Linked Courses Get New Name

Posted: February 7, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Assad Khan

The Linked Courses program has a new name: Mason Topics. This change reflects a new emphasis on constructing sequences of linked courses unified by a common topic. The program will continue to promote building community among students while linking courses they take in their general education.

“We’re bringing greater coherence to students’ experience of general education,” says Teresa Michals, director of Mason Topics. “George Mason has had a lot of success with linked courses in the nine years we’ve offered them to incoming freshmen. Now we’re expanding the idea to link beyond one semester to the next.”

The Mason Topics program links together two courses per semester for four semesters, so that one cohort of students takes eight courses together over two academic years. These classes are regular general education offerings from a range of disciplines, but differ in that the instructors of each section work together to develop common themes, common readings, and common assignments. Each set of linked courses is connected by a common topic, and each includes the sequence of composition and literature courses required of all students. For more information, visit the Mason Topics web site.

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