A major academic goal of a liberal arts education is to transform students in meaningful and positive ways. Our mission statement describes specifically the goal of enabling students "to become independent, responsible and thoughtful individuals." The Independent Learning Experiences (ILE) will help students take responsibility for their education, and foster student initiative and independence by enhancing their confidence in their own abilities.

Students may complete their Independent Learning Experience requirement in several different ways.  Many students enjoy doing two or more:

  • Independent Research or creative project
  • Participation in Summer Fellows or comparable summer research program
  • Study Abroad 
  • Internship
  • Student Teaching
  • Successful completion of first two years of engineering school (for pre-engineering students only.)