Victory Bell

first-year seminar

let's face it — classes, homework and tests in college are nothing like high school.

we realize this is often a shock for new students, so we offer a first-year seminar program, where you can get a feel for the rigors of college academics in a way that emphasizes small-class instruction, group discussion and college writing.

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you begin by choosing a first-year seminar course for the fall term. pick an area you’re already fascinated by, or select one that’s totally new to you.

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all of the first-year seminar courses are writing emphasis courses, meaning a number of writing exercises will be incorporated into your class.


we offer a number of courses covering a range of subjects for your choice of first-year seminar — from art and the creative process to economics and the public interest, from probability: a world of chance to introduction to cinema studies. we’re sure one of them will pique your interest.at the end of the term, you will have the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your best papers, which will be read by two faculty members from different departments. from this, you will experience cross-disciplinary standards for college-level writing and receive further recommendation for writing courses based on this evaluation of your portfolio.