IDST-001 Liberal Arts Seminar
Fall for 2013-2014
The College offers a special "Liberal Arts Seminar" to a select number of first-year students by invitation only. Its aim is to foster in the student an integrated approach to learning; it involves extensive reading, independent study and the exploration of ideas through small discussion groups. The seminar is valued at 12 credits which count as fulfilling first-year required courses in humanities and writing and history.
Intensive, intellectual, and interdisciplinary. A Georgetown College tradition since 1968, the Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) connects first-year students to scholarship, to faculty, and to each other through cooperative learning. Together with the professors - a literature professor, a music professor, and two historians - the group of thirty participating students works through complex ideas.
The LAS investigates the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, focusing on Europe’s encounter with the new World and on the struggles and developments of reason, faith, science, literature, music, and the figurative arts. With emphasis on reading and discussion, learning is teamwork that builds a unique sense of community for students and faculty through a shared intellectual experience, extending beyond traditional departmental boundaries.
Designed for students who are intellectually adventurous and curious, the LAS integrates several of the College’s general education requirements into a year-long exploration, which emphasizes analytical reading, discussion, and writing within and across disciplines. The seminar builds a community of scholars that remains strong throughout each student’s years at Georgetown.
Prerequisites: College Students Only
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