Paideia with Distinction

In addition to the integrated Paideia experiences, Southwestern encourages students to apply for a more intensive version of Paideia: Paideia with Distinction. Any student who is selected to participate will be recognized as having achieved Paideia with Distinction if they have successfully completed:

  1. a Paideia Minor or two High Impact Learning Experiences, and
  2. a Paideia Seminar, taken during the junior or senior year.

To apply for Paideia with Distinction, contact Director of Paideia Jessica S. Hower.

The Path to Paideia with Distinction:

A Paideia Minor

Design Thinking
Early Modern Studies
Environmental Studies
Feminist Studies
Latin American Border Studies
Race and Ethnicity Studies
International Studies
Animal Studies
Data Science
Health Studies


Two High-Impact
Learning Experiences

Academic Internship
Financial Analyst Program (FAP)
King Creativity Grant
Student–Faculty Research
Study Abroad
…and more

See the complete list

Path 3

Paideia Seminar

Taken during the Jr or Sr year


High Impact Learning Experiences that can be used for Paideia with Distinction
  • Academic Internship
  • Advancing Language Proficiency
  • Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Course
  • Community-Engaged Learning Student Associate (CELSA)
  • Financial Analyst Program (FAP)
  • King Creativity Grant
  • Lab for Innovative Ventures and Entrepreneurship (LIVE)
  • St. David’s Hospital Shadowing Program
  • Student–Faculty Research
  • Study Abroad