Integrations Curriculum

Connected Learning

Making Connections Across Academic Disciplines

The Liberal Arts tradition is one that emphasizes breadth of learning and over the centuries the value of broad learning has become increasingly worthwhile. Students will complete five required courses in the key learning traditions, called Ways of Thinking, with the intent of becoming well-rounded learners. 

Ways of Thinking

 Abstract Structures
 Artistic Expression
 Human Experience
 Natural World
 Social World

We also believe that this breadth of learning should be grounded and made relevant, and so our students also take courses that are themed. Themes embedded in many of these courses will showcase how seemingly unrelated fields can be connected. Our current themes include Justice, Movement, and Truth. Therefore, while students take a class in each of the five Ways of Thinking, they will also reflect on the connections in their coursework by examining it through the lens of a common theme.

Connected Learning heading

Core Skills heading

Engaged Learning heading

Purposeful Learning heading

Integrated ePortfolio

Students will fill their Integrated ePortfolio with artifacts of their time at CSB and SJU. Artifacts can be anything but will likely include papers, engagement prompts, projects, presentations, research summaries and performances. This ePortfolio will then serve as an academic resume for the student’s use after graduation – reflecting the skills and experiences they received through the Integrations Curriculum.

Integrations Curriculum

Karyl Daughters
CSB MaryC 225 – 320-363-5401
SJU Quad 141 – 320-363-3147

Laura Schmitz
Office Coordinator
SJU Quad 362D/451