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  • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    resources & oppor tun it ies2 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OVERVIEW

    The

    Human Factor

    COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCESUD 18

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    For centuries, the worlds greatest minds have debated which aspect of our humanity is the greatest.

    Perhaps we should go back and

    ask ourselves a different question.

    UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

    WHEN FOOTBALL TEACHES US ABOUT MEDICINE 10 WAYS TO TRANSFORM THE ENVIRONMENT

    TESTING THE HEALING POWER OF

    MUSIC IN JAMAICATHE SCIENTIST WHO WENT

    TO LAW SCHOOL

  • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    resources & oppor tun it ies 3 LEARNING & L IV ING COMMUNITIES OVERVIEW

  • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    1int roduct ion THE QUESTION

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?

    Why are we so interested in such

    a question? Well, its the one big

    question lying at the root of all the

    others, whether you study the arts

    and humanities or the natural and

    social sciences. It also happens to

    be the one question you will apply

    throughout your life, regardless of

    what you actually do for a living.

    Its the question driving writers and actors when theyre trying to figure out what motivates people and makes them tick. Chemists and biologists cant escape this line of inquiry as they search for the characteristics that separate us from other species. And when policy makers and political scientists must determine how we will live and work together in society, its this question that guides their decisions (and hopefully their consciences.)

    We may not have all the answers. But we have the question.

    IF WE CONTINUE ALONG THIS LINE OF THOUGHT,

    WE CAN FIND THE WAYS IN WHICH

    What does it mean to be human?

    profoundly influences the worlds

    doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, human

    rights activists, police officers, priests,

    lawyers, teachersand virtually every

    other thinking person.

    Its why, when you attend the University of Daytons College of Arts

    and Sciences, youll examine What does it mean to be human? from

    a wide variety of angles on a daily basis. Youll engage this

    question from within the more than 50 academic programs you can

    choose to study, as well as within the unique opportunities for

    undergraduate research and social change. And, as a question that

    reflects our Catholic, Marianist values and outlook, youll also learn

    how asking What does it mean to be human? will lead you to a

    more fulfilling sense of purpose.

    Because your education is not just about embarking on a personal

    journey or acquiring professional skills: its actually both. Here at

    UD, your inquiry into What does it mean to be human? will

    empower you to examine the big picture. It will give you the skills to

    move easily between different fields of knowledge. It will show you

    how one factor influences another. Finally, it can help you lead a

    rewarding life that contributes to others.

    // HUMAN

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    CREATIVITY

    { page 6 }

    THE NATURAL WORLD

    { page 14 }

    CRITICAL INTERPRETATION

    { page 10 }

    THE SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL WORLD

    { page 18 }

    ITS TIME TO THINK FOUR-DIMENSIONALLY Youll also soon discover that at the University of Dayton,

    youll intensely scrutinize what it means to be human through four main dimensions:

    22 Experiential Learning Opportunities 23 Learning-Living Communities 24 List of Programs 26 CORE 27 Symposia 28 Service Learning 30 Alumni Profiles

  • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    3int roduct ion THE QUESTION

    In fact, regardless of your major or area of interest, you will

    examine what it means to be human from all of these different

    anglesoften at the same time. By doing this, youll learn to

    think critically on many, many different levels and have the

    ability to adapt and excel in several fields within the working

    worldperhaps even one you never considered working in before.

    And youll have lots of guidance doing it, too. Within UDs

    College of Arts and Sciences, you will explore what it means to

    be human with a community dedicated to collaboration in the

    search for knowledge. For you, this community extends to the

    more than 270 extremely talented full-time faculty who are

    trained to mentor you and help guide you on the path you want to

    take. You will have unique and extensive access to studying,

    conducting research and forming close relationships with many of

    them. Taking advantage of unique experiential learning

    opportunities is one of the great benefits of attending a liberal

    arts college within a top-10 national Catholic research university.

    The College of Arts and Sciences equips you with a broad-based

    method of learning, a real opportunity for research experience,

    and an ability to adapt to challengesand with these tools, you

    will be well prepared to thrive in any setting. A University of

    Dayton education will not only provide you with the freedom to

    explore and find your true calling in life, but it will also give you

    a greater understanding of yourself and the world around you, and

    provide you with a lifelong set of skills and knowledge that will

    help you tackle unforeseen challenges, no matter how uncertain

    times may get.

    Which, as youll soon discover, are just a few of the meanings of

    our humanity.

    These four dimensions are designed to help open our imaginations, develop an awareness of culture and history, understand scientific methods and adapt to changing needs and conditions.

  • DEFINITIONCOLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    l ibera l ar ts4

    A liberal arts education is not about political ideology. Rather, its about being exposed to a very diverse set of ideas all ideas, really.

    In UDs College of Arts and Sciences youll become well versed

    in languages, literature, history, philosophy, the social sciences,

    mathematics and science. (Just to name a few.) And with

    this solid foundation of broad-based knowledge, you will have the

    abilityplus the flexibilityto pursue all of your interests,

    whatever they may be.

    Its entirely fitting that Lartes liberales, a revered academic tradition

    that harkens back all the way to the 16th century, literally means,

    Works befitting a free person. By immersing yourself in these

    works inside the College of Arts and Sciences, youre gaining

    knowledge in the scientific, artistic and cultural ways of the

    worldand the specific problem-solving skills to navigate it. But

    perhaps even more importantly youre also, in effect, learning how

    to learn. The liberal arts will enable you to develop

    a system to continually be inquisitive, process tons of

    information, solve problems and examine the world from

    multiple perspectivesindividually, socially and globally. So

    when someone asks you, How often do you draw on your liberal

    arts education? youll soon be able to answer, Every day.

    A

    LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATIONthat even conservatives admire

    INDIVIDUAL

    SOCIAL

    GLOBAL

    MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES

    BRING HIGHER EDUCATION DOWN TO EARTH

    Youll quickly discover that learning does not happen in a vacuum at UD. In fact, the knowledge that you soak up in the College of Arts and Sciences has many outlets to the outside world where you can make a real impact. One such example is the Learn, Lead and Serve Program, which provides students with a grant to pursue a special project outside the classroom. Students write their own grant proposals and work side-by-side with faculty mentors to complete their project. (Often, mentors learn just as much as students.) Learn, Lead and Serve recipients have done everything from working with local peacekeepers in war-torn Uganda to turning wetland restoration sites into environmental science field laboratories. Suffice it to say, its worth your while to go for broke on your grant proposal; you might find yourself doing something you never dreamed of.

    LEARN, LEAD & SERVE

  • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Q & A

    crea t iv i t y6

    FINDING COMMON GROUND ON FOREIGN SOIL

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    7crea t iv i t y

    Q A

    WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THE CONDITIONS AT THE JAMAICAN INFIRMARY?

    LIZ: Some people might have had difficulty

    with it, because it was hard to walk in

    and see the impoverished conditions at the

    infirmary. But the people there were receptive

    and grateful, and they love music because

    its such a part of the culture.

    COURTNEY: The infirmary is not a very

    happy place. The people arent treated with

    the same kind of care and respect you would

    think of at a nursing home in the United

    States. Most of the people there either had a

    falling out with their family or are too sick

    for the family to care for them.

    WERE THERE ANY PARTICULAR EXPERIENCES THAT IMPACTED YOU?

    LIZ: A big challenge was when I was assigned

    to work in a deaf classroom at the School of

    Hope, a special needs school in Jamaica. I

    went in and gave the students drums so that

    they could feel the rhythms and the

    As a music therapy major, Liz gained internship experience

    performing music therapy in different fieldsfrom nursing homes to