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 is four courses that explore major texts and ideas of Western civilization, with readings literature, history, philosophy, science, politics, and art:

Students may also enroll in two optional courses that investigate multicultural and non-western writing:

Continuing students who began the Seminar sequence before 2012 will enroll in Seminar 123, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Thought, as their capstone Seminar.

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