Classes Begin for 2013-2014 Academic Year
August 28, 2013
Fall classes are now underway at Saint Leo University, at education centers, online, and at the traditional University Campus where the class schedule began Tuesday morning.
Undergraduates are encountering a number of new learning opportunities this year. The university has introduced a new liberal arts program called University Explorations, which offers students topical courses within the five general subject areas of social sciences, humanities and arts, physical and life sciences, diversity, and religion and philosophy. For example, students enrolled in the 8 a.m. Tuesday section of the social sciences course Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times (pictured) began reviewing news events in Syria, Egypt, Burma, India, with Dr. Hudson Reynolds, a political scientist. Over the semester, students will gain a deeper understanding of the problems encountered by various democracies at critical junctures. Some examples will be contemporary, and some historical. Students are expected to gain a deeper understanding of the way scholars approach their disciplines through courses focused on specific topics.
Some of the other offerings within University Explorations include courses on Native American history, energy and its impact on global society, Christian spirituality, and the history of American popular music. The new liberal arts curriculum requires 42 credit hours and so constitutes about one-third of an undergraduate’s degree program, no matter what major he or she pursues.
Some other new developments include the introduction of a major in economics, and minors in legal studies and Spanish.
University Campus anticipates a weekday student population of about 2,250 this year.