Concourse: 40 years of integrating freshman science and humanities

Published in MIT News on April 6, 2011

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Concourse at MIT, a program founded to be a learning community for freshmen and their instructors to explore the interconnections between disciplines as disparate as literature and physics, history and mathematics.

Professor Louis Bucciarelli and Professor David Oliver initiated the project that became Concourse in 1970. It was in spring 1971 that Concourse received formal academic and budgetary approval, along with permission to begin enrolling students that fall. As Concourse begins to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the program is returning to a more explicit engagement with its interdisciplinary roots.

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