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About the Program
Manresa [proper noun]: a place of radical transformation; a town in Spain where the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola, underwent experiences that radically transformed the way he perceived the world and his purpose; an Integrated Learning Community where Fordham students come together to grow in knowledge of the world and of themselves and to develop their gifts of intellect and spirit.
The Manresa Program is an exciting living- learning opportunity for freshmen. Fordham College at Rose Hill students electing to be Manresa scholars choose a seminar in an area of their interest taught by one of Fordham’s internationally renowned teacher-scholars, who also serves as the students’ academic adviser and mentor. Manresa seminars are specially designed sections of freshman core courses, taught in a seminar format; they satisfy both a core course requirement and the freshman seminar distributive require- ment. Each section has one additional contact hour per week to allow for extracur- ricular discussions, or any of a variety of activities at the discretion of the instructor (writing workshops, advising sessions, etc.).
All Manresa seminars, whatever the topic, assist students in developing their skills of close, critical, thoughtful, and imagina- tive reading; precise, effective, and graceful writing; confident and effective speaking (and skill in argument in both writing and speaking); critical thinking, including logical inference, hypothesis testing, and evaluation of evidence; and habits of self-reflection and contemplation. Gabelli School of Business students choosing to live in Loyola Hall will enroll together in the Ground Floor, a course giving new Gabelli students an introduction to busi- ness and the business disciplines. Students will develop skills and gain exposure to experiences leading them to success as they continue to pursue their studies.
The word "community" seems overused in college brochures, but somehow, the Manresa Program embodies its definition in every sense, academically, spiritually, and socially. Here, core Jesuit values of social justice and care for the whole person aren't just taught; they're practiced.
- Georgie Siller, Manresa Scholar