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At Ambrose, our emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences pushes students to ask not just what, but what else? Expect great conversation. Learning is about dialogue and discourse, not just information.

Develop your talents

Our faculty members are enthusiastic teachers, and within the first semester their approach triggers measurable growth in skills and confidence. They're expert "talent spotters" and encourage you to be creative with class projects. When students throw themselves into their coursework, they truly get the most they can out of their education. You may find yourself starring in and producing your own version of Chaucer's The Pardoners Tale for your British literature class; setting up a strength and aerobic conditioning program for a kinesiology class; or creating lesson plans for elementary education.

Learn from fellow students

Learning Communities allow you to take several classes with the same 20-25 people and make connections between different fields. Most communities consist of two general education courses and a section of New Student Seminar linked by themes such as The Art of Science; Wonders of the Universe and Mind; and The Hero and Heroine's Path (and that's just a sampling!).

Undergraduate Opportunities

The minds of three professors dreamed up the Summer Research Institute, an intensive, six-week undergraduate research opportunity that guides students along and through the discovery and autonomous processes of research.

The Institute is but one of a number of university-wide research initiatives that have been championed by Ambrose faculty. Sharing scholarly work with a larger audience not only propels the university forward, but also greatly enhances the overall academic experience for Ambrose students and faculty alike.

"Instead of having authoritative professors influencing our project, we had faculty who were more interested in guiding us in the right direction, letting us tackle the projects on our own," said Teresa Popp '12, a then-senior biology major. "Without research, we would be stuck in a 'cut-it-open-to-see-how-it-works' type of questioning, rather than a 'why-does-it-work' and 'how-does-that-influence-other-things' type of questioning."

See also:

SAU Honors Program
Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Become multi-disciplined

Interdisciplinary ideas expand and deepen your understanding, preparing you for a world of emerging careers.

  • In Brenda Peters' biology class, students studied several aspects of disease. In a group project, students developed campaigns that emphasize the prevention of a disease, debated the opposite sides of a disease-related issue, and explored a disease state.
  • Environmental studies explores the physical environment from various perspectives: from literature to theology, and biology to sociology. Students acquire a scientific understanding of ecosystems; a philosophical, theological, artistic and literary basis for relating to the environment; socio-political, economic and historical contexts; and hands-on experience in conservation, preservation and restoration.
  • Students of modern Irish history, Irish literature, and Irish theatre travel together to explore the Emerald Isle's historical, literary and cultural sites.