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2020-2021 Common Experience


  1. the branch of any science in which forces or motion are considered.
  2. the motivating or driving forces, physical or moral, in any field.
  3. a pattern or history of growth, change, development, or activity.

Texas State University presents an academic theme each year, providing numerous opportunities for everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — to share in a Common Experience.

Our Common Experience theme for the 2020-2021 academic year is Dynamics. When we discuss dynamics, we’re talking about movement. It’s motion — but it’s more than that. Think of the motivating forces behind everything, everywhere. There are physical forces, moral forces, and driving forces. You can see and feel dynamics in growth, change, inspiration, and action. We will consider the movement from where you are to where you will be, approaching dynamics both literally and metaphorically, from the observations of astrophysics to the momentum of daily life.

This theme will ask you to explore your own experiences in the contexts of space, place, movement, and time. By studying the past while examining your personal values, you can trace the paths of social, political, and cultural movements. Each new opportunity will add knowledge and experience — leading you to see the influences and responsibilities you have in shaping our global future.

Common Experience 2020-2021