Manresa Program to Offer Unique Academic ExperienceContact: Brian Kluepfel
Select freshmen from Fordham’s class of 2011 will have the opportunity to be mentored in a subject matter of their choosing through the Manresa Program. The new program, named for the Spanish town where St. Ignatius Loyola underwent a profound spiritual and intellectual transformation, will offer students a similar chance to “grow in knowledge of the world and of themselves.” The university aims to recruit 150 scholars for the program’s first year.
Beginning in the Fall semester of 2007, the academic course load for Manresa scholars will be a specially designed section of Fordham’s core freshman class work. The course will be taught in seminar format with a maximum enrollment of 16 students, and the professor will also serve as his or her students’ academic advisor and mentor.
Each academic section will have one additional “contact” hour per week to allow for extracurricular discussions, writing workshops, and academic advisement sessions.
The Manresa Program will give students the advantage of immersing themselves more completely in an integrated academic environment by placing the students in newly renovated Tierney Hall, where the group will live and study together. The aim is for the students to develop as a whole persons—mind, body, and spirit—within this special environment.
All Manresa seminars, whatever the topic, will assist students in developing specific skills: close, critical, thoughtful, and imaginative reading; precise, effective, and graceful writing; confident and effective speaking; critical thinking, including logical inference, hypothesis testing, and evaluation of evidence; and habits of self-reflection and contemplation.
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.