First-year seminar courses introduce students to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Seminars are designed to foster interaction with outstanding faculty members while exploring nontraditional topics in nontraditional ways. One first-year seminar is required during your first semester on campus as part of UMW’s general education program. (Transfer students are not required to take a first-year seminar.) Specific topics will vary from course to course, but all promise…
- college as you imagined it: a life of the mind taught by faculty
- small classes, capped at 15 students each
- active, discussion-based formats
- exploration of primary texts rather than textbooks
- critical examination of the class literature
- development of writing and speaking skills
At Orientation each new student will receive a copy of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County to read over the summer. This will serve as the foundation of a shared intellectual experience that will continue at New Student Arrival with Common Reading discussions.