Pursuing your personal passion.
The Major is the newest academic COE and it allows students to chart an individualized and in-depth course of study designed around their personal interests. The topics have varied in past years from forensic biology, to exoplanets and planet formation, to film study. Our innovative academic approach built on our blended learning model opens up the traditional high school schedule to allow students the flexibility to explore and develop new areas of passion and interest as they also meet the rigors of our core college preparatory program.
The Major allows students to focus on an area of interest and structure their learning in a way that engages their critical inquiry skills and develops their passion for self-guided discovery. Each student is a member of a cohort of fellow students whom they support and challenge under the guidance of a dedicated faculty member who provides structure, guidance, and mentorship throughout the whole program.
Completing a focused, self-directed course of study during high school differentiates The Major students from other college applicants, and provides them many of the benefits of a gap year while still in school.
Examples of Self-Directed Courses of Study:
With a course schedule that opens up blocks of time, a student interested in marine life might:
- Complete an internship at the Minnesota Zoo.
- Travel to do research with The Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui.
- Complete a visual advertising campaign about the dangers of global warming.
An aspiring playright might:
- Take writing workshops at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
- Direct the Dramatic Association in a performance of a play she has written.
- Develop a website or phone app to advertise the performance.