First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars

From ancient artifacts to digital arts, grassroots movements to global revolutions, first-year seminars and colloquia cover a lot of cultural ground.

This year students will hone their critical thinking, writing, and research skills while taking…

  • Families in flux: Cultural hybridity, intergenerational conflict, and the contemporary novel
  • Racial violence in U.S. history and memory
  • Puppets on film!
  • This is your brain on art
  • Making it new: Modernity, modernism, and the avant-garde
  • Gender and pop culture
  • The American dream: Critics and true believers
  • How to understand the world, and lie, with maps
  • Literature and philosophy: Dionysus in modern thought
  • Burning up the screen: Slavery and emancipation in film and history
  • Changing Asia, changing the world: Students movements in Asia
  • Reacting to the past

…and many more.