Paideia 111/112: Enduring Questions

A Paideia professor listens to a student.

Face-to-Face Learning

Enduring Questions sections allow face-to-face learning, with no more than 19 students per section.

Learning in Community

Enduring Questions is a course that every Luther student takes in his or her first year. This common element is vital—all sections share a syllabus. Throughout the year, all Luther first-year students read the same works (though the class assignments related to the works may vary). The best class discussions extend into residence halls and cafeteria tables.

Interdisciplinary

Enduring Questions—a two-semester course taught by faculty from every academic division—studies works drawn from across the disciplines. The course provides a base of skills you will use throughout your college experience.

It models the ideals of the liberal arts because:

  • the most important questions draw on a range of perspectives for their answers
  • the best answers draw not only on facts but on the wisdom of a well-developed sensibility 
  • education develops your potential, not just for a job, but for an active social, political, and inner life

Pay attention in Paideia and learn how to write. It doesn't matter if you're a newspaper reporter, a lawyer, a doctor, or an accountant. Being able to convey your thoughts in an organized and thoughtful way will always serve you well in both your personal and professional life.

—Heather Clefisch '94