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A Description of "Ways of Inquiry" (INQ) Courses

Courses driven by inquiry are designed to be transformative in that students not only learn elemental concepts, principles, assumptions, and terminology of a particular discipline, but they understand and question the way knowledge is sought by actively learning and practicing the discipline’s approaches to inquiry. These explorations often engage ethical issues and social responsibility, make connections across disciplines, and create contexts for experiential learning. Ways of Inquiry courses, although primarily focused on ways of seeking knowledge rooted within a discipline, also strive to develop students’ abilities in areas that in some ways transcend disciplines: reading critically, writing cogently, communicating effectively, and independently pursuing knowledge through inquiry.
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