring over underground publications and KGB records for her Mentored Advanced Project (MAP). Translating as she went, she scoured her sources for accounts of Lithuanian Catholics being oppressed by the Soviet secret police. She worked with...
First published in 1923, Sports et divertissements is an album featuring 20 illustrations by Charles Martin, a prominent contemporary French fashion illustrator, alongside 20 short scores for piano written by famed composer Erik Satie. The project was commissioned by publishing...
Asking questions is fundamental to the collecting and understanding of art, particularly contemporary art. That's why the Faulconer Gallery titled its fall opening exhibition "Start by Asking Questions: Contemporary Art from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, Dallas." With...
Originally presented to the Grinnell Fortnightly Club on Feb. 25, 2008. "When I went down for the first time into the steerage, no one said a word of cheer, no one waved farewell. I left strangers standing on the receding wharf and I was among eleven hundred strangers. I was...
*/ The Dean's Office and the Center for the Humanities are pleased to announce the Student Research Symposium, April 6–9, 2015. Selected students across all divisions will present a selection of their disciplinary or inter-disciplinary research papers, creative performances,...
When Isabella “Izzy” Sanchez Leo ’14 noticed an increase in racist and xenophobic outbursts in European soccer games, she developed the topic into a paper she will present Friday during Grinnell College’s Peace Studies Conference. “Soccer is the most popular sport in the world,...
Two groups of Grinnell College students won awards at this year’s Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC) sponsored by the American Statistical Association and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. USPROC is an annual national...
The best place to study is the one that makes you comfortable and productive. Depending on your habits and your personality, your needs may be highly specific. Fortunately, Grinnell has a wide spectrum of study spaces to suit everyone’s needs, so we’ll be ready for you once you...
Birds captivate us through color, song, and flight. Where have they been? Where are they going? Will they return? A partnership between Grinnell College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and experienced bird bander Robert Van Ersvelde will help answer these questions...
Christine Walley will present a free public lecture, “The Exit Zero Project,” at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Walley is an associate professor of anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Exit Zero Project is described...
Entering the Noyce Science Center's northeastern stairwell, you may note a welcome change to the décor: 27 glowing firefly sculptures, made of wire and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), now line the banister. The fireflies are the result of a summer Mentored Advanced Project (MAP)...
Eric Avila, professor of history, Chicano studies, and urban planning at UCLA, will present "The Folklore of the Freeway: Connectivity, Creativity and Conflict in the Age of Highway Construction" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11 in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Room 101. Avila...
  Grinnell College is hosting a reading group for The Grinnell Beowulf translation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to participate by reading this epic poem and joining in a series of discussions with Assistant Professor of English Tim...
Jonathan Miller-Lane will present a free public talk, "A Liberal Arts Education and the Making of an Embodied Life," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Rosenfield Center, Room 101. The philosopher John Dewey argued that, “Freedom is not the absence of an external limit of control,...
Nejib Ben Lazreg, archaeologist and senior researcher at the National Heritage Institute of Tunisia, will deliver a free public lecture on “The Roman Mosaics of Tunisia” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Refreshments will be served. Tunisia...
The Rig Veda, the oldest Sanskrit text, remains one of its most challenging and enigmatic. Consisting of over a thousand intricate praise hymns dedicated to a variety of divinities, it showcases the work of its many poets, who proudly display their skill and verbal trickery in...
Grinnell College will present a "Live-In-HD" broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot at noon Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. Set in "legendary" China and featuring characters that wander from Italy to China...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Alumni Scholar Amanda (Andy) Cook ’03 returns to Grinnell to present "Uninsured?  Fewer Services, Less Readmission, More Death.  A Study of Maryland's Hospitals" at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, in ARH 120.  Cook's visit is sponsored by the Department of Economics.  Cook is currently a...
Musicians Randye Jones of Grinnell College and Damani Phillips of the University of Iowa will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by sharing the rich history of the music of the African-American tradition. The 13th...
Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw will present “Visual Contrast Sensitivity as a Biomarker of Neuro-Developmental Age and Connectivity,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, Room 2022. In this free public event, he will discuss his dynamical-systems theoretic...
