Each student at Northland College takes a selection of courses from across the arts, sciences, and humanities. However, this requirement is more than just hoop jumping. It provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and skills. Northland College’s general education is designed for exploration. Our students know that chemistry and writing can be closely linked, or that sociology can create better business leaders. Time and again, they have found out how disparate interests actually intersect in surprising ways. They have uncovered unimagined possibilities.
- LEES (Liberal Education for the Environment and Society) integrates liberal arts studies with an environmental emphasis, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future. Consistent with this mission, the College’s Liberal Education for the Environment and Society program prepares students to be leaders in understanding, communicating, and acting upon the complexity of environmental issues, and in working to understand and address societal dynamics that create and are influenced by environmental issues.
For students looking for a specific learning community, we also offer two general education pathways within the LEES program that are modeled to focus on topics regarding sustainable agriculture or the Lake Superior region.
- Growing Connections allows participants a comprehensive look at the history, theories, and practices of sustainable agriculture. These students work closely with faculty and regional farmers in classrooms, labs, and fields to develop their understanding of human food systems and ecological health.
- Superior Connections students take courses that dive directly into the interwoven economic, environmental, and cultural facets of the Lake Superior watershed. Students in the program also spend a month circumnavigating the Lake by car, canoe, and on foot, picking up new insights about the region as they go. Student participation is limited to 20; in order to gain acceptance into Superior Connections, students must have a paid enrollment deposit.