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Minerva Schools Majors

Academics & Faculty

The Minerva curriculum is based on studies of human motivation, learning, and memory and is truly unique to Minerva. At the core of Minerva's educational philosophy is a focus on learning outcomes, based on the latest teaching methodologies.

Founding Dean Dr. Kosslyn and the deans have designed the Minerva curriculum to integrate proven learning approaches, with a focus on student success. The Minerva model is highly interdisciplinary and designed with the student as its focus. Students in every major will take courses across subject matter, from expert faculty in a variety of disciplines.

Minerva's classes are live, discussion-intensive seminars directed in real-time by faculty using a proprietary interactive platform designed to maximize student interactions with the professor and with each other. There are no lectures and all classes are limited to 19 students. Seminar-style learning in small classes allows for personalized attention and vigorous discussion designed to provoke thought and challenge assumptions. Minerva's proprietary software allows us to assess every student interaction (including in-class participation and group projects) to provide students and faculty immediate feedback on student learning and performance. Because the learning experience can be greatly enhanced by leveraging this feedback, all classes take advantage of the interactive learning platform.

All incoming students take four cornerstone courses, the foundation on which the curriculum is built. This common intellectual platform is the base from which students develop their worldview throughout their lives. The four cornerstones are:

  • Formal analyses: including a rigorous immersion in logic, rational thought, data analysis, and formal systems.
  • Empirical analyses: focusing on the ability to use the scientific method to frame problems, test hypotheses, and engage in informed conjecture.
  • Complex systems: helping the students to understand second order effects, multifactor interactions, trends, and complexity theory.
  • Multimodal communications: including reading and writing effectively at a high level, public speaking, group project collaboration, visual communication, and formal debate.

The foundational skills students establish in their first year will be drawn upon in coursework throughout the following three years of study. Students will select a major and concentration during their second year and culminate their experience with the Minerva Capstone Project, which will help launch students into the next stage of their professional lives.