Windows to the World (IDH 4030H)
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” – Sydney J. Harris
Windows to the World (IDH 4030H) is a one credit hour, S/U course that is taught every spring semester, and designed primarily for Honors freshmen and sophomores. This course explores the philosophy of liberal arts and sciences education and the importance of life-long learning and well-roundedness. These concepts are important issues of exploration for students who go on to compete for prestigious scholarships. However, this course and its concepts are also beneficial for students planning and preparing for graduate study due to the fact that most graduate degree programs and professional schools look first for evidence that those they select will be "well-rounded individuals," not just in their external achievements, but also in their own internal orientation, self-awareness, and goals.
- To cultivate an active sense of the liberal arts and sciences as an educational philosophy
- To assist students with the development of their plans and preparations for scholarship and graduate/professional degree applications
In order to enroll in this you must receive the consent of the instructor. If you are interested in registering for this course, please contact our OPA office at (407)823-4019 or OPA@ucf.edu.
"This class focused on important and invaluable life skills necessary to be a successful educated individual. I learned about interview techniques, the graduate school application process, leadership skills and even proper dining etiquette. My favorite part of the class was the presentation, a semester long project where I was able to pick my topic of choice, Genocide: The Khmer Rouge Revolution. Through this project I was able to develop a presentation that I made to my classmates where I shared my passion for the study of genocide and preventive action against the violation of human rights. The class served as a wonderful experience and I was able to develop necessary life skills."
- Cassandra Long
2005 NSEP Boren Scholar
"Windows to the World endowed me with a renewed vigor towards self-actualization, well-roundedness, and service to others. The semester long journey exposed me to the many facets of life that made Windows to the World such a life-changing experience, from the Etiquette Dinner with the renowned Marylyn Mackee to touring the moving works that adorn the Albin Polasek Museum to watching a Guys and Dolls performance with members of the Learning Institute for the Elderly (LIFE). And what tied all of these events together, was the opportunity to befriend some of the most amazing, inspiring students I've ever met."
- Justin Trotter
First Place winner, 2005 UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
Life and Health Sciences Category
“Well roundedness is a key element of this course and proved beneficial to all students, regardless of field of study or interest. Taking the course before studying abroad in France and China really prepared me for new environments and diverse people. Even to this day, I incorporate aspects from the class in many ways from how I speak to others to my plan of action in applying for prestigious awards and internships. If you have an interest in self-improvement and reaching high goals, I would definitely recommend this course!”