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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:

Four-Year Curriculum
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: Social Sciences
Minerva’s B.A. in Social Sciences trains students to apply the methods of science to understand human thinking and behavior - individually, in groups and in society. Students will develop an understanding of how to impact human behavior and attitudes - be it reducing crime, designing effective political campaigns, helping people overcome addictions, crafting economic/labor policies, and convincing people to conserve resources. The major has 3 core courses which ground students in the essentials of psychology, economics and politics. They then choose their concentrations, which lead to careers such as being legislative or public policy analysts, economists or lawyers.
Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Explore theories of cognition, emotion, and their relation. Learn how the brain gives rise to the mind. Study how knowledge about thinking and motivations can be used to influence people’s beliefs and behaviors. Study a variety of conceptual tools to predict economic behavior and learn the sophisticated statistical tools underlying economic models. Examine important challenges facing both developing and developed economies. This concentration prepares students for careers such a social science professor, a public policy analyst or a treasurer in a start-up.
Economics and Society Study a variety of conceptual tools to predict economic behavior and learn the sophisticated statistical tools underlying economic models. Examine important challenges facing both developing and developed economies. This concentration prepares students for careers such being an economic advisor for industry or government, being a public policy analyst or a corporate attorney.
Politics, Government, and Society Investigate the important effects of differences among governments and the consequences that different political systems have on society. Discover what is necessary to design a constitution that will work effectively. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a legislative analyst, an executive director of a NGO or an advisor to a financial think tank.
Theory and Analysis in the Social Sciences Understand the variety and types of theories in social science, spanning the range from mind and emotion to economies and governments around the world. Learn how such theories are developed and tested. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a policy analyst, a strategic planner or a corporate manager.
Empirical Approaches to the Social Sciences Learn fundamental facts across a range of topics in social science, spanning the mind and brain, economics, and world political systems. Compare and contrast the tools of discovery in these various domains and how to interpret the findings produced by these tools. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a clinical psychologist, an economist or a high school teacher.
Designing Societies Devise ways to improve society, based on facts about the science of influence and motivation, the economic challenges facing societies, and the key ingredients of constitutions. Imagine the ideal social order and see whether you can create guidelines that would shape such a society. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a lawyer, a member of congress or a market researcher.
Learn more about this major here.
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