Academic Programs



Events students can choose to attend include:

  • Lectures and talks by Transylvania faculty or visiting scholars and artists

  • Presentations and performances by creative writers

  • Approved films and documentaries

  • Theater productions

  • Musical performances

  • Art exhibit openings and gallery hops

University 1780

Liberally educated individuals are curious and eagerly pursue many interests. University 1780 helps first-year and transfer students get accustomed to exploring new ideas and participating in a variety of cultural activities.

To encourage a sampling of intellectual and cultural experiences available on campus, students are expected to attend at least ten approved events of their choice during fall, winter, and May terms. Students may also receive UNIV 1780 credit for engaging in community service.

The registrar’s office tracks student attendance and keeps faculty advisors informed of students’ progress. Students receive one-quarter credit for successfully completing the University 1780 requirements.

University 1780 also presents opportunities for students to engage in scholarly dialogue with peers and professors, outside of the pressures of graded courses. As students discover the benefits of these types of interactions, our goal is that they will develop a lifelong habit of participating in a community of inquiry.

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