Students should set the direction for their individual learning path. At many schools, the curriculum is either unstructured or rigidly defined. Minerva’s curriculum is intentionally designed to balance breadth and depth.
Beginning with the first-year Cornerstone courses, you are introduced to the Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts (HCs), the core skills that are a common foundation for every Minerva student. Through these interdisciplinary courses — Multimodal Communications, Formal Analyses, Empirical Analyses, and Complex Systems — you will use the HCs to deepen your learning and tackle the big questions challenging our global communities.
From this base of understanding, you then construct a personalized course of study, with each semester building upon the previous one. In this way, you are able to gain both diverse knowledge and specific expertise.
In the second year, you select your major from one of the five colleges — Arts & Humanities, Business, Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. This sets the direction for the core courses you need to complete. You also have the option to double-major, choosing two different tracks to pursue.
In year three, you focus further by selecting a concentration within your major. The concentrations enable more specialized work in your chosen field. Your final year is then devoted to more self-directed study, both through Oxford-style tutorials, as well as your final Capstone project. This culmination of your studies allows you to synthesize your learning by developing a novel solution to a challenge you define.