Savanna Restoration and Greenhouse Work Day​ Join Grinnellians and other volunteers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, for a volunteer work day at  Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).  The group will be working on two projects: savanna restoration mop-up (making piles and...
Three Grinnell students and associate professor of theatre Lesley Delmenico traveled to India last spring to learn more about social implications of drought. Delmenico developed a theatre production about women and sustainable water issues in India. Students Sunanda Vaidheesh ’...
It is difficult to know what Iowa agriculture will look like in the future, but almost certainly it will not look like today’s agriculture. It cannot. There are too many things about current farming and food production methods that increasing numbers of people are questioning...
The Grinnell writer dropped her forehead onto her arms in abject despair. She lay there, limp and hopeless, like a corn doll abandoned in the rain. The husks of her notebooks lay about her, fluttering idly in the Iowa wind that whistled through the partially open window. A page...
Antonya Nelson, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Thursday, October 29: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction (three...
Writers@Grinnell brings poet and memoirist Brian Turner to campus for two free public events on Thursday, March 12 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center, Room 209. Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Rosenfield Center...
Celebrated poet Edward Hirsch ’72 will join Professor of English Ralph Savarese in a conversation about poetry and parenting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Faulconer Gallery.  “‘If the Music is Too Loud You’re Too Old:’ A Conversation with Edward Hirsch ’72 about Poetry,...
Jami Attenberg, the next author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Tuesday, Sept. 22: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books,...
Kiese Laymon, the second author in this year’s Writers @Grinnell series, will present two events on Thursday, Sept. 17: Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209 Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Laymon is an African-American southern writer,...
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell, will be on campus for two events on Thursday, November 12: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Russo received the Pulitzer...
A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni “I was working on my calculus homework in the math lab, and one of the tutors got sidetracked and started to tell me about an article that she had read about ‘yarn bombing’  — people...
*/ Carlos Ferguson ’92 and Kate In ’13 of Tiny Circus will conduct a collaborative zine-making workshop Sept. 14-16. An abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine, a zine is a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Tiny Circus is a...

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GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will offer the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) throughout the summer with courses taught by faculty in political science, English, and chemistry. The courses are free, and registration is requested to assist instructors in preparing for...
GRINNELL, IA—Writers@Grinnell events continue through the fall semester with readings by Iowa writer Harley McIlrath, non-fiction writer Patricia Hampl and science writer Rebecca Skloot. On Thurs., Oct. 7, Hampl will read from her award-winning collections of non-fiction, essays...

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Dedicated to students’ academic success, the Academic Advising office staff will work with you on nearly any academic concern. You can come to the office for instruction on study skills and time management, to receive peer tutoring, to arrange for disability accommodations, to...
The Alternate Language Study Option (ALSO) program is designed for self-motivated and disciplined students who want to learn a language not taught through the regular curriculum at Grinnell. The program provides a two-semester sequence of beginning level self-instructional study...
As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, examining race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a...
Anthropology is a holistic study of humankind that encompasses archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology. It is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on the sciences, humanities, and social studies. Students have opportunities to...
The Arabic program introduces students to Arabic language and culture. All courses are taught in Arabic and  provide intensive work in oral and written expression. The language curriculum can be complemented with courses on the Middle East and North Africa offered by departments...
At Grinnell, studying art history and studio art is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural investigation into artistic expression that can include study abroad, mentored advanced projects, exhibitions, and work with the College’s art collection and Faulconer Gallery. In addition...
Biological Chemistry is an interdisciplinary combination of biology and chemistry. Core courses of the major emphasize the interrelationships of topics, are inquiry driven, and ponder the structure, function, and regulation of biomolecules that mediate chemical processes in the...
Our biology curriculum is among the nation’s most innovative; from your very first class, you learn how to think like a biologist, investigating and interpreting life processes. Biology intersects with many interdisciplinary studies and students are encouraged to participate in...
