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 Spring semester 2016:

  • ART 151-01 & 02: Roots of the Modern World: Art 
  • ENGL 151-01: Domestic Goddess: Gender and Domesticity in American Literature
  • ENGL 151-02 & 03: Wonders of Science
  • LLRN 151-01: Classical Origins of Western Cullture: Sex, Gender, and Power in the Ancient World
  • HIST 152-01 & 02: Slavery and Liberation
  • PHIL 152-01: Philosophy and Literature
  • PHIL 152-02: Individuals and Inequalities
  • RELS 152-01: Sacred Storytelling: Narrative, Tradition and the Holy
  • RELS 152-02: Gods in Gotham: Global Religion in New York City
  • PSYC 153-01 : The Evolution of Empathy
  • 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: The Sociology of Sight and Sound

See detailed course descriptions