What is Paideia?
In Paideia students and faculty read, think, discuss, and write about the questions and choices that matter.
Developed in 1977, Paideia is a signature Luther program. Its endurance testifies to the intellectual transformation afforded thousands of Luther students. This foundation grounds students for success in education and life.
Paideia includes three interdisciplinary courses: a common two-semester sequence for first-year students (Paideia 111 and 112), and a series of one-semester courses for juniors and seniors (Paideia 450: Ethical Choices). The program also incorporates performances and events, including an annual lecture series; library acquisitions; student writing services; a faculty development program that includes sabbatical grants and summer workshops; and a faculty journal Agora: Luther College in Conversation.
A name in the Greek tradition
"Paideia" (pronounced pie-DAY-uh) is a classical Greek term meaning "education." Paideia was a wide-ranging education that helped students become intellectually well-rounded citizens who could contribute ideas and solve problems in a free society. Paideia was essentially a liberal arts education.