Unlike traditional teacher-centered learning, the seminar is a method of interrogating texts and examining the questions that arise from them in discussions in which the student and the seminar leader engage together in the pursuit of understanding.
The core of Collegiate Seminar has been four courses that explore the great writers of the European tradition, with two optional courses that provide the opportunity to investigate multicultural and non-western writing.
- Greek Thought
- Roman, Christian, Medieval Thought
- Classical, Christian, and Medieval Thought (for transfer students, in lieu of the first two courses)
- Renaissance, 17th-18th Century Thought
- 19th-20th Century Thought
- Multicultural Thought
- World Traditions
Beginning in 2012–13, first-year students will begin their work in Seminar with a new course, to be taken in the spring semester:
The Texts Online - provided by the Saint Mary's College library Web site.