The vision of Millsaps College affirms a dedication to engage students in a “transformative learning and leadership experience that results in personal and intellectual growth, commitment to good citizenship in our global society, and a desire to succeed and make a difference in every community they touch.”
The new Compass Curriculum is a key building block in that experience, and offers all incoming first-year students (beginning fall 2015) a new and exciting tool to find their best path to graduation and beyond!
What will you experience through Millsaps’ Compass Curriculum?
A year-long course taken during the first year, Our Human Heritage is a humanities-based, interdisciplinary exploration of human experience and world cultures throughout history that considers intellectual development, artistic expression, and social and cultural evolution, from pre-history until the present. The course will develop skills for seeking, understanding, and interpreting cultural phenomena across numerous human contexts.
In your first year, you will study under one of two teams of faculty:
This course provides a strong working model of intellectual connections in the humanities by engaging you in the exploration of a particular theme, question, idea, or concept by means of interdisciplinary humanistic inquiry. The course also allows for an examination of issues in a rich interdisciplinary context and will also build historical consciousness.
Offered in the fall semester, Ventures courses explore a problem or tightly focused set of problems. You will investigate relevant issues from multiple perspectives and propose possibilities for resolution, engaging in project-based work, collaborative learning, creative risk-taking, and adaptive strategies for problem solving. Course topics will be diverse and from a variety of disciplines.
In the spring semester, you will focus on development of communications skills through the Connections courses. These courses are complementary to the distinctive goals of Our Human Heritage, which constructs a large-scale historical framework by examining multiple historical contexts and drawing on multiple humanities disciplines. The Connections courses address a specific topic situated within a single humanities discipline and in the topic’s historical context. You will create formal and informal communication products that demonstrate critical listening, reading, and, where appropriate, aural and visual comprehension of course material.
Through the Compass Curriculum, you will explore several knowledge domains during your time at Millsaps. The Explorations components of the Compass Curriculum include:
The Compass Curriculum is designed to lead you to a specific and common destination, known as The Major Experience. You will complete a capstone learning experience directly connected with Millsaps’ vision of producing transformative leaders who will have positive impacts “across the street and around the globe” through an experience on, or beyond, the Millsaps campus.
This experience will normally be fulfilled as an upper-class student and must comprise the equivalent of 4 credit hours in one or more experiences.
The Compass Curriculum is your guide to a life-changing education – one that helps you choose your own path, provides you the tools to use along the way, and offers learning opportunities uniquely tailored to your goals!