Freshman Seminars

Freshman seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life and are highly recommended for first- or second-semester students.

The primary goal of the freshman 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. Freshman seminars also fulfill College General Education Requirements.

List of Freshman Seminars

Policies Governing Freshman Seminars

In addition to the courses approved for the various sectors, one freshman seminar may be used as a substitute for a course on the relevant sector list. To find the sector that a freshman seminar fulfills, refer to the list of freshman seminars and the archive of past seminars.

Freshman Seminar Donors

Freshman Seminars are supported by endowments created by the following generous donors:

  • Richard E. Abrams, W'66, and Marilyn S. Abrams
  • Carol Eininger, CW'70, and Roger Einiger, W'69
  • The Dalck and Rose Feith Family
  • Leonard Goldberg, W'55, and Wendy Goldberg
  • Dhananjay M. Pai, W'83
  • Joseph F. Rascoff, W'67, and Jane Rascoff
  • Emily and Jerry Spiegel
  • The Estate of Richard J. Wehle