Fingers on our keyboards, eyes on our datasets, hands in our soil, we learn by doing. We engineer hydroponic systems, learn from the artists and writers across the street at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, conduct research on our environment, and market honey from our apiary. And we offer funding for students to design their own experiences based on their own goals.
Apprentice, travel, make, explore, experiment. Take one three week course that’s experiential and hands-on.
Delve deep in our small classes. Take several twelve-week courses.
In our nationally recognized Women’s Leadership Core Curriculum, we look squarely upon the problems our world faces and craft solutions. Here are two examples:
CORE 130 — Women and Gender in the World
This course prepares young women for entrance into the real world by looking at issues related to women’s leadership and women’s empowerment.
CORE 170 — Decisions in a Data-driven World
This course evaluate, organize and interpret data to make good decisions. We focus on real world problems from disparate fields, from health to political science, to learn to reason and work with data, and to understand and present arguments supported by quantitative evidence.
International student Ana Patino is analyzing the insulating properties of various 3D printing materials under different environmental conditions.