With guided access to internships, study abroad, research, service learning, and hands-on classroom experiences, Compass gives every student the tools to navigate his future toward top jobs and graduate programs.

Gleason uses his expertise in the study of oral histories to identify and preserve historical sites of the Yupiit tribe in Alaska’s Yukon River Delta.
Professor Gleason's Rhetoric & Culture course...

Professor Gleason shows a large fish he caught

Rhetoric & Culture
Dr. Sean Gleason

I used to think of philanthropy as just being charitable, but I’ve realized it’s more about understanding the needs in your community and finding ways to address those needs.
Tony's Service Learning...

Student on a boardwalk looks through a camera

Tony Talbert ’21
Philanthropy in Theory and Practice course

The Rhetoric and Culture course helps students understand the ways rhetoric can constitute identity and meaning within the concept of place.

Professor Deal's Rhetoric & Culture Course...
Student on a boardwalk looks through a camera

Rhetoric & Culture
Professor of Rhetoric Claire Deal

The place I could have the most impact would be in academia being a research professor or overseeing clinical trials.
Taylor's Research...

Taylor McGee pointing to research on the computer screen

Taylor McGee ’23
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major

By taking the time to reflect on my actions, I was able to make a lot of connections between the texts and my own life.

Jacob's Asian Religions Course...

Jacob Johnson stands next to a tree

Jacob Johnson ’21
Economics & Business major

We connected with nature by living off the natural resources provided to us while learning the importance of proper planning and working as a team.
Dane's Wilderness Trip ...

students in kayaks in the Alaskan wilderness

Dane Warner '22
Hampden-Sydney’s Outsiders Club

One of the most important things about entrepreneurship is getting out and actually implementing your ideas.

Ben's Entrepreneurship Course...

Ben Skinner on a ladder washing a boat

Ben Skinner '23
Government & Foreign Affairs major
I wish we had that while I was in college, because it recognizes that not all knowledge is coming from a book.
Neil deGrasse Tyson delivering the H-SC commencement address at a podium
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ready to chart your course?

Compass courses are ones you’ll want to take. Imagine a class that helps plan your own business, publish original research, exhibit your artwork, travel to another country, or contribute to a local nonprofit. All along the way, you will reflect on how the skills you are practicing fit into your future.

Explore Your Possibilities.

Begin by exploring Majors & Minors, or get help from the Ferguson Career Center. Need-based student funding is available to support Compass experiences.

A little direction goes a long way.


Work with faculty, peers, and expert mentors to solve practical problems and answer big questions.


Build connections—between ideas, across classes, and beyond—to reach your goals and career aspirations.


Whether in the classroom or the workplace, learn the best ways to articulate where you are and where you need to go next.