First-Year Seminar Program
The First-Year Seminars at Trinity date to the late 1960s, when they were among the first to be offered at any liberal arts college. All entering first-year students, unless they are enrolled in a specialized Gateway program, take a First-Year Seminar.
The seminars are small, discussion-rich classes, created out of a faculty member’s passion for a subject. Students read critically, engage intellectually with a diverse group of peers, write regularly, and develop research skills. The intimacy of a First-Year Seminar strengthens students’ academic habits of mind by encouraging them to become active participants in their own learning.
Each seminar instructor serves as the students’ pre-major academic adviser. Seminars also include a First Year Academic Peer Mentor: an upper year student who attends classes and serves as a peer advisor.