Colloquia are different than seminars. Where seminars are typically in-depth explorations of a particular academic subject, colloquia are more experiential—encouraging active engagement and reflection. In the Intersections program, seminars are full 4-credit courses. Colloquia are typically one-credit, which means it's possible to enroll even if you're carrying a full load of other courses.
The Scholars program offers three kinds of colloquia:
Scholars Colloquium is a one-credit course that provides small-group discussions of readings, of local or national current events, or of the amazing cultural and intellectual events available on campus. Some sections of the colloquium focus on a particular theme for the semester; others range more broadly to include attendance at such events as lectures (by Luther faculty members and visiting scholars and dignitaries), concerts (ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary), theatre and dance performances, poetry readings, and art shows. The various sections of Scholars Colloquium are taught by faculty members from across the curriculum (open to first-year students by invitation).
This one-credit colloquium is a project-driven course designed to inspire participation in the communities in which we live and to encourage students to use their knowledge and passion to live out Luther College’s mission to “serve with distinction for the common good.” The objective of this course will be to identify and understand a local or global challenge and tackle a piece of it. Students will collaborate to research a problem, design an action plan, carry out a project, and report on their project and its outcomes.
What now? How have all of your college learning experiences prepared you for life after Luther? This one-credit colloquium will ask students to reflect on their goals, their research experience, and their learning in relation to opportunities for graduate school, career, citizenship, and leadership in the larger world. It will emphasize investigation of and reflection on contemporary global issues and needs, as well as analyzing potential solutions and how we individually and collectively might use our learning, gifts, and skills to address them. (Junior/senior standing expected.)