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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; Violence, War, and World Religions; and Leadership: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk.

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.

 

History worth repeating

Maria Naert '11 signed up for a history class with adjunct professor Art Pitz, and got the chance to record the past for posterity. Pitz tapped into Maria's interest and enthusiasm by engaging her as a research assistant to conduct interviews that chronicle the civil rights movement and its impact in the Quad Cities. The interviews were used to create a living archive, part of a two-year collaborative effort between Ambrose, the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and the Putman Museum.

Maria interviewed 30 people, from a former member of the Ku Klux Klan to the first black wrestling champion at an Iowa university. She notes, "This work has increased my interest in history."