1st Year

The First-Year Seminars

During the first year, students take two seminars – one in the fall semester, one in the spring semester – that introduce them to research, creation, and discovery through an intensive look at an example of current work in a specific discipline. Seminars give students the chance to explore important contemporary themes and problems in different fields.

2 courses, 1 per semester
4 credits each
8 credits total


The First-Year Studios

During the first year, students also take two studio courses that sharpen their writing, oral communication, critical thinking, and research skills. Students explore fundamental ethical, aesthetic, and social issues posed by challenging texts and compose and revise their own writing, with significant individual attention in conferences with the studio instructors.

2 courses, 1 per semester
2 credits each
4 credits total