The First-year Seminar is the foundation of the first-year academic program at Cornell College. All incoming first-year students will be required to enroll in a First-year Seminar. First-year Seminars are offered in Block 1 and taught by tenure-track faculty. This structure allows students to work closely with other first-year students under the tutelage of an experienced professor.
Seminars will be offered in a range of disciplines. Most seminars are part of regular departmental curricula.
Common Goals for First-year Seminars
- Introduce an academic discipline and the concept of a discipline within the context of the liberal arts
- Provide instruction for academic skills common to all disciplines:
- Academic Honesty: knowing when to document sources; understanding ethical, legal and professional reasons for documenting sources
- Critical Reading: restating central points; making inferences; identifying and questioning underlying assumptions; assessing evidence
- Information Literacy: distinguishing between and evaluating primary and secondary sources; popular and scholarly sources
- Writing: using write-to-learn assignments to investigate, analyze, and summarize course material
- Address college-level academic expectations and practices
- Introduce academic support services