Catalogue 2018 - 2019

LA 100 First Year Seminar


2 cr.

Course Description

This course represents a segment of the general education requirements, specifically pertaining to personal development and relevant academic skills. First Year Seminar is a course designed to ease the transition to the first year of college and to explore the value of college and develop a sense of personal identity. While course content can vary from section to section, there is a commonly shared core of objectives that characterizes the seminar. Organized around academic interests, there is structured opportunity to become acquainted with the intricacies of particular academic disciplines, or, if undecided, to engage career exploration activities. As regards general education components, the seminar serves as an introduction to critical thinking, a platform for exploring information literacy, and practical application of oral presentation strategies. One of the unique components of the course is linking the role of instructor to that of academic advisor for the students enrolled in any particular section. The course is also distinguished by the use of student assistants known as First Year Seminar Assistants whose role is to support students in the academic transition challenges of the first year.