The College of Arts and Sciences will hold its annual First-Year Seminar Symposium, from 2 to 4 pm, on December 7 in the GSU North Cafeteria. Everyone is invited. First-year students will compete for five awards for best in critical thinking, creative thinking, most interdisciplinary, most professional, and student choice categories. The jury includes faculty, administrators, and alumni.
The first-year seminar is a low-enrollment, introductory-level, high impact practice course on a subject or question in the discipline that the professor presents to the class in order to model and instill intellectual passion. Students experience small-group interaction and refine the skills associated with discussion and deliberation of ideas and alternative viewpoints. The classroom format is Socratic: it includes ample time for discussion and writing, in small groups, and students are required to represent their critical thinking orally. The FYS symposium will showcase collaborative learning projects that students worked on in teams in their first-year seminar courses this semester. Refreshments will be provided.