First-Year Seminar Fundamentals

You will all listen, watch, and read elements in a common summer media suite centered on the smash Broadway hit, Hamilton.

Welcome to Illinois College
Your first-year seminar instructor will lead two course sessions covering the topics of IC’s values, resources, and the liberal arts. 
Common Web Lecture: 
1. Liz Coleman's Call to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education

Strategies for Academic Success
Your mentoring team will lead two class sessions covering the topics of time management and wellness.

Civic/Community Engagement
On your first Sunday here, you will participate in a Service Blitz.
Then with the mentoring team, you will discuss common readings on this topic.
Common Readings: 
1. Adam Davis, "What We Don't Talk about When We Don't Talk about Service"
2. Ursula LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” 

US Diversity/Global Awareness
Your mentoring team will also lead you in learning about US diversity and Global Awareness.
Common Readings: 
1. Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
2. John Scalzi “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is” 
3. The Declaration of Human Rights
Common Experience: Diversity exercise/workshop in course

Vocational Discovery
Lastly, your mentoring team will help you discover how your strengths might lead to a future successful career.
Common Experience: 
1. StrengthsQuest

Your advisor will spend four class sessions or individual advising appointments to help you understand the BLUEprint, Illinois College’s general education plan; register for courses in the upcoming semester; and create a personal development plan to assist you in achieving your long-term goals.

Speaking Extensive Experience
Your first-year seminar will help you become a more confident presenter by guiding you through oral presentations and helping you develop public speaking skills. 

Writing Extensive Experience
Your seminar will also help you become a more proficient writer by having you work on different kinds of assignments, providing feedback so you can revise and improve your work, and giving you plenty of opportunities to grow.
Learning Community
Your seminar exists in a learning community with either your first-year writing or speaking course. You’ll be enrolled with the same group of students in both these courses. They will share a common reading, a common assignment, and at least three joint class sessions.

By the end of the semester, you’ll be ready to take on the rest of your college career!

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