In this program, you’ll learn in-demand skills at the start of your academic career. That way, you’ll be able to grow more while you’re here—and accomplish more once you reach the real world.
Our innovative, nationally recognized First-Year Gateway program is designed to give you the foundation you need to become a globally-minded, flexible leader and problem-solver.
In today's interconnected and diverse world, social, cultural and ethical understanding are more important than ever for success. Our Gateway program takes you on a journey of discovery as you explore bedrock principles of character and leadership, and of organizations and business, that will inspire your success today and long into the future.
The program’s 13-credit curriculum bolsters your writing proficiency, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical reasoning skills. And through the program’s culminating event, the IDEA (Innovation and Design Experience for All) program, you’ll be introduced to design thinking, an approach to problem-solving where you’ll use your creativity and learn to innovate—and collaborate—to create solutions. Plus, you’ll gain hands-on experience in real scenarios in an industry sector of your choosing. The full curriculum includes:
- a course called Global Foundations of Character and Leadership,
- a course called Global Foundations of Organizations and Business,
- a writing course,
- an introduction to literary studies course,
- the Bryant IDEA, our immersive January program.
Along the way, you’ll develop connections across the Bryant community. Co-curricular and student life programs are woven into all Gateway courses to help you adjust to our scholarly environment and explore important resources and opportunities across campus.
It’s all part of our innovative approach to creating successful leaders who know how to think and act in a wide world that’s moving fast, and moving ahead.