The Cornerstone Curriculum Certificate is a program of study designed to prepare students for success in their academic and professional future. Through Minerva’s Cornerstone courses and the Integrated Learning course students dramatically improve their analytical decision making, creative problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
Students will learn and apply the habits of mind and foundational concepts (HCs) that underlie four core competencies — thinking critically, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, and interacting effectively — that are the common foundation for every Minerva student.
All Minerva classes are synchronous and conducted on the Forum™ virtual learning platform. Seminars are capped at 20 students and focus on discussion, debate, and collaborative work sessions. This active learning approach stimulates deep cognition, enhancing your understanding of course material and furthering your ability to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations in novel ways.
In each session, your professor prompts students to participate in the lively exchange of ideas and deep engagement with course material that are the hallmarks of active learning. Classes include breakout groups, polls, simulations, and presentations, which give you numerous opportunities to develop and apply practical knowledge that is both relevant to your career and critical for the world.
Whether you are a high school graduate, a current university student, or a university graduate, you can participate in the Cornerstone Courses Certificate program as a Visiting Scholar
. The one year (two-semester) full-time offering allows students to engage in an unparalleled learning experience. The Cornerstone Curriculum Certificate will be granted upon successful completion of the eight Cornerstone courses and the Integrated Learning course.