Advice for Freshmen Selecting a First Seminar

You will complete an online directed self-placement process as part of the New Student Checklist in May or June. Through that process you will select a First Seminar experience that best suits your writing needs. If you select a Foundations or ESL Seminar, you will be placed accordingly. If...

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What is the SAGES Program?

The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship provides a foundation for Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) undergraduates in critical thinking, written and oral communication, the use of information, quantitative reasoning, engagement with ethical issues and diversity, and exposure to experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding human culture and...

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History and Vision

SAGES emerged from several years of deliberation about curricular design and course requirements for CWRU undergraduates. The faculty who worked on the task force that designed SAGES articulated a vision that has guided the program since it was first piloted in 2003: “As the CWRU undergraduate develops into a learned...

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Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

SAGES uses seminar-based instruction to teach students how to use the skills of academic inquiry, to think critically and ethically, to find information, and to communicate their ideas in writing and other media effectively. Its sequence of courses builds core academic skills, introduces discipline-specific concepts and methods, and then...

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Teaching Opportunities in SAGES

Each year we offer postdoctoral teaching fellowships for faculty interested in teaching small, inquiry-based, writing-intensive seminars. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in any field, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, and experience teaching writing. Fellows are asked to draw on their disciplinary expertise and interests to design seminar-style...

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What is the Fourth Hour?

Generally, a SAGES seminar involves three hours of class time a week. First Seminars add the “Fourth Hour”, an opportunity for learning outside the classroom. The Fourth Hour can be used for more intensive training in certain writing or oral presentation skills, viewing of movies that may be relevant to...

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