With enrollment limited to 17 students, First Seminar promotes active engagement and discussion, allows students to learn from one another and from the professor, and offers a vigorous introduction to academic inquiry at the university level. Like all SAGES classes, First Seminar is writing intensive. The seminar leader is the students’ advisor until they declare a major.
Though the writing and discussion proceed at a more advanced level, University Seminars have a family resemblance to First Seminars. Enrollment is still limited to 17 students, and the thematic “worlds” introduced early in the sequence—social, symbolic, and natural/technological—are retained as organizing principles of the curriculum.