"My education experience, especially my Contemporary Studies major, helped me create a classroom that was dynamic and real. Because of my background, not only was I prepared to teach almost every subject, I also could integrate real life and world issues into my Literature class; I could incorporate environmental issues in geography; I produced an exciting science unit on crime. Through projects and multimedia presentations, my students experienced a taste of the world wars, of AIDS, of terrorism, and of poverty. My students learned to think critically as we examined advertisements and news articles."
Lindsey Koppert, Graduate of the Contemporary Studies Program ('06)
"The professors who taught CT courses emphasized the necessity for students to be critical thinkers. I had ample opportunities to fine-tune this skill through class / online discussions, tutorials, written assignments, presentations, and examinations. Critical thinking has been invaluable for me in graduate school, and in the workforce. CT has provided me with the skills set required to critique subject matter in a 21st century manner by developing perspectives that are valid, empirical and novel."
Justine Scriver, M.A. Candidate, Graduate with Honours Criminology and Major in CT
"All the contemporary studies courses have been taught by professors who make it a priority to teach their students how critically analyze information. The world we live in today cannot be viewed through a single lens. Our children in elementary school and especially in high school MUST be taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective if we expect them to be able to appreciate the diversity that surrounds them."
L. Michelle Evans, Graduate of the Contemporary Studies Program ('07) and current student in the WLU Consecutive Education Program