A sound liberal arts education should enable students to participate as quickly as possible in thought-provoking academic discussion.  Freshman Seminars are intended to facilitate this process by providing students a setting for intellectual and creative engagement.  These seminars introduce and support our institutional value of academic achievement through close student-faculty relationships.  Seminars are designed to foster a lively and respectful interaction, both among students and between students and faculty, around a topic of the faculty member′s choosing.

               Open to freshmen only.  Enrollment limited to 16 students per seminar.  These seminars are designated Writing courses.


FRESHMAN SEMINAR  145A  MADNESS AND MONSTROSITY IN LITERATURE  An examination of literary works (including short stories, drama, poetry, novels, art, and film) that deal with monsters and madness.  The course considers themes relating to our perceptions of madness and monstrosity, as well as our fascination with and repulsion from these conditions.  Readings include BeowulfKing Lear, FrankensteinWide Sargasso SeaThe Bloody Chamber, and The Yellow Wallpaper.
               This course satisfies General Education Area 4.  A. Rossi-Reder

FRESHMAN SEMINAR  145B  EMBODIED RESISTANCE:  PERFORMING SOCIAL JUSTICE  A critical examination of social justice projects and collective action in the expressive arts.  Considerations of theories of body and performance, as well as films and text will address the ways in which narrative of social protest are embodied and resistance to social injustice is performed through dance and theater.

               This course satisfies General Education Area 4.  R.A. Roberts

FRESHMAN SEMINAR  175E  (MIS) REPRESENTATIONS OF ASIA  An examination of the history of discourses representing ″East″ and ″West″ within the context of transnational encounters between Japan, Europe, and the U.S.  A repertoire of cultural icons, such as the geisha, the barbarian, and the samurai, will be scrutinized and deconstructed under the critical lenses of gender, race, and ethnicity.

               This course satisfies General Education Area 7.  A.M. Davis