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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives

Experimental College


The Experimental College (ExCollege) at Tufts offers nonā€traditional and multidisciplinary courses that any undergraduate student can take along with department and program based courses.

Each semester, more than twenty courses are offered that are new to the Tufts curriculum. Most instructors are recruited from the vibrant community of accomplished professionals in the Boston area. Course topics range among these general areas: Business and Law, Human Rights and Social Change, World Cultures, Media and the Arts, Health and Wellness, Science and Technology.

The Goals of the Experimental College

  • introduce new topics to students at a formative time in their career, without requiring prior experience in the subject area.
  • fill gaps in the conventional curriculum.
  • contemporize education by teaching timely, situational topics in a small class setting (twenty or fewer students).
  • engage students in shaping their own education.
  • encourage meaningful dialog between students and faculty

Our Learning Objectives

Upon completion of an Experimental College course, students have shown that they are able to:

  1. Take an active role in designing their education by choosing elective course(s) that bridge the academy and the professional worlds.
  2. Gather original information from primary literature or performances and creative works.
  3. Develop active learning skills: participating in class discussions, working in groups, presenting their work to the class, and evaluating creative works.
  4. Develop written and verbal communication skills directed to a course topic.
  5. Take ownership of their education by providing mid-semester reviews that guide course improvements during the semester.
  6. Make creative contributions to a field of inquiry, often extending out into the community.
  7. Develop continuous learning; understand the advances and trends of a field, and take knowledge of the field forward.

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