PSU students and faculty founded Chiron Studies in 1968 at a time of unprecedented student engagement and activism in this country. It is among the longest-running programs at the university. Chiron Studies makes it possible for qualified upper-division undergraduate and graduate students to design and instruct official for-credit classes that are not yet offered at the university. These are 199-level classes, which are generally applicable to students’ elective requirements. Chiron instructors work with faculty and peer mentors and receive a stipend for their time and energy. Chiron classes are selected by a committee of dedicated PSU faculty, students, and alumni who also shape the vision and mission of the program. To ensure quality, there is a rigorous proposal process, and students and faculty evaluate Chiron classes multiple times throughout a given term. Chiron Studies offers valuable curriculum development, teaching, and learning experiences that are unavailable to students at most colleges and universities.
Faculty involvement is a cornerstone of the Chiron Studies program, and Chiron also offers faculty members unique opportunities, such as mentoring students who are developing curriculum and instructing classes for the first time and serving on our committee.
Here is some feedback from PSU students about their recent experiences with Chiron Studies:
"The Chiron Studies program is truly a gem of the PSU educational experience... Chiron classes definitely seem to be more student centered and driven. The students [have] more opportunity to mold the class itself, which I find important in a learning environment."
"Chiron Studies is such a great opportunity for creating student leaders in our community, and is a huge proponent of the university's goals."
"I took a Chiron class [during] my sophomore year, and it was the most interesting and engaging course I have ever taken at PSU."
"[Chiron Studies] changed my life. This is one of the main reasons why I am proud of studying at PSU."
"Chiron courses have been the best classes I have taken. I am a current student and want to see these classes continue. It is empowering to see student leaders go in-depth with topics we normally only get a small glimpse of or are completely unaware of."
“I am a senior at PSU and will be graduating in the Winter of 2013. Chiron studies was the best thing to happen to me. I took two courses through Chiron Studies, and both of them opened my eyes to different issues and viewpoints with a hands-on approach. This is the kind of learning we need at our universities. I am who I am because I was a part of Chiron Studies. My academic career at Portland State was shaped for the better by the courses I took through Chiron Studies.”
If you have participated in a Chiron Studies course, please consider writing a testimonial based on your experience. See the Get Involved page for more information.