What’s your major?

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Answering this question can get a little long-winded when you go to Quest. Like many things at Quest, majors are a little bit different. Instead of majors we have “Questions”.

Questions are basically self-designed majors. Sometime in second year you spend a whole block (3.5 weeks!) coming up with a Question, finding a faculty mentor, planning out what classes you’re going to take, what books you’re going to read, and developing ideas for your experiential learning and keystone. While all of those things might sound a little foreign right now, don’t worry—you will have a faculty mentor to guide you through the process.

The coolest part of having a question is how personal and intentional they are. Ask anyone on this campus what their question is and you get an animated response. Whether it be an exasperated sigh because they’ve been struggling with it or an excited explanation, there’s no doubt that Quest students are truly passionate about what they’re studying. This is so different when you think of someone who goes to a traditional university and just says, “History” or “Psychology”. I may be a little biased but I think it’s a lot better. It’s also handy when you’re looking for jobs because you have something really personal, specific, and intentional behind your academic area of study.

I’ll give you an example. I just took my Question block in December, so I just had to go through the whole process of developing my Question. It was a really valuable time of self-reflection, interesting conversations, and lots of reading! I ended up with the question “what is the relationship between innovative entrepreneurship and inequality?”. Basically there are two parts—(1) I’m studying whether entrepreneurship increases or decreases inequality and (2) inequality in who gets to participate in entrepreneurship. I’m studying the fields of human geography, political science, sociology, and economics while taking classes like Critical Dialogues on Race and Politics; Statistics; and Economics. This is just one example of a Question. There are a huge range of questions and classes that have to do with science, music, language, psychology, politics, and so much more! For some more examples, check out https://questu.ca/academics/academic-map/#1471040801391-af66d82d-b4ef.



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