Food donated to support the 2018 Oxfam Hunger Banquet, a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty
Students making care packages for Nebraska flood victims at the 2018 Big Event
The Big Event worksite where students packaged 10,000 meals for people in need around the world
The Big Event Volunteers paint tiles as part of the 2018 day of service at Chadron State College
Students in Dr. Trudy Denham’s ART 200 course, Ceramics for the non art major, prepare to fire their work
ART 200 Student pulls project from the kiln
Dr. John Wojcik directs the Chadron State Wind Symphony Performance
Welcome to Essential Studies
Students are members of a broader society dependent on their meaningful contributions for its success. The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State provides an integrated, coherent learning experience to prepare students for a life of responsible inquiry.
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Why Essential Studies
The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State provides an integrated, coherent learning experience to prepare students for a life of responsible inquiry. ESP is built on student learning outcomes (SLOs) that answer the fundamental question, "what should all undergraduate students - irrespective of their majors and career aspirations - know or be able to do upon graduation?"
The Essential Studies program is comprised of 39 hours distributed across twelve key areas:
- FIRST YEAR INQUIRY (FYI): At the beginning of the program, for all entering first year students, six hours of inquiry-guided learning offered among a wide variety of topics. (Student Learning Outcome 1)
- SKILLS: Twelve credit hours focused on building skills in written and oral communication, math and logic, and practice in the creative arts. (Student Learning Outcomes 2-5)
- MODES OF INQUIRY: Nine credit hours focused on exploring the humanities and the physical and social sciences. (Student Learning Outcomes 6-8)
- PERSONAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Nine credit hours focused on the practice of ethics, civic engagement, diversity and wellness. (Student Learning Outcomes 9-11 )
- CAPSTONE INTEGRATION (CAP): A three-credit-hour course at the end of the program, junior or senior year, featuring a culminating experience that seeks to integrate what has been learned throughout the essential studies courses into a final project or presentation.
CHADRON – A final project designed by Chadron State College senior Quentin Wagner reflects the principles of the college’s Essential Studies Program and the transformation faculty hope to see in a student between a First Year Inquiry course and a Capstone course.
Wagner, of Ainsworth, Nebraska, created a Young Environmental Stewards (YES) competition for Outside: Yourself in the World (CAP 469E) taught