The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science’s Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet’s most interesting ecosystems.
Thinking Matters courses are meant to help freshman students develop a sense for what constitutes a genuine question or problem and how to address it in a creative and disciplined manner. Through an emphasis on critical analysis, close reading, analytic writing, and effective communication, a liberal education enables students to make connections across many fields of study that will inform their future intellectual work and life after Stanford.
Kai Kight, ’14, a product design major, spins pop and classical into compositions for solo violin. For a look at the lives and work of other Stanford artists, visit: http://stanford.io/1lLVVe6
A typical routine for Nick Hoversten, ’14, a double major in history and studio art, involves painting, sculpting, woodworking, photography, surfing and practice and competition for Stanford Men’s Water Polo.
Designed to showcase the arts as an essential part of scholarly and public life, Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC) gives first-year students a place to explore the arts practically and analytically, regardless of their majors.