IDST-003 Liberal Arts Seminar
Fall for 2010-2011
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 eighteen credits which count as fulfilling first-year required courses in literature, history, philosophy, and theology.
Intensive, intellectual, and interdisciplinary. A Georgetown College tradition since 1968, the Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS) introduces first year students to scholarship, to faculty, and to each other through cooperative learning. From the worlds of history, literature, philosophy, and theology, the professors guide the small group of thirty participants in working through complex ideas together.
Using the political, social, scientific, and aesthetic revolutions of the 19th century as a theme, the LAS investigates an age that challenged traditional views of nature and the meaning of life. With emphasis on reading and discussion, learning results from teamwork that builds a unique sense of community among students and faculty through a shared intellectual experience, extending beyond traditional departmental boundaries.
The Liberal Arts Seminar integrates a number of the College’s general education requirements into a year-long exploration, which emphasizes the exercise of speaking and writing within and across disciplines. Past participants are enthusiastic advocates of the seminar’s academic challenge and the relationships built among students and faculty in this foundational year.
Prerequisites: College Students Only, course meets with IDST-001-01
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