Free Minds students study the humanities in an intensive, discussion-based seminar environment. Class sessions are centered on group discussion, not on lectures, and help students develop the skills of close reading, analysis, and communications. The course emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and group work, all of which complement job-training and job-retention programs as well as further coursework in higher education.
Find out more about the content of the course, by visiting our What We Study page.
The Free Minds class is team-taught by a group of experienced professors from UT and ACC. One graduate student serves in the coures each year as a dedicated writing consultant, whose primary aim is to prepare students for college-level writing. Each professor teaches a unit of six classes within her/his discipline in the Fall and again in the Spring. Free Minds professors design their syllabi according to their own unique passions and research projects, while simultaneously coordinating each unit around a yearly class theme.
Learn more about who teaches in the class by visiting our Faculty page.
Free Minds also creates an environment for intergenerational learning by serving not just adult students but their children as well. A youth development program, run by Camp Fire USA while students are in class, allows children ages five and up to learn while their parents learn. The youth curriculum mirrors the adult curriculum, while integrating lessons in responsibility, decision-making, and developing self-esteem and environmental awareness.
Read more about Camp Fire by visiting our Camp Fire USA page.