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The Salem Signature Program

With the Salem Signature you are really learning, and not just checking off a list.

The Salem Signature is more than knowledge. It is a mindset – a way to think and communicate – that guides your experience across campus, in and out of the classroom.

Salem's interdisciplinary learning environment is built to help you make connections across time, space and disciplines. Our purpose is to prepare you to manage the unknown and solve complex problems, starting with the shaping of your own education.

First year: A sense of place

Make connections! Discover more about your unique potential. Learn within a diverse community of people and ideas. Highlights include:

  • First-year retreat off campus
  • First-year seminar taught by your academic advisor
  • Second semester/ Global Awareness Seminar
  • Career Development Vision Workshop
  • Financial Planning Workshop “Get to know your debit card”

Second year: A passion for learning

Choose freely! Get involved with things you are passionate about. Engage with the local community in meaningful service. Highlights include:

  • Service learning course including 30 hours of hands-on volunteer work
  • Course for emerging leaders
  • Career mentoring
  • Internship fair

Third year: A purpose for work

Discover the scope of your ability. Get real world work experience in a professional internship. Travel the globe for a semester or the summer. Grow your network. Highlights include:

  • Professional internship
  • Study abroad
  • Independent study
  • Research opportunities
  • Off-campus leadership conferences

Fourth year: Changing tomorrow

After three years of academic inquiry, leadership development and service to the community, you will come together with Salem seniors across academic disciplines to address a current world issue. Highlights Include:

  • Signature Capstone Course
  • Leadership and transition-related workshops
  • Graduate school application advising
  • Résumé writing and interview skills workshops

 

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