As a chemistry student, you’ll enjoy small classes (including introductory chemistry), significant original research experiences in our modern laboratories, wide ranging student-faculty collaboration, varying teaching methods that serve diverse learning styles, and opportunities...
Want to engage deeply and knowledgeably with China and Japan? Grinnell takes you there, with a full curriculum in Chinese language and literature and two years of Japanese language and literature. The Chinese major and Chinese studies concentration include courses in history,...
Discover the cultural richness of ancient Greece and Rome, and the beginnings of the liberal arts tradition.  Classics at Grinnell includes not only the Greek and Latin languages, but also the history, literature, art, archaeology, mythology, and philosophy of the ancient Greek...
Computer science study at Grinnell is innovative — you experience varied pedagogical and problem-solving approaches. It’s comprehensive, involving several programming languages and a balance of theory and application. It’s thorough — guided by national curricular guidelines and...
In this interdisciplinary concentration, you study Chinese and Japanese language and East Asian literature, history, music, philosophy, political science, and religion. You take classes in other disciplines, do an interdisciplinary research project during your senior year, and...
Economics is the study of how society uses its scarce resources. The goal of the department is to promote an understanding of economic aspects of society and to develop each student's ability to reason about economic issues - that is, to provide a basis for intelligent,...
Through the licensure program in the Education Department, students interested in teaching can earn a license for grades 5-12 in English, the social sciences, the natural sciences, math, and world languages. Students can also earn an endorsement in ESOL teaching. The program...
In Grinnell’s English curriculum you will read, analyze, discuss, and enjoy American, British, Irish, and Postcolonial literature.  You will do intensive writing, with the chance to produce both creative and critical works.  You can study independently and travel abroad, such as...
With an environmental studies concentration, you explore the relationship between humans and our natural environment. Courses help you understand this relationship’s scientific, economic, political, historical, and ethical issues and challenges. You apply what you’ve learned in...
Europe’s multiple national identities, socio-economic and political movements, and rich intellectual traditions invite the interdisciplinary work of European Studies. We explore differences of language, culture, and history and problematize the fundamental debates of our own...
The Evaluation and Assessment program of the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) assists colleagues in making evidence-based decisions for their programs and services. With increased calls for greater accountability in higher education, it is imperative that student affairs...
The French program explores the diverse literatures, identities, and cultures of the French-speaking world. All courses are taught in French, provide intensive work in oral and written expression, and are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students may meet...
Grinnell’s intensive programs in French and Arabic will give you both the linguistic and cultural competency necessary in today’s global world. Our diverse courses, visiting international artists and scholars, and study-abroad opportunities enable you to explore the complexities...
In Grinnell’s interdisciplinary GWSS curriculum, you examine women, men, gender, and sexuality; study various cultures and historical periods; use diverse research methods; and understand how scholars apply feminist, queer, and intersectional theories. As a major, you take GWSS...
General science is an interdisciplinary major that gives you a grand tour of the sciences. You study biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and/or psychology — and at least a year of mathematics. You choose one science as your concentration, pursuing advanced work in...
German is more than a language — the curriculum studies German culture, history, philosophy, literature, arts, and film; German House and a weekly German Table allow you to live the language with fellow students, native speakers, and visiting guests. You can cap off your...
GDS is an interdisciplinary concentration you can design to fit your interests in developing countries. Through an intense curriculum, including an internship or independent research in or concerning a developing country, you explore strategies for addressing global problems and...
Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of human events to understand both past developments and their implications for the present. Through close analysis of primary sources, students learn to frame historical questions, pursue independent...
In this multidisciplinary concentration, you explore Latin American and Latino cultures and societies, and take related humanities and social studies courses. You can study in a Latin American country, use your skills in internships, and cap your studies with senior research....
Linguistics at Grinnell is offered as an interdisciplinary concentration in which you explore how to describe and analyze language through the lens of several disciplines. Concentrators take core courses in theoretical linguistics; elective courses drawn from anthropology,...
Studying the mathematical sciences develops your skills in logical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and data analysis — skills germane to many disciplines. Our students frequently participate in national competitions, student seminars, summer research, and internships. Our...
