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Symphonic thinking is about synthesizing, seeing connections, and is at the core of innovation and creativity. To heighten symphonic thinking, participate in a chord! Students may take three or more courses from different departments -- a 'chord' -- that explore an interdisciplinary theme. After completing these courses, students then share their reflections by making a video, creating a poster, creating a website, or giving a short presentation at the annual Research Day Symposium, and receive a certificate (and a cord) to wear with their robes at graduation. Students can accumulate multiple Chords, and if one thinks of a theme that isn't represented here, the student can propose their own.
Faculty choose to include their course in a Chord and may participate in or organize interdisciplinary panels, symposia, conferences and salons with other faculty in their Chord. Affiliated faculty in Institutes and Centers may also participate in the faculty activities in Chords that align with their missions. Involvement in the chords will be recognized in the Faculty Annual Reviews as alignment with the GW Strategic Plan.
War, Violence & Society
Democracy: Past, Present, Future
Civics, Service, & Social Responsibility
Freedom, Rights, Oppression
Negotiation and Deliberative Dialogue
Law and Policy
Systems, Networks, Patterns
Evolution & Adaptation: Processes of Change
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