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The Gold Commitment: Pathways


Every student takes a unique path through DePauw. They choose different majors, take different classes, join in different activities, explore different internships and travel to different places. Put simply, every path is a tapestry of experiences that inspire a student for life.

We take pride in giving our students the freedom to explore the full range of their interests. Because, when students find a passion and a way to apply it, they become leaders wherever they end up.



As a first-year student, I took a women's studies course with Professor Tamara Beauboeuf that reshaped how I viewed challenges for women in politics.

After that class, I hit the campaign trail for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. I interned at the campaign headquarters, went to help with the Iowa primary over Winter Term and spent a semester in Ohio.

With the help of DePauw's Hubbard Center, I changed a Federal Election Commission interpretation of a campaign finance law to allow students to receive grants to work on federal campaigns.



I wanted to work in media when I came to DePauw, so I took advantage of WGRE, the campus radio station. Hosting my own show freed me to explore and be creative while I learned new skills.

Then I took a class with Professor Jeff McCall, who collaborated with me on a radio documentary that won an award from the Associated Press.

After graduating, I won an Emmy as a field producer for WNBC in New York. Now I use my digital media platform, Her Agenda, to help other young professional women get ahead.

Andrew Gold '19


I had great experiences as a member of the soccer team and in my creative writing class with Tom Chiarella during my first year. They had so many stories to share. That's when I realized I wanted to be a storyteller and get to know people on a deeper level.

Because of those experiences, I decided to double-major in psychology and English writing. And to grow as a leader, I became a first-year resident assistant.

Now, as a junior, I'm sports editor at the student newspaper and captain of the soccer team.

A Framework for Leadership

The Gold Commitment takes our commitment to student growth one step further. Now, as students engage in opportunities on and off campus, they'll build a co-curricular pathway.

The Experience Pathway is new to DePauw, but based on the same principles we've used to develop leaders for 180 years. As students build their pathway, we empower them to dive deeper. 

It guides students toward on- and off-campus pursuits in three core areas: 

Communication and Collaboration 

In this area, you learn about and/or practice skills of communication and collaboration. Some of the skills or knowledge gained in this area could include understanding how to develop, and/or practicing how to lead teams, manage or resolve conflict, and develop respect for and understanding of others.

Civic and Global Learning

In this area, you learn about and/or practice skills that explore diversity, inclusion, global cultures, service and civic engagement. Global learning prompts you to analyze and explore complex global challenges, collaborate respectfully with diverse others, apply learning to take responsible action in contemporary global contexts, see situations from multiple perspectives, and evaluate the goals, methods, and consequences of actions. Civic engagement develops the skills and habits that empower you to make a difference in a community, through civic/political processes and other means of community building and transformation 

Career and Life Development

It is critically important for you to not only develop skills related to your career and life development, but to also have the opportunity to practice those skills. Life development or lifelong learning is an activity undertaken with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence.

Within this framework, the Experience Pathway allows students to continue forging their own, unique paths through DePauw — and guarantees that their commitment leads to success.

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