First-year women apply to the Baldwin Scholars program in the fall, with the class announced before Thanksgiving. The program begins in the spring with a team-building retreat and a seminar for academic credit that is open only to the scholars. The course meets in the Baldwin Scholars office and is team-taught by distinguished faculty with diverse intellectual interests in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
Spring Seminar — Sociology 180S: "Perceptions of Self, Society, and the Natural World"
The course encourages students to assess how perceptions are conditioned by the times we live in, by our families, by religious beliefs and other factors. How does a female college student in the 21st century see the world differently than a Native American born in the 18th century, and why? The course destabilizes the notion that self, society and the natural world are fixed and unchanging. Through observation and research, students learn to assess the environment and determine how they might participate creatively as leaders. The course includes three units: one on the natural world, one on society and one on the self. Each unit is taught by a female faculty member and includes a hands-on project. Students learn different ways of engaging the world intellectually and increase self-awareness and self-knowledge.
Baldwin Scholars live together on West Campus. Participants may choose their own roommates or pair with another Scholar. Baldwin Scholars also attend a bi-monthly meeting to discuss issues and projects.
During the summer before or after junior year, the Scholar will complete an academic research project or an internship in a field of the student's choice. The Baldwin Scholars program will provide a stipend to cover living expenses.
Baldwin Scholars come back together in the classroom in the fall for a senior seminar entitled "Women and the Professions." Seniors also enjoy a number of events leading up to their graduation, including a senior dinner and other celebratory occasions.
Women and the Professions — senior seminar
The seminar is designed as an opportunity to reflect on women and the professions generally and to prepare students for post-collegiate futures more specifically. Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett leads the seminar. Students will be challenged to take up four sets of questions:
- How did contemporary American women earn a place in the professions over the past hundred years?
- What is the current status of women in the professions?
- What the are policies, preferences and possibilities before this generation of educated women?
- What values will guide you as you embark upon this next chapter of your life? How will you show up? How will you learn to trust your internal compass to navigate you through challenge and assist in the navigation of other women?