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Freshman Topic Seminar


The Freshman Topic Seminar is a twelve-week, one-credit elective that offers first-year students in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences the opportunity to meet with a faculty member once a week to enjoy small group discussions (limited to 14 students) on a research topic in which the instructor has expertise. The Topic Seminars are designed to allow students to explore new academic areas and require no background knowledge of the topic. Some of the topics in past seminars include evolution, the role of law in society, the 2012 presidential election, race in American cinema, Boston theatre, genetics, and modern African short stories.

Students will get to know a faculty member in a more informal setting both in the classroom and outside in co-curricular activities around Boston. The instructor will serve as the student’s academic advisor for the entire first year.

The course ends at Thanksgiving and is graded Pass/Fail.