Academics at Luther

At Luther, the liberal arts are the foundation on which you build your education. Following a tradition that dates back to the earliest universities, you'll broaden your knowledge of the world by studying the social and natural sciences, languages and literature, religion and philosophy, mathematics, and the fine arts.

Luther's rigorous liberal arts curriculum begins and ends in its unique Paideia program. Paideia I (Greek for "education") guides first-year students through a year-long interdisciplinary study of pivotal moments in human history. This common experience helps students build community and integrate learning.

Paideia II challenges juniors and seniors to tackle a more specific issue through a course that explores value systems and ethical decision-making. In between, students develop a breadth of knowledge through the college's general requirements and a depth of knowledge through a chosen major.

Unlike most large universities in the United States, at Luther College all classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate-school teaching assistants. Of its nearly 200 faculty, 90 percent have a doctorate or other terminal degrees. And with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, these bright teachers, scholars, and researchers devote their lives to helping students learn.

At Luther, faculty-student research opportunities are numerous and popular. Nearly 100 students each year present their research at conferences throughout the Midwest, across the country, and even around the world. The college even provides funding for selected students to present their work.

Learning at Luther is all about engagement; students become fully involved in their experiences both on and off campus. Over half of Luther students engage in student teaching, internships, nursing clinicals, social work practica, or otherwise gain real-world experience prior to graduation.