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First-Year Gateway

International, innovative, integrated, and inspiring

From your 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.

 Central to the Gateway is a 13-credit core curriculum designed to improve your writing proficiency, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical reasoning — skills you’ll need for success during your four years at Bryant and beyond. It includes:

  • a course called Global Foundations of Character and Leadership, 
  • a course called Global Foundations of Organizations and Business,
  • a writing course,
  • the Bryant IDEA (Innovation Design Experience for All), our immersive January program.

IDEA is an intensive, 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 work in teams charged with generating creative solutions to real-world situations in everything from the arts to social services to the business sector.

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 has identified co-curricular programs aligned with the Gateway outcomes and designed materials faculty will incorporate into their courses. Our goal? To help you connect your classroom learning with what you do and think as a member of Bryant’s dynamic community.