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First Year Seminar

All first year students in the School of Liberal Arts, both freshmen and transfers, take a writing-intensive seminar class.

As a first year liberal arts student, you will take two first year seminars, one in the fall and one in the spring. These seminars are small, writing-intensive classes that give you the opportunity to work closely with faculty, actively discuss issues and texts in depth, and improve your critical thinking and writing skills.

To gain a diverse set of experiences and skills, you will be required to choose courses from two of the three following groups:

  • Group 1: Art or Music 151; English 151; Liberal Learning 151
  • Group 2: History 152; Philosophy 152; Religious Studies 152
  • Group 3: Political Science 153; Psychology 153; Sociology 153

The following seminars will be offered during Fall semester 2021:

  • ART 151-01: Roots of the Modern World
  • ENGL 151: Roots of The Modern Age: Literature: Making and Unmaking Monsters
  • LLRN 151: Love and War in Ancient Greece: Classical Origins, Modern Retellings
  • HIST 152-01: Nationalism and Empire
  • HIST 152-02: Race and Revolution
  • PHIL 152-01: Roots of the Modern Age
  • PHIL 152-02: Philosophy and Literature
  • RELS 152-01: First Year Seminar on the Nature and Experience of Religion Wilderness as a Window into Understanding Religion
  • PSYC 153-01: The Evolution of Empathy
  • PSYC 153-02: The Psychology of Me
  • POSC 153: Mass Media and American Politics
  • SOC 153-01: Gender and Nature

See detailed course descriptions