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First-Year Seminar Fundamentals

Summer common reading

Welcome to Illinois College
2 course sessions: Liberal Arts, IC Values and Resources
Common Web Lecture: Liz Coleman's Call to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education

*Strategies for Academic Success
2 course sessions: time management and wellness

*Civic/Community Engagement
Service Blitz
2 course sessions; 1 on the 1st day of course
Common Readings:

  1. Davis, "What We Don't Talk about When We Don't Talk about Service"
  2. LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

*US Diversity/Global Awareness
3 course sessions; connected by time and theme to one of the 4 convocations
Common Readings:

  1. Peggy McIntosh, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
  2. The Declaration of Human Rights

Common Experience: Diversity exercise/workshop in course

4 course sessions
Common Experiences: VARK, PDP, self-assessment, registration

10 minutes of continuous presentation

5 written assignments, total of 10 pages and 3,000 words (or equivalent), 20 % of course grade
3 different types of writing
1 writing assignment revised
Information literacy instruction

Learning Community
Integrative unit/theme that bridges the disciplines
At least 1 common text (reading, film, work of art, service-learning project etc.)
At least 1 shared assignment with assessable learning outcomes
At least 3 meetings of both faculty with the learning community

* areas conducted by the mentoring team

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