The First-Year Writing Seminar introduces entering Eastman students to college-level inquiry by focusing on critical thinking and academic writing. Students will develop, test, and refine their analytical and argumentative skills by means of discussion, debate, response papers, and three essays of 5-7 pages. No matter which section you take, this course will help you learn to frame compelling questions, integrate various kinds of sources, and set forth complex ideas in clear, concise, and lively prose. Its aim is to improve a skill on which you will draw throughout your careers.
Topics for individual sections of the course vary from year to year. They are typically drawn from the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, political science, religion and classics, comparative literature, and translation studies. Below is a list of recent sections of the course: