The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Lower Division Program is a unique way to complete general education (GE) requirements. Students complete all lower division general education requirements (except mathematics) in four courses, one each semester through an interdisciplinary, theme-oriented focus. These twelve unit courses, The Human Enigma, In Search of Self, Exploring the Unknown, and Challenge and Response in the Modern World, cover important issues and areas of inquiry ranging from literature, arts and media, psychology, social and cultural history, the sciences, philosophy, anthropology and contemporary affairs.
Students learn through seminar format classes where 12-15 students meet with one professor and discuss the daily readings. Instructors are facilitators, rather than lecturers. Students learn through active participation in seminar discussions and activities rather than through lectures and tests. The Hutchins lower division curriculum emphasizes excellence in written and oral communication and does not use testing to assess students. Rather, it uses extensive reading and writing, creative and service projects, and regular tutorials. Students also meet together with other groups of students from the same cadre to enjoy field trips, films, guest speakers, African dance performances, video projects and more. The Hutchins community also sponsors an Art Show each fall and publishes our in house literary magazine Zephyr each spring.
The Hutchins Lower Division Program is the required academic Freshman Learning Community for all freshman SSU Liberal Studies majors. The Hutchins Lower Division is also a good fit for Undeclared students and freshmen in most majors - particularly majors in the humanities and social sciences - who want to learn General Education in this unique way. Students may choose to complete our General Education program and then move on to other majors, or to stay in Hutchins to complete a BA in Liberal Studies.
In addition, Hutchins offers an optional accelerated Blended Program (Track 3) which allows first semester freshmen to complete both a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subjects Elementary Teaching Credential in four, rather than the typical five, years.
The Hutchins program requires General Education Level English placement (EPT exempt or minimum score of 147 on the EPT). Additionally, due to twelve units per semester program structure students may not join any optional Residential Life Freshman Living Learning Community except the Education FIG. In addition to the Education FIG, Hutchins freshmen desiring a Residential Life Freshman Living Community may also elect to live in Sauvignon Community Co-op, Adventure Living, U-Engage, or Healthy Living housing.
For more information on the Hutchins program, please go to the Hutchins webpage.
How do I know if the Hutchins FLC is right for me?
You must be interested in completing all of your freshman and sophomore General Education (GE) (except mathematics) through a four semester, seminar format, reading and writing intensive program with classes of 12-15 students. Priority given to Hutchins Liberal Studies majors, but students from other majors are welcome to apply. If you are not a declared Liberal Studies major please contact the Hutchins office 707-664-2492 for more information. After completing lower division GE in Hutchins, students may choose to stay in Hutchins or continue on to another major of their choosing.
You must be GE English ready (EPT exempt or minimum score of 147 on the EPT).Hutchins lower division courses meet Monday & Wednesday 9-12:00 and Friday 9-12:00 and 1-4:00. Students are limited to six absences. Student athletes should consult with their coach to determine if there are schedule conflicts.