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.
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