At Ursinus College, learning across the disciplines is a given. Students are encouraged to uncover the knowledge and research that lie at the intersections of the disciplines. It is where the Center for Science and the Common Good and U-imagine, The Center for Integrated and Entrepreneurial Studies find their energy.
The Center for Science and The Common Good (CSCG) addresses the ethical, political, and religious context in which science operates to foster the judgment needed to consider
how scientific endeavors best advance the common good. Founded in 2012 with a four-year, $800,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the CSCG encourages discussion of the kind of crucial human questions examined in the CIE as future scientists and leaders confront the kinds of dilemmas that will challenge them in the course of their careers. Fellows of the center are peer models who encourage other students to want to be good citizen scientists and good citizens. FUTURE Students of the center
are selected from underserved populations and given research opportunities to help ensure that they remain in scientific fields.
The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies builds on the Ursinus culture of creativity and collaboration by connecting integrative thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset. The U-Imagine center fosters the innovative thinking that develops entrepreneurial competencies in students regardless of major or post-graduate goals. Directed by an interdisciplinary faculty team, the U-Imagine center wants students from any major to feel
comfortable developing an idea. E-thinkers know how to think rather than what to think; they imagine then innovate, and follow their vision. They challenge conventional thinking and see connections where others do not. They solve problems in novel ways, understand the value of teamwork, and make a positive difference in society.