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: Government 153; Psychology 153; Sociology 153

The following seminars will be offered during Fall semester 2017:

  • ART 151-01 & 02: Roots of the Modern World: Art
  • ENGL 151-01: (Un)Making Monsters
  • ENGL 151-02: Act like a Lady: Gender and Domesticity in 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • LLRN 151-01: Classical Origins of Western Culture
  • HIST 152-01: Revolutions
  • PHIL 152-01: Philosophy and Resistance
  • PHIL 152-02: Roots: Philosophy
  • RELS 152-01: Dismantling Stereotypes of Religion
  • RELS 152-02: Sacred Storytelling: Narrative, Tradition and the Holy
  • PSYC 153-01: The Tell-Tale Brain
  • PSYC 153-02: Not All Wounds are Visible: The Psychological Effects of War Trauma
  • GOVT 153-01: American Maelstrom
  • SOC 153-01: Unmasking the Structure of Power
  • SOC 153-02: Social Structures and Art

See detailed course descriptions