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First Year Seminars

These seminars provide an opportunity for students to take a small, seminar-style class about a topic of interest that is also directed toward building students' writing, critical reading, research, and analytic skills. The courses range widely; a few examples include:

  • Mass Media in American Politics
  • Seekers’ Lives
  • Dreaming in the Middle Ages
  • Non-Violence
  • Nukes and Nationalism

First-year seminars provide introductions to disciplines through a specific focus that illustrates the kinds of questions and methods scholars in a field might employ.

All students are encouraged to take at least one first-year seminar, and students in the Classes of 2009 and beyond are required to take one first-year seminar by the end of their second semester.