“AmCon” as it is known on campus — is a two-year interdisciplinary learning community open to all St. Olaf first-year students interested in an in-depth exploration of America. Over a sequence of four integrated courses, students examine American culture, American history, America’s values and role, and the meaning of citizenship, both in the classroom and the surrounding community.
American Conversations is a learning community where students get to know one another both in their conversation-based classes and by living in a common dorm in their first year. “AmConners” also get together for program dinners, field trips, and social events. In AmCon, conversations might start in the classroom and continue over dinner or during a trip to a museum or theater in Minneapolis St. Paul.
Students of all majors acquire many of their general education course credits in one place — from literary and artistic studies to history and multicultural studies, from writing and oral communications to social sciences.
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