From the very first semester, Bryant’s nationally recognized First-Year Gateway is the foundation for your success. Centered on fundamental questions about the role of the individual in an ever-changing world, the interdisciplinary Gateway sets the stage for you to explore the global foundations of character and leadership, and of organizations and business. The teaching in Gateway courses is predominantly discussion-based. The 13-credit core curriculum is aimed at improving your writing proficiency, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical reasoning.
A unique component of the First-Year Gateway is the integration of student life experiences with academics. Working in collaboration with faculty, Student Life staff have identified co-curricular programs aligned with the Gateway outcomes and have designed materials for faculty to incorporate into their courses. Our goal? To help you connect your classroom learning and what you do and think as a member of Bryant’s dynamic community.
In addition to a writing course, the Global Foundations of Character and Leadership and Global Foundations of Organizations and Business courses, the interdisciplinary curriculum includes the Bryant IDEA (Innovation Design Experience for All), our immersive January program designed to provide you with a unique forum for experiential learning. You’ll develop your understanding of creative problem solving, the dynamics of teamwork, and the innovation process. You’ll be introduced to the concept of design thinking, and will work in teams charged with generating creative solutions to real-world situations in everything from the arts to social services to the business sector.