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First-Year Seminars & Launches

First-Year Seminars & First-Year Launches

Description

First-Year Seminars and First-Year Launches are designed for incoming first-year students with no prior college experience. Students may take either a First-Year Seminar or a First-Year Launch to fulfill this First-Year Foundations Requirement.

First-Year Seminars

These small classes introduce you to the intellectual life of the University. You will make personal connections with distinguished faculty members who are active scholars and accomplished teachers. This small setting gives you the opportunity to engage with your peers and your instructor as you learn how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge, while exploring specific questions or issues in depth.

First-Year Seminars go beyond the traditional lecture and discussion format. They invite you to explore new and old ideas, engage with complex issues, and become an active learner through inquiry, analysis, discovery, and action!

First-Year Launches

You will join a faculty member who is an accomplished teacher in a small class that offers an introduction to a major. This small setting gives you the opportunity to engage actively with your peers and your instructor as you learn the foundations of a long-term sequence of study. You will also fulfill a requirement in your prospective major by taking a First-Year Launch course.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.

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Connect with a faculty member early in the educational process.

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Learn intensively among a small cohort of students.

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Apply methods for how scholars pose problems, discover solutions, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge – FY-LAUNCH.

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Produce knowledge through self-directed inquiry and active learning – FY-SEMINAR

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Analyze and communicate issues associated with a broad, introductory topic, covering a wide range of knowledge – FY-LAUNCH

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Analyze and communicate issues associated with a specific, advanced topic, covering a wide range of knowledge – FY-SEMINAR


Course Offerings

There are a variety of courses you can take to meet the First-Year Seminar & First-Year Launch requirement:

CHEM 070

First-Year Seminar: You Don’t Have to Be a Rocket Scientist

 

CLAS 061

First-Year Seminar: Writing the Past

Fall 21

DRAM 079

First-Year Seminar: The Heart of the Play: Fundamentals of Acting, Playwriting, and Collaboration

Fall 21

PSYC 068

First-Year Seminar: Psychology of Emotion

 

RELI 073

First-Year Seminar: From Dragons to Pokemon: Animals in Japanese Myth, Folklore, and Religion

Fall 21

SOCI 064

First-Year Seminar: Equality of Educational Opportunity Then and Now

Fall 21