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The Initiatives Program

The Initiatives program seeks to foster student development and integration into the Beloit College community over the first four semesters of study.  The program incorporates:

  • coursework designed to excite intellectual curiosity and build the skills and perspectives fundamental to a liberal arts education;
  • a superlative advising program that combines one-on-one mentorship from a faculty member with structured opportunities that enable you to get the most out of your Beloit liberal arts education; and
  • a strong emphasis on helping you find your own path through college, and giving you the tools and support you need to follow it successfully;
  • competitive Venture Grants to support a self-designed project you undertake in the summer following your sophomore year, so you can put into practice what you've learned in your first two years, and prepare for the years ahead.

These different elements of the program work together to develop your skills, interests, knowledge, and agency so that, by the end of the sophomore year, you have designed your own educational trajectory, and know its value and purpose.

As the name implies, the developmental components of the Initiatives program aim both to help you find and take initiative yourself, and to initiate you into the practice of the liberal arts—the hallmark of a Beloit College education. That entails developing habits of mind conducive to ethical and creative engagement with the world and learning how to apply different ideas, skills, and perspectives to particular problems and life challenges.

Follow the links to the left to explore different aspects of the program.