First-Year Seminars

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First-year seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life 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 College General Education Requirements.

List of First-year Seminars

Policies Governing First-Year Seminars

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

First-Year Seminar Donors

First-Year 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