|Minerva Schools at KGI|
Minerva Schools at KGI is an American-accredited university that provides an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to top students around the world. Minerva offers an innovative undergraduate program that combines world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. Minerva also has the most globally diverse student body of any university program, with 78% of our students coming from outside the United States.
Instead of being sequestered on an isolated campus, Minerva students move around the globe in cohorts and live together in residence halls situated in seven of the greatest cities for a truly immersive global experience. The seven city locations are: San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hyderabad, London, and Taipei.
Read more about our global immersion programs.
Generous financial aid and diverse international student body
Minerva believes in attracting and educating the best students across the world, regardless of financial situation. Minerva is need blind for international students, which means that applying for financial aid will not impact your admission decision in any way. As a result Minerva has an incredibly globally diverse student body. Minerva attracts top students from not just US but also Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In fact, 78% of our students come from outside the United States. Read about our diverse student community.
Minerva offers generous, need-based financial aid for all students who are accepted into Minerva, regardless of nationality. All international and U.S.-based students are eligible to apply for aid along with your application to Minerva. Applicants who are admitted will receive a financial aid package commensurate with their demonstrated financial need. To be considered for financial aid, first complete your application to Minerva and then apply for financial aid following the steps on our Financial Aid website here.
Innovative, future-focused curriculum
Together with a diverse group of intellectually curious, international students, you will develop skills and experiences to be successful in a dynamic, global future.
No Lectures Policy
Unlike the passive lectures at most universities, all Minerva classes take place in small interactive seminars. Top professors lead students through lively discussion, intensive debate, and collaborative work sessions. This active learning approach is designed to stimulate deep cognition, enhancing your understanding of course material and furthering your ability to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations in novel ways. Minerva specifically designed its own online seminar platform, the Active Learning Forum, to complement this philosophy. Watch this video explaining the ALF in-depth to learn more about its functions and features:
At other top universities, the curriculum is either unstructured or rigidly defined and focused on disseminating information. Minerva’s four-year curriculum is expressly designed to balance breadth of understanding with depth of expertise. Your coursework is structured to allow both broad exploration and increasing specialization.
After the first-year Cornerstone courses, which are wholly interdisciplinary, every term is progressively more focused. In your second year, you will work with your academic advisor to explore and then select a major, setting the direction for the major core courses you need to complete your degree. Your focus continues to narrow in year three when you select a concentration within your major. The concentrations, which enable more directed work in your chosen field, are more analogous to the majors found at other universities. However, unlike those narrow specializations, at Minerva, you learn practical knowledge that can be applied across each major field and to emergent categories within them.
Your final year at Minerva centers on completing your self-directed Capstone project. By envisioning, planning, and producing an integrated application of your skills and interests, you are able to create something that is both personally compelling and truly novel to your field. Whether you choose to write an original screenplay, the code for a disruptive technology, or the business plan for a bold social venture, the idea and implementation are yours to lead. The key requirement is that it be a distinctive concept with practical significance to the world. Learn more about our innovative four-year curriculum here.
Bachelor of Arts: Arts and Humanities
Minerva's B.A. in Arts and Humanities takes the history of human creative thought and expression and applies it to understanding and contextualising events, ideas, policies and human relationships. Students will first take core modules in Global History, Morality and the impact of art on social change, in order to gain a broad set of critical thinking and persuasive skills which they will then further hone when concentrating in their area of interest within this major. This major will equip students to take on jobs in diverse fields.
Historical Forces Understand the impact of historical forces by acquiring the analytical tools of historians to solve the challenges posed by a wide range of historical problems; learn about comparative methods to analyze the effects of various forces on different societies; and apply what you have learned as a historian to use history as an instrument to inform public debates on contemporary issues. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a public policy expert, a history professor or an investigative journalist.
Philosophy, Ethics, and the Law Delve into the origins of moral beliefs, the relationship of ethics, philosophy, and law to one another, and the relevance of all three to decision-making. Learn about the theoretical frameworks you can bring to bear when addressing moral issues and investigate how ethical and philosophical analysis may be used to change political and social institutions for the better. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being an attorney, a management consultant or a policy director at a think tank.
Arts and Literatures Acquire a variety of analytical tools to interpret works of art and literature. Explore how the arts and literature interact with the larger society around them, how they are influenced by economic, political, and social forces, and how in turn the arts and literature can be used to communicate effectively and persuade others to bring about change. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a writer, a music producer or a museum curator.
Humanities Analyses Approach the arts, literature, history, ethics, law, and philosophy from an analytical perspective. Learn how to interpret the arts and literature deeply, using careful observation and appropriate theoretical approaches; apply the methodological tools of the historian to interpret the past as well as the present; and examine the theoretical frameworks of ethical systems to understand their relationship to legal systems and contested moral issues. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a legislative analyst, a newspaper critic or a press secretary.
Humanities Foundations Examine the humanities by putting them into their social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. Examine the divergent responses of different societies to the challenges they faced. Understand the evolution of the arts and literature around the world within their socio-economic, political, and cultural frameworks; and explore how and why our notions of ethical and legal systems, as well as their applications, have changed in response to new ideas about the role of individuals and institutions in society. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a journalist, a novelist or a social commentator.
Humanities Applications Explore the uses of history, ethics, the arts and literature to understand the past, influence the present, anticipate new developments, and persuade cultural, social, political, and economic actors and institutions to modify their plans for the future. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a political scientist, an urban planner or a public policy expert.
Learn more about this major here.
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