Intersections: Seeking the Common Good

The Scholars Program curriculum, Intersections: Seeking the Common Good, provides highly motivated students the opportunity to engage in a series of seminars and colloquia focused on in-depth liberal arts study of the great ideas, issues, and challenges of the human quest for the common good. The Intersections curriculum offers students intellectual depth and connections by emphasizing both historical and cross-disciplinary inquiry into classic questions and texts, shaped in explicit connection to the goal of preparing students to understand, confront, and engage in service to the common good. It emphasized the value of "intersections" of people, cultures, approaches, methods—and the challenges of inquiry itself as part of each student's (and citizen's) intellectual journey.

Intersections 130: Scholars Colloquium is a one-credit discussion-based course that provides an opportunity to engage with other high-achieving first-year students in a thoughtful discussion of issues and ideas. Entering students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school will be permitted to participate in Scholars Colloquium in the fall semester of their first year. Other students may be nominated by a Luther faculty member to participate in the spring.

Intersections 185: Great Debates is a January Term first-year seminar that focuses on some of the most momentous debates in human history and their role in shaping how we see ourselves and the world. The course is open to all first-year students, but designed for students wanting to explore the Intersections Program.

Course descriptions for all the Scholars Program courses, including seminars, colloquia, and individualized opportunities for upper-level students, can be found under the subject of Intersections in the Curriculum section of the catalog.

To enroll in Intersections courses beyond the first-year level, students must apply for admission to the Scholars Program. The application process is open to all students. Applications will be evaluated by the Honors Advisory Committee; continuation in the program is contingent on successful progress in the courses. Students who earn a minimum of 16 credit hours, including at least three seminars and at least one research or project-based course/experience, will receive a certificate of Scholars Distinction.