To help students prepare for lives and careers in the 21st century, the faculty has designed a curriculum that gives students opportunities to effectively prepare for their future. We call that curriculum "Global Perspectives."
Our society expects certain things from college graduates. It is the commitment of Drury University, through the Global Perspectives program, to provide students with a degree that meets those expectations. The Global Perspectives program is designed to provide a context for the academic major that enhances a student's ability to succeed in graduate school, professional school and careers. The combination of a major or majors and Global Perspectives provides an innovative and solid basis on which students can build a satisfying future. Global Perspectives provides students with a high degree of science and mathematical literacy, essential tools for the 21st century. Recognizing the growing importance of a global understanding in all professions, each student who completes the Global Perspectives program earns a minor in global studies.
Drury pays particular attention to the key transitions students face. Alpha Seminar is designed to help students make a smooth transition into college, as well as to develop the skills and understanding that will help them best take advantage of the college experience and complete it with success. The senior seminar or research experience in each major is designed to provide a fitting culmination to the college experience and an effective transition from college to the next phase of the student's life, whether in graduate school, professional school or a new career.
As part of Drury's commitment to student academic achievement, effective teaching and continuous improvement of the institution, Drury assesses student learning. Periodically, all students will participate in surveys and activities designed to measure academic progress in general education and in the major. The information is helpful for advising students and for improving Drury's programs, but it is not part of the student's official records. Students should take their participation in these activities seriously, for it is through this information that effective decisions regarding advising and planning can be made.