Distinctive Academic Opportunities
At Monmouth College, amazing academic opportunities are around every corner.
From a semester’s study in Scotland to a short-term research trip to Singapore to a summer of collaborative research with faculty mentors to an internship in a television station, repertory theatre or law office, the College offers an array of programs and study options designed to match our students’ wide-ranging curiosity and intellectual ambition.
ACM Fellows Program for Diversifying the Professoriate
The Graduate School Exploration Fellowship is offered to sophomores in the Arts, Humanities and Humanistic-Social Sciences and
who are members of underrepresented groups.* The fellowship helps prepare you for
graduate school by offering the opportunity for an intensive research experience at
a major university during the summer after your junior year, as well as other resources
to help you make effective applications to graduate programs.
*See application for details about eligibility.
Through this program (known as INTG), and across the curriculum, a Monmouth education enables students to make connections between their work in their major concentration and the breadth of their liberal arts general education coursework. INTG spans the four years of the student’s career, offering a sequence of topical courses beginning with Introduction to the Liberal Arts (ILA) in the first year, Global Perspectives in the sophomore year, Reflection in the junior year, and Citizenship, the culminating interdisciplinary, capstone course, in the senior year.
Monmouth students have many opportunities to engage in substantive research with faculty members: throughout the academic year, in short-term intensive experiences in January and August, in summers of collaborative research in laboratories and field settings (with on-campus housing available). These opportunities are not reserved for seniors and juniors in the sciences, either! Many majors are structured so that students are introduced to research methods and techniques early in their studies, and become involved in genuine research quickly – as soon as the sophomore year, or even the second semester of the first year.
Monmouth provides many opportunities for study abroad: in short-term, credit-bearing courses led by Monmouth faculty, semester study-abroad programs offered through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), and student-exchange agreements with universities in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In the fall of 2009, Monmouth College announced the Midwest Studies Initiative (now called Midwest Matters). Through this initiative the College seeks to contribute an academic voice to the conversation about the revitalization of the region within an increasingly globalized world. Midwest Matters is continually growing and changing. As part of the initiative, the College launched the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Educational Garden & Market Farm
The Educational Garden and Market Farm offer students and community members opportunities to be involved in sustainable and organic food production. These initiatives promote health, education, conservation, and permanence. Both intensive and 100% organic agricultural methods are employed.
Established in 2010 with assistance from a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the ½-acre garden includes vegetables, herbs, native plants, fruit trees, a solar-powered rain catchment irrigation system, and a bee colony. Students live in the adjoining Founders Village—some even during the summer—subsisting primarily on the fresh produce they grow in the garden and food that they preserve for winter consumption.
The Market Farm, donated to the college in 2013, expands the Garden project, providing similar experiences but on an even larger scale and to an even greater depth. The experience forces students to think critically while using systematic problem solving, looking to renew resources and practice conservation at every turn. The Market Farm imagines a model of bio-intensive agriculture reflecting best principles and practice of a revitalized, holistic, family-based homestead in the Middle West.
Advising for National Scholarships and Fellowships
Monmouth faculty advisors are eager to assist students who choose to pursue distinguished national scholarships such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and Udall: faculty mentors will help students identify possibilities, and will offer guidance as students review application materials, prepare for interviews, and select course-work, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities, and co-curricular experiences likely to support a compelling application.
The Honors Program
The Honors Program is a special opportunity for a select group of highly engaged and intellectually ambitious students. It involves leadership training, an advising program geared toward preparation for graduate and professional study, and incorporates topical, interdisciplinary courses germane to liberal education.
Senior Capstone Experience
All Monmouth students complete a substantive senior capstone experience in their major. The shape of this experience depends upon the discipline: students may complete a research project, thesis, performance, exhibition, portfolio of work, or senior seminar. The senior capstone is credit-bearing; it is the culmination of the student's academic study in a major area of concentration. The capstone experience enables students to showcase their abilities, explore newly acquired competencies and knowledge, and flex their disciplinary wings in anticipation of graduate or professional study or entrance into a career.
Fine Arts Initiative
At Monmouth College, you will find a fine and performing arts community that is seriously creative. The arts are valued at Monmouth, so much so that they are part of the general education curriculum, along with Monmouth’s unique Integrated Studies requirement that emphasizes Global Perspectives, Reflections, and Citizenship. Through art, theatre, and music, our students are able to express their creativity, and in turn, vitalize the campus community.
Monmouth College Scholars' Day
Students present research and creative projects to the campus community. Presentations include posters, exhibits, readings, theatrical or musical performances, or summaries of a larger performances.
The Wackerle Career and Leadership Center helps student identify, prepare for, and apply to internship placements in their fields of interest.
Monmouth graduates have an opportunity to continue to work with faculty mentors for a year following commencement under the auspices of the post-bac fellowship program. Fellows may enroll in up to two courses per semester and have access to research labs and field stations.
LeSuer Nature Preserve
The LeSuer Nature Preserve was designed with a goal of serving the public as an educational and recreational area, as well as preserving and restoring habitat for native species.
LeSuer, covering 16.5 acres, is within an easy 10-minute walk from campus and provides opportunities for field classes and research. Rolling hills bisected by a large stream offer upland grassland, forest, riparian, and aquatic habitats for study. Restoration of the entire area to pre-settlement conditions (including 5 acres of native tall grass prairie) provides abundant opportunities for student research. Water quality monitoring and aquatic ecology studies are also possible in the stream.
LeSuer Nature Preserve was purchased in 1997 with gift from former trustee William LeSuer ‘42 and Arlene Snow LeSuer ’42.
The college also owns the Hamilton Research pond, located about one block from campus, which features unique cypress trees and cypress knees rising from the pond. The Hamilton Research Pond is used for biological research.
Our Summer Opportunity for Intellectual Activity (SOFIA) program is a three-week program for incoming first year students that allows them to participate in research before the school year even starts.
Triads bring together three academic disciplines to focus on an issue of social importance and bring more depth and breadth to its study. Current triads include the Global Food Security and Global Public Health.