Through extraordinary curricular opportunities and an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, the College nurtures the inquiring mind and integrates intellectual, social, and personal growth. Critical thinking, verbal communication, quantitative reasoning, and the capacity for creative endeavors are hallmarks of a Lafayette education, encouraging students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others, to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility, and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process.
With strong programs in engineering, natural and social sciences, and the humanities, Lafayette is a rich environment for interdisciplinary study. Interdisciplinary academic programs encourage students to integrate knowledge from different fields.
Limited to 16 students each, First-Year Seminars introduce students to the academic and cultural life of the College in an active learning environment during their first semester.
Student opportunities in the Community-Based Learning and Research Initiative range from individual research with a faculty member to working in multidisciplinary teams that address real-world problems in the context of rigorous classroom learning.
More engineering and liberal arts students will work together on innovative solutions to real-world problems through the Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership.
Students from different majors team up to attack real-world problems posed by businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in this distinctive course. Enrollment is competitive. Students rate Tech Clinic among their most interesting and valuable experiences at the College.
Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project
As part of the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP), students and faculty have worked with residents in rural Honduran villages, New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, and Lafayette’s home city of Easton to build the communities’ capacity for business entrepreneurism and self-agency in pursuit of economic development and democratic renewal.
The ROTC program leads to duty as a commissioned officer in the active Army, Reserves, or National Guard. Activities are conducted on campus and at Lehigh University under the auspices of the Steel Battalion, headquartered at Lehigh.