Thinking Matters continues the distinguished tradition of required freshman liberal arts programs at Stanford, which began with “Problems of Citizenship” and “Western Civilization” in the first half of the 20th century. Thinking Matters is distinctive for fostering extensive faculty collaboration both within and across departments and schools.
About Thinking Matters Faculty
Thinking Matters faculty are from a range of humanities, science, engineering, and social science fields as well as the Schools of Law and Medicine.
Members of the Academic Council design and teach Thinking Matters courses. Faculty are responsible for submitting their courses for approval by the Freshman Year Requirements Governance Board. They are expected to lead the team of post-doctoral fellows who teach sections for the course.