- Academic English Studies (ESL)
- Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
- East Asian Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Exploration and Discovery
- Foreign Languages
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- German Studies
- Health Professions
- Hispanic Studies
- International Affairs
- Latin American Studies
- Mathematics/Computer Science
- Political Economy
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Rhetoric and Media Studies (formerly Communication)
- Sociology and Anthropology
Welcome to college. Now what?
Exploration and Discovery—better known as E&D— the course where you can immerse yourself in an array of the great texts (like Plato, Freud, the Bible, and Woolf); improve your writing, reading, and speaking skills; and discover what the liberal arts are really all about.
This innovative, two-semester program will introduce you to important ideas and works in the tradition of the liberal arts, and help you develop the college-level skills necessary to succeed at Lewis & Clark—and beyond. We’re proud to offer such a unique opportunity to our first-year students.
In the fall, you’ll work closely with your small section and instructor to read, discuss, and write papers on provocative works of philosophy, literature, religion, and science. Scheduled E&D lectures and films take place in the late afternoon or evening, and offer additional food for thought.
During spring you’ll apply your freshly-honed skills to a rigorous seminar course—topics vary depending upon each instructor’s interest and expertise, and have ranged from war, the environment, and human rights, to vampires, the Big Bang theory, and the concept of scandal.
E&D is a reading, writing, and talking-intensive course that allows you to explore new ideas and discover your academic potential. Small sections and committed faculty result in solid feedback and individual attention and a unifying curriculum of ideas, concepts, and approaches results in a community of thinkers with common ground and informed, diverse opinions.
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August 28th, 2015
1:30pm - 3:00pm:
E&D Kick-Off Lecture: In Dialogue with Plato
This year’s event – In Dialogue With Plato – features a panel of faculty from across the College. True to the spirit of E&D, they offer interdisciplinary perspectives on our topic.
- Kim Cameron-Dominguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in CORE
- John Holzwarth, Director of the Writing Center
- Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities
2:45pm - 3:45pm:
First E&D Class
First day of class for Exploration & Discovery, Core 106. Immediately following the E&D Kick-Off Lecture, please head to the announced classrooms (signs will be posted).
September 16th, 2015
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
E&D Fall Colloquium: Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format. Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.Guest panelists followed by Q&A:
- Dawn Odell, Associate Professor of Art History
- Rishona Zimring, Professor of English
- David Campion, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Associate Professor of History
September 28th, 2015
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
E&D Fall Colloquium: Douglass’ Narrative
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format. Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.Guest panelists followed by Q&A:
- Reiko Hillyer, Assistant Professor of History
- Kundai Chirindo, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies
- Rachel Cole, Associate Professor of English