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Undergraduate Course Details
Number IDS 108
Title The First Year Seminar I
Credits 1.0


A group of approximately fifteen first year students, a faculty member, and a junior or senior student mentor will explore ways in which students can make optimal use of their college experiences. Seminar participants will consider social, educational, and career options in an interdisciplinary framework within which each student's educational goals can be formulated through a process of conscious, value-directed decision making. Assignments foster development of academic survival skills; group size and the mentoring process support individual student growth. One 75-minute meeting per week plus occasional field trips and large group meetings. Required of all undeclared freshmen. IDS108 and IDS109 constitute a two-semester sequence, for 1.5 credits per semester.