Do you love music? The Music Department offers lessons, ensembles, and courses for beginners and experienced musicians alike, in styles ranging from Gregorian chant to Gospel. Courses in theory, history, ethnomusicology, jazz, composition, and performance have interdisciplinary...
As a neuroscience concentrator, you use methods and theories spanning disciplines from biochemistry to psychology to investigate the function of the nervous system. You can participate in an annual neuroscience retreat, middle school outreach, and a capstone seminar, along with...
Philosophical thinking is a foundation of education in the liberal arts. Philosophy enriches thought, imagination, understanding, and experience. By studying philosophy, you’ll confront questions and problems both theoretical and practical about yourself and your relation to the...
Grinnell welcomes scholar-athletes of all majors — and especially if you’re interested in teaching, coaching, or youth activities —to join our physical education program in intramurals, indoor recreation and outdoor recreation. The program includes theory classes such as...
Physics at Grinnell combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive community of faculty and students. You apply your intellectual curiosity to classical and modern theory — and get extensive laboratory experience in technically advanced facilities and via faculty-student...
Policy studies is how policy wonks get their start! In this interdisciplinary concentration, you analyze policymaking processes, evaluate policy decisions and outcomes, do empirical research, and explore specific policymaking contexts. Policy studies can lead to graduate school...
Political science analyzes the political world, and students prepare for work in a wide array of careers as well as rich, productive lives as citizens.  You structure a major marked by breadth and depth, and you complement it with courses from across the curriculum. Yet you move...
Studying psychology, you learn how to read texts closely, design and conduct laboratory research and use related technology, and analyze and interpret statistics. In courses you investigate the natural science and principles of behavior and learn how to ethically apply them to...
The primary goal of the Reading Laboratory is to support your academic success at Grinnell. You will work both individually and in small discussion groups to improve your reading comprehension and rate, build your vocabulary, and develop more effective study strategies....
The Office of the Registrar is Grinnell’s home for academic records, including the academic calendar and deadlines; course catalogs, schedules, and descriptions; course registration and resources; graduation requirements; major and concentration declarations; student records and...
Religious Studies helps you develop tools to understand the complex ways that people across history and around the world oppose oppression, justify violence, understand their bodies, and give meaning to their lives. Our curriculum is among the most international on campus and...
Russia is culturally rich, diverse, enigmatic, vast. Students of Russian embrace the subject in all its complexity, mastering the language and exploring Russian culture through off-campus study, Russian Table, the senior seminar, and courses in history, political science, gender...
RCEES concentrators study the culture, history, and politics of Russia, the former USSR, and the nations of Central and Eastern Europe. RCEES students take classes in several fields (including literature, history, political science, and economics), complete a capstone project on...
The mission of our programs is to prepare students to ask and answer scientific questions that nobody has even thought of yet. Our graduates need to be able to learn new scientific information from primary sources, formulate and ask smart scientific questions, interpret the...
The Science Learning Center staff, through group mentor sessions and one-on-one tutoring, supports students in chemistry, biology, physics, biochemistry and neuroscience courses.  The professional and student staff seek to present a welcoming teaching and learning environment,...
Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior in groups. Sociology classes equip you to critically analyze how the social world is organized, sustained, and transformed and to explore issues of individual agency, power, and inequality. Majors can do internships, research,...
The study of Spanish at Grinnell is an interdisciplinary immersion in Spanish-speaking cultures worldwide. You’ll live the language in class, at weekly tables and labs and special events, talk with visiting guests and scholars, and enjoy study-abroad and internship opportunities...
Technology studies explore what makes tech tick! You examine technology’s role in society via courses in humanities, science, and social studies, plus technology-specific classes on topics such as digital media, biotechnology, or geographic information systems.  You will also do...
You can embrace all aspects of the dramatic arts here. Majors and nonmajors dance; act; direct; design; write; choreograph; stage-manage; and design and build sets, props, and costumes. You collaborate with experienced faculty, renowned choreographers, and multitalented fellow...

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