Interdisciplinary Study Themes identify groups of courses that address, in a significant way, a particular theme, issue or problem that students and faculty members wish to explore together. They are distinguished by the collaboration of participating faculty members and may have connections to college programming such as a symposium or an exhibition, internships, or to a significant outside event.
Grinnell structures the curriculum departmentally. However, we also offer a number of interdisciplinary courses, many of which are open to first-year students. Below are some examples students can consider for Fall or Spring semester 2011-2012.
THE READING LABORATORY provides individual and small-group instruction in reading and study skills, emphasizing reading efficiency, vocabulary building, and methods of effective study (concentration, time management, test preparation, etc.).
When you declare a major (during your second year), you will also create a plan for the courses you will take in your third and fourth years at Grinnell. You'll look at the courses you have already taken and make a list of the courses that will complete your undergraduate education.
An individually-mentored curriculum speaks to the freedom you have to plan your own course of study and the responsibility you have to honor your adviser's guidance while following the College's policies.
Your adviser is a primary resource for you as you make decisions about your comprehensive academic plan. In addition, the college offers many resources - all on-line - to assist you: