The First Year Seminar

     Each first-year student is required to take a First-Year Seminar. These courses are planned and taught by one or more members of the Faculty as a way to introduce students to liberal studies through a range of innovative and often interdisciplinary approaches. Small groups of students work closely with professors in a collaborative atmosphere and immerse themselves deeply in the course’s subject matter. Though the subject matter of the courses varies, each seminar constitutes an inquiry-based introduction to critical thinking and active learning at the college level.  To achieve this goal, all courses will have an enrollment limit of 15 and will provide discussion-based classes, writing-attentive instruction with frequent and varied assignments, close reading and critical interpretation of written texts, and careful attention to the development and analysis of argument in speech and writing.

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Contact us:

         fys@amherst.edu