A Curriculum for the Selfie Generation

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Katie Currid for The Chronicle

Jennifer Rosti, a lecturer in the English department at Roanoke College, leads a course called "The Crossroads of Revenge," in which students are encouraged to reflect on what it means to live well.

Students seldom relish required courses. They are often seen as a burden that everyone would rather get out of the way—a bit like flossing.

Some colleges think they’ve found a solution: They have adopted a curricular approach fit for a generation of oversharers and made the courses all about the students.

Courses with names like "Making Life Count," "The Meaning of Life," and "Concepts of the Self" appear in the pages of course