First-Year Seminars

First-year students in the School of Liberal Arts must take two of their core courses (one in fall semester and one in spring semester) as First-Year Seminars.  These seminars are small, writing-intensive classes that provide students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty, actively discuss issues and texts in depth, and improve their critical thinking and writing skills.

In order to encourage diversity of experiences and skills, students are required to choose courses from two of the three following FYS groups:

Group 1: Art or Music 151; English 151; Liberal Learning 151

Group 2: History 152; Philosophy 152; Religious Studies 152

Group 3: Government 153; Psychology 153; Sociology 153

The following seminars will be offered during Fall semester 2016:

  • ART 151-01 & 02: Roots of the Modern Age: Art 
  • ENGL 151-01: Secrets, Lies and Literature
  • ENGL 151-02: Haunted Homes
  • LLRN 151-01: Classical Origins of Western Cullture: Sex, Gender, and Power in the Ancient World
  • LLRN 151-02: Ancient Greek Civilization: Classical Origins, Modern Retellings
  • HIST 152-01:  Roots: History
  • HIST 152-02: Nationalism and Empire
  • PHIL 152-01& 02: Philosophy and Literature
  • RELS 152-01: Nature and Experience of Religion
  • RELS 152-02: Sacred Storytelling: Narrative, Tradition and the Holy
  • PSYC 153-01 : The Adaptive Unconscious
  • PSYC 153-02: Not All Wounds are Visible: The Psychological Effects of Trauma
  • GOVT 153-01 & 02: Power and Participation
  • SOC 153-01: Unmasking the Structure of Power
  • SOC 153-02: Election 2016

See detailed course descriptions