At Mercer, we want our students to graduate with more than just a diploma. We want you to be a citizen of the world! To provide this type of transformative education, students will take a series of interdisciplinary courses in the first, second, and third year. These courses cover topics such as:
- Understanding Self and Others (INT 101) – taken in the first semester of the first year
- Building Community (INT 201) – taken in the second year
- and Engaging the World (INT 301) – taken in the third year.
As truly interdisciplinary courses, students will be able to read texts from literature and the humanities; view and discuss works of art, film and poetry; read important texts from the social sciences; interact with how data from the natural sciences shapes our ideas; and learn to write complete and polished texts for a variety of audiences and purposes.
The Engaged First-Year Student: INT 101 or GBK 101
As the term “integrated” implies, first-year students do not take individual courses on writing or speech, but rather, will take an interdisciplinary Understanding Self and Others course. (This may be taken as part of the Great Books Program). These are small seminar courses, with the student: faculty ratio limited to 18:1. The courses will explore a variety of subtopics. For example, you may find yourself engaged in the topic of “What does it mean to be a human?” by reading Frankenstein, delving into the ancient Chauvet cave paintings, examining your own DNA profile, reading studies by Jane Goodall, volunteering with Hospice, and researching and writing a story from your family history.
Experiences that Endure: The Alternative Weekend
All first-year Mercer students take a 1-hour UNV 101 course as part of the first-year student requirement. For those who desire to form deep and meaningful relationships with fellow classmates while serving the community, a UNV 101“W” class is available. This is a joint UNV 101/Understanding Self and Others course, where the professor is the same for both courses and he or she is also the students’ advisor until they declare majors.
Students, together with classmates and the professor, participate in an Alternative Weekend to be held in the fall. They will engage in experiences such as challenging themselves on a ROPES course, sleeping under the stars as a class, bonding around a campfire, canoeing down the Ocmulgee River to work at a homeless shelter, or helping middle school students prepare themselves for a college education. Students in this course tend to develop deep commitments to service and form lasting ties to their classmates that endure throughout their time at Mercer.
INT 201: The Engaged Second-Year Student (INT 201 will begin in fall 2013)
INT 301: The Engaged Third-Year Student (INT 301 will begin in fall 2014)