What if we picked a mission instead of a major?
This is what the participants of Stanford2025 proposed, when they reimagined the undergraduate experiences in the year 2100.
In their vision, students start by choosing a challenge to solve. This becomes their purpose. Then, they choose a course of study to pair with their purpose.
“I’m a biology major” is replaced by “I’m learning human biology to eliminate world hunger.” Or “I’m learning Computer Science and Political Science to rebuild how citizens engage with their governments.”
The goal was to help students select a meaningful course of study while in school, and then scaffold a clear arc for the first 10 - 15 years of their professional lives. It wasn’t about the career trajectory, but the reasons behind it.
What difference would it make if we helped students pick a mission, instead of a major?
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