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.

First-year seminars are intended to bolster student skills in writing, research, critical thinking and thoughtful discussion. Organized around a vast array of topics of interest to the assigned faculty member, these classes are capped at 16 students and are an introduction to the types of engaging, small classes that are a hallmark of an Occidental education.