Small class size and close contact with faculty
The First-Year Seminar is one of the first courses you’ll take and a model for the work you’ll do in the next four years: You, a professor and a handful of your peers get together and dig into a specialized topic.
Samples of First-Year Seminars
Simple things done well
Two fundamentals for lifelong learning are strong writing and clear thinking. At Bates, you’ll develop both from the start. Our First-Year Seminar is a small class focused on improving your writing and critical thinking skills. Developing these skills early will help you in your transition to college-level academic work while introducing you to your academic adviser.
Your First-Year Seminar professor also serves as your academic adviser, a person you can discuss your academic choices and direction with. Students tend to feel more comfortable asking for advice from a faculty member they know through a course.