Paideia 111/112: Enduring Questions
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
You join in the conversation with a summer reading. This text for all first-year students is the basis for discussions that begin during orientation and continue into the semester.
View the 2013 Summer Reading selection.
Learning in Community
Enduring Questions is a course that every Luther student takes in his or her first year. This common element is vital. 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.
Enduring Questions sections allow face-to-face learning, with no more than 19 students per section.
Lectures and Guests
Each work in Enduring Questions begins with a large-format lecture in which a faculty member provides an overview. In addition, the author of the summer reading text often visits Luther and speaks at convocation.