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Double-T College Program Begins Tuesday

Students go through college taking required and elective classes within their major. But some students show interest in topics and ideas they cannot take as classes.

The Double-T College program gives students the opportunity to hear experts discuss those topics.

The program has no tests or homework but offers students the opportunity to learn in a relaxed and fun environment.

"Texas Tech places a great deal of emphasis on providing innovative learning experiences to our students,” said Michael Galyean, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs in the Office of the Provost. "We have long prided ourselves on connecting students with faculty and staff both in and out of the classroom as well as by providing exceptional extracurricular activities and opportunities for students to engage in various aspects of university life.”

Christopher Smith, professor of musicology and director of the Vernacular Music Center in the School of Music, said this kind of program further enhances the idea of what a university should be.

"The opportunity for students to participate in dynamic, interactive learning beyond the boundaries of their specific degree plans is thus in the highest tradition of the liberal arts emphasis upon critical reading, writing and thinking,” Smith said. "The idea of a university is that it makes possible more universalized experiences that challenge, enlighten, intrigue and advance intellectual and social citizenship.”

Smith, who's teaching the lecture "The Magic of Music – 40,000 years of Dance, Song and History in One Hour,” said the program demonstrates Texas Tech's commitment to the importance of interdisciplinary, globally aware and critically engaged learning experiences and skill sets.

Katharine Hayhoe, a professor in the public administration program in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center, said critical thought and broadening one's horizons are the most important part of a university experience, not the plus or minus on a grade. Hayhoe is teaching a lecture entitled "Is it Fact or Fake News? The Truth About Climate Change.”

"The Double-T College program is designed to expose students to new ideas, topics and concepts to foster a critical understanding of the complexity of, and broaden their enduring interest in, the world in which we live,” Hayhoe said.

All the lectures are free and take place in the Rawls College of Business Administration, room 101. While the program offers no course credit, students who attend all the sessions will receive a certificate. Student IDs are required to count attendance.

The topics covered in the fall semester are:

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