First-Year Seminars

While not required, first-year seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life in the College and are highly recommended for first- or second-semester students. The primary goal of the first-year seminar program is to provide every first-year student with the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. First-year seminars also fulfill one of the College General Education Requirements. Below is the list of the first-year seminars offered. Previously offered first-year seminars can be found in the first-year seminar archive.

Course Title Instructor Fulfills (Sectors | Foundational Approaches)
AFRC 0010: Homelessness & Urban Inequality Dennis Culhane Sector I: Society | Cultural Diversity in US
ARTH 0501: Spiegel-Wilks Art and Reflection in Medicine: Barnes Foundation Curatorial Seminar Aaron Levy Sector III: Arts & Letters
CHEM 0250: Structural Biology "Staff" Sector VII: Natural Science Across Disciplines
CIMS 0091: Contemporary Italy: Black Italy Rossella Di Rosa Sector I: Society | Cross-Cultural Analysis
CIMS 0201: Science-Fiction Cinema Christopher Donovan Sector III: Arts & Letters
CIMS 0271/ENGL 0381/THAR 0271: American Musical Theatre David Fox Sector III: Arts & Letters
COML 0303/ENGL 0303: National Epics David Wallace Sector III: Arts & Letters | Cross Cultural Analysis
ENGL 0304 - Dangerous Literature Abdulhamit Arvas Sector III: Arts & Letters | Cross Cultural Analysis
ENGL 0333/GSWS 0333 - Queer History and Theory Sarah Brilmyer  
ENGL 0365 - Spiegel Wilks Aaron Levy Sector III: Arts & Letters
ITAL 0091 - Contemporary Italy: Black Italy Rossella Di Rosa Sector I: Society | Cross Cultural Analysis
MATH 2030 - Proving Things Algebra "Varies by section" Formal Reasoning and Analysis
MATH 2100 - Mathematics in the Age of Information Ted Chinburg Sector VII: Natural Science Across Disciplines | Quantitative Data Analysis
MUSC 0160 - Audiovisual Climate Research Jairo Moreno Sector III: Arts & Letters
MUSC 0160 - Black Jazz Experimentalisms in the United States Jasmine Henry Sector III: Arts & Letters
MUSC 0180B/URBS 0180B - Music in Urban Spaces Molly McGlone Sector IV: Humanities & Social Sciences | Cultural Diversity in US
NRSC 0060 - Music and the Brain Michael Kaplan Sector V: The Living World
PHIL 0340 - The Self: Aspiration and Transformation Jennifer Morton Sector I: Society
PHYS 0171 - Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation "Varies by section" Sector VI: The Physical World | Quantitative Data Analysis
SOCI 0004 - The Law in Our Lives Hocine Fetni  
SOCI 0006- Anxious Times: Social Change and Fear Jason Schnittker  
SOCI 0010 - Modern Families: Society and the Changing American Family Paula Fomby  
SOCI 2940/URBS 0010 - Homelessness & Urban Inequality Dennis Culhane Sector I: Society | Cultural Diversity in US
VLST 1060 - Virtual Reality Storytelling "Varies by section"