HomeMeridian Fellows Program Meridian Fellows Program MERIDIAN FELLOW | me·rid·i·an fel·low | \ mə-ˈri-dē-ən ˈfe-lō \ | noun 1. Someone who wants to change the world for the better. 2. A member of a learning cohort at Hardin-Simmons University who learns with the purpose of becoming a better citizen; a curious, imaginative critical thinker; an empathetic listener; and a positive voice for the benefit of others. When you are ready, fill out our form to inquire about becoming a Meridian Fellow. Love for Learning Hardin-Simmons University understands that good societies are not formed accidentally. They require tremendous effort, foresight, and planning. The purpose of the Meridian Fellows Program is to create a supportive academic community that exists to foster a student’s love for learning around two central questions: “What is the greatest thought that has ever occupied your mind?” “What is your duty towards fulfilling it?” Featured Facts and Information Informed, Well-Rounded, Compassionate Not everyone likes exploring big ideas, or being creative, curious, or inspired. Not everyone desires an education that serves the common good, builds public trust, and develops individual character toward a virtuous life. Not everyone wants to be an informed, well-rounded, and compassionate person. A Meridian Fellow does. The Good, The Beautiful, And The Just The Meridian Fellows Program seeks to encourage those who endeavor toward the Good, the Beautiful, and the Just. Studying alongside peers, in a cohort formed intentionally around common values and a shared vision, will serve students well as they pursue their undergraduate degree. Fellows will be taught by dedicated and caring faculty who believe that education, at its best, is transformational and inspirational. Become A Meridian Fellow Join us as we aspire to live out our greatest thoughts and endeavor toward the good, the beautiful, and the just. You can contact Dr. Jason King, at 325-670-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can come visit HSU and meet Dr. King and other professors and students in person. Schedule a Visit First Year Fall Semester FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR This course is the academic gateway to HSU’s Christian liberal arts experience. The course explores self-identity and the act of asking questions. MAKING HISTORY: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA This gateway course helps students examine important moments and themes from American History. Emphasizing analysis of primary documents, the course addresses questions that have animated Americans over time in the context of the collective past. Spring Semester DESIGN YOUR PORTFOLIO Work with faculty mentors and other Meridian Fellows to begin aligning your life’s passion, talents, and “big ideas” with academic pursuits. Aesthetics practicum. Learn through experiencing art as a cohort (movie nights, visit an art museum, listen to the symphony orchestra, watch a theatrical production, etc.). Service practicum. Participate in a service-learning project that benefits others. Work-study opportunities Second Year Fall Semester THE RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL LIFE Who am I? Who are You (God)? And what about my neighbor? These three big questions will be explored in order to equip students to develop a maturing theology, philosophy, hermeneutics, and ethic that utilizes critical thinking to make good decisions. Work-study opportunities Spring Semester BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO Serve as a peer mentor to the first-year Meridian Fellows cohort. Aesthetics practicum. Fellows will organize, implement, and participate in the aesthetics practicum designed for the first-year cohort. Service practicum. Fellows will organize, implement, and participate in the service project designed for the first-year cohort. Work-study opportunities Third Year Fall Semester WRITING AS DISCOVERY: ADVANCED WRITING Course will focus on developing students’ writing abilities beyond the introductory level by closely examining their own writing as well as that of peers and professional writers. Internship opportunities Work-study opportunities Spring Semester STRENGTHEN YOUR PORTFOLIO Integration practicum. Third- and fourth-year Meridian Fellows will meet with faculty mentors to discuss how their greatest thought(s) relate to the academic majors and minors they have chosen. Internship opportunities Work-study opportunities Fourth Year Fall Semester CAPSTONE PRESENTATION Students will articulate their greatest thought to the HSU community. The project will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesize what they have learned while as a Meridian Fellow and share their “greatest thought,” at this point in their lives, and how it serves the good, the beautiful, and the just. Internship opportunities Work-study opportunities Spring Semester SHARE YOUR PORTFOLIO Integration practicum. Third- and fourth-year Meridian Fellows will meet with faculty mentors to discuss how their greatest thought(s) relate to their professional interest beyond graduation. Fellows work with the Office of Career Services in finding professional employment that aligns closely with their life’s passion, talents, and “big ideas.” Fellows meet with faculty mentors in the area of their academic major for guidance in completing applications to graduate schools. Related Content Learn more about our founder's greatest thought.