Ignite: Teaching and Learning at Saint Louis University
What makes teaching and learning at Saint Louis University distinctive and transformative? At the heart of a SLU undergraduate education is the University Core.
This integrated educational experience invites both students and faculty to explore the ideas and questions that inspire them as learners and teachers. The Core begins with the Ignite First-Year Seminar. Ignite Seminars make visible for students the rich interplay of intellect and identity, wonder and certainty, rigor and play that characterizes academic inquiry rooted in the Ignatian ideal of care for the whole person (cura personalis).
In these small, discussion-based learning experiences, SLU faculty members’ own distinguished and diverse areas of expertise provide the lens through which first-year students practice the Ignatian learning process—an personal approach to learning rooted in context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation.
The Core is animated by four key values: Discovery, Integrity, Courage and Connection. By illuminating these values in a student’s first year, the Ignite Seminar begins a journey. Students are inspired to approach all future courses–both in the Core and in their majors–with this same spirit of curious, open inquiry.
SLU graduates pursue careers rooted in both their own personal interests and convictions and also in SLU’s mission: “the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity."