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Exploring the ICC at Orientation

Written by David Andersen '14

Student signing up for ICC at orientation

At this year’s summer orientation, incoming students were introduced to IC’s new Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) at an interactive theme exploration session. The ICC aims to enhance students’ academic experiences by helping them connect on the basis of shared interests and ideas rather than specific fields of study.

The orientation session gave students an opportunity to investigate the themes that interested them most. At the Power and Justice station, a short video analyzed the implications of water scarcity in other parts of the world. It explained that many people in drier, less affluent regions spend hours every day retrieving water from the nearest source for their families, often at the expense of their health and education. Accompanying the video was an activity in which students could try carrying a large jug of water 20 feet, to simulate what some people must do over much greater distances.

Each station offered an interactive glimpse of the theme it represented, as well as a list of available courses and seminars. These classes, just like the ICC, are designed to connect students across disciplines and expand their perspectives about the world in which they live.

Watch the video below for an explanation of the different themes of the ICC.



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