Student Opportunities: Teaching First Year Seminars

Small, peer-taught, academic seminars for entering students provide supportive learning "communities" which help students more easily acclimate to the academic and the social aspects of the undergraduate experience.

Our first year seminars are organized into two programs, Explorations and Perspectives. On average, each program offers fifteen seminars every fall. This translates into a year-long process whereby a cohort of sixty peer teachers are selected, trained, and supported. The seminars carry full course credit and count as electives toward graduation. Because students are teaching students, grading is done on a pass/fail basis. In addition, the peer leaders receive 1.5 course credits, also on a pass/fail basis